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Historian: California Is ‘America’s First Third-World State’

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Historian: California Is ‘America’s First Third-World State’

Historian: California Is ‘America’s First Third-World State’
June 19
17:02 2019

Historian Victor Davis Hanson, appearing Monday night on Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” had an ominous description of his home state of California, referencing the “Golden State as America’s first “Third World state.”

Carlson momentarily taken back by Hanson’s description of California asked the renowned professor, American classicist and military historian why he considers California a “Third World state.

Hanson pointed to “symptoms” we typically “associate with failed states” such as high taxes, poor schools, a super-rich class, and a significant percentage of its people below the poverty line.

The esteemed professor at California State University blamed the decline of the “Golden State,” in part the overturning of the “very popular” Proposition 187, which would have denied non-emergency healthcare to illegal immigrants.

“That was unfortunately part of a perfect storm,” said Hanson, describing the millions of people who chose to move elsewhere over the next two decades.

Adding “We have the most billionaires of any state in nation and then we have the largest underclass.

Hanson then described the growth of “a very small but influential and wealthy manorial class” in Silicon Valley.

Adding, “We’ve created a very a wealthy class that doesn’t mind high taxes because it has ways it can navigate around that and poor social circumstances,” he said. “And the people in between are sort of like peasants outside a medieval keep that can’t survive, and so they drift off. We are left with a sort of romanticized indigent class and the royal elite that doesn’t care about the vanishing middle class at all.”

Hanson reminded Carlson that some years ago, he warned lawmakers of the dangerous course California was heading for if they continued to ignore it’s festering and growing homeless problem, while dreaming of postmodern marvels such as high-speed rail, and ignoring the Medieval diseases taking root in “real time” within the cities which would eventually plague the entire state.

That ominous warning by historian Hanson has come-to-pass with the resurgence in infectious diseases, some of which “ravaged populations in the Middle Ages.”

California Healthline recently announced that downtown Los Angeles has a typhus problem that “briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.”

The continuous wave of homeless coming to California because of the beautiful year-round weather and the open invitation from progressive lawmakers that California is a sanctuary state providing social benefits, has propelled California as the homeless capital with a staggering 25 to 30% of the nation’s homeless population residing within the state, though it makes up only 12% of the U.S. population.

Yet California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsome still ignores the crisis within his home-state by actually attempting to divert attention from his dismal record during a wide-ranging interview with Politico Monday attempting to put a positive spin for Democrats at the national level.

And actually going on the record saying Republican’s “will go into the waste bin of society,” then comparing 2019 America to California in the 90’s

“America in 2019 is California in the 1990s,” said Newsom. “The xenophobia, the nativism, the fear of ‘the other.’ Scapegoating. Talking down or past people. The hysteria. And so, we’re not going to put up with that. We are going to push back.”

However if we actually take Newsom at his word and travel back in time to the 90’s, to when former Republican Governor Pete Wilson was in office, serving two terms and leaving office with a 16 billion dollar budget surplus combined with a 55% approval rating.

Newsom like all progressives likes to rewrite history, thinking that if he continually repeats misinformation that his constituents will believe him, however all Newsom needs to do is take a look at the dwindling middle class leaving California in record numbers, Then imagine a two class system of the very rich and very poor, reminiscent of the “dark ages.”

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  1. Brendan
    Brendan June 20, 18:41

    This is a silly, lopsided view of California.It certainly has its problems, but many of them are the problems of success–the skyrocketing housing costs, as a prominent example, are reliably reported by every researcher as one of the drivers of rising homelessness (makes sense). But most of the housing crisis–not all–is the result of rising incomes chasing low housing availability.(not that everybody is silicon valley rich, but no one has adjusted public policy to keep up with the economy and the influx of job-seekers). Not all of Cali’s problems are ‘rich guy” problems, but many are–the state is certainly doing much better than West Va, for example.
    Carlson was not ‘taken aback’ by these comments–he asked this prof to the show precisely to make these comments, and knew what he would say before the show began. Conservatives HATE California. ‘Nuff said.

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    • radman414
      radman414 June 20, 19:42

      If CA is so great, why is both the corporate tax base and the taxpaying public in CA fleeing the state in droves? Answer: sky-high taxes and too many areas becoming s-h-I-t holes

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      • EL Ripley
        EL Ripley June 21, 00:18

        And why wouldn’t they? California doesn’t even pretend to be a two-party state any longer. It’s a liberal Democratic shithole with millions of benefit-sucking illegal aliens as it’s sole constituency, paid for off the back of the same productive Conservatives the left despises. I can’t wait to move to a free state and leave this place to fester in idiotic bankrupt liberal policies. While California is struggling to pay for free healthcare for the world, I’ll be living in a state with actual American citizens and no State income tax.

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      • Dolly
        Dolly June 21, 20:23

        You hit the nail on the head. I totally agree and it’s going to get a lot worse. Keep up free health care for illegals and homeless instead of solving the problems.

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    • EL Ripley
      EL Ripley June 21, 00:21

      And why wouldn’t they? California doesn’t even pretend to be a two-party state any longer. It’s a corrupt liberal Democratic cesspool with millions of benefit-sucking illegal aliens as it’s sole constituency, paid for off the back of the same productive Conservatives the left despises. I can’t wait to move to a free state and leave this place to fester in idiotic bankrupt liberal policies. While California is struggling to pay for free healthcare for the world, I’ll be living in a state with actual American citizens and no State income tax.

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    • Bendare Dundat
      Bendare Dundat July 01, 10:15

      You don’t live in California, Brendan, but I do, and California taxes are huge on
      homeowners, rents, even other than Silicon Valley are out of sight, pensions, benefits, and retirement for public workers are unfunded in the billions, we have the highest gas taxes,
      we have the stupid high speed rail that will require huge subsidies, downtown LA and in Frisco are total dumps, we have
      1/3 of all welfare cases in the USA here, elementary schools teach classes in more than 40 languages, courts have interpreters in more than 70 languages, we have more illegal aliens here than any other state, and it is costing us
      billions, etc, etc, etc. Have a realistic look at this state, and even if you are a Democrat, you have to admit California is a socialistic nightmare.
      I’m retired and it is tough managing a
      budget here due to high taxes, high housing costs, high everything and our schools are crap no matter how much money we throw at them.

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  2. NavyJR
    NavyJR June 20, 18:53

    Hanson is right, and the fact that some black robed terrorist negated the will of the people who voted for prop 187; the people footing that cost is despicable! I’ve seen the downward plunge of CA, from the vantage point of AZ over the past 4 decades; and the impact it’s had on AZ as well, just by virtue of being “next door” when the people from CA who can, flee. But having read UN Agendas 21 and 2030, I understand what has caused this; and why it’s been caused: such a society is the GOAL of the NWO and the ONLY way such can even exist; an educated and aware middle class simply can’t co-exist with that agenda. Totalitarian empires throughout history generally only have such 2 classes, and are quite medieval in operation. What’s sad is that the people of CA were duped into voting in these very sick people, trapping themselves and others in this living example of what the NWO is to be for all.

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    • Az glad 2B
      Az glad 2B June 20, 20:36

      https://youtu.be/9Z-J0I01QP8
      I am a 5th generation Californian.
      I have spent 61 of my 62 years I Az.
      Most of the family I have in Cal. Are unhappy with the way the state has gone and those able to leave have. I’m glad I lived here in Az, i have visited Cal. Regularly all my life, it has been sad to see the place i was born turn so rotten, the young that defend the condition are ignorant, this includes the governor,And his aunt Nancy Pelosi though she is old enough to know better, she has her own agenda, see the attached link.

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  3. onthewestcoast
    onthewestcoast June 20, 19:30

    I’ve lived in California for almost 60 years, it is completely a 3rd world country at this point. Newsom is an idiot in that ivory tower of his, turning a blind eye and in denial of what’s going on. Just look at San Francisco, what a shithole that city has turned into. There are so many things to discuss what is wrong and why, I could write pages. All from personal experience too, not the sky is falling crazies. I’d say everyone needs to vote, but there are so many people voting who are not legal and so much crookedness that I don’t think we can vote our way out of this mess

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  4. radman414
    radman414 June 20, 19:36

    This is what happens when you put liberals in charge…because they believe that its possible to spend yourselves into prosperity. In reality though, it’s like standing in a bucket and lifting yourself by the handle.

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    • Phil in TX
      Phil in TX June 21, 14:36

      More precisely, it is like trying to pick up a turd by “the clean end”. California will not last unless the voters throw out these traitorous politicians and replace them with real conservative citizen politicians. Phil in TX

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  5. Glad2BinAZ
    Glad2BinAZ June 20, 22:59

    https://youtu.be/9Z-J0I01QP8
    I am a 5th generation Californian.
    I have spent 61 of my 62 years I Az.
    Most of the family I have in Cal. Are unhappy with the way the state has gone and those able to leave have. I’m glad I lived here in Az, i have visited Cal. Regularly all my life, it has been sad to see the place i was born turn so rotten, the young that defend the condition are ignorant, this includes the governor,And his aunt Nancy Pelosi though she is old enough to know better, she has her own agenda, see the attached link.

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  6. Mr Fumblefingers
    Mr Fumblefingers June 21, 03:09

    As usual Dr. Hanson is right. However,as a native Mississippian, I think it would be more would more accurate to describe Mississippi as a “Third World State.”
    I would describe California as a “Banana Republic”.
    Although the difference is miniscule, I think my definition is closer to reality.
    Thank you.

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    • Phil in TX
      Phil in TX June 21, 14:40

      Having been born and raised next door in Alabama, I cannot agree with your description of Mississippi as a third world state. I understand that MS is a poor state (compared to CA or NY) but the conditions in MS are nowhere near as bad as CA. Phil in TX

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