These viral photos of boarded-up boutiques in San Francisco's upscale Union Square district this week are a bleak encapsulation of the city's approach to crime. Originally published in The New York Post. Usually at this time of year, San Francisco’s luxury stores are decked with holiday garlands. Instead, they’re boarded up after widespread “flash mob” looting turned Union Square — the city’s most fashionable shopping district — into an area resembling a blighted neighborhood in Detroit.
And yet the 14 people they announced were arrested were all immediately released without bail. Wonder what deterrence affect that will have? None, to answer my own question.
Socialism is a failed ideology. The pushes to deny women access to private spaces and fair playing fields by denying innate and immutable biology are misogynistic. Re-segregating society is tribalistic. Sexualizing young children and encouraging child genital mutilation is evil and destructive. These things are all very harmful and insanely regressive. The biggest issue with the “progressive” movement is they don’t understand the definition of progress. They embrace embarrassingly old, bad, awful policies with predictable bad outcomes. Today’s progressives are just a bunch of whinny, dumb, gullible losers.
The problem with the current state of western capitalism is monopolies. That, and endowments and foundations free of tax burdens allowing outsized wealth accumulation that isn’t available in any other form. Those problems are rather easy to fix through anti-trust laws, corporate board reform, tax unspent endowments, and limit private charitable foundations to some period of time. While I live my libertarian friends, their theory of getting rid of all regulations and law enforcement simply leads to corporate communism via monopoly. Same bad outcome as the far left. As humans we organize ourselves into societies to function, and that means some government, even if that government functions best when limited and power dispersed at various independent levels.
The problems with socialism aren’t so easy to fix as they would require the obliteration of innate human nature. People will put their children, and themselves, first. Often the most successful at that voluntarily help others or create businesses to help others achieve the same goals. Free market capitalism is the most successful economic structure ever known to mankind. Hopefully something better will come along in the future, but we won’t get there by turning back the clock to the most destructive and failed policies from the past as today’s “progressives” seem intent on attempting.
They got what they voted for. No sympathy from me. You own it, SF.
FJB & Newsome
Chesa, Marxist, son of Cathie Boudin, convicted Weatherman bomber.
Where's Dirty Harry when you need him?
when you appease everyone and throw all the law enforcement under the bus, what do you expect! Blind arrogance is continuing this lawless state!
““Property is theft” is one of the socialist movement’s most important slogans.”
- I guess we can just walk into Patrice Coulors multiple homes and stay forever.
There is no situation so dire people can't live in a bubble about it until the bitter end. Article in the paper this week about a new diamond store in Hayes Valley. Sure why not open up a new diamond store a few steps from the Tenderloin and a short distance from several jewelry store lootings. I'm sure they have no inkling of what's in store.
All the democrat ruled major population centers are headed this way. Aint it a glorious experience?
Is there any way to keep the San Franciscans in San Francisco? They should be forced to live in the muck they created.
Here is my photos I took today of Union Square. Look for yourself.
How many of these quoted "residents" bemoaning the destruction of San Francisco voted for the leftwing, dysfunctional, borderline-crazy Democrats who have brought the city to this state? I'm guessing most of them or all of them. I'm sorry, no sympathy from me for your abject stupidity. Leftwing socialists have been destroying everything they get put in charge of for over a century. If you don't know about it by now, you are willfully ignorant and deserve no sympathy.
"In the midst of our civilization, down in our slums and labor-ghettos, we had bred a race of barbarians, of savages; and now, in the time of our calamity, they turn upon us like the wild beasts they were and destroy us. And they destroy themselves as well." -- The Scarlet Plague by Jack London 1912
I will go and see Union Square for myself and report back. It was pretty packed two weeks ago, it is empty now that's a shame.
Wage theft by employers is just as bad as shoplifting, at least on a dollar basis, according to some estimates. For some reason (I bet you can guess why!) this is almost never reported by the corporate media.
the solution is simple but it takes courage to do the right thing in the face of criticism
just remember the critics are idiots
I live in a small town in America's Heartland. It's delightful here. COVID largely passed us by. There has been no violence. We have people all across the political spectrum yet we respect each other and find a way to listen to each other (for the most part). Coastal elites mock towns like this, but I've lived in their cities and I've lived here and this is so much better. This is a real community compared to the vapid, empty, soulless places they hold out as examples of the future. I won't go back to visit now. Live there? Lol.