California Dreamers From The Atlantic-A Brief Review Of Kevin Starr’s History Of California

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The national editor of the Atlantic takes a look at Kevin Starr’s latest volume on California.

“California, as he’s argued in earlier volumes, promised “the highest possible life for the middle classes.” It wasn’t a paradise for world-beaters; rather, it offered “a better place for ordinary people.”

Yet, it’s certainly not what it was…:

“Today, reflecting our intensely stratified, increasingly mobile society, California affords the Good Life only to the most gifted and ambitious, regardless of their background. That’s a deeply undemocratic betrayal of California’s dream—and of the promise of American life.”

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