From Reason Via Youtube: ‘Is Harrisburg’s Nightmare America’s Future?’

Reason is using Harrisburg as a model for fiscal failure.

I don’t fault city fathers for trying to bring back jobs and people to the city, but the government can’t “be entrepreneurial” and likely make bad investment decisions (the incinerator and the Wild West museum boondoggle) with taxpayer money at the expense of past private good investment decisions.  Unfortunately, Harrisburg can’t bring back manufacturing and industry as it was, least of all through high taxation while driving out the tax base through political means. The city has some tough choices to make.

Libertarians thrive in California, but unlike California, a voting majority of central Pennsylvanians are likely more rural, conservative, and more religious.

Any thoughts and comments are welcome.

Related On This Site:  Walter Russell Mead takes a look at the blue model from the ground up in NYC to argue that it’s simply not working.  Check out his series at The American Interest.

Technology is making and rewarding a creative class of highly educated, smart, mobile people with wealth, but how do we make the best quality of life for ourselves without slipping into declinism and the rule of the equality crowd?:  Kay Hymowitz At The City Journal: ‘How Brooklyn Got Its Groove Back’From The American Interest:

How much of a role does government have to play?:  Francis Fukuyama Interviews Peter Thiel-’A Conversation With Peter Thiel’

Trade and commerce aren’t just vehicles for nanny statism, equality delivery services and racial harmony…they are well…trade and commerce:  Via Youtube: Ric Burns—New York: A Documentary Film – Episode One: The Country and The City (1609-1825)Joel Kotkin Via Youtube: ‘Illinois Is In A Competition’

Cities should be magnets for creativity and culture? –From The Atlantic: Richard Florida On The Decline Of The Blue-Collar ManFrom Grist.Org Via The New Republic Via The A & L Daily: ‘Getting Past “Ruin Porn” In Detroit’… some people don’t want you to have the economic freedom to live in the suburbs: From Foreign Policy: ‘Urban Legends, Why Suburbs, Not Cities, Are The Answer’

Is the same definition of ‘community’ connected with one that can stifle economic growth through political means?: Roger Scruton In The City Journal: Cities For Living–Is Modernism Dead?

And how do big-city machines actually work (Boss Tweed and Blago come to mind): Two Sunday Quotations By Albert Jay Nock in ‘Anarchist’s Progress’

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