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Ron Radosh

The Dangers of a De Blasio Victory in New York City’s Mayoral Race

September 27th, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Hayden clearly sees de Blasio as a kindred spirit, exemplified by Hayden’s own turn to Democratic Party politics in California, where, for a time, he won a seat on the state Senate and seemed to be grooming himself for a national political role. Hayden hopes that his candidacy will mean the “awakening of a Left which often derides electoral politics.” His victory, he predicts, will “put progressive politics [read Marxist or socialist instead of progressive] on the central stage of national media coverage and debate,” and will help others like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the avowed socialist senator from Vermont.

Oh, yes, and he hopes it will give The Nation magazine “much more mainstream impact in the political culture.” I would add that the magazine already has far too much, as its editor Katrina vanden Heuvel is a regular on the major TV networks, and often a position it takes editorially appears soon after in the editorial pages of the New York Times.

Hayden’s only regret is that the action-oriented anarchists would engage in working for de Blasio and not merely be content with chanting, wearing those horrendous masks, and smashing windows. Hayden, of course, forgets how many of them are undoubtedly inspired by Hayden’s own advocacy of such a course during the infamous Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968, when he led the riots and regularly incited the crowd to act and not just march.

So Hayden ends with what he hopes will be the end result of a de Blasio victory: “A new New Left is rising.”

Whether you call it the new Popular Front uniting unabashed Marxists, revolutionary activists, and liberal Democrats, as Stern does, or a “new New Left,” as Hayden does, it threatens the well-being of our entire country. We may not live in New York City, but we cannot ignore what is happening there. Joe Lhota is not running an inspiring campaign so far, and he has made mistakes. The odds against him are high, and he is likely to lose.  However, he deserves whatever support conservatives outside New York City can give him.

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Diana West's book, "American Betrayal", is as convincing as it is well researched.
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de Blasio is no more radical than our president, who enjoys strong support in NYC. They will elect him and get what they deserve.
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NYC, Detroit here we come!
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NYC is funded by the finance industry. That's where their tax revenue comes from: Investment Banks: local, regional and international banks: hedge funds, etc. The people who run these companies are not Marxists. What if they just waltz out of NYC and set up in CT, NJ or elsewhere? Fun to watch this unfold.

In the meantime I gave $'s to my Harvard Business School section mate, Joe Lhota and I live in Montana.

Like others here I see NYC electing this idiot instead of Lhota and it merely reflects what I felt back in 1966 when I left my hometown of NYC to join the military. I had no intention of ever going back to NYC and glad I didn't.
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As far as Detroit is concerned, I believe the best move would be to open the city to homesteading. Let anyone who wants to claim a chunk of the city to do so and gain title to it after a few years of improvements and showing they can protect it.

But I think people are missing a bet on New York. Electing de Blasio could be great! Just think back to all the great movies that were made in or about New York in the '70s. We could be headed for another Golden Age of film making. I added some other thoughts here: http://www.larryagrant.com/?q=node/32
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Diana West's book, "American Betrayal", is as convincing as it is well researched.
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And we care about New York why? We don't care about Detroit, except to use it as an example of everything gone wrong, and we don't care about Chicago because only libs live there. In fact we don't care about most major cities in our country because libs live in those places. Sure cities generate an incredible amount of wealth and culture, but we'd all be better off in suburbia, or exurbia, or even hunkered down out on the plains (as long as we can get high speed internet access). To heck with cities. Let them elect DiBlasio, and all of his talk about "fairness", it will only hasten their downfall.
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Because every time the Leftist Democrats (but I repeat myself) run another city into the ground, the idiot Democrat in the White House soils himself in his haste to use federal tax dollars to bail them out, that's why.
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Not without the idiot king in Washington throwing our tax dollars into the cess pit Detroit has become.
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I think Detroit has already fallen down and can't get up.
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It appears ,that the communists are indeed winning by rotting from within. The alternative to the candidates for mayor weren't that appetizing. Maybe the sexter was thrown in and stayed in as a red herring. My grandaughter just graduated from Fordham and used to talk about feeling safe there. guess I'm glad she finished when she did.
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First off, the city is now full of people who don't remember how bad it was before Guiliani was elected. They gotten used to clean, safe streets, and take it as a given. They will quickly learn, when the 70's come back with a vengeance. Most importantly, it's no longer necessary for financial businesses to center themselves in NYC, they could move tomorrow to somewhere friendlier. And the left should understand what's at stake here. If they pull another Detroit, and collapse the greatest city in the nation; they are through as a political force. No one will trust them with a lemonade stand.
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The 70's will come back to the NY metro area with a vengeance. I remember growing up there that whole sections of the NJ waterfront were considered anarchic. The NYPD would post an officer at the entrance to Central Park closest to Columbia University and warn people not to enter, as they could not guarantee their safety. Parts of the South Bronx were so dangerous, the cops would not go there. The whole city was a cesspool of corruption, violent crime, drug abuse and litter.
I doubt NY'ers or their counterparts in the metro area will figure out what to do in just 1 term for DeBlasio. Their agony will likely last a full decade or more before they wake up.
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