State of Resistance

State of Resistance

What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future

Book - 2018
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"Today, California is leading the way on addressing climate change, low-wage work, immigrant integration, overincarceration, and more. As white residents became a minority and job loss drove economic uncertainty, California had its own Trump moment twenty-five years ago but has become increasingly blue over each of the last seven presidential elections. How did the Golden State manage to emerge from its unsavory past to become a bellwether for the rest of the country?" -- provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9781620973295
1620973294
Characteristics: 277 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm

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PimaLib_NormS Dec 13, 2018

Like it or not, California is a trendsetter for the nation. No offense to Iowa, but it is unlikely anyone has ever said: “We should be doing this cool thing they’re doing in Iowa!” What is fashionable, what is trendy, what is cool, was probably done in California first. But, it is not only superficial fluff in which Cali leads the way. Political and societal trends seem to start there, too. Manuel Pastor details this in “State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future”. For example, the fervor for cutting taxes began with California’s infamous Proposition 13 in 1978. Proponents of smaller government realized that cuts in the property tax could be used to starve governments at all levels down to size. In addition, they would provide a tidy bonus to those wealthy enough to own property, in the form of lower tax bills. California slowly descended into financial chaos. The 90s and the 00s were difficult decades, however, now things are looking up in the Golden State. Pastor draws several interesting parallels between what has already happened in California to what is currently happening in American society and politics. An important factor in California overcoming the tough times was the organization of like-minded individuals at the grassroots level to effect change locally. It was a long, laborious process, but what was learned at the local level eventually translated into statewide successes. In “State of Resistance”, Manuel Pastor suggests that perhaps America can do the same.

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