Moderation Log

Date/Time Moderator Story/Comment/User, Action, Reason
2020-08-26 18:59 -0500 declan Story: Wisconsin Department of Justice confirms Jacob Blake "had a knife" when shot (Rioters: Whoops!)
Action: changed url from "https://twitter.com/wisdoj/status/1298769476347932673/photo/1" to "https://www.doj.state.wi.us/news-releases/update-kenosha-officer-involved-shooting-0"
2020-08-08 07:25 -0500 edipser Story: The Perils of Pretending a War is Something Else
Action: changed title from "The Perils of Pretending a War is Something Else - Frontpagemag" to "The Perils of Pretending a War is Something Else"
2020-07-09 18:37 -0500 declan Story: Black Lives Matter leader: "White people are a genetic defect," Allah help me not to "kill" them
Action: changed title from "Black Lives Matter: \"White people are a genetic defect,\" begs Allah for strength not to \"kill\" them" to "Black Lives Matter leader: \"White people are a genetic defect,\" Allah help me not to \"kill\" them"
2020-07-04 19:09 -0500 declan Tag: culturalrevolution
Action: Created new tag with id '78', with tag 'culturalrevolution', with description 'Cultural Revolution in America', with privileged 'false', with is_media 'false', with inactive 'false', with hotness_mod '0.01'
2020-06-24 12:21 -0500 declan Story: Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to 'Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule'
Action: changed title from "Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to 'Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule' - Frontpagemag" to "Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to 'Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule'"
2020-06-15 18:33 -0500 declan Story: SCOTUS out, time to build
Action: changed tags from "law gunrights" to "law gunrights supremecourt"
2020-05-31 14:58 -0500 declan Story: "They Are Outsiders" Minneapolis Officials Blame "White Supremacist... Terror Cells" For Rioting, Looting
Action: changed tags from "culturewars" to "culturewars insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:58 -0500 declan Story: Minneapolis Riots Are a Reminder that Police Don't Protect You or Your Property
Action: changed tags from "crime gunrights" to "crime gunrights insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:58 -0500 declan Story: Scenes of ‘Urban Warfare’ Erupt from Miami to Seattle
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2" to "civilwar2 insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:58 -0500 declan Story: Appeals for Calm as Sprawling Protests Threaten to Spiral Out of Control
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2" to "civilwar2 insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:57 -0500 declan Story: Antifa has hijacked protests of George Floyd’s death and turned them into riots
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2" to "civilwar2 insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:57 -0500 declan Story: Santa Ana: Activists Beg Rioters Not to Loot Minority-Owned Businesses
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2" to "civilwar2 insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:57 -0500 declan Story: Mysterious Brick Piles Appear Throughout Major Protest Cities
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2" to "civilwar2 insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:57 -0500 declan Story: This is an organized attack designed to destabilize civil society
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2 crime culturewars firstamendment mediajackals preparedness gunrights socialism" to "civilwar2 crime culturewars firstamendment mediajackals preparedness gunrights socialism insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:57 -0500 declan Story: NYPD officer rams into crowd of George Floyd protesters in Brooklyn
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2" to "civilwar2 insurrection"
2020-05-31 14:56 -0500 declan Tag: insurrection
Action: Updating tag insurrection, changed tag from 'Insurrection' to 'insurrection'
2020-05-31 14:55 -0500 declan Tag: insurrection
Action: Created new tag with id '77', with tag 'Insurrection', with description 'Insurrection by Antifa, far-left violent agitators', with privileged 'false', with is_media 'false', with inactive 'false', with hotness_mod '0.01'
2020-05-29 11:35 -0500 declan Story: CNN #MediaJackals show up in middle of Minneapolis riots, get arrested, colleagues wax indignant
Action: changed title from "CNN #MediaJackals show up in middle of Minneapolis riots, get arrested, colleagues are indignant" to "CNN #MediaJackals show up in middle of Minneapolis riots, get arrested, colleagues wax indignant"
2020-05-23 22:24 -0500 declan Story: President Trump: “I have a chance to break the deep state. An interview with Sharyl Attkisson
Action: changed title from "President Trump: “I have a chance to break the deep state.” An exclusive interview on “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” | Sharyl Attkisson" to "President Trump: “I have a chance to break the deep state. An interview with Sharyl Attkisson"
2020-05-18 12:49 -0500 declan Story: Google Erases the Existence of Those Who Speak Unwelcome Truths
Action: changed title from "Google Erases the Existence of Those Who Speak Unwelcome Truths - Frontpagemag" to "Google Erases the Existence of Those Who Speak Unwelcome Truths"
2020-05-06 10:57 -0500 declan Story: 'Mrs. America': Phyllis Schlafly and the Battle to Stop the ERA
Action: changed title from "'Mrs. America': Phyllis Schlafly and the Battle to Stop the ERA - Frontpagemag" to "'Mrs. America': Phyllis Schlafly and the Battle to Stop the ERA", changed tags from "culturewars feminism" to "culturewars feminism history"
2020-05-03 16:20 -0500 declan Story: Michigan's Whitmer says armed protesters displayed 'worst racism and awful parts' of US history
Action: merged into io1zw1 (Media And Gun Control Groups Paint Lawful Michigan Protesters As Anti-Government Racists)
2020-05-02 23:48 -0500 declan Tag: donkilmer
Action: Updating tag donkilmer, changed hotness_mod from '8.0' to '7.0'
2020-04-23 15:56 -0500 (Users) User GunTube
Action: changed own username from "michael" to "GunTube"
2020-04-21 18:56 -0500 declan Tag: endthelockdown
Action: Created new tag with id '76', with tag 'endthelockdown', with description 'End the COVID-19 coronavirus "emergency" lockdown', with privileged 'false', with is_media 'false', with inactive 'false', with hotness_mod '0.01'
2020-04-18 15:36 -0500 declan Tag: donkilmer
Action: Updating tag donkilmer, changed hotness_mod from '9.0' to '8.0'
2020-04-18 15:34 -0500 declan Tag: donkilmer
Action: Updating tag donkilmer, changed hotness_mod from '10.0' to '9.0'
2020-04-17 11:38 -0500 declan Story: The Left is Panicking That the Pandemic Will Encourage Homeschooling
Action: changed title from "The Left is Panicking That the Pandemic Will Encourage Homeschooling - Frontpagemag" to "The Left is Panicking That the Pandemic Will Encourage Homeschooling"
2020-04-10 11:56 -0500 declan Story: Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family
Action: changed title from "Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family - Frontpagemag" to "Progressive Destruction: The Pandemic is the Perfect Time to Abolish the Family"
2020-03-27 23:37 -0500 (Users) User jsndavis
Action: changed own username from "jd" to "jsndavis"
2020-03-26 13:59 -0500 declan Story: Gordon Brown calls for global government to tackle coronavirus
Action: changed tags from "pandemics" to "pandemics emergencyabuse"
2020-03-25 18:03 -0500 declan Story: California preparing for worst case scenarios; martial law a possibility
Action: changed tags from "california pandemics" to "california pandemics emergencyabuse"
2020-03-25 18:02 -0500 declan Story: Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) - "I'm Seeing No Discussions About Limits Of State And Federal Power"
Action: changed tags from "civilwar2 democrats deepstate economics elites mediajackals preparedness socialism pandemics" to "civilwar2 democrats deepstate economics elites mediajackals preparedness socialism pandemics emergencyabuse"
2020-03-25 18:02 -0500 declan Story: I am an American constitutional lawyer – and I see our government using Covid-19 to take away our fundamental rights
Action: changed tags from "law pandemics" to "law pandemics emergencyabuse"
2020-03-25 17:59 -0500 declan Tag: emergencyabuse
Action: Created new tag with id '75', with tag 'emergencyabuse', with description 'Abuse of power during coronavirus or other "emergency"', with privileged 'false', with is_media 'false', with inactive 'false', with hotness_mod '0.05'
2020-03-20 22:01 -0500 declan Story: Boxes, Trailers and Hammers: On California's addiction to Utopiosis
Action: changed tags from "redoubt california economics socialism taxes essays donkilmer" to "redoubt california economics socialism taxes donkilmer"
2020-03-10 21:30 -0500 declan Story: Politicizing Coronavirus Will Cost Dems the House
Action: changed title from "Politicizing Coronavirus Will Cost Dems the House | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously" to "Politicizing Coronavirus Will Cost Dems the House"
2020-03-09 19:21 -0500 declan Story: Socialist Reactions: Head of N.Y. Port Authority Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Action: changed tags from "economics health preparedness socialism announce pandemics" to "economics health preparedness socialism pandemics"
2020-03-08 19:44 -0500 declan Story: Boxes, Trailers and Hammers: On California's addiction to Utopiosis
Action: changed description from "![California's Big Sur coast](https://ucarecdn.com/3314fcb9-58fc-4826-8196-9ebc391f3ba1/bigsur3.jpg)\r\n\r\n**Boxes, Trailers and Hammers: On California's addiction to Utopiosis**\r\n\r\n*By [Don Kilmer](/u/don) | Published March 6, 2020 11:30 AM PT*\r\n\r\nMy exodus from California finished in December 2019. The moving company picked up the last of the pods from my Idaho driveway in the middle of January. I still return to California for work or leisure. I already attended a conference in southern California without nostalgia. It's true that coastal California's balmy nights—even in January—are seductively surreal. But seduction requires an underlying attraction. For me, California no longer holds anything that I want.\r\n\r\nDistance lends perspective. Southwestern Idaho suits me and my wife. It's colder, but sweaters and warm socks are sufficient. It snows sometimes, but not enough in the \"banana belt\" west of Boise to be inconvenient. Snow tires on the SUV keep me between the curbs and ditches. I spent my high school years in New York's Niagara region. There are regions of Idaho that rival Niagara's blizzards, but so far the snow I've seen is more ornamental and refreshing than intimidating.\r\n\r\nI'll probably live with (and out of) boxes for a few more weeks, which has given me a new appreciation for this simple invention. Packing up your life in cardboard cubes for transportation to a new home can be an exercise in your philosophy of life. You must compartmentalize and reexamine everything that you have. Some items got abandoned in San Jose. But, surprisingly, I'm finding it easier to prune stuff as I unpack. Not everything is necessary for the new adventure.\r\n\r\nOne very large box cabins the others. Most of our stuff was shipped in pods. (Consider this an unpaid endorsement of [that wonderful company](https://www.pods.com/).) But several items were too valuable or fragile to ship that way. The cost of renting a one-way trailer out of California was close to the cost of buying a used trailer of the same size. So I bought one, and inadvertently acquired a status symbol. Everyone in Idaho has trailers. They use them for work. They use them for part-time jobs. They transport horses, small livestock, and produce. They haul ATVs, snowmobiles and camping gear. They're a symbol of vitality and exuberance for outdoor activities, or at least mobility. I might convert mine into a tag-along kitchen, camping gear storage, and toy-hauler to drag behind my RV when exploring more of my new home in the intermountain west.\r\n\r\nThere's a poignancy about this move. Now that I see California from a distance, it reminds me of watching a relative or loved one choose a path of self-destruction. The vice doesn’t matter. It could be drugs, alcohol, gambling, or promiscuous sex. Obsessive, compulsive abuse and addiction decays the spirit. California is addicted to what I call Utopiosis—a compulsion to create a Utopia.\r\n\r\nThe state's political culture could not be satisfied with the land's near-Garden of Eden fertility, the west's breathtaking coastline, the east's majestic mountains, and a climate that nears paradise on earth. Its politicians forgot that government’s duty is to preserve life, liberty and property; and that this is best achieved by establishing a equilibrium within and among the polis. People must be able to predict what laws and policies that will affect their lives, and because we live three score and ten years, predictability in government must extend beyond the week, month, and election cycle. Unfortunately when government is both the disturber of equilibrium and its proposed remedy, the cycle becomes an abusive downward spiral.\r\n\r\nAs an example, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for land use restrictions. Whether you believe these policies actually preserve open space or believe they are a conspiratorial graft machine for politicians, developers and existing home owners to elevate housing prices, the result is the same: People are priced out the housing market. The true motivation doesn’t matter. Government policies have distorted the equilibrium in the housing market. When someone is hitting themselves in the head with a hammer, the usual remedy would be to propose putting the hammer down. But Utopiosis inspires the political class to propose a new hammer, or a different hammer, or a hammer with a different shape or weight. They can't bring themselves to put it down.\r\n\r\nThe City of San Jose placed [Measure E](https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/appointees/city-clerk/elections/2020-elections/measure-e) on the March 3, 2020 ballot. It implements a transfer tax on homes that are sold for more than $2 million within the city’s boundaries. The revenue raised is supposed to reduce homelessness in San Jose, with particular attention paid to the elderly, veterans, and low-income residents. How long the threshold will remain at $2 million, and how long the amount skimmed from the sale will remain around 1 percent, are exercises [left to the reader](http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/readings.nsf/ArtWeb/C82515A4B6B7A24C85257D1B0041C86E?OpenDocument).\r\n\r\nThis is a hostage tax. The City of San Jose wants to tax you for selling your home and leaving. What else can it be called? Local government policies have distorted the housing market, and now those distortions are taxed for the benefit of the people harmed by the original distortion. You can check out the Santa Clara County Registrar’s website for the other [obsessive-compulsive urges](https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Mar2020Info/Documents/List%20of%20Local%20Measures.pdf) of the political class to tax and spend themselves into Utopia with bond measures. As this essay was written, the California Secretary of State still hasn’t tallied all the votes for another spending measure called [Proposition 13](https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/13/index.htm). Even if all these self-abusive taxes fail, the margins will be close enough to prompt the Utopiosis-addicted political class to try again next time.\r\n\r\nThe Utopiosis addiction is not limited to state measures. A disturbing number of Californians embraced [Socialism](/s/foxtto/don_kilmer_democrats_are_no_longer_shy) in the recent Democrat primary. Approximately 1.5 million Republicans [cast](https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/republican) a primary ballot for incumbent Donald Trump. But Socialist Bernie Sanders [won](https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/democratic) his party's primary with nearly 1.1 million votes. Semi-Socialists Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and fascist Michael Bloomberg brought the left-leaning vote total (including Bernie) up to 2.9 million. Californians are demanding that the government give them Utopia by a 2:1 margin.\r\n\r\nI can’t hope for California’s demise. The land is beautiful and many Californians are inventive, productive, and virtuous. But I am grateful for boxes and trailers that let me escape. I'm also grateful for real-world, non-Utopian hammers. I still need to hang some pictures.\r\n\r\n______________________________________\r\n\r\n*[Don Kilmer](https://dkgunlaw.com/) is a [Second Amendment litigator](https://dkgunlaw.com/services) living in Idaho and an [editor of Talking](https://talki.ng/about). See Don's [previous essays](https://talki.ng/t/donkilmer) on Talking.*" to "![California's Big Sur coast](https://ucarecdn.com/3314fcb9-58fc-4826-8196-9ebc391f3ba1/bigsur3.jpg)\r\n\r\n**Boxes, Trailers and Hammers: On California's addiction to Utopiosis**\r\n\r\n*By [Don Kilmer](/u/don) | Published March 6, 2020 11:30 AM PT*\r\n\r\nMy exodus from California finished in December 2019. The moving company picked up the last of the pods from my Idaho driveway in the middle of January. I still return to California for work or leisure. I already attended a conference in southern California without nostalgia. It's true that coastal California's balmy nights—even in January—are seductively surreal. But seduction requires an underlying attraction. For me, California no longer holds anything that I want.\r\n\r\nDistance lends perspective. Southwestern Idaho suits me and my wife. It's colder, but sweaters and warm socks are sufficient. It snows sometimes, but not enough in the \"banana belt\" west of Boise to be inconvenient. Snow tires on the SUV keep me between the curbs and ditches. I spent my high school years in New York's Niagara region. There are regions of Idaho that rival Niagara's blizzards, but so far the snow I've seen is more ornamental and refreshing than intimidating.\r\n\r\nI'll probably live with (and out of) boxes for a few more weeks, which has given me a new appreciation for this simple invention. Packing up your life in cardboard cubes for transportation to a new home can be an exercise in your philosophy of life. You must compartmentalize and reexamine everything that you have. Some items got abandoned in San Jose. But, surprisingly, I'm finding it easier to prune stuff as I unpack. Not everything is necessary for the new adventure.\r\n\r\nOne very large box cabins the others. Most of our stuff was shipped in pods. (Consider this an unpaid endorsement of [that wonderful company](https://www.pods.com/).) But several items were too valuable or fragile to ship that way. The cost of renting a one-way trailer out of California was close to the cost of buying a used trailer of the same size. So I bought one, and inadvertently acquired a status symbol. Everyone in Idaho has trailers. They use them for work. They use them for part-time jobs. They transport horses, small livestock, and produce. They haul ATVs, snowmobiles and camping gear. They're a symbol of vitality and exuberance for outdoor activities, or at least mobility. I might convert mine into a tag-along kitchen, camping gear storage, and toy-hauler to drag behind my RV when exploring more of my new home in the intermountain west.\r\n\r\nThere's a poignancy about this move. Now that I see California from a distance, it reminds me of watching a relative or loved one choose a path of self-destruction. The vice doesn’t matter. It could be drugs, alcohol, gambling, or promiscuous sex. Obsessive, compulsive abuse and addiction decays the spirit. California is addicted to what I call Utopiosis—a compulsion to create a Utopia.\r\n\r\nThe state's political culture could not be satisfied with the land's near-Garden of Eden fertility, the west's breathtaking coastline, the east's majestic mountains, and a climate that nears paradise on earth. Its politicians forgot that government’s duty is to preserve life, liberty and property; and that this is best achieved by establishing an equilibrium within and among the polis. People must be able to predict what laws and policies that will affect their lives, and because we live three score and ten years, predictability in government must extend beyond the week, month, and election cycle. Unfortunately when government is both the disturber of equilibrium and its proposed remedy, the cycle becomes an abusive downward spiral.\r\n\r\nAs an example, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for land use restrictions. Whether you believe these policies actually preserve open space or believe they are a conspiratorial graft machine for politicians, developers and existing home owners to elevate housing prices, the result is the same: People are priced out of the housing market. The true motivation doesn’t matter. Government policies have distorted the equilibrium in the housing market. When someone is hitting themselves in the head with a hammer, the usual remedy would be to propose putting the hammer down. But Utopiosis inspires the political class to propose a new hammer, or a different hammer, or a hammer with a different shape or weight. They can't bring themselves to put it down.\r\n\r\nThe City of San Jose placed [Measure E](https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/appointees/city-clerk/elections/2020-elections/measure-e) on the March 3, 2020 ballot. It implements a transfer tax on homes that are sold for more than $2 million within the city’s boundaries. The revenue raised is supposed to reduce homelessness in San Jose, with particular attention paid to the elderly, veterans, and low-income residents. How long the threshold will remain at $2 million, and how long the amount skimmed from the sale will remain around 1 percent, are exercises [left to the reader](http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/readings.nsf/ArtWeb/C82515A4B6B7A24C85257D1B0041C86E?OpenDocument).\r\n\r\nThis is a hostage tax. The City of San Jose wants to tax you for selling your home and leaving. What else can it be called? Local government policies have distorted the housing market, and now those distortions are taxed for the benefit of the people harmed by the original distortion. You can check out the Santa Clara County Registrar’s website for the other [obsessive-compulsive urges](https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Mar2020Info/Documents/List%20of%20Local%20Measures.pdf) of the political class to tax and spend themselves into Utopia with bond measures. As this essay was written, the California Secretary of State still hasn’t tallied all the votes for another spending measure called [Proposition 13](https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/13/index.htm). Even if all these self-abusive taxes fail, the margins will be close enough to prompt the Utopiosis-addicted political class to try again next time.\r\n\r\nThe Utopiosis addiction is not limited to state measures. A disturbing number of Californians embraced [Socialism](/s/foxtto/don_kilmer_democrats_are_no_longer_shy) in the recent Democrat primary. Approximately 1.5 million Republicans [cast](https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/republican) a primary ballot for incumbent Donald Trump. But Socialist Bernie Sanders [won](https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/democratic) his party's primary with nearly 1.1 million votes. Semi-Socialists Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and fascist Michael Bloomberg brought the left-leaning vote total (including Bernie) up to 2.9 million. Californians are demanding that the government give them Utopia by a 2:1 margin.\r\n\r\nI can’t hope for California’s demise. The land is beautiful and many Californians are inventive, productive, and virtuous. But I am grateful for boxes and trailers that let me escape. I'm also grateful for real-world, non-Utopian hammers. I still need to hang some pictures.\r\n\r\n______________________________________\r\n\r\n*[Don Kilmer](https://dkgunlaw.com/) is a [Second Amendment litigator](https://dkgunlaw.com/services) living in Idaho and an [editor of Talking](https://talki.ng/about). See Don's [previous essays](https://talki.ng/t/donkilmer) on Talking.*", changed markeddown_description from "<p><img src=\"https://ucarecdn.com/3314fcb9-58fc-4826-8196-9ebc391f3ba1/bigsur3.jpg\" alt=\"California’s Big Sur coast\"></p>\n<p><strong>Boxes, Trailers and Hammers: On California’s addiction to Utopiosis</strong></p>\n<p><em>By <a href=\"/u/don\">Don Kilmer</a> | Published March 6, 2020 11:30 AM PT</em></p>\n<p>My exodus from California finished in December 2019. The moving company picked up the last of the pods from my Idaho driveway in the middle of January. I still return to California for work or leisure. I already attended a conference in southern California without nostalgia. It’s true that coastal California’s balmy nights—even in January—are seductively surreal. But seduction requires an underlying attraction. For me, California no longer holds anything that I want.</p>\n<p>Distance lends perspective. Southwestern Idaho suits me and my wife. It’s colder, but sweaters and warm socks are sufficient. It snows sometimes, but not enough in the “banana belt” west of Boise to be inconvenient. Snow tires on the SUV keep me between the curbs and ditches. I spent my high school years in New York’s Niagara region. There are regions of Idaho that rival Niagara’s blizzards, but so far the snow I’ve seen is more ornamental and refreshing than intimidating.</p>\n<p>I’ll probably live with (and out of) boxes for a few more weeks, which has given me a new appreciation for this simple invention. Packing up your life in cardboard cubes for transportation to a new home can be an exercise in your philosophy of life. You must compartmentalize and reexamine everything that you have. Some items got abandoned in San Jose. But, surprisingly, I’m finding it easier to prune stuff as I unpack. Not everything is necessary for the new adventure.</p>\n<p>One very large box cabins the others. Most of our stuff was shipped in pods. (Consider this an unpaid endorsement of <a href=\"https://www.pods.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">that wonderful company</a>.) But several items were too valuable or fragile to ship that way. The cost of renting a one-way trailer out of California was close to the cost of buying a used trailer of the same size. So I bought one, and inadvertently acquired a status symbol. Everyone in Idaho has trailers. They use them for work. They use them for part-time jobs. They transport horses, small livestock, and produce. They haul ATVs, snowmobiles and camping gear. They’re a symbol of vitality and exuberance for outdoor activities, or at least mobility. I might convert mine into a tag-along kitchen, camping gear storage, and toy-hauler to drag behind my RV when exploring more of my new home in the intermountain west.</p>\n<p>There’s a poignancy about this move. Now that I see California from a distance, it reminds me of watching a relative or loved one choose a path of self-destruction. The vice doesn’t matter. It could be drugs, alcohol, gambling, or promiscuous sex. Obsessive, compulsive abuse and addiction decays the spirit. California is addicted to what I call Utopiosis—a compulsion to create a Utopia.</p>\n<p>The state’s political culture could not be satisfied with the land’s near-Garden of Eden fertility, the west’s breathtaking coastline, the east’s majestic mountains, and a climate that nears paradise on earth. Its politicians forgot that government’s duty is to preserve life, liberty and property; and that this is best achieved by establishing a equilibrium within and among the polis. People must be able to predict what laws and policies that will affect their lives, and because we live three score and ten years, predictability in government must extend beyond the week, month, and election cycle. Unfortunately when government is both the disturber of equilibrium and its proposed remedy, the cycle becomes an abusive downward spiral.</p>\n<p>As an example, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for land use restrictions. Whether you believe these policies actually preserve open space or believe they are a conspiratorial graft machine for politicians, developers and existing home owners to elevate housing prices, the result is the same: People are priced out the housing market. The true motivation doesn’t matter. Government policies have distorted the equilibrium in the housing market. When someone is hitting themselves in the head with a hammer, the usual remedy would be to propose putting the hammer down. But Utopiosis inspires the political class to propose a new hammer, or a different hammer, or a hammer with a different shape or weight. They can’t bring themselves to put it down.</p>\n<p>The City of San Jose placed <a href=\"https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/appointees/city-clerk/elections/2020-elections/measure-e\" rel=\"nofollow\">Measure E</a> on the March 3, 2020 ballot. It implements a transfer tax on homes that are sold for more than $2 million within the city’s boundaries. The revenue raised is supposed to reduce homelessness in San Jose, with particular attention paid to the elderly, veterans, and low-income residents. How long the threshold will remain at $2 million, and how long the amount skimmed from the sale will remain around 1 percent, are exercises <a href=\"http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/readings.nsf/ArtWeb/C82515A4B6B7A24C85257D1B0041C86E?OpenDocument\" rel=\"nofollow\">left to the reader</a>.</p>\n<p>This is a hostage tax. The City of San Jose wants to tax you for selling your home and leaving. What else can it be called? Local government policies have distorted the housing market, and now those distortions are taxed for the benefit of the people harmed by the original distortion. You can check out the Santa Clara County Registrar’s website for the other <a href=\"https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Mar2020Info/Documents/List%20of%20Local%20Measures.pdf\" rel=\"nofollow\">obsessive-compulsive urges</a> of the political class to tax and spend themselves into Utopia with bond measures. As this essay was written, the California Secretary of State still hasn’t tallied all the votes for another spending measure called <a href=\"https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/13/index.htm\" rel=\"nofollow\">Proposition 13</a>. Even if all these self-abusive taxes fail, the margins will be close enough to prompt the Utopiosis-addicted political class to try again next time.</p>\n<p>The Utopiosis addiction is not limited to state measures. A disturbing number of Californians embraced <a href=\"/s/foxtto/don_kilmer_democrats_are_no_longer_shy\">Socialism</a> in the recent Democrat primary. Approximately 1.5 million Republicans <a href=\"https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/republican\" rel=\"nofollow\">cast</a> a primary ballot for incumbent Donald Trump. But Socialist Bernie Sanders <a href=\"https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/democratic\" rel=\"nofollow\">won</a> his party’s primary with nearly 1.1 million votes. Semi-Socialists Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and fascist Michael Bloomberg brought the left-leaning vote total (including Bernie) up to 2.9 million. Californians are demanding that the government give them Utopia by a 2:1 margin.</p>\n<p>I can’t hope for California’s demise. The land is beautiful and many Californians are inventive, productive, and virtuous. But I am grateful for boxes and trailers that let me escape. I’m also grateful for real-world, non-Utopian hammers. I still need to hang some pictures.</p>\n<hr>\n<p><em><a href=\"https://dkgunlaw.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Don Kilmer</a> is a <a href=\"https://dkgunlaw.com/services\" rel=\"nofollow\">Second Amendment litigator</a> living in Idaho and an <a href=\"https://talki.ng/about\" rel=\"nofollow\">editor of Talking</a>. See Don’s <a href=\"https://talki.ng/t/donkilmer\" rel=\"nofollow\">previous essays</a> on Talking.</em></p>\n" to "<p><img src=\"https://ucarecdn.com/3314fcb9-58fc-4826-8196-9ebc391f3ba1/bigsur3.jpg\" alt=\"California’s Big Sur coast\"></p>\n<p><strong>Boxes, Trailers and Hammers: On California’s addiction to Utopiosis</strong></p>\n<p><em>By <a href=\"/u/don\">Don Kilmer</a> | Published March 6, 2020 11:30 AM PT</em></p>\n<p>My exodus from California finished in December 2019. The moving company picked up the last of the pods from my Idaho driveway in the middle of January. I still return to California for work or leisure. I already attended a conference in southern California without nostalgia. It’s true that coastal California’s balmy nights—even in January—are seductively surreal. But seduction requires an underlying attraction. For me, California no longer holds anything that I want.</p>\n<p>Distance lends perspective. Southwestern Idaho suits me and my wife. It’s colder, but sweaters and warm socks are sufficient. It snows sometimes, but not enough in the “banana belt” west of Boise to be inconvenient. Snow tires on the SUV keep me between the curbs and ditches. I spent my high school years in New York’s Niagara region. There are regions of Idaho that rival Niagara’s blizzards, but so far the snow I’ve seen is more ornamental and refreshing than intimidating.</p>\n<p>I’ll probably live with (and out of) boxes for a few more weeks, which has given me a new appreciation for this simple invention. Packing up your life in cardboard cubes for transportation to a new home can be an exercise in your philosophy of life. You must compartmentalize and reexamine everything that you have. Some items got abandoned in San Jose. But, surprisingly, I’m finding it easier to prune stuff as I unpack. Not everything is necessary for the new adventure.</p>\n<p>One very large box cabins the others. Most of our stuff was shipped in pods. (Consider this an unpaid endorsement of <a href=\"https://www.pods.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">that wonderful company</a>.) But several items were too valuable or fragile to ship that way. The cost of renting a one-way trailer out of California was close to the cost of buying a used trailer of the same size. So I bought one, and inadvertently acquired a status symbol. Everyone in Idaho has trailers. They use them for work. They use them for part-time jobs. They transport horses, small livestock, and produce. They haul ATVs, snowmobiles and camping gear. They’re a symbol of vitality and exuberance for outdoor activities, or at least mobility. I might convert mine into a tag-along kitchen, camping gear storage, and toy-hauler to drag behind my RV when exploring more of my new home in the intermountain west.</p>\n<p>There’s a poignancy about this move. Now that I see California from a distance, it reminds me of watching a relative or loved one choose a path of self-destruction. The vice doesn’t matter. It could be drugs, alcohol, gambling, or promiscuous sex. Obsessive, compulsive abuse and addiction decays the spirit. California is addicted to what I call Utopiosis—a compulsion to create a Utopia.</p>\n<p>The state’s political culture could not be satisfied with the land’s near-Garden of Eden fertility, the west’s breathtaking coastline, the east’s majestic mountains, and a climate that nears paradise on earth. Its politicians forgot that government’s duty is to preserve life, liberty and property; and that this is best achieved by establishing an equilibrium within and among the polis. People must be able to predict what laws and policies that will affect their lives, and because we live three score and ten years, predictability in government must extend beyond the week, month, and election cycle. Unfortunately when government is both the disturber of equilibrium and its proposed remedy, the cycle becomes an abusive downward spiral.</p>\n<p>As an example, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for land use restrictions. Whether you believe these policies actually preserve open space or believe they are a conspiratorial graft machine for politicians, developers and existing home owners to elevate housing prices, the result is the same: People are priced out of the housing market. The true motivation doesn’t matter. Government policies have distorted the equilibrium in the housing market. When someone is hitting themselves in the head with a hammer, the usual remedy would be to propose putting the hammer down. But Utopiosis inspires the political class to propose a new hammer, or a different hammer, or a hammer with a different shape or weight. They can’t bring themselves to put it down.</p>\n<p>The City of San Jose placed <a href=\"https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/appointees/city-clerk/elections/2020-elections/measure-e\" rel=\"nofollow\">Measure E</a> on the March 3, 2020 ballot. It implements a transfer tax on homes that are sold for more than $2 million within the city’s boundaries. The revenue raised is supposed to reduce homelessness in San Jose, with particular attention paid to the elderly, veterans, and low-income residents. How long the threshold will remain at $2 million, and how long the amount skimmed from the sale will remain around 1 percent, are exercises <a href=\"http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/readings.nsf/ArtWeb/C82515A4B6B7A24C85257D1B0041C86E?OpenDocument\" rel=\"nofollow\">left to the reader</a>.</p>\n<p>This is a hostage tax. The City of San Jose wants to tax you for selling your home and leaving. What else can it be called? Local government policies have distorted the housing market, and now those distortions are taxed for the benefit of the people harmed by the original distortion. You can check out the Santa Clara County Registrar’s website for the other <a href=\"https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Mar2020Info/Documents/List%20of%20Local%20Measures.pdf\" rel=\"nofollow\">obsessive-compulsive urges</a> of the political class to tax and spend themselves into Utopia with bond measures. As this essay was written, the California Secretary of State still hasn’t tallied all the votes for another spending measure called <a href=\"https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/13/index.htm\" rel=\"nofollow\">Proposition 13</a>. Even if all these self-abusive taxes fail, the margins will be close enough to prompt the Utopiosis-addicted political class to try again next time.</p>\n<p>The Utopiosis addiction is not limited to state measures. A disturbing number of Californians embraced <a href=\"/s/foxtto/don_kilmer_democrats_are_no_longer_shy\">Socialism</a> in the recent Democrat primary. Approximately 1.5 million Republicans <a href=\"https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/republican\" rel=\"nofollow\">cast</a> a primary ballot for incumbent Donald Trump. But Socialist Bernie Sanders <a href=\"https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/democratic\" rel=\"nofollow\">won</a> his party’s primary with nearly 1.1 million votes. Semi-Socialists Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and fascist Michael Bloomberg brought the left-leaning vote total (including Bernie) up to 2.9 million. Californians are demanding that the government give them Utopia by a 2:1 margin.</p>\n<p>I can’t hope for California’s demise. The land is beautiful and many Californians are inventive, productive, and virtuous. But I am grateful for boxes and trailers that let me escape. I’m also grateful for real-world, non-Utopian hammers. I still need to hang some pictures.</p>\n<hr>\n<p><em><a href=\"https://dkgunlaw.com/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Don Kilmer</a> is a <a href=\"https://dkgunlaw.com/services\" rel=\"nofollow\">Second Amendment litigator</a> living in Idaho and an <a href=\"https://talki.ng/about\" rel=\"nofollow\">editor of Talking</a>. See Don’s <a href=\"https://talki.ng/t/donkilmer\" rel=\"nofollow\">previous essays</a> on Talking.</em></p>\n"
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2020-03-06 12:58 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer on the progressive left: They now openly call for wealth redistribution, socialism
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2020-03-06 12:58 -0600 declan Story: Thought experiment on BigTech bias: Can manipulation of data be morally wrong?
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2020-03-06 12:58 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer: An open question on open borders and the current crisis
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2020-03-06 12:58 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer: The Truth Ain’t In Kamala Harris
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2020-03-06 12:58 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer: Reason or Force. Pick One
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2020-03-06 12:58 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer: Kill Collectivism, Not Technology
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2020-03-06 12:57 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer: The enforcement problems with gun-grabbing ‘red flag’ laws are even worse than you think
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2020-03-06 12:57 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer: A Level Playing Field for Bad Guys is Dumb
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2020-03-06 12:57 -0600 declan Story: Don Kilmer's Friday Essay: The Dogs of War? -or- How Much is that Rifle in the Window?
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