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The Social And Economic Experiment and It’s Lab Rats

Bookmarks_Henry_FEATUREDMandeville, LA – Exclusive TranscriptWe’ve been planned and gamed and cajoled into these suburbs and into these lives of never-ending commuting.  That’s what I was saying.  I only brought it up as a thought-starter.  Lo and behold, Charles Marohn, writing at The Imaginative Conservative website must have been listening that day.  Of course, I flatter myself with that.  Of course he wasn’t listening.  But he did write something about this, “The Horrors of Suburbia.”  Check out today’s transcript for the rest….

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Mike:  I want to bring you back about three weeks ago.  I brought this up on the program and I didn’t flesh it out for a very lengthy amount of time.  I only, I guess, picked around the issue here.  Some of you reacted with scorn.  [mocking] “Wait a minute, you’re saying that the road and interstate system of paved roads, that they’re bad things and we ought to get rid of paved roads?”  No, that’s not what I said.  I said that all of those things are part of a central economic and social planning scheme.  We’ve been planned and gamed and cajoled into these suburbs and into these lives of never-ending commuting.  That’s what I was saying.  I only brought it up as a thought-starter.

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Where Kotkin sees a “forced march towards densification and ever more constricted planning augurs,” I see the unwinding of our great suburban experiment. As government’s ability to subsidize this artificial pattern of development wanes, a return to more traditional living arrangements is inevitable. For thousands of years, cities have been engines of wealth creation. In America, they are becoming that again. [Mike: Why would conservatives cede this ground so easily?]

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This leads us to a final truth: cities desperately need conservatives. These are places that have been abandoned to the left for decades. Many urban dwellers are hungry for better government. They want a more responsive bureaucracy. They favor unwinding many of the stifling regulations and perverse subsidies that have built up over the years.

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Mike:  This is an interesting take on this.

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