Actions Have Consequences

19 04 2018

San Francisco

SF Chronicle:

As president of S.F. Travel, the city’s visitors bureau, Joe D’Alessandro’s job is to promote San Francisco. You’d think he’d be hyping the city’s gorgeous vistas, top-notch restaurants and glorious museums.

Instead, he’s getting honest.

Sure, San Francisco has great facets worthy of postcards and travel books, but it also has a worsening underbelly that D’Alessandro says he can no longer gloss over.

People injecting themselves with drugs in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the sidewalks. Tent camps. Human feces. The threatening behavior of some people who appear either mentally ill or high. Petty theft.

“The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting,” D’Alessandro said, adding he’s traveled the world, and San Francisco stands out for the wrong reasons. “I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs.

“How can it be?” he continued. “How can it have gotten to this point?”

Blogmeister raises his hand.

Back on November 14, the day of my posting storm after my return to this space, one of the many things I wrote in one of the many posts I wrote that day is that dope is the fundamental determinant of modern American socio-political life.  Which means that it’s the fundamental razor that makes the difference between left and right.  Of course, I’m generalizing.  But I tend to do a lot of that around here, so you should be used to it by now.

Because that razor means the modern left is fundamentally pro-dope to one extent or another, and the modern left is the dominant governing ideology of the modern white urban gentry ruling class, it means that said individuals propose and enact policies based on the bubbles of their own lives.  They hit the sauce when they were young, but largely outgrew it as they “grew up” (such as they do) and got on with the business of ruling San Francisco and the world.  This means that when they think of drug enforcement, they think of the possibility of the DEA raiding their dorm room so many years ago, which means they think that drug enforcement now means the DEA raiding the future versions of themselves.  You know how that goes, there but for the grace of God go I.  The modern white urban gentry neoliberal ruling class soft-pedals on dope because they’re thinking of their younger selves and younger versions of themselves.

What they don’t realize is that actions have consequences, and that not everyone in the world is like themselves.  This is why their own policies written for their own tight little social class means that half the country’s junkies and bums are moving to California, on top of the fact that California rehabadabadoo joints are recruiting flyover country junkies who have insurance (Obamacare mandates drug treatment), milk them and their insurance for every last penny, then dump ’em back on the streets when the insurance won’t pay anymore.  And they’d rather be homeless in San Francisco than living under a roof back in Iowa.

Long and short is that the things which people do for other people like them are often decidedly less than ideal for people not like them.  The people not like them will take advantage of those things if they can.

Likewise, the right-libertarians that soft pedal on dope, while their motivation is abstract and ideological instead of personal, because, like I wrote above, dope is the determinant, and since I’m discussing right-libertarians here, it means they were never personally into dope, tend to think that everyone in the world reads medical journals.  The right-libertarian attitude on dope is that nobody should use it, because Lancet, but forcing people not to use it is not a legitimate state function.  It’s easy to see that’s the attitude of someone who regularly reads medical journals.  What they don’t realize is that most people don’t read medical journals, and a lot of them just aren’t into public or private morality.  Which means the lack of drug law enforcement in the ideal right-libertarian world which is a function of the typical medical journal-reading right-libertarian not needing it also means below average IQ adolescents get strung out on dope.

If the only people in this world were white urban gentry neoliberals that outgrew dope, and right-libertarians that regularly read medical literature, we wouldn’t need much in the way of drug laws and enforcement.  It’s everyone else that you’ve gotta worry about.

I should note Joe D’Alessandro’s last name.  That’s also San Franciscan Nancy Pelosi’s maiden name.  I wonder…


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19 04 2018
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Yes, this landed in my hopper not long before Rush started talking about it today. I’ll analyze this later today.

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