Mark Steyn on Detroit, which is scrounging around for assets to liquidate:
What else is left to sell? Windsor has already offered to buy Detroit’s half of the Detroit/Windsor tunnel, perhaps to wall it up. With bankruptcy temporarily struck down, we’re told that “innovation hubs” and “enterprise zones” are the answer. Seriously?
In my book “After America,” I observe that the physical decay of Detroit — the vacant and derelict lots for block after block after block — is nothing compared with the decay of the city’s human capital. Forty-seven percent of adults are functionally illiterate, about the same rate as the Central African Republic, which at least has the excuse that it was ruled in the ’70s by a cannibal emperor.
Why would any innovator open a business in a Detroit “innovation hub”? Whom would you employ? The illiterates include a recent school board president, Otis Mathis, which doesn’t bode well for the workforce a decade hence.
One has to conclude that Detroit’s Democratic Party makes a far more comprehensive wrecking crew than Emperor Bokassa ever did. No bombs, no invasions, no civil war, just liberal politics day in, day out.
Americans sigh and say, “Oh, well, Detroit’s an outlier.” It’s an outlier only in the sense that it happened here first.
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