My reply to Paul A. Myers @FT.

What a powerful opening paragraph , or is it just hyperbole in high gear? On first reading, approaching the breathtaking.  Bravo!  

‘ The shape, direction, and force of the next Republican vector is the next great question of political physics. Trump’s looming defeat will leave behind a low-pressure zone not seen since 1932. What will come after?’

‘Political physics’ sure to appeal to the Financial Times readers. And your examination of the ‘California Model’, sans mention of the Howard Jarvis coterie’s Prop. 13 hysterics, is a very succinct observation: on the politics of the Oakies and Arkies of its second, third generations on, whose willful forgetting of their Dust Bowl origins, and their allegiance to the self-created myth of their entrepreneurship. When, in fact, they were the indispensable sub-contractors of the Cold War Arms Manufactures. Hence the cults of both Goldwater and Reagan, while not forgetting Schwarzenegger, as another Hollywood political refugee, like George Murphy, in this state.

As a ‘Native Californian’, whose parents moved west from Minnesota and Idaho I must say you have articulated an argument, sans my critique, that is hard to gainsay!

Best regards,


About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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