I started thinking about where they live, hence that last post. They all live in relatively tony suburban locations where people mostly behave according to those stifling, Victorian standards. I've been wondering where they would live if they really wanted to sample a burg where the Victorians have been utterly routed. I found a list of small cities and a list of large cities they might want to try.
The expected locales are all there - Detroit, Camden, East St. Louis and so on. #2 on the small city hit parade was a place called Benton Harbor, MI, where single parent households are 77.5% of the population. Just on a whim, I bopped around the Interweb Tubes looking into this lovely metrop. Much to my surprise, I found that the Victorians were having to step in and bail out the libertines.
But as of this month, they (Benton Harbor elected officials) are literally powerless, and hold no authority to make any decisions. Not even on potholes.The place is completely out of control to the point where they are now the housepets of the state. My, what a mess they've left on the carpet!
The city is now run by Joseph L. Harris, an accountant and auditor from miles away, one of a small cadre of “emergency managers” dispatched like firefighters by the state to put out financial blazes in Michigan’s most troubled cities.
In Benton Harbor, where, records show, finances have spiraled downward in a morass of commingled funds, puzzling accounting and unchecked spending, Mr. Harris has been handed sweeping new powers under recent state legislation that emergency managers like him say was needed to remedy dire situations.
Meanwhile, the cultural scene in Benton Harbor is lively and creative, just as you'd expect when enlightened personal freedom takes hold and all that grim Victorian prudery is ripped away.
Listening to these artists talk, I'd like to ask my progressive friends on Facebook to stand up and support free expression and acceptance of all lifestyles by committing themselves to pay their fair share and cover whatever tax burdens these guys can't. Unless, of course, you think these guys are going to shell out the roughly $12,000 in per capita taxes it takes to run the Federal government. (State and local can be dealt with later).
Freedom has its price.