Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pictures of decline

There's an interesting page up at the Daily Mail which shows before and after photos of urban decay in the American city of Detroit. Here, for instance, is a series of photos showing Hazelridge Street:

Hazelridge St, Detroit, 2009

Hazelridge St, 2011

Hazelridge St, 2013

We don't have the experience in Australia of parts of a major city decaying and returning to nature.

One part of the reason for the decay is the effect of violence amongst a black American underclass in Detroit. (Back in 2011 an Australian man bought a run down block of apartments in Detroit with the intention of doing it up; it went wrong when he attempted to evict a woman for not paying her rent - the woman's father, despite being a lottery winner and having the money to support his daughter, chose to gun down the Australian.)

However, what makes me curious is the following. In Detroit property taxes are very high compared to elsewhere, because of high spending and a failure of many to pay taxes to begin with. That was part of what pushed some residents and businesses out of the city.

In other words, it's difficult to maintain civilisational standards when a declining percentage of the population are working to support those who are not working. The burden on the productive increases until it becomes too much and they seek a life elsewhere.

But is this just happening in Detroit? It seems to me that there is a slow shift along the same lines more generally in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West. I noticed, for instance, that 1 in 6 American men in their prime working years are now no longer active in the workforce. What if that percentage continues to worsen? Is there a breaking point at which decline becomes obvious? What, for instance, if the percentage were 1 in 4 American men?


  1. The awful thing about America is that there will never be a recovery, no light at the end of the tunnel, no reset button. Things will continue to get worse and worse. This nation is past the point of no return. In two years, it will be 1 in 5, two years after 1 in 4. My heart breaks for what was once the great symbol of white, Christian, conservative culture.

  2. Get a copy of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and become familiar with it -- because (if nothing changes) it is a vision of our future.

  3. Closer to home; in Australia 48% of people receive more money from the government then what they pay in taxes.

    How long is that sustainable? And what happens when it gets gradually worse?

  4. Anon.

    Once you are familiar with UN Agenda 21, everything falls into place. These circumstances are built into today's bake, it is intentional, no growth, post industrial, it's back to the Stone age. It's all about a sustainable living arrangement. Drastic reduction in population is an essential prerequisite.

  5. Yeah. In the US we have many programs that allow single mothers to have children through state support: HeadStart (free daycare), WIC (Women, Infants, Children - food and snacks!), EBT (free food using a credit card at a supermarket), free birth control and more.

    Nov 30 2011
    NYT: 21 million school children (52%) on Subsidized Lunches - free lunch, Surge in Free School Lunches Reflects Economic Crisis. "Students in families with incomes up to 130 percent of the poverty level — or $29,055 for a family of four — are eligible for free school meals. Children in a four-member household with income up to $41,348 qualify for a subsidized lunch priced at 40 cents." Fifty-two percent of 4th graders in the US Public School system are enrolled in the program. . . . "it is a $10.8 billion program providing 32 million lunches, 21 million of which are free or at reduced price."

    Government pensions are actually going to be a larger amount.

    But, the problem with Detroit is too many blacks. Blacks are like heat-seeking missiles when it comes to destroying civilization.