Magazine April 19, 2021, Issue

Notes from a Once-Golden State

(Roman Genn)
‘What went wrong? Hell, what didn’t?’

“If the Pilgrims had landed in California instead of back East, nobody would have bothered to discover the rest of the country.”
 — Ronald Reagan

“Move to Texas.”
— Pete Wilson, when asked his advice for a young Republican who wanted to go into California politics

One snowy day when I was a kid in upstate New York, I came across a shoebox in the back of a closet that contained a perfectly preserved specimen of the California dream: a century-old sheaf of letters that a cousin had sent back to his parents after moving to Los Angeles. The cousin had described endless sunshine,

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In This Issue

I. What Made California Great

II. California's Self-Destruction

III. Can California Be Saved?

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