In Authoritarian Liberalism and the Pyramidal Civilization I talked about what illiberal things liberals will do when they are in charge and must make things work. I noted this tendency was strong in New York, but not as evident in Chicago.
“Progressives”, noisy and nasty ones, are noticing this and don’t like it. Matt Taibbi notices it as he begins his article on subprime lending. He seems at least dimly aware that this involves maintaining occupiability of the city by people with money, but doesn’t understand that this is important, or why. David Sirota doesn’t get it at all. He attributes it all to the nefarious influence of various moneyed conservatives.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dealt aggressively with the state budget deficit. The simple truth is, if you and only you are in charge, you are going to have to make things work whether you find what you have to do distasteful or not. Permissive liberalism is what liberals really want. But the chaos it creates can only be tolerated to a limited degree.
What conservatives want is irrelevant. They don’t have, and never will have, any power except a minimal ability to restrict and slow down leftist initiative. What is important is how liberals are going to deal with the problems they themselves have caused. They have reached the point in some places, and are getting very close everywhere else, where pointing the finger at the rubes and expressing horror at their idiocy is not a substitute for actually doing something.