I’m a white guy who works for a living. Other white guys who work for a living are my natural allies. That doesn’t mean I won’t call them on their shit.
Detroit is bankrupt. Blacks took over the city in 1967 and proceeded to burn it down, first quickly then slowly. But it’s not like they didn’t have help.
The US auto industry had a captive market after World War II. The common people had money to buy cars again, and they spent freely on them. The UAW, and to a lesser extent management let this go to their heads. People would buy anything shiny, whether it worked well or not. Lee Iacocca was the industry’s genius. He wasn’t an engineer though, he was a marketing man- one of the suits Don Draper gets booze and whores for. It’s all marketing, he confidently told the business press.
The UAW figured this was time for the guys working on the line- a really unpleasant job, repetitious and with a lot of pressure- to make a good, or better than good living. Worse, their leadership, the head of which was Walther Reuther, figured the great prosperity of the union was to be used in service of the leftist cause.
But not everybody wanted the kind of three-ton monster Detroit made money on. In the 60’s, Volkswagen started to sell its small, cheap, air-cooled cars, with the kind of “small and frugal is beautiful” advertising that is common in selling to SWPLs today. Reuther got Lyndon Johnson to put a tariff on VW light trucks and vans that remains in force to this day.
As gas became more expensive in the early 70’s, people became more interested in small cars, now coming from Japan as well. The UAW hated this trend. The cars were junk, they said. They were being sold unfairly below cost. Only faggots and losers drove foreign cars.
Outside of the industrial heartland, these arguments didn’t sway people. They didn’t see the need to buy a crappy, ugly car to support the union people in Michigan. In the Upper Midwest and mid-Atlantic states, the use of salt on roads meant cars rusted through in a few years, and buying a car to last a long time didn’t make sense, so Hondas and Toyotas had less appeal. But elsewhere, people whose incomes were declining- not rising, like the still powerful UAW members- needed an expensive item like a car to be reliable and last a long time. Buying a new car every few years could be done while the phony prosperity lasted, but when it started to die it was no longer an option.
For a long time Detroit and other cities in Michigan and the region benefited from the great wealth produced by the auto industry. But the region declined along with the Big Three automakers. Under pressure, the Japanese and German automakers started building plants in the US, but they built them in the South where the UAW would be unlikely to be able to organize. So far they haven’t.
Had white people in the industrial heartland been better engineers and factory workers, had the white men running those businesses been more far-sighted, had they put less effort into promoting leftist social policies and more into building good cars, the American auto industry would still be healthy. Detroit would still have been taken over by blacks, but they would have less unchallenged political power and the collapse wouldn’t have been as extreme. There would be more money to keep things running.
The libertarian fantasy of a world run by benevolent businessmen is foolish. The socialist fantasy of a world run by benevolent professors and politicians is even more foolish. When you’re bred in a place where winter is six months long, shit has to work. There is no place for foolish fantasies.