Lots of stats and quotes from think-tank types, and then he starts dancing toward the point he really wants to make: He thinks government should impose mixed-housing policies on pretty much everyplace where ostensibly free human individuals and families choose to live.
He does acknowledge that hman nature trumps ideology, even in the Bay Area:
You won't be surprised to learn that Edsall likes this summer's SCOTUS decision in the Texas Housing Authority decision.Even residents of Marin County in California, a bastion of Democratic liberalism, have protested proposals to build affordable housing. In May 2014, the California Assembly passed legislationreducing the obligation of Marin County to build low- and moderate-income housing.
If Marin County – as one writer put it a couple of years ago, “the most beautiful, bucolic, privileged, liberal, hippie-dippie place on the earth” — is having a hard time accepting affordable housing, the path out of impoverished neighborhoods for substantial numbers of black children will be arduous.
Hey, Tom, here's an idea: instead of going the tyranny route, replete with a view of human beings as cattle to be corralled into pens meeting regime specifications, how about if we try a national turning back to God and the morality and personal responsibility that is the obvious cure for that which made the inner cities such hell-holes that everybody wanted to leave?
It's a rhetorical question, I know. Freedom-Haters such as Edsall have a vested interest in seeing that social ills are perpetuated rather than cured, so there is an excuse to herd the cattle-masses and maintain their own power.