|A movie set where the Visible Black Hand of Economics is on its finest display|
Highland Park, Michigan, a city in the greater Detroit area, is the latest town to implement dramatic austerity measures, according to the Associated Press.
With $58 million in municipal debt and a $60,000 monthly electric bill that it can't pay, Highland Park has elected to remove 1,000 of its 1,500 streetlights -- not just turning the power off, but tearing the poles themselves out of the ground.
It's a strategy that's unlikely to fix most of Highland Park's economic woes. The town's unemployment rate is 22 percent -- more than twice the national rate -- and 42 percent of residents live below the poverty line.How many millions of people worked in Detroit, punched their card, worked long-shifts at the factory,all the while hoping that their children would one day live in a better city than they did? How many thousands of people raised families in Highland Park, walking their children down the same sidewalks that are now bathed in the silent darkness where laughter once preceded it?
White people left Highland Park - well, they abandoned it really - to the current Black inhabitants of the city. Just like thousands of other cities across the nation, the fate of Highland Park was sealed when the whites left. No formal surrender took place nor was a ceremony commemorating the transfer of power necessary.
Adam Smith's concept of the invisible hand goes something like this:
In economics, invisible hand or invisible hand of the market is the term economists use to describe the self-regulating nature of the marketplace... individual ambition benefits society, even if the ambitious have no benevolent intentions.In Black-Run America, the ultimate aim of the government, the church, the media, the entertainment industry, combined with the academic sector and the private sector is the enhancement of the quality of life for Black people to the expense of everyone else.
Worse still, it all comes off the dime of everyone else through a redistribution of tax-revenue that flows to Black people via TANF/Welfare, EBT/Food Stamps, Section 8 housing, and the prison industry with the attendant costs of police protection, incarceration, probation, and court system maintenance, all of which disproportionately incur against whites.
It has been official government policy for some time that the collective needs of Black people trump individual ambitions in America, negating the entire concept of Smith's invisible hand. DWLs understand, hence their desire to live in Whitopia's like Portland, San Francisco, Boulder, Silicon Valley, and Washington D.C. (where DWLs priced Blacks out of the housing market and drove them into Prince George's County) where the nullifying presence of visible Black Hand governing economics has been minimized.
Consider Frédéric Bastiat parable of the broken window:
[It] illustrate[s] why destruction, and the money spent to recover from destruction, is actually not a net-benefit to society.The parable, also known as the broken window fallacy or glazier's fallacy, demonstrates how opportunity costs, as well as the law of unintended consequences, affect economic activity in ways that are "unseen" or ignored.The Climate Change in major metropolitan areas like Detroit, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Cleveland, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Milwaukee is a form of destruction. Knowing that the Black people who inherit the city will face structural inequality because they lack the ability to collectively sustain an economy - whether it's a major city like Detroit or a small one like Highland Park - the destruction of that city's tax base is foreordained.
You can see the visible Black Hand of economics at work when you drive into areas of city where commerce was once prevalent. Be it a mall, a shopping center, a restaurant, a strip mall, or an autonomous car dealership, an infallible indicator you have drifted into a Black Undertow city is the sign that civilization once flourished there but has since been replaced with hair accessory stores, liquor stores, pawn shops, and title-loan lenders.
Unless you plan on removing the population that was instrumental in a city's decline, we have no reason to rebuild these cities (The population that was instrumental in its ascent left because of the influx of the Black Undertow, anyway). Thus, the money spent to try and bring recovery to Detroit or Birmingham is of no net-benefit to society. The visible Black Hand of economics is at work in these cities, just as Bastiat's parable.
Black people had nothing to do with building Detroit into a world-class city; they had everything to do with its removal from that select list of world-class destinations, though. The same goes for Highland Park, a city that Dirty Harry himself couldn't save now.
Aren't convinced of the awesome power that the visible Black Hand of economics has over our lives? Let's take a look at a city that experienced an unhealthy dose of Climate Change in a span of just 20 years. Spanish Lake (outside St. Louis) was 99 percent white in 1970; it is now 77 percent Black. It's a safe bet that when it was an all-white city, the police primarily dealt with ticketing teenagers driving too fast or drinking underage. Now, they are forced to deal with the Black Undertow which preys upon everyone:
County police have responded so many times to calls from Countryside Townhomes that they are now posting officers at the 787-unit apartment complex that has become synonymous with trouble in the Spanish Lake area.
Of the 6,525 calls for police help logged by the 1st Precinct since the start of 2009, more than 3,600 were from that area — for a murder, robberies, assaults, burglaries and other crimes, officials said.
Beginning Sept. 1, officers have been pushing back with foot patrols aimed at protecting the good residents and visitors — and routing out the bad. They made 18 arrests on just the first day.
Commanders said if they don't act aggressively and swiftly, the problems at the complex, along Rosado Drive off Bellefontaine Road, will just spill into the surrounding neighborhoods. The effort includes code enforcement and sobriety checkpoints.
Capt. Troy Doyle, the precinct commander, said he expects the tactics to continue as long as necessary. "Hopefully, until the problems get rectified," he said.
Phillip Andrew Morton has made two trips since 2007 to the house at 1238 Maple Street where he grew up.
On both occasions, he was shocked at the profound changes the little frame house had undergone in a matter of a few years.
Morton, 32, is now an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. The rapid transformation of the north St. Louis County community he calls his hometown, though it has never been incorporated, forms the basis of his documentary, "Spanish Lake."
The movie combines the warm feelings that Morton has for the area with a case-study of what many feel was governmental action — or inaction — that changed its bucolic nature into one that, in some sections, is more befitting of an urban ghetto.
"I really wanted to research all the dynamics that went into the phenomenon of white flight in Spanish Lake," Morton said in a recent telephone interview from Los Angeles. "I came away convinced that this is not an issue of race but of class and opportunities.