The positional good of living in a good neighborhood, by Lion of the Blogosphere.
The worst part about being poor (in modern-day America) is that you are forced to live in the same neighborhood as other poor people, and send your kids to schools full of other poor kids. …
“Economic growth” and tax cuts are of no benefit to people who can’t afford to move to “good” neighborhoods, such things just increases everyone’s nominal wealth and the cost of the “good” neighborhood goes up proportionally and remains just as unaffordable as it was before.
In fact, I would say that the cost of desirable positional goods have been increasing faster than the rate of inflation and faster than the rate of growth of the median person’s income. This is a consequence of the top 1% (and other topmost percents) getting a larger share of the wealth, which they then use to buy up the best positional goods for not only themselves, but also for their children.
Republican tax cuts for the top 1% will only make things WORSE (except for those already in the top 1% or who have parents in the top 1% who give them financial support).
Then the most breath-takingly un-PC — yet arguably correct — remarks I’ve seen all year:
The best thing to do to improve people’s lives is to forget about tax cuts and economic growth, and instead focus on how to make poor neighborhoods more palatable.
The first thing we need to do is to make poor people behave better so it’s not as bad to live next to them. As red-pilled [human bio-diversity] believers, we understand that the majority of poor people are genetically inferior to their betters on important attributes like intelligence, future-time-orientation, and natural inclination towards peaceful cooperative behavior. But that doesn’t mean that that there is nothing to be done.
There has been a massive increase in crime since the 1950s, and that’s because society became more permissive. Society used to understand that poor people lacked the self-control and future-time-orientation of rich people, and thus poor people were kept on a tighter leash, encouraged to believe in religion that set them on the straight and narrow, policed by policemen who had a no-nonsense approach to policing, who could dish out an extrajudicial beating when it was called for.
The second thing we need to do is make schools safe for smarter and better behaved children. This means the smarter and better behaved children are separated from the other children. And the worst-behaved children need to be expelled from regular schools and confined to schools specifically for delinquents.