For as long as anyone can remember, … New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles were the kinds of places where enterprising young Americans would go to make their way in the world.
Not anymore. In just twelve months between July 2020 and July 2021, these four cities lost over 700,000 people.
A very different phenomenon is playing out in conservative states, especially in the south. Almost 80 per cent of the population growth in 2021 happened in a mere ten counties. Five of the fastest growing counties were in Texas and two in Florida. The fastest of all was Maricopa county in Arizona, which is rapidly filling up with large numbers of Californian emigres.
What do the growth states have in common? They favour freedom. From snow-capped Utah to swampy Florida, geography and climate are not the decisive factor; state politics is. As free states thrive, radical progressives drive businesses away from their traditional hubs. Last year, Elon Musk moved Tesla’s corporate HQ from California to Texas. Thousands of lower-profile businesses have made the same move.
Whereas California has managed to combine European level taxation with third world level public service, free states like Texas, Tennessee and Florida do not have a state income tax at all. While in New York and Silicon Valley, permits are needed to do almost anything, states like Arizona and Utah have imposed radical red tape reduction plans. …
Detroit is an extreme case, but indicates the direction of change
Progressive America is literally dying; deaths in Democrat cities and states have started to exceed births. Though birth rates have fallen across the board in the past decade, it has been most pronounced in places where folk have gone woke, perhaps losing interest in raising a family in the process. Women in conservative America on average marry significantly younger than they do in progressive states.
The federal model of competing states could save the US yet.
The federal model lies somewhat dormant in Australia, though it has the same potential.
hat-tip Stephen Neil