Do y’all remember the award-winning news documentary “Seattle is dying?”

Updated on December 19, 2020 in General Stuff
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KOMO news Seattle and the same journalist have released a hard-hitting follow up. 90 minutes of thought-provoking reality check. Sobering, no pun intended; Seattle’s city council has ruined their own downtown. Would it be that other city councils pay attention:

https://komonews.com/news/local/fight-for-the-soul-of-seattle-program-looks-at-effects-of-citys-permissive-posture

‘Fight for the Soul of Seattle’: Program looks at effects of city’s permissive posture

 
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I almost hate to say this, but I almost view this as a good thing. This kind of progressive rot continues to be centered in places very far from me. And they’ve worked hard to get there. In the spirit of 50 independent states being development labs for the whole country, I think with the very real possibility of a Harris presidency (and the complete shit show of non-support that it will get from half the country), I think if anything comes of this, it’ll be of the “hmm, smells like dog shit. Good thing we didn’t step in it” kind.

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As a matter of politics, I’m more or less on board with Peter’s take.

I observe that Portland is experiencing troubles effectively identical to Seattle’s, and none the less just re-elected the feckless Mayor Ted Wheeler. Given that his only opponent was an open Antifa sympathizer, that was probably the right call. But one might ask why there were no grownups on the ballot to choose from.

Or maybe the more interesting question is why Wheeler counts as a grownup in today’s culture in the first place.

So, too bad for Portland and Seattle, and much gratitude that Omaha enjoys the mayoral ministrations of Jean Stothert, who is kind of a badass. (Coincidentally, in her earlier career, she earned a nursing degree at Seattle Pacific University.) 

As a matter of culture, all this strikes me as mostly inevitable. And decadent. And impossibly condescending. 

Roughly put, when you look at the research, what we might call “the top 5%” live lives of which their great-grandparents would generally approve. Social indicators like marriage, and sobriety, and industriousness are actually in fairly good shape among “the elite”. The only thing the great-grandparents would bristle at is the increased prevalence of divorce, but even on that measure, “the elite” tend to stay married in greater proportion than society as a whole.

What I see as the big change is that while today’s elite mostly conduct their own lives according to that set of great-grandparent approved values and mores, they are almost embarrassed by them, and steadfastly refuse to advocate for them in others.

That’s what I mean by “impossibly condescending”. The “elite” in Seattle and Portland refuse to demand moral conduct from “the underclass”. They refuse to advocate for the moral system they use to guide their own lives.

What’s more, they actually find virtue in their lack of demanding. My great-grandparents, upon seeing someone in a state of chaos as documented by KOMO, would almost certainly have had a fairly harsh reaction. Something like “in their immoral behavior, they have brought these troubles on themselves”. Or perhaps “there but for the grace of God go I”, which itself focuses the issue on God, which then brings a whole milieu of moral teachings to the table.

In contrast, today’s elite steadfastly refuses to attribute that chaos to individual moral or behavioral failings. It’s all “oppression” or “the patriarchy” or “privilege” or whatever.

In that sense, the permissive approach in Seattle makes perfect sense. What right do we have to impose and enforce individual standards of behavior, when all the pathologies in society are “systemic”?

In my view, that line of thinking is a dead end. But I guess we’re destined to run the experiment out to it’s conclusion.

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Your take on the lives and social mores of the elites vs the “others” is compelling. I agree that standards haven’t changed much, but the holding of others to the same societal standards is in another universe, let alone world. That may be the single biggest factor [i]literally[/i] breaking down society.

If you got through the first 20 minutes of the new documentary, it might be tempting to wonder if the editing is skewed towards presenting the worst images to bolster an argument. I have an advantage here, since I am traditionally in Seattle on business a couple of times a year.  The increase in human feces, proned out bodies tripping balls on opiates, and overt criminality in the U-district is astounding in just the last 5 years. It really is becoming world-city unsafe, in terms of the latter issue.

There is a tent city next to the Northbound on ramp from the U-district to I5 that is really something else—dozens of tents on the hill off to the side, with people pissing and crapping in the open in the adjacent streets, and wandering the intersections. The squatters, homeless, and hangers-on *literally* come out of the woodwork whenever the light changes to green, and drift out onto the ramp in front of the merging cars. My local guy there told me to wait 5-10 seconds when the I5 N light turned and to take it easy, because people would try to jump in front of the car. Sure as shit, each time I took that Northbound on ramp, the light would change, I’d creep out through the intersection, and all these skells would appear out of the trees at the side of the road, like magic, and wander around the onramp. I got pretty good at threading the rental Nissan Altima through the bodies and then hammering it to make the freeway merger onto I5. It’s a slice of Russian dash cam insurance lottery mining, right here in the good old PacNW.  Or, more sadly, maybe they just no longer give a shit about their lives. Either way, it’s an experience—the likes of which I have not seen anywhere else, including 3rd-world travel.

 

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Hmmm….. Reminds me vividly of growing up in the Detroit area (and visiting some of the other outstate area ghost towns like Flint). The entire place is fundamentally burned out buildings and carnage with small pockets of beautiful old former auto giants castles that are enclosed in gates with private security. These grand mansions were impossibly cheap if you had the stones and the personal circumstances to live that way. We actually occasionally entertained living there, but there’s no way we could with 2 small kids. As it turned out, our first house was in a border zone real close to Dearborn. But that was when it was an enclave of city cops and fire fighters who were at that time were required to live within the boundaries of the city so it was a great little neighborhood, despite the occasional funeral atmosphere as one of the finest was gunned down (including our next door neighbor but that was a year or two after we left).

Of course, roving gangs or homeless encampments weren’t all that common since there were enough abandoned structures for them to squat in.

Was back there a couple years ago and drove through that neighborhood again. The Detroit population fell under 1 million a couple decades ago and with that went the legal authority to require city employees to live in the city and damn, absolute shit now.

I sincerely hope these cities can find the stones to turn around. Detroit exists as a testament to the tragedy they’re becoming.

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Too good not to post:

https://babylonbee.com/news/seattle-announces-reverse-purge-where-one-night-a-year-laws-will-be-enforced

Seattle Announces Reverse Purge Where One Night A Year Laws Will Be Enforced

 

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“Seattle residents responded with outrage, calling the ordinance “fascist” and “racist.” They are working on setting up a new autonomous zone that will allow people to be immune from the “reverse purge.”

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