Detroit: A City Destroyed by “Progressive” Statism

Pajamas TV has just released the excellent video, “A City Destroyed by Liberal Idealism,” which discusses the ruin of the City of Detroit as a result of “liberal” (i.e., “Progressive”) statism. And this disastrous story is repeated in major cities across the U.S. to the extent that government, urban, collectivist policies have been imposed.

For excellent examinations of the destructive effects of such policies and the need for privatization and marketization of urban enterprise, housing, education, security/policing, transportation, and welfare/charity, please see the following books:

The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society, edited by David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, and Alexander T. Tabarrok

Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis, edited by Randall G. Holcombe and Benjamin Powell

Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads, edited by Gabriel Roth

To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice, by Bruce L. Benson

Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America, by Lowell E. Gallaway and Richard K. Vedder

David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of the quarterly journal, The Independent Review.
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