California is at a tipping point. Severe budget deficits, unsustainable pension costs, heavy taxes, cumbersome regulation, struggling cities, and distressed public schools are but a few of the challenges that policymakers must address for the state to remain a beacon of business innovation and economic opportunity. City Journal has for years been cataloging the political and economic issues of our nation's largest metropolitan areas, and in this collection compiled and introduced by City Journal editor Brian C. Anderson, the cracks in California's flawed policy plans are displayed in detail, and analyzed by a diverse set of experts in the state's design. While there is plenty of literature on California’s history, topography, and attractions, The Beholden State: California's Lost Promise and How to Recapture It is the first book examining in rigorous detail how a place seen just a generation ago as the dynamic engine of the American future could, through bad policy ideas, sink into some of the highest unemployment rates and poorest educational outcomes in the country. The book is as thoroughly analytical as it is pragmatically prescriptive, complete with policy solutions mapping the way forward for a struggling state. 

Foreword | William E. Simon, Jr.

Introduction | Brian C. Anderson

Part I: The Politics and Economics of Decline

The Beholden State | Steven Malanga
The Big-Spending, High-Taxing, Lousy-Services Paradigm | William Voegeli
The Golden State’s War on Itself | Joel Kotkin
Cali to Business: Get Out! | Steven Malanga
The Long Stall | Wendell Cox
The Pension Fund That Ate California | Steven Malanga
Flatten Taxes! | Arthur B. Laffer
The Radical Reform That California Needs | Troy Senik

Part II: The Urban Fiscal Crisis

Lost Angeles | Joel Kotkin
How the Road to Bell Was Paved | William Voegeli
Broken Windows, Broken City | Steven Greenhut

Part III: Public Order

The Reclamation of Skid Row | Heather Mac Donald
The LAPD Remade | John Buntin
The Sidewalks of San Francisco | Heather Mac Donald

Part IV: Of Energy and Environment

A Crude Awakening | Tom Gray
The Water Wars | Victor Davis Hanson

Part V: Immigration Dilemmas

The Rainbow Coalition Evaporates | Steven Malanga
The Demographic Revolution | Heather Mac Donald

Part VI: Education

The Worst Union in America | Troy Senik
The Bilingual Ban That Worked | Heather Mac Donald
The Union’s Occupation | Ben Boychuk
Triggering School Reform in California | Ben Boychuk
Grading the Teachers | Larry Sand
UC Two | Heather Mac Donald

Part VII: The Culture

The Lost Art of War | Andrew Klavan
Radical Graffiti Chic | Heather Mac Donald
Tom Wolfe’s California | Michael Anton

Part VIII: Keep Hope Alive

The Silicon Lining | Guy Sorman
California, Here We Stay | Victor Davis Hanson


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