Nothing could be more emblematic of the contrast between leftism and liberty than this famous night view of the Korean peninsula:
Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.
“To nudge” — liberalese for “to corral” — is a favorite term of Comrade Obama’s Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein.
As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can’t afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing’s plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. … It would leave sparsely populated swaths unlit in a community of 713,000 that covers more area than Boston, Buffalo and San Francisco combined. Vacant property and parks account for 37 square miles (96 square kilometers), according to city planners.
“You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population,” said Chris Brown, Detroit’s chief operating officer. “We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.”
Cue up “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses.
Before it was destroyed by labor unions and an overwhelmingly Democrat demographic, Detroit was a great city, the fifth largest in the country.
The triumph of moonbattery is the triumph of darkness.
On tips from Sean and Jimbo.