January 19, 2007

It's the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' world

We are just guests here. It seems that "Californication" has entered mainstream life and has become a great album, song and video. Anthony Keidis talked about how Californication was basically how the world is becoming very superficial and plastic, much like California. However, in the Economist Californication is given a more positive twist.

To sum up this and other affronts, westerners have used a verb. To "Californicate" a state means to turn it into an image of California, with inflated property prices, traffic jams and rampant crime. Occasionally, as in a recent leader in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a local political shift (in that case, Nevada's vote to ban smoking in restaurants) is described as Californication. And Californians have indeed spread their politics to other states.
According to the article more then 5 million people born in California now live in other states, making it "America's second-biggest domestic diaspora, after New Yorkers, and the most noticeable." And unlike previous mass domestic emigrations this one is not just White people running away from Black people. In fact, the article says that between 1995 and 2000 California suffered the net loss of more Hispanics than whites.

So when people talk about how liberals are losing the demographic war, they are probably wrong.


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