Tag: New York Values

City Journal’s Brian Anderson and Seth Barron discuss New York’s upcoming elections and the prospect of a state government run entirely by Democrats.

New York’s local politics have long been driven by a partisan split in the state legislature. With the help of moderate Democrats, Republicans have held a narrow majority in the state senate since 2010. This year, however, many of those moderates were beaten in the primaries by more progressive candidates. As a result, Democrats are poised to take over state government in Albany next year.

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Cruz in New York yesterday afternoon. From the NY Post: Cruz, meanwhile, doubled down on his assault on “New York values,” though he re-branded his message to make it easier for conservative New Yorkers to swallow by calling them “liberal Democratic values” and linking them to Donald Trump. “Let’s be clear. The people of New […]

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The left-wing Governor of New York is banning state employees from traveling to North Carolina, on the basis that barring biological males from using the women’s bathroom is the worst violation of Human Rights in the History of Everything. On the other hand, traveling to the Communist Island Gulag of Cuba is something he supports […]

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Losing the Cities

 

shutterstock_363188468I live in Chicago. It’s a very progressive town. Most of my friends and acquaintances are progressive. I work with a graying pony-tailed and bearded fellow who assertively wears his Bernie Sanders t-shirt at least once a week. I myself read The New Yorker, go to theater as much as possible, and even had a play recently produced by a local theater group. I am a devoted fan of WFMT which is simply the greatest classical music radio station in the world and a bastion of tasteful urban liberalism. When finances permit I go to orchestra concerts and even the opera.

I don’t own a car — I get around by bike or take public transportation. I get depressed whenever I have to journey to vast exurban wasteland that surrounds my city. In other words, though I live 700 miles to the west of Gotham, I live in accord with New York values, at least as far as lifestyle and culture is concerned.

Thus, I relished this article by Kevin D. Williamson, a stern bit of wisdom which has been alluded to by several Ricochet posters.

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I would like to highlight a comment from my post on New York values because I found it more insightful than my post. The typical Manhattan dweller lives in a highly truncated space. If the four walls press in on you, you go out. For most Manhattanites, going out means walking the city or taking […]

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What “New York Values” Means To Me

 

I suppose “New York Values” is kind of a Rorschach blot, with people reading into it whatever they like, but to me it means this: I think that if the four hijacked airliners on September 11, 2001, had hit anywhere but Manhattan, New Yorkers wouldn’t feel so strongly about it. In fact – and this is just my gut feeling – if the only one that had reached its destination that morning was the one that hit the Pentagon, the majority of New Yorkers would have said, “Eh. Just a bunch of warmongers anyway. Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

Let’s not forget that many people sum up that day as the day the Twin Towers were attacked, as if that were the totality of the horror that was inflicted. I have actually had conversations that went like this:

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Apparently, Ted Cruz’s comment about “New York Values” has sent New Yorkers into full-on pearl-clutching, fainting-couch hysteria. Larry Kudlow: “Mr. Cruz is disqualified for being president. Disqualified. Disqualified. Hang it up!” Bill de Blasio: ““I am disgusted at the insult that Ted Cruz threw at this city and its people.” Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller whines petulantly: “There’s […]

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I sincerely apologize to the hard-working and steadfast citizens of New York, for the incompleteness of my remark. When I made that unfortunate reference to “New York values” you have to know what I was picturing in my mind: I was picturing a certain former senator of New York. A senator who belittles the women […]

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