Michigan College Towns Should Be Hopping With The Latest Chinese Import
The fun loving boys and girls of Antifa met in cities across the nation on August 19th to plan a new, national round of antidemocratic riots and intimidation which will kick off on November 4th. They are planning an American Cultural Revolution, no less. The only omission from the full Chinese experience will be Mao Zhedong, who has been shoveling thunder out of hell since 1976.
The enthusiastic and fawning media which Antifa received after Charlottesville and Boston seems to have emboldened them. Five cities – New York, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are expected to be ground zero for this new wave of highly disruptive ‘protests’ that should continue until the snow flies. This time around they won’t even need the pretext of ‘Nazis’ or ‘White Supremacists’, nor politically incorrect historical monuments. Anyone questioning these rioters will be immediately targeted as Nazis or Klansmen, including police. Anything offensive to the revolution will be destroyed.
The news media, social scientists, and political scientists are eager to offer up the usual stale left wing bromides on urban riots, but at best those bromides are based upon a lot of anecdotes rather than hard data. The plural of anecdote is not data. The disingenuousness of their bromides arises from the clash of facts with their committed leftist politics. Economists were far less political, at least 25 years ago.
A pair of economists working under the aegis of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) applied linear regression computation modeling to various community statistics from a broad range of cities to determine which underlying issues cause riots and, further, to determine their intensity. Their results are a real eye opener and run contrary to the drivel being peddled by the media and academics on this 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots.
The National Bureau of Economic Research is a private nonprofit research organization which distributes its work product to financial officials and the public around the world. NBER is best known as the official arbiter of the start and end dates of economic recessions in the United States, a not uncontroversial subject. Its economists have run the gamut from the good (Milton Friedman, Wassily Leontief), to the bad (Austan Goolsbee), to the ugly (Paul Krugman). As a fun side note, it is comforting to know that an economists’ organization as august as NBER can lose money on their financial portfolio. No crony capitalists there!
The DiPasquale/Glaeser study has two major components: a cross-national study which covers urban rioting around the world (including the U.S.), and a cross-city study which covers urban rioting across just the U.S. They assembled data sets on a large number of cities which included dependent variables representing the frequency of riots and the intensity of riots, along with many independent variables suggested by previous studies as being responsible for the frequency and intensity of those riots – poverty, unemployment, ethnic composition, and so on.