Life in California today differs in degree, not in kind, from that dystopian vision.
— In the name of helping the poor and protecting the environment, California has placed myriad restrictions and fees on building new housing units, driving up their price;
Because the progressive residents of Elysium don’t want them to.
Legislation that would have encouraged more housing density was snuffed out last April, garnering support from less than one-third of legislative committee members.
Less than 40% of non-white and non-Asian students meet state educational standards.
California did indeed reduce the total number of prisoners by 12 percent between 2011 and 2015. But that’s because it had to: barbaric overcrowding resulted in a federal court order that the state to take action
While the state has the highest income tax rate for the richest 1%, it also has the highest sales tax, which is famously regressive.
They benefit directly from the downward pressure that low-skill immigrants put on the wages for cooks, cleaners, gardeners, & drivers.
As such, if California is ever to live up to its ideals, change must come from within — not just from within Elysium, but from within the progressive movement.