San Francisco responds to the coronavirus with an experiment in lawlessness.
An odd pattern has emerged in San Francisco as the city responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. The world of the well-off has become tightly restricted by public quarantine orders, and the world of the poor increasingly resembles that of Mad Max‚ÄĒlawless, crime-ridden, and devoid of functioning authority.
Over just a few weeks, San Francisco has instituted a policy that can be described as ‚Äúdecarcerate, decriminalize, and depolice.‚ÄĚ Reducing the jail population, permitting public camping and other forms of disorder, and scaling back police presence in low-income neighborhoods have always been the favored policies of San Francisco‚Äôs progressive activists. In the past, residents and business groups could restrain the most extreme impulses of the political class. Now, with the coronavirus providing cover, city leaders have pushed forward their agenda with new vigor.
If the "underprivaledged" do themselves in, there will be less of them to care for. There was a news item here a couple of weeks ago about coyote wandering the streets of San Fran. Seems like both the two and four legged kind are out there. Waylon Jennings asked the rhetorical question in a song from my youth, "Will the Wolf Survive?" Perhaps not.
Why don‚Äôt we ever see Nancy Pelosi walking arm and arm with SF activists singing ‚Äú we shall over come‚ÄĚ? It would be such a drive down memory lane. Why, hasn‚Äôt that song been sung since 1968? Because we have overcome, and reaped the whirlwind, of the policies promised.