December 3, 2012

Heinleinian "Bad Luck"

An 80-year-old business of oyster farming is shut down.

Salazar ordered the Park Service to help the oyster company remove property, oysters and racks from the estuary and assist oyster company employees in relocating and finding jobs and employment training.

"We are taking the final step to recognize this pristine area as wilderness," Salazar said. "The estero is one of our nation's crown jewels, and today we are fulfilling the vision to protect this special place for generations to come."

My first thought was that this operated on leased Federal land and the operators should not be too surprised by political vicissitude. The real trouble being that there is Federal land, not the surprise of its being managed capriciously.

But the back-to-the-caves argument grows within me, watered by schadenfreude tears of disappointed Marin-county organic foodie customers. Rachel Maddow asks why we don't build Hoover Dams anymore -- her people won't let you dig a clam out of the sand.

California is a beautiful place. But it is more amazing for its rational achievement. Steve Martin's L.A. Story talks about the people who made a magical place in the desert. Steinbeck chronicled migration to the Golden State's agricultural wonderland. Silicon Valley's contribution to wealth and culture will be studied for centuries.

But it's over, kids. Human reason is no longer welcome there. And one fears the bright folks on the West Coast may once again be leading the nation.

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded -- here and there, now and then -- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as 'bad luck.'" -- Robert A Heinlein
UPDATE: Good video story on this. California Environment We're from the government, and here to help. Posted by John Kranz at December 3, 2012 11:23 AM

It occurs to me that some Three Sourcers might enjoy the discussions at the Heinlein Facebook Forum:

Sign up and stir up some trouble!

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at December 3, 2012 5:21 PM

I signed up. I have a feeling I'm going to get my ass kicked, but that can be fun.

Posted by: Jk at December 3, 2012 9:36 PM

Thanks for the invitation and I have been a Heinlein fan since before I could drive but I just cannot afford another electronic time sink.

Posted by: dagny at December 4, 2012 11:53 AM | What do you think? [3]