Sunday, September 29, 2013

Marx and the City: Will the World's Financial Capital Survive de Blasio?

By Thomas Basile Sep 28, 2013
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is dangerous because he’s as close as you can get to being a Marxist without actually standing on a street corner handing out little red books.  Political pendulums swing. After a certain number of years where there is political dominance by one party or another, it is not unusual in our system for voters to grow restless and want change. Our nation’s largest and most influential city is in the midst of one of these shifts. It’s been 20 years since a Democrat was elected Mayor of Gotham, and today the left is salivating at the possibility of regaining its seat of power in lower Manhattan.
Here’s the problem: New York’s notoriously late primary has led to the selection — as primaries often do — of an extremist; a man David Webb and I recently dubbed “the most dangerous man in New York,” Bill de Blasio.
Let’s be clear, Bill de Blasio isn’t dangerous simply because he represents a leftward shift for New York. He’s not dangerous because he’s a Democrat in a city of Democrats. He’s dangerous because, as the New York Times Magazine pointed out in its exposé this past Sunday, because he’s as close as you can get to being a Marxist without actually standing on a street corner handing out little red books. For all we know, he may have done that too……To Read More......

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