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USC Equity ‘Mavens’ Promote Spending on Expensive Mass Transit and Housing that Benefit the Rich

December 16, 2017

By Richard Lee Abrams : citywatch – excerpt

CORRUPTION WATCH-All educated people have heard Lord Acton’s quote from 1887, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” One interesting aspect of Lord Acton’s statement is that it took thousands of years for someone to concisely state what everyone knew. It’s the lesson behind Sodom and Gomorrah where the judges were named Liar, Deceiver, and Perverter of the law. Socrates’, Plato’s and Aristotle’s discussions on how to bring together wisdom and power yielded no solution. As the Arab political philosopher al-Farabi noted in his parable of the pious ascetic, the corruption power brings taints even the righteous. (The ascetic had to lie by acts of deception to save his life.)…

Why Is Corruption Bad?

Corruption ignores Quality of Life. When power is concentrated in the hands of a few councilmembers who operate according to a criminal vote trading system, devoted to making a handful of patrons vastly more wealthy, there is no room to worry about the Quality of Life of Angelenos…(more)

SF Bay Area is not alone in its struggle with gentrification issues. The arguments are the same all over the state and much of the country. This is why we need a proper understanding of what is being done at the state level if we are going to gain back local control of our land use and transportation policies and priorities. Watch the language that is being used and judge for yourself who is the best candidate to lead us through this quagmire we find ourselves stuck in. A lot of people can describe it quite eloquently but not many voices are offering a reasonable solution.

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