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California Dream Dies (Again)

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In the context of the governor's race in California, New York magazine proclaimed the state dead last week: The dream is over amid financial ruin, high unemployment, and political irrelevance: "Kevin Starr, the USC historian, who went to high school with [Jerry] Brown, calls Brown’s non-efforts a “Zen campaign,” which seems to acknowledge that politics itself, the function and purpose of it, has “been erased in California.” Or, put another way, why have a plan if plans aren’t going to work?" [NY Mag]