Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

California's Experience and America's Future

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the quality of life in California has steadily gone down hill

Perseus Publishing

In the years after World War II, California, always regarded as an experiment for the American future, became an encouraging model for the nation. It was admired and envied for the quality of its education system, its environment, and its progressive social outlook. However, beginning with the passage of the tax-cutting Proposition 13 in 1978, and continuing through a barrage of voter initiatives, the state has pursued a determined course of retrenchment and reaction, sending it tumbling to the bottom of the nation’s“quality of life” ratings.

In Paradise Lost, Peter Schrag examines the relationship between the politics of that retrenchment and the great demographic changes of recent decades. His book makes a powerful case for reinvigorating our traditional structures of representative government against the increasing power of “populism” that is often disdainful of minority rights and interests. It shows that California is still a test for the nation, and a frightening indicator of our society’s readiness to assimilate and serve its new citizens.




Norton Pub

In the years after World War II, California, always regarded as an experiment for the American future, became an encouraging model for the nation. It was admired and envied for the quality of its education system, its environment, and its progressive social outlook. However, beginning with the passage of the tax-cutting Proposition 13 in 1978, and continuing through a barrage of voter initiatives, the state has pursued a determined course of retrenchment and reaction, sending it tumbling to the bottom of the nation’s“quality of life” ratings.

In Paradise Lost, Peter Schrag examines the relationship between the politics of that retrenchment and the great demographic changes of recent decades. His book makes a powerful case for reinvigorating our traditional structures of representative government against the increasing power of “populism” that is often disdainful of minority rights and interests. It shows that California is still a test for the nation, and a frightening indicator of our society’s readiness to assimilate and serve its new citizens.




Book News
Schrag's (government studies, UC Berkeley) California is a chain-rattling Marley's ghost who spent the last 20 years following a determined reactionary course that often disdained minority rights and interests. He argues that this attitude has contributed to the state falling to the bottom of the nation's quality of life rankings and warns that a similar degradation may befall the nation as a whole if it fails to heed the warning signs in California. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, c1998.
ISBN: 9781565843578
1565843576
Branch Call Number: 320.9794 SCH
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 24 cm.

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