Victor Davis Hanson, the conservative professor-farmer-writer, recently traveled around the agricultural area of California where he lives and wrote a powerful essay about what he saw and experienced.  His descriptions remind me of a scene in one of the “Back to the Future” movies where America’s cities have degenerated into vast slums.  He concluded that California “is a sort of social, cultural, economic, and political time-bomb, whose ticks are getting louder.”

The conventional wisdom is that “It happens in California first and then the rest of the country.”  God help us.  A fascinating and worthwhile read: