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Paperback / 40 pages
ISBN: 9781594036231
PUBLISHED: 11/26/2013


What Doomed Detroit

Many cities have struggled with the decline of key industries, from Philadelphia’s shipyards to New York’s textile industry, but Detroit—which is now in bankruptcy—is both a victim of the decline of the Michigan automobile industry and a cause of it. A city with a history of civil disorder—it is the only American city occupied on three separate occasions by federal troops—its poisonous blend of race-based politics and union domination has left it impoverished and diminished.

Once the fourth-largest city in the country, it is today smaller than Fort Worth. Once the nation’s most prosperous city, it is today the poorest. Even in its reduced state, it is the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy—and yet its city payroll maintains twice as many government employees per resident as does San Jose. More terrifying is the fact that the imbalance between public-sector consumption and private-sector production that helped make Detroit what it is today is by no means limited to the Motor City—in fact, there are four large U.S. cities that are in arguably worse shape. Detroit is not just a case study, but a portent.


About the Author

Kevin D. Williamson writes for National Review, and his work has appeared in publications including Politico and the New York Post. He was the 2015 Pulliam fellow at Hillsdale College in Michigan, and he is the author of The End Is Near and It’s Going To Be Awesome, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, and the Broadsides The Dependency Agenda and What Doomed Detroit

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