Explaining California

This 1967 quote from the late political scientist James Q. Wilson caught my eye, and I had to share.

A person like myself, who grew up in Southern California, finds it increasingly difficult to understand people who say they understand California. “Explaining California,” especially Southern California, has always been a favorite pastime for New Yorkers and Bostonians who have changed planes in Los Angeles, or made a two-day trip to the RAND Corporation, or just speculated on what kind of state could be responsible for Hollywood. Nor need one be an Eastern to play the game; living in San Francisco carries with it a permanent license not only to explain but to explain away (far away) Los Angeles.

via « A Guide to Reagan Country: The Political Culture of Southern California Commentary Magazine.

Well said.

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