Faithful readers of this blog will recognize that we haven't posted in a little while, so this may not come as a surprise. But for a number of reasons, we've decided to end this blog and move on to new projects.
One of the reasons for this decision is practical: I'm about to start a new job that will make it very hard for me to blog at the pace I kept last year, particularly in the weeks preceding the deadline for the new budget and the end of the Legislative session. Sometimes you have to set priorities in life, and Golden State Liberty just isn't one I can afford to hold onto.
But the bigger reason is what you might call a crisis of faith. For me, liberty (and libertarianism) is about taking control of your own destiny, and taking responsibility for creating the life you want for yourself. As such, you sometimes need to ask yourself hard questions about how you spend your days, and whether the things you do actually move you closer to whatever ideal of freedom you envision for yourself. And I've become convinced that spending significant chunks of each day absorbed in the minutae of California's political system is not a ticket to personal liberty. It's horribly depressing to contemplate the state of our politics here on a daily basis, but more to the point, there's nothing to gain from it. Whether California is headed over a cliff is, of course, open to debate; my guess is that the state is headed for a decades-long period of stagnation and an economy that goes sideways, as opposed to an "Atlas Shrugged"-style collapse. Of course, if Californians had an abrupt change of heart and embraced limited government, we'd likely see rapid growth and a more free, livable society here. But there's absolutely no reason to believe that that's going to happen. Most likely, libertarians in California are stuck with the bloated, statist government we've had for decades here. And no amount of bellyaching is going to change that.
If I'm right, the options for freedom-loving Californians look something like this: 1) Leave the Golden State for a more hospitable place; 2) Stay, and struggle against overwhelming odds to effect the changes you want through the political system; or 3) Stay, and find your freedom in your everyday life, apart from politics. Some of my best friends in California are pursuing the first option, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't on my radar as well. I also know a number of people on the second path. I wish them well, but the success of that option is largely out of their hands, as it depends on the hearts and minds of a lot of people with an intense hostility to individual freedom. For me, Door #3 is the way to go. You don't need a blog to find other libertarians in California; trust me, they're everywhere. And with billions in QE2 dollars starting to flood into the state's economy, there are plenty of opportunities to find your fortune here and take care of yourself with it. It might not be perfect, but if you're going to stay, making enough money to give yourself options and spending time in the company of good people isn't a bad way to spend your days.
And finally, a sincere thanks to everyone who has read this blog and become part of the commenting/Tweeting community around it. It really wouldn't have been the same without you, and I'm very grateful for the friends I've made in the course of this project. Thanks again.
And good luck,