Detroit bankruptcy opens up private-sector opportunities

Detroit bankruptcy opens up private-sector opportunities

Spirit of Detroit statue, wikimediaDetroit’s bankruptcy will reverberate for years — all across America to California. Writing on, a good analysis comes from James Ostrowski, who has written books on libertarian activism. He writes:

“Progressives have run Detroit for many decades.  Progressives, with considerable assistance from conservative Republicans on the state and national levels, are responsible for the numerous policy failures that combined to turn a once great city into ruins.  Those policies include: government schools and busing, welfare, the drug war, public employee unions, oppressive taxes and regulations on business and citizens, and the overall concept of government as the political means of acquiring wealth as opposed to the old-fashioned approach of productive work. This is a great opportunity for libertarians to explain, as the media will not, how progressivism destroyed Detroit.  It is a great opportunity to promote libertarian solutions to Detroit’s problems.”

As with his books, his solutions involve acting outside the government system. The schools are terrible? Then put your kids in private or parochial schools, or home-school them.

The cops won’t protect you? Get a gun and a concealed-carry permit, which is easy to do in Michigan (unlike repressed California).


We need to respond to the collapse of Detroit and other large Americans cities not by electing reform candidates or lobbying or circulating petitions but by direct action and entrepreneurship.  We need to withdraw from failed government institutions such as government schools and urge others to do likewise.  We need to encourage people to figure out how to solve their own problems without looking to politicians.  We need to figure out how to start business firms that compete with the failed government “services” such as the police.

“As Karen De Coster has documented on this site, this movement is already well underway in Detroit.  The State’s collapse is the Liberty Movement’s opportunity.  Let’s not waste a crisis.”

De Coster’s blog, Detroit: From Dust to Riches, details the wonderful ways entrepreneurs are turning the massive failure of government in Detroit into opportunities to provide a service — and to make money doing it.

Government failure is not a bad thing. It’s a good thing. It’s an opportunity to brush aside our oppressors and begin a life that’s new and free.

Soon we’ll be doing the same when California goes bust…


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  1. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 24 July, 2013, 12:50

    I say sell Detroit to Dubai and let the arabs run it. Dubai couldn’t mess it up any more than it already is. Detroit is a total disaster area. It has been for as long, long time. The liberals just ran it into the ground. What percent of that city is on public assistance? Does anyone know? Now it’s beyond the point of no return. Obama wants to bail it out with federal dollars. What a mistake that would be! It would solve nothing. It would only reward failure and perpetuate a disaster zone in real time. And what are we talking about here? $18B? And how many more cities will line up with their hands out when their time comes due? Oh, and their time will come due. It’s only a matter of when. IMO let it all collapse. That is the only way we will turn things around in the long run.

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 24 July, 2013, 15:56

    The latest NEAP test scores show Detroit kids posting the lowest scores ever recorded. A think tank in DC says that the results are a couple % points higher than if the kids just guessed at every answer without looking at the question. …
    I don’t think those kids in Detroit are any dumber than me. Just how much money do the teachers there make, seeing that they basically had a %100 failure rate. Their city looks as if a nuclear bomb hit it. This is the same school unions that are responsible for Rachael Jeantel, 19 and illiterate. And carrying a 3.0 average, she says.
    This is the reason I left the demoncratic party. Their policies are genocide to blacks ( the murder rate in Detroit has just reached their highest level yet).

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  3. stolson
    stolson 24 July, 2013, 18:37

    Supposedly, there is interest in buying it up for pennies on the dollar once the air is cleared on bonds, assets, pensions, creditors.
    I did read Canada, China and other Asians. Who knows?
    Whatever, the politicians ran it to the ground.

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  4. queeg
    queeg 24 July, 2013, 22:27

    Any bunny who is in a political psrty is a naive boob….they suck your resources and have the management skills of con queso slathers at the county fair.

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