18h UTC; FRIDAY, 19 JULY 2013: As you're no doubt aware by now, the Emergency Procurator Fiscal for the City of Detroit, with the full blessings of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his "Tea Party" drookies, has placed Motown into Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings, making it the largest American city to be thus reduced; serious population declines, wholesale loss of industry, blatant and inherent blight and gross fiscal mismanagement as poses clear and present danger to government-employee pension benefits are cited in the Bankruptcy Court filing.

Which is no doubt certain to warm the cockles of the collective heart of the "Tea Party," hoping to use within its 193 square miles of incorporated area a fertile laboratory and breeding-ground for reinventing government in line with what essentially amounts to a City Corporate and Incorporate, tearing apart the existing blighted and "morally corrupt" models and recasting it in new shapes of its own choosing, paraphrasing Orwell there. Said "new shapes," it turns out, probably on the model of North Korean Jucheism (core ideal: "Man is the Master of Everything, and decides Everything") welded (and perhaps badly, know) onto the concept of Reddingsdaad ("rescue action") expected to emphasise a manufactured Volkseenheid ("natural unity of a People") over State or charitable relief efforts, one expected to call for the leverage of otherwise "idle monies" held by the so-called "REAL AmeriKKKan" through a Reddingsdaadfond ("rescue action fund") into "productive capital" expected to so rebuild Detrot according to the principles and disciplines of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe as the "Tea Party" crowd holds to be Essential to AmeriKKKan National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations as of Divine Right and Will.

One which turns out calling for replacing endless blocks of abandoned, blighted even, residential properties in "culturally-deprived neighbourhoods" with Soviet-stylee lookee-likee cinderblock apartment towers expected to be "cities within cities" for the most part, dominated by a limited and limiting range of shopping (Walmart and Meijer, for the most part), cultural (adult businesses) and entertainment options, all under the watchful eyes and ears of the Vigilance Committees replacing local police and given carte blanche to use Any Means Necessary, no matter how sadisto or racially selective it may be, in service to Law and Order. Especially where policies modelled on apartheid South Africa's Group Areas Act can be excused and condoned, itself reinforced by discredited pseudoscience holding that "the races should best live among their kind."

One whose public transportation policies are essentially founded on jitney buses, Atlantic City-stylee, cruising the key thoroughfares (as in Michigan, Grand River, Woodward, Gratiot and Jefferson avenues, plus "essential" cross streets and mile roads) with drivers essentially encouraged to fight for passengers at major termini at inflated fares which are expected to force more people to buy fuel-inefficient automobiles and make the situation all the more worse.

One in which waste, mismanagement and inefficiency are seen as "Wise Use," in its turn condoning corruption expected to translate into shareholder dividends (or, as the Afrikaner Economic Movement saw it down South Africa way in laying the foundations for apartheid, replacing "pious sentiment" shown towards the poor through relief and charity with "jingling coin" of profit, of wages, of purchasing power).

But does Detroit really have to be recast as above
if such is to be saved, or can Detroit be recast through more realistically viable models as deal with blight and impoverishment to improve the quality of life for all in line with prevailing best practices? (Hopefully not those of the Ayn Randite model which, as has been suggested, may have been the ruin of Sears. Nor such of Jucheism of steroids as conforms to "Tea Party" articles of faith expecting a "people-centred" model of ekonomesie vryheid, &c., to be Great White Father, as it were.)

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