Crazifornia’s #1 Review

I just checked Amazon to read the new reviews of Crazifornia – there were two more since the last time I checked, both 5-star – but I noticed that one review was found to be helpful by 15 of the 15 people who checked a “Was this review helpful? Yes/No” box.

bookwormIt’s titled, “Witty writing and compelling facts make for a fascinating and enjoyable read,” and it gave Crazifornia five stars. It was written by “Bookworm,” an anonymous Bay Area blogger who’s been a blogging buddy of mine for many years. She was one of the first people in the country to read Crazifornia, and here’s what she wrote about it on Amazon:

Laer is a wonderful writer with straightforward, prose, a witty sense of humor that doesn’t overwhelm the narrative, and a commanding mastery of facts about California’s politics, business, education, and public policy. In theory, I should have galloped through Crazifornia in three hours. In fact, it took me three days to read.

Why did I have a problem with this fascinating book? Because, when I started I did not know how deep the Crazifornia rot ran in the state, nor was I aware quite how infectious the insanity is when it comes to the rest of America. To keep up with the deluge of evidence proving that California is indeed crazy, I repeatedly stopped reading so that I could scratch out little notes to myself: “California’s all-powerful bureaucrats are an army of Leftist Rube Goldberg’s with guns.” “This is a perfect example of voter credulity and bureaucratic overreach.” “California takes a legislatively created energy crisis and makes it worse with more legislation.” The scariest note I wrote was also the shortest: “As California goes, so goes the nation.”

Because California had long been blessed with enormous natural resources and a vital, growing population, it had the wealth to keep the impractical Progressive dream going for decades. It could abs0rb the enormous financial and human losses from almost heroic bureaucratic ineptitude (Chapter 5); laws and regulations that suck the life out of both new and established businesses (Chapter 6); ridiculous educational experiments and an all-powerful teachers union that has little interest in student well-being and education (Chapter 7); environmentalism run amok (Chapter 8); and public sector unions and pensions that have managed to go wherever one ends up when “amok” is a distant memory (Chapter 9).

In lively, humorous prose, Laer tells spins out facts and anecdotes showing a state in thrall to unrealistic visions of an untainted pastoral past, guided by wild-eyed politicians; rigid,power-hungry bureaucrats; and scheming unions. Crazifornia essentially describes a dysfunctional state, one that can best be summed up as a banana republic governed, not by oligarchs, but by a toxic mix of environmental fascists, greedy unions, corrupt or ideology-driven legislators, and all-powerful bureaucrats. But before you get too angry at these jackals, perhaps you should reserve your wrath for the ones who truly deserve it: the California voters.

It’s probably too late to save California. Laer tries to inject some optimism at the end of each chapter and in the conclusion to his book he notes that voter patterns might finally be changing (although recent polling data makes me less optimistic). As cities go bankrupt, gas and food prices rise, businesses bail, and the California middle class becomes poor, some of the voters might finally be growing up. Whether they can reverse California’s downward trend remains questionable. Laer has some excellent suggestions for getting the political pendulum unstuck from its far Left position, but it will be ugly, and it will have to be carried out by people who have been subjected to one hundred years of California’s Progressive propaganda.

When you read Laer’s book (and I hope this review has convinced you to do so), you will see that it is a profound morality tale about what happens when America’s green, anti-capitalist Progressivism gains the upper hand in government. So remember, only you can prevent the Crazifornication of America.

Full disclosure: Bookworm was my source for the “From high to Lowell” section of Crazifornia’s chapter on education.

A Fine Suggestion from Florida

Crazifornia reader James D. Wadley made an excellent suggestion in his recently posted Amazon review of Crazifornia, which he titled, “Too Amazing for Words.” Here’s the full review:

The author has done a great deal of work documenting and analyzing just how one of the key states of our country created a financial mess that will impact all of us. He has laid out the step-by-step process that led the state into a very real emergency all because of over-regulation and deliberate disregard for the citizens of the state. Having family that still live there, I sent them a copy to help them understand what brought them to this stage. While it has always been reported that the high cost of living is due to “supply and demand”, this book helps you understand the real reasons why the cost of living is off the charts. A must read for everyone, since California’s problems will become the Country’s problem. (Emphasis added)

Yes, we like very much that James sent a copy to his California relatives to help them understand the negative dynamics of their home state.

Is there someone you should be sending Crazifornia to?

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My new “Crazifornia” plates came in today, or as close to Crazifornia as you can get with seven letters.

It took a full two months months for the highly efficient, customer service obsessed State of California to fulfill my order. Compare this to ordering Crazifornia through Amazon.

Both processes start the same: An order is filed by computer, and there are raw materials sitting around somewhere.

With Crazifornia, Amazon forwards your order to CreateSpace, which promptly prints and binds one book made to order just for you, puts it in a box and sends it to you. Typically, within four or five days of your order, you have the book in hand. If you want to spring for overnight delivery, you’ll get it even faster.

Even that wasn’t good enough for Amazon, so they invented the Kindle, which lets you start reading Crazifornia within a few seconds of ordering it. (The Kindle edition is out-selling the print edition, by the way.)

With a California personalized plate, who knows what happens? We can be sure a lot of pension-primed bureaucrats are engaged in the process, including the DMV’s censors, who make sure the requested plate doesn’t have to be rejected because it’s deemed offensive.

(I don’t know where the DMV censors were the day the plates ordered by that cute blonde I saw once on the 405 went through, proclaiming “SPANK ME.” And if guns are still legal in California, why won’t DMV let you have 502MGNM or 6GUNZ on your license plate?)

But I digress. Eventually, the order reaches one of our overcrowded California prisons, where pension-primed prison guards oversee the inmates who set up and stamp out the order. Then the plates go back through the DMV bureaucratic loops until, just like that!, they arrive at your local DMV.

Imagine where Amazon would be today if its founder, Jeff Bezos, had been content to take six to eight weeks to fulfill the orders he received

From Mississippi, A Great Review

There are nine reviews of Crazifornia on Amazon now, eight giving the book five stars and one giving it four. Here’s the latest five-star review, from J. Glover of Saltillo, Mississippi.

I just returned from San Fran for the first time in 2 years, and it is shocking how much the city by the bay has declined in that time. While progressive laws will provide an overview of the decline, this book gives particulars, and puts it in context. The major accomplishment of this tale is to document the facts, and not get bogged down in myriad ways to fix the problem. For anyone who wants a glimpse of the death of the sixties ethos, and the rise of the leftest love of state, (and not a little right leaning love as well), this book is a primer.

In the book, I thank Mississippi for its important role of keeping California out of the education rankings cellar. But see – there are really smart people there nonetheless! J. Glover and my dad, who’s from the northern Mississippi town of Sardis, are two fine examples.

Another Great Amazon Review

Crazifornia continues its five-star ways on Amazon. Here’s an excerpt from another five-star review, this one posted by Shawn Bell:

Laer Pearce has laid out in great detail how California went from being the Golden State that dreams were made of to the darkly tarnished nightmare of bureaucracy, failed ideas, and mismanagement that Crazifornia is today.

Pearce lovingly dissects California’s many colorful excesses, punishments, restrictions, and crazy extremism as only a native Californian can. As a tour guide for the parts of the state that tourists never see, he is at once entertaining, insightful, and knowledgeable about his topic. He takes us from the early beginnings of governance up through the nutty LSD-inspired 1960s, and straight on through Governor Moonbeam I and II with stops along the way at Solis, Schwarzenegger, and even Hiram Johnson. …

This book should be mandatory reading for every Californian, or person thinking about moving out here. It should serve as a cautionary tale as to what progressive, liberal ideas that are put into motion without any regard for the costs to the people, the state or the planet can do. At once demoralizing and inspirational, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll read on with amazement and wonder at how any state could have become Crazifornia.

Thanks, Shawn!

#1 on Amazon!

Crazifornia is performing very well on Amazon.  Here are its current Kindle rankings:

  • #1 – 21st Century History
  • #8 – Social History
  • #31 – World History
  • #4,116 among all Kindle books

For the print edition:

  • #15 – State and local history
  • #1,588 among all Amazon print books

The highest overall ranking I’ve seen is #1.050 for books, which occurred yesterday – and all this has occurred before I sent out any promotional copies to the media (later this week) or kicked off my online ad campaign (hopefully this week).

An Amazing Crazifornia Review

A lengthy, very positive review 5-star review has appeared on Amazon by one Shawn Bell.  Here’s an excerpt:

Laer Pearce has laid out in great detail how California went from being the Golden State that dreams were made of to the darkly tarnished nightmare of bureaucracy, failed ideas, and mismanagement that Crazifornia is today.

Pearce lovingly dissects California’s many colorful excesses, punishments, restrictions, and crazy extremism as only a native Californian can. As a tour guide for the parts of the state that tourists never see, he is at once entertaining, insightful, and knowledgeable about his topic. He takes us from the early beginnings of governance up through the nutty LSD-inspired 1960s, and straight on through Governor Moonbeam I and II with stops along the way at Solis, Schwarzenegger, and even Hiram Johnson.

The first time I read this book, I just could not put it down; the author writes so well and presents the information in such a comfortable and entertaining way, you just want to keep turning the pages. I’ve been through this book several times (really!), and every time without fail I find another nugget of wisdom or hidden gem that opens up yet another facet (or is that fissure?) about the state I’ve lived in my whole life, but apparently never really knew.

Read the rest of the review here.

You don’t believe Shawn’s read Crazifornia several times? Believe it! He’s the wizard that laid out the interior of the book and helped me upload the manuscripts – refusing to take even a penny in payment. And he’s definitely not the kind of soul whose opinion can be bought.

The Easiest Way to Buy Crazifornia

We’re having some Amazon glitches. The Kindle and print editions of Crazifornia are yet to come up on the same page, for example. And if you search “Laer Pearce,” you get a page full of weapons accessories. Don’t ask ….

My Master of Electrons, Shawn Bell, is working with the good people of Amazon to fix the glitches.  Until then, your best bet is to go to my Author Page. There you’ll find links to both the print and Kindle editions.

What Makes Califoria So Crazy?

Crazifornia, “the most insightful book on California’s perilous condition – ever,” (Hugh Hewitt) is available on Amazon!

Be among the first to hold a copy in your hands! This is a preview announcement, preceding the larger marketing effort that will kick off after the Kindle version is launched … which should be any day.

To buy your own copy of Crazifornia, just click here for its Amazon page.