Progressives have destroyed America’s west coast, according to a new article by NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof, who himself was a progressive until very recently.

Within a few years of moving from New York to his native Oregon, Kristof announced he was no longer a progressive. “Seeing the challenges in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, have made me more wary of progressivism,” he told Time in May. He also recently called for more restrictive immigration policies.

The crime and homelessness problems of west coast cities made him reassess his politics — and he’s far from the first. Progressive shibboleths, particularly lax drug enforcement and generous benefits for the homeless, has a way of turning even the most devout Leftists toward the political centre and Right. You can only free-ride on your region’s good weather for so long.