Just about two weeks ago, I wrote about San Francisco's urban blight and suburban prosperity. I opined on the West Coast hippie culture that influenced me so much in my youth in the 1960s and '70s having been lost.

Yet, I was even more astonished when I revisited Washington this week, as I began to feel that San Francisco’s sociopolitical transformation is not just a West Coast phenomenon but perhaps a new trend that eventually the entire United States may follow.

As I arrived in Washington, criminal prosecution began in Georgia against former President Donald Trump, his fourth such recent indictment. While a tax evasion charge against the Trump Organization was understandable, the charges of hush money to a porn star, keeping classified documents illegally and even abetting a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol Building would be out of the question. In most countries, these would be more than enough to end anybody’s political life.