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San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities | Michael Shellenberger
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National bestselling author of APOCALYPSE NEVER skewers progressives for the mishandling of Americas faltering cities. Progressives claimed they knew how to solve homelessness, inequality, and crime. But in cities they control, progressives made those problems worse. Michael Shellenberger has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for thirty years. During that time, he advocated for the decriminalization of drugs, affordable housing, and alternatives to jail and prison. But as homeless encampments spread, and overdose deaths skyrocketed, Shellenberger decided to take a closer look at the problem. What he discovered shocked him. The problems had grown worse not despite but because of progressive policies. San Francisco and other West Coast cities Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland had gone beyond merely tolerating homelessness, drug dealing, and crime to actively enabling them. San Fransicko reveals that the underlying problem isnt a lack of housing or money for social programs. The real problem is an ideology that designates some people, by identity or experience, as victims entitled to destructive behaviors. The result is an undermining of the values that make cities, and civilization itself, possible.
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The pursuit of good and Justice becomes a political movement to dismantle a system. Movements built on new age idealism, anti-capitalistic propaganda, and void of basic common sense. Often through a prejudicial eye, despite claims of finding prejudice abhorrent. The toleration of selective prejudices. The result is a societal breakdown where the majority suffer to appease the outweighed demands of the few. A liberals criticism of progressives.

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Readers who enjoyed this book might also enjoy "Against Empathy" by Paul Bloom.

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A staunch liberal criticizes the insane, "Woke" policies of the extreme Left that are ruining cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. It's refreshing to hear a voice of moderation and common sense. Such an important book!

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...dehumanization, but the effect has been the opposite. In defending the humanity of addicts, progressives ended up defending the inhumane conditions of street addiction.

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(Continued)...damn near anything except for maybe killing somebody, and maybe even then too. It's hard to say at this point."

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...on drugs.

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On average between 2000 and 2020, 1,481 people vere killed nationally by police per year, (about 0.5 per 100,000). Those numbers for the police departments of New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco were 17, 24, and 4, respectively. Among those killed whose race was known, 29 percent were black, and 71 percent were nonblack.

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(Continued)...things you did, against this lefty sort of view that no one should have to apologize. The twelve-step people know that if you pass out at your daughter's twelfth birthday and humiliate her, and she gets made fun of for the next five years, you have to apologize. They get that. You can't just say, 'It's a brain disease, honey. Stop being angry.'"

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(Continued)...expected to be vigilant and see what needs to be done around the house, and they routinely do chores without having to be asked," said the lead researcher of one study. "But here, in middle class mainstream households, you can't ask kids to do anything."

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Until recently, I was always a staunch supporter of the ACLU. But they've become so unnecessarily political, with a ridiculous "woke" agenda, that they've lost all credibility.

BestDogDad Amen! 7mo
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(Continued)...suffer from a mental health condition, in particular depression. More careful screening, patient education, and follow-up can help. But achieving the right balance between treating pain and avoiding addiction is complex, difficult, and not reducible to simplistic claims about discrimination.

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(Continued)...they spend on treatment. That tells you what they want. If you can afford to keep a heroin habit you can afford to go see a psychiatrist. Why don't you? And so even if you opened up lots of beds, you would still have tons of people saying, 'That's great that I can have that, but I don't want it.' That is part of the reality of drugs. They're intensely rewarding in the short term."

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Maria514626 Sigh. 7mo
SRWCF Wow. That's messed up. 7mo
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Maria514626 Holy crap. The first billboard. Didn't that go through peer review? 8mo
keithmalek @Maria514626 Peer review doesn't matter. It's not a misprint. They actually believe it. 8mo
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SRWCF Omg. 7mo
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This is in reference to the 1994 crime bill which the Congressional Black Caucus worked on with President Clinton, then-Senator Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders.

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(Continued)...stamp card to a merchant in Chinatown who would pay me 60 cents on the dollar for it."

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DisneyFan Apologies for giving an unsolicited opinion. I‘m new to Litsy, so if I‘m out of line, please let me know . It‘s just that no one in my real life reads non-fiction. I didn‘t enjoy this book. Looking forward to seeing a review from you too. 8mo
keithmalek @DisneyFan I'm the opposite. I read very little fiction. 8mo
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