San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

by Michael Shellenberger
San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

by Michael Shellenberger


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National bestselling author of APOCALYPSE NEVER skewers progressives for the mishandling of America’s 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 isn’t 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063093621
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 84,314
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Shellenberger is the nationally bestselling author of Apocalypse Never, a Time magazine “Hero of the Environment,” the winner of the 2008 Green Book Award from the Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Science Writings, and an invited expert reviewer of the next Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has written on energy and the environment for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Nature Energy, and other publications for two decades. He is the founder and president of Environmental Progress, an independent, nonpartisan research organization based in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 "I Just Want to Clean Up the Mess" 1

2 Pleasure Island 17

3 The Experiment Was a Success but the Patients Died 27

4 The War on the War on Drugs 39

5 "We Can't End Overdoses Until We End Poverty and Racism" 59

6 Let's Go Dutch 73

7 The Crisis of Untreated Mental Illness 85

8 Madness for Decivilization 101

9 Medication First 109

10 Not Everyone's a Victim 123

11 The Heroism of Recovery 141

12 Homicide and Legitimacy 163

13 When the Law's Against the Laws 179

14 "Legalize Crime" 189

15 It's Not About the Money 209

16 Love Bombing 219

17 "It's a Leadership Problem" 239

18 Responsibility First 257

19 Civilization's End 277

Epilogue 287

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 293

Index 381

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