How Progressives Ruined San Francisco: Michael Shellenberger

“It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city…come[s]To an end” London Breed (San Francisco Mayor), a Democrat at a December 14th 2021 press conference.It ends when we are more aggressive in law enforcement.

Breed continues, “We need to be less tolerant for all the bullshit has destroyed my city,” Breed stated. declared a state of emergency in the city’s Tenderloin district a few days later, leading to an increased police presence in the epicenter of the city’s growing homelessness and addiction crisis. 

This was an outrage moment for the progressive political elite of the city. It also marked a significant turnaround for Breed after George Floyd’s assassination in 2020. CalledFor “ending police use in non-criminal activities.” Coalition on Homelessness was harshly critical of her. The move“Expansion of strategies which have been unsuccessful” would lead to “instability” and “poor public health outcomes” for people who live on the streets. 

Michael Shellenberger is the author of The New. Buchen San Fransicko: How Progressives Ruin CitiesBreed’s “New”tough loveA “approach” to abig step in the right direction.” He claims that the homelessness crisis is actually an addiction-and mental health crisis. This can be caused by progressive policies which permit open-air drug scenes to take place on public land, stop police from applying laws against crime, and weaken the establishment of a functioning mental health care system. 

Reason Shellenberger is a Bay Area activist, writer and journalist best known for his support of nuclear power and environmental concerns. Shellenberger discussed his exploration into social policy and his criticisms of progressive and libertarian political systems. We also talked about Breed’s approach and Shellenberger’s belief that America’s major cities could clean up their streets and not violate civil liberties. 

“Why is it that cities that ostensibly care the most about poor people, minorities, people suffering mental illness and addiction…Why do they treat them so terribly?” asks Shellenberger. Shellenberger asks, “Is this a shortage of housing?” Are they lacking rehab? Is it a lack of rehab? It’s all happening. [answering those questions is]The reason we have this book.”

The full interview is available above.

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Interview by Zach Weissmueller.