In an interview with journalist John Stossel, author Michael Shellenberger explained how progressive policies and politicians have turned San Francisco into a city that has become synonymous with out-of-control crime, homelessness, and drug abuse.
“My city is sick,” the author said while promoting his book “San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities.”
You can check out the interview below:
What is fascinating about this interview is that Shellenberger is a rarity among those on the political Left. It is not very often that you will come across a progressive individual who will be critical of their own side.
On the political Right, self-criticism is almost par for the course. We saw a glaring example of this during Donald Trump’s years in office when he was fending of critics from the Republican Party almost as much as he was those in the Democrat Party.
Indeed, one late-Senator John McCain, seemingly made it his mission to thwart Trump’s agenda in any way possible to the point where he would be the vote needed to stop the overturning of the unpopular Obamacare and its individual mandate at the legislative level.
Literally, one of the biggest issues on McCain’s platform when running for re-election was the overturning of Obamacare, yet when given the chance, refused to do so because of the beef he had with Trump.
It is very rare that the Left finds itself in such a position where everyone doesn’t fall into line. Occasionally, a congressman like Joe Mansion might disagree with the direction his party is going, but a few pork projects in an omnibus bill that funnels money into his district is usually enough to persuade him to abandon his principles and change his mind on an issue.
This is why, when you come across a Progressive who can have an honest discussion, that may even involve looking at the negative effects of policies that they might have supported in the past, you should hang on to that person’s name.
We are obviously not all going to agree on any one topic, but it is important that we keep the channels of dialogue and discussion open. To do otherwise would fracture this country and cause us to be even more divided into camps than we already are.