Best-selling author of "Apocalypse Never" & "San Fransicko" : Time, "Hero of Environment" : Green Book Award : Forbes & Substack : MD = my initials. Not a doc!

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I am pleased to officially announce that HarperCollins will, on October 12, publish my new book, "San Fransicko" And I'm proud to report that the book has received very strong reviews from leading scholars and thinkers THREAD michaelshellenberger.substac…
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And, yes, after crime spiked, cities restored much of what they had cut. But police got the message, took early retirements, or just quit, rather than be demonized. The result of delegitimizing cops is mass police shortages & one of the worst crime waves in American history
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Progressives thought they could defund the police without increasing crime, but now we are in a brutal crime wave that is disproportionately hurting the people progressives said they wanted to protect Brilliant piece by @lwoodhouse leightonwoodhouse.substack.c…
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I took my safety for granted and viewed law-and-order as a "right wing" issue until I spent time in places where law-and-order had broken down. I came to understand the horrors that resulted, including rape and murder and the daily stress of just trying to survive.
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"The push to defund the police has always been more popular in higher income areas... where crime and violence are more of an abstraction... But now...the crime wave is hitting affluent neighborhoods, too" Outstanding summary of how "defund the police" is a "luxury belief":
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And, yes, after crime spiked, cities restored much of what they had cut. But police got the message, took early retirements, or just quit, rather than be demonized. The result of delegitimizing cops is mass police shortages & one of the worst crime waves in American history
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Progressive cities like Oakland did not restore full funding and are suffering a terrible homicide spike
Oakland cut its police budget $14M in June ‘20 & another $15M in Dec ‘20. In Jun’ 21, they restored that $ plus $9M, BUT included a $29M accounting adjustment that netted out to a loss of $20M over the prior 2 year cycle. (They then put out a lot of “Oakland didn’t defund” press.
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Moreover, the view that demonized and demoralized police withdrew, and criminals were emboldened, by anti-police protests, resulting in more homicides and other crimes, is today the mainstream one michaelshellenberger.substac…
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It astonishes me that the there are still people on this web site claiming crime is not increasing. They are in a bubble. They should learn to use this app called “Google News.” And they should learn to pay close attention to homicides, the emperor of all crimes
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Chapo Trap House millionaires can make fun of people for being upset about the crime wave all they want, but the barricaded security state that's emerging from it tears at the social fabric. This is a shit way to live in a city.
CASTRO SAFEWAY ADDS SECURITY GATES, BARRIERS This automatic gate closes after each person enters the store. Barricades also make it harder for shoplifters to make a run for it. Safeway also closed off an exit and blocked it with water bottles @KPIXtv
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Over last 10 years, the homeless population increased 31% in California & declined 18% in rest of U.S. Why? We diverted funding from shelter to housing. Now, a new poll finds that 57% of California voters support Shelter First & just 30% support the "Housing First" status quo
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The implications of the new survey, conducted by a Democratic pollster of LA County voters, are massive Homelessness is the #1 issue, with 73% of voters calling it "very serious" Shelter First candidates will have powerful advantage over Housing First candidates
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The evidence is overwhelming in favor of the humanity & efficacy of Shelter First Shelter First is the reason New York City shelters 95% of its homeless but L.A. shelters just 28%
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The anecdotal evidence that "homelessness," aka, open drug scenes, have grown worse, is strongly supported by this poll. An astonishing 79% of LA voters say the problem has gotten worse ca-times.brightspotcdn.com/a…
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And a large majority of voters say that having homeless people in their neighborhoods make them fee unsafe
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I'm writing a story on how people in larger Los Angeles are responding to rising crime & violence (e.g. security systems, guards, buying guns). If you are one of them, I would love to hear from you! My DMs are open. And please RT or send this to friends & family! 🙏❤️
Many progressives insist police don't prevent crime, but a large body of research, and rising crime amidst widespread police shortages, offer strong proof that they do. We should be more skeptical of the claims made by criminal justice reformers michaelshellenberger.substac…
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A lot of progressives think more police means more prisoners but the opposite is more often the case Of course it's conceivable that more police would do a terrible job and not decrease crime But more police using proven (e.g. New York) methods reduce crime, including homicides
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Under policed over incarcerated. The US is so far behind in policy compared to the countries we aim to emulate
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That might start with some sort of collective apology for the demonization of the police. It might include a Netflix documentary that takes a serious look at the role of police in preventing crime.
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And it must involve increasing the number of police and expanding the use of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization or rehab for addicts & people suffering from mental illness. The alternative is rising crime, violence, and mass incarceration. /END michaelshellenberger.substac…
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