Let us consider two observational truths. 1) any practical weaning from fossil fuels must include nuclear power; and 2) Housing First is not getting addicts and mentally ill off the street, nor resolving the damage they inflict on themselves as well as the rest of us.
It shouldn’t be controversial to say so, but in California it is heresy.
Michael Shellenberger, once a man of the environmental left and now a fearless witness for common sense, earns my vote for governor.
There is something else unfolding besides a foregone election.
Institutional America is closing ranks around a successor ideology to democracy as we have known it, with the legacy media leading the way in demanding Big Tech de-platform and demonetize all dissenters. But beneath that, there is an extraordinary reevaluation of polarity and affiliation taking place in real time. Much open-field running, poetically and politically, from left to right, as well as the other direction, led by facts.
I find it quite thrilling, perhaps the defining intellectual moment in my lifetime. The army of Born Again Realists is advancing, and manages to include Tucker Carlson on the right and Glenn Greenwald on the left and a lot of people in between, like Matt Taibbi, Krystal Ball, Saagar Enjeti, Bari Weiss, Andrew Sullivan, Freddie DeBoer, Aaron Mate and all the people on Substack.
Also comedians like Bill Maher and Jimmy Dore and Russell Brand. And paleoconservatives like Rod Dreher and, I can’t believe I’m saying this, the no longer quite so lefty Naomi Wolf, who is doing a podcast with, of all people, Steve Bannon.
We are all a little trans now, politically. Two years of Covid propaganda, married to lethally flawed policy, woke a lot of somnolent Americans.
Trump’s exit from the stage gave certain people permission to come out of the closet.
In: Joe Rogan
Out: National Review
Out: Lord Fauci
In: Bret Weinstein, Peter McCullough and Robert Malone
We live in the Era of Forever Lying. America needs more bullshit callers. Only one institution needs to flip for the edifice to come crashing down.
Faster, Elon. Close the deal. Land this plane.