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SF: Still Cursed, with Max Kapczynski

The Henry George Program

Max and I check in with San Francisco, in the aftermath of COVID, and discover it's still cursed. Talk about its aesthetic identity, the baffling lack of ideology of the progs, and more.

8 Jul 2020

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San Francisco: A Material Analysis of Its Disspiriting Politics, with Max Kapczynski

The Henry George Program

San Francisco is cursed, and leaves everybody with a no-win decision between lacklustre "progressives" and incrementalist moderates. Why is this so, and what can be done about it? We use material analysis to learn more. Chatter about the November election.

5 Nov 2019

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Book Club: "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro (with Max Kapczynski)

The Henry George Program

The legendary book about a fatal love of highways, the drive for land acquisition, and the seductive world of municipal bonds.

22 Aug 2019

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SB50 on Ice (and WHAT Red/Brown alliance?) with Max Kapczynski

The Henry George Program

SB50 is stalled for a year, but we recorded this *just* before, as we see efforts to block it underway by our favorite Palo Alto NIMBYs, aided by ostensibly woke anti-gentrification groups in direct coordination with homeowners. But mostly, about Lydia Kou being bad on twitter.

6 Jun 2019

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Max Kapczynski on "Local Control" and Exclusionary Suburbs

The Henry George Program

Max is back on, and we talk about the grievance culture of those fighting to preserve "Local Control," focusing on the extreme measures being taken by the League of California Cities to preserve the rights of Beverly Hills and Palo Alto. Nuttiness ensues.

22 Nov 2018

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South Bay Election Talk, with Jason Uhlenkott of South Bay YIMBY and Max Kapczynski

The Henry George Program

We cover city council elections in the major Santa Clara County cities, along with local measures, county-level elections, and the state propositions. Jason Uhlenkott is here to explain how South Bay YIMBY endorsed all the races, and we try to analyze all the major policy decisions.

25 Oct 2018

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The Cupertino Hyperloop, Value Capture, The President Hotel, with Max Kapczynski

The Henry George Program

Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward is back to talk about the eviction process at Palo Alto's President Hotel, but first off: talk about the Cupertino head tax and the Cupertino hyperloop. What is it? Is it a savvy method of bringing Bay Area transit into the 21st century, or is it a ridiculous boondoggle (spoiler: it is a ridiculous boondoggle).

29 Aug 2018

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The Palo Alto Process and the (Im)morality of Developers, with Max Kapczynski

The Henry George Program

Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward is back, to talk about recent goings-on in Palo Alto. An affordable housing overlay made its way through council, but what does it *really* mean about the housing situation at large. We expand this into a conversation about developers, and how money is made. Some claim they're no different than anybody else offering a service, and some claim that their form of making money is inherently immoral. Who's right?

19 Apr 2018

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Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward, of What People Can Do To Fix Housing

The Henry George Program

What can someone do to make the housing situation better? That's the question we talk about with Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward, fighting the fight for housing reform in the midst of the most ingrained NIMBYism one can possibly find. Perverse incentives, perverse incentives, perverse incentives: we have it all.

17 Nov 2017

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James Hughes: Technoprogressivism

The Henry George Program

We featured the libertarian transhumanist perspective of Zoltan Istvan a few weeks ago. Today, James Hughes, who couples a concern for transhumanism with a progressive attitude and a focus on economic justice.

2 May 2017