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Blake Pagenkopf is the author of The Great Conflation; Why Left Versus Right Isn’t Right Versus Wrong, which asserts that a simple spatial model can be used to explain the political misunderstanding that now rages across America. (See the chart below  in these show notes.) He is also an architect and construction manager currently renovating mixed-use buildings on small town Main Streets in the Midwest. He lives in the Kansas City metro area.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. 100th Avatar April 17, 2019 at 9:31 am #

    Excellent episode. The anecdote about information being piped-in to the suburbs via TV is crucial. Websites, apps, social media.

    There is no discussion or debate with the TV, and comments on Twitter and Facebook are mostly argumentative.

    But why do people leave their suburban enclaves with resort amenities?

    1) Consumption (shopping)
    2) Consumption (dining)
    3) Consumption (entertainment)
    4) Work
    5) Children/school/sports

    In cities?
    Is there really a cafe culture?
    Where do they go for civic interaction?
    I’m not so sure they do.

    Truth is, people avoid speaking about politics and these issues… unless after a few drinks at a dinner party or a restaurant.
    Just too contentious these days. Perhaps by design?

    It’s incumbent upon the media consumers to not simply absorb the programming. They must have the initiative to question it themselves and to seek out other voices. Most often… electronically

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