Strife over corporate shuttles, their well-heeled passengers, and the city's ascendant tech barons has laid bare the paradox of San Francisco: Our most conservative residents eagerly want to enable change, while our most liberal want to freeze the city in a perpetual state of yesteryear. Your humble narrator's longtime writing partner, Benjamin Wachs, recalls William F. Buckley's "mission statement" for The National Review: "It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it."

It's hard to argue that's not the position of our city's left. It's even harder to claim the modern master of conservative rhetoric hasn't more capably explained the ethos of city liberals than they ever could.

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