Yesterday, Fox News posted a brief segment featuring Andrés Duany on Tucker Carlson Tonight. In addition, Carlson speaks with Duany for an hour on Tucker Carlson Today. Duany was on fire in his comments about cities and towns in America today and in the past. Carlson had little to say but to nod and express agreement throughout – including the few times Duany criticized modern architecture directly, as he did indirectly throughout most of the hour.
Commenters on the Pro-Urb listserv have gone nutso at the idea that Duany would go on a show hosted by a racist, fascist, etc., etc. Carlson is none of those things, of course. A few understandably exasperated urbanists recognized that demonizing Carlson (or Duany for appearing with him) would add nothing to the discourse on architecture and urbanism. They tried to get a word in edgewise, but even “Snow White,” an academic who oversees the list, seemed to have been bullied into sanctioning an extremely long thread almost entirely of bullying against Carlson and Duany.
The extremist tendency to knowingly and purposely confuse conservatism with racism, fascism, etc., etc., is part of a longstanding effort to delegitimize and cancel Carlson and his show. And it is easy to see why. Carlson is the most talented exponent on television, by far, of a political philosophy embraced by upwards of half American voters, possibly more. A recent study found that more than a third of Tucker Carlson’s audience is composed of Democrats.
Many on Pro-Urb have asked to see the entire show, and here it is. I cannot be certain that people will be able to play it. It may be behind a paywall. If so, I am trying to get a transcript and will print it in its entirety if I do.
It is a great watch: Duany, who now sports a beard, is on fire.