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Who Cares About the Homeless?

Posted by V the K at 10:05 am - May 1, 2018.
Filed under: Call Me Cynical But...

Interesting article (a few months old) about how urban planners are designing cities to be uncomfortable for the homeless.  Benches that can’t be slept on. Metal studs in places where the homeless like to sleep. It’s kind of a passive-aggressive way of dealing with the homeless when no one in city government has the balls to arrest them or put them in the psych ward.

I’ve seen the article passed around in anti-social media. It attracts the requisite leftie virtue-signaling about how cruel this is to homeless people. My bet is that 99% of the people expressing indignation have done nothing, personally, to deal with homelessness. And the majority of them really don’t understand where homelessness comes from. They buy into the media-promoted sob stories about people down on their luck, or women who claim to have ended up homeless after leaving “abusive situations.” There are a few cases like that, but most of the time, it’s because of mental illness and drugs.

And some lefties get easy jobs with ‘Homeless Advocacy’ groups and get paid money to virtue signal. Like this guy:

“People need to educate, organize, and protect human rights,” Jonathan says. “When you see somebody trying to throw human rights to the floor, you need to stand up and speak up. They say they don’t want homeless people in my town, tell them, ‘Get out of here—the city’s for everyone, not just the people you want.’”

The homeless problem can not be solved by “educating and organizing.” Those are just the kind of things lefties like to do. And, of course, they want to be paid and rewarded for doing the educating and organizing. That approach won’t actually solve the problem, it isn’t meant to. It will create perpetual easy jobs for professional activists, though. And sometimes it involves marching around in front of TV cameras holding signs and shouting. Beats having a real job.

Homelessness never be totally solved because for a certain number of homeless, it is a lifestyle choice. And dealing with the rest of them would involve solutions that are very expensive and would be politically unpopular; building expensive facilities, paying their staffs, and confining people to them until they are fit to live on their own. So, they aren’t going to happen. The virtue-signaling about the homeless, however, will always be with us.