Well, then, shall we take vacant homes from their owners by force and give them to the homeless? How is the use of force and the violation of property rights any more civil?
This is why I don’t fuck with anarcho-capitalists. We ought to call them propertarians, because that’s what they are. To them poverty rights trump the natural necessities of food, water, and shelter. To them it is heinous to suggest unused, vacant homes be re-appropriated to people who have actual use-value for them.
As usual this erases the systemic violence enacted that creates poverty and homelessness. It normalized a backwards view of theft, and by extension it is a method of victim blaming which says homeless people are homeless because of their own choices, not because a system robbed them of the same socioeconomic mobility afforded the wealthy BECAUSE it favors the wealthy.
Think about it: You cannot get a job without an address. You cannot get an address without an established income, and oftentimes a lengthy rental history and good credit score. You cannot establish rental history or a credit score without the purchasing power a job provides.
All the while the system is robbing you of your physical and mental health, making it increasingly unlikely you can escape your homelessness. Homeless people suffer from the same mental and physical illnesses as the rest of us, but are far more likely to develop chronic issues. Daily they are 3 times as likely to die than the general population.
The average age of death of homeless people is 50 years old, the average life expectancy of people in the year 1900. The typical life expectancy of the general population on average is 79-80 years old. Homeless people suffer from state/police violence far more frequently than the rest of us too.
All this and anarcho-capitalists are worried about property rights, saying that to provide homeless folks with shelter is uncivil and thievery. Nope. With 3.5 million on pace to die at age 50, capitalism will have stolen 105,000,000 years of people’s lives, never mind the billions already stolen. That’s fucking thievery. That’s downright violent.
I don’t really care what you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. But if you do one thing, I ask that you listen. Listen, not to find a pause when you can respond, refute, or agree. Just listen. Let the stories sink in and recognize that these stories are someone else’s truth. Someone else’s life. Someone else’s sidewalk that maybe you walk down without a care in the world, but they walk down fearing for their safety or their children’s safety. Do your best to listen without judgement or preconceived beliefs. Absorb their stories and allow them to challenge your worldview, and if necessary, change it.
One of my favorite fashion bloggers also turns out to have some on-point advice for fellow white people.