Sunday, November 27, 2011

The War Against the Poor

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. ~ Anatole France
Not to be confused with the War on Poverty, which is so last century. The war against the poor is the organized effort of the elite to drive the nation's poorest citizens into hiding.

There is no thought given to eliminate poverty because, to the 1%, an expanding class in abject poverty make for a bottomless pit of minimum wage workers. The war included disenfranchisement and insisting that the poor start paying taxes.

But the biggest effort in this war is the battle to ensure the poor cannot gather together for mutual support and safety. Whenever the poor peaceably assemble there is the chance they may talk or even revolt. So the police are tasked with the never ending job of breaking up homeless camps and driving the poor, like human cockroaches, into the shadows.

(This is not about reducing crime. Homeless camps tend to be mostly peaceful because: a) the residents look out for each other, and b) there ain't much of anything worth stealing.)

The War Against the Poor ~ Mother Jones

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The definition of "compassionate conservatism": We will let the poor continue on, but they need to quit bothering us about being poor.

Of course, the current crop of republican presidential candidates do not purport to be so compassionate.

But, they are all religious -- you can see what that has done for them.