It’s time to re-evaluate the ethical basis of our system when our laws are more concerned with keeping an empty and neglected building empty than with helping cold, hungry and alienated citizens find shelter, warmth, food and community.
Occupy DC’s Paul Klemmer, a homeless carpenter, on the plight of homeless people evicted from Occupy DC, who then, later, were evicted from under an overpass they chose to share. ”We had come a long way in a short time and formed a core of community of shared involvement and responsibility. We’d all been conditioned, by being forced to exist alone, to grab all we could before someone else does. This alienation suits the purposes of the status quo, which aims to keep us invisible and blame us for our own misfortunes.”
After society rejects them, we top it off by restricting these people from forming any sort of community or solidarity with each other. We force them to live solitary lives of rejection and desperation. Then we push them further into the shadows because we do not wish to lay witness to their deplorable condition. We train people to look down on their misfortunes as failures. We absolve our cruel neglect with justifications that whatever lot they have in life is the one they deserve - for if they are not winning in capitalism, then they are doing it wrong and thus deserving of all the pain “not winning” entails.