That this guy isn't a millionaire is unsurprising. But that he ends up homeless and hopeless while the architects of the financial crash walk away unscathed? That's a product of decisions made by the political class. That isn't just the "inevitable way of the world". Whether or not it's an injustice depends on your own sense of what justice is, I guess. But there are plenty of countries that have chosen to place a higher priority on economic fairness where this man would be far, far better off.
My city has several programs for the homeless. They have places available for them to stay and get fed. However one of the problems (according to many who deal with these people) is that they don't want the limitations. They want the freedom. They prefer being free to live in a cardboard box under a freeway than in a controlled environment featuring warm food and a bed.
You're reducing a serious, complex issue to something idiotically reductive.
Oh no, I absolutely don't suggest just give people money. Our city is doing much worse on the homeless. Some of the rules on existing shelter's are religious (yep deep south), some are drugs and behavior rules. Where we break down worse here is in mental health.
The guy in the story doesn't seem totally mentally healthy, but at least mostly functional. Help in those areas, usually in school - as they do in richer schools here btw - social coaching probably would have increased his chances in society greatly. How about once he became jobless, having one of the benefits be classes in networking in his case? Using just him as the example. I don't believe in giving people money, and expecting it to solve their problems. I do think helping them identify their problems and giving them the tools to help themselves is a better approach.
Going back to most of the chronically homeless here, most can't stand the shelter rules since they can't engage in their only known coping mechanisms for their mental health issues. And I'm no idealist, the vast majority of the time that means they are self-medicating very inappropriately. Even when it is not, often the behaviors are very difficult to handle in crowded conditions. The shelter's can't handle them really, and the rules are often to force the disruptive element out. We badly need but do not have, long-term, non-naive treatment programs for people with chronic mental health and addiction problems. Handing the guy on the street 10 bucks, or worse 400 for rent is an utter disaster without the underlying problem that put them there addressed.
We're closing facilities here tho very rapidly under budget cuts. Last I checked that trend was nationwide. Volunteered at a local shelter recently?
I agree that the article doesn't seem to present an example of our social structure failing in general. It looks like this guy was something of a loner, and kept to himself to an extreme. Even when he got to OWS, he still relied on himself, instead of asking for help or becoming part of a community. It took him hitting rock bottom to realize that he could reach out and rely on others and participate in the world around him.
This seems like a personal failing of his own, not a failing of the social structure in general. Maybe if he had reached out sooner, he would have been able to find a new job or some support, instead of just finding a new sleeping bag in the rain.
Many homeless prefer that to being in controlled conditions, such as no drugs, no booze, time limits etc. Sure they may be nuts, but in America that is not against the law.
I don't know conditions everywhere. But I have seen how it is here. There are homeless who are not they way by choice and they have available services, not abundant services but available. There are others who would rather be homeless than be told what to do. They are either mentally ill or "free spirits" for lack of a better phrase.
Well, that certainly answers that!
They do ask, why does this person keep needing a bed and a meal? That is the question really.
No alcohol/no drugs can literally kill addicts. Many/most homeless people have an addiction. I'm not surprised they wouldn't want to stay in an environment that might actually kill them, and will make them sick.
However, handwaving away the very real drastic shortages these services are facing as "money problems" is as casual as it is cruel.
V for Vendetta was a good movie.
I'd be slightly less annoyed by a bunch of protesters smoking on the lawn while not having taken a shower for a month if they were wearing guy fawkes masks.
I'm tired of the attitude of, "I disagree with this person, so I'm going to bash everything they've done for the past twenty years." I get annoyed at the idea of retroactively hating someone's work based on whatever their position happens to be that you disagree with. It's just childish.Originally Posted by Alan Moore
ďWell, Frank Miller is someone whose work Iíve barely looked at for the past twenty years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Millerís work for quite a long time.
Frank Miller is a hack though.
I very much doubt Moore is retroactively hating on Miller. Knowing Moore's frequently expressed tastes and passions he would have naturally been dismissive of most of Miller's work long before this latest outburst.
Basically Moore has been thoroughly left wing for as long as Miller has been thoroughly right wing and they have both been familiar enough with each others work and opinions since the 80's. They shared artists on occasion and even once found common political cause in opposition to the censorship of comics.
I walk a few miles every day through downtown Louisville, usually stopping at the main branch of the library where the homeless congregate after the shelters kick them out. It's a diverse lot and I wouldn't assign any characteristic to them as a group, except for "poor." They are universally defined as not having money. Some dress pretty sharp, some look like dirty hipsters, some are having conversations with their psychoses, some are obviously marking time between the next fix, and some are reading and trying to figure out how to get out of their situation. There's really no common thread to them other than their being trapped in their situation for the time being.
That, and there are no Asians.
The numbers are absolutely tiny in an absolute sense, though.
The UK's long-term (5+ year) unemployment benefit claimant count, who are NOT disabled, is about 4000. For that kind of number, hundreds of millions are spent on harassing most of the people in the cohort.
I'm pretty sure Alan Moore isn't joining some kewl Frank Miller backlash. Alan Moore has always been a bit more left than a lot of people. Like a lot.
I can easily believe it when he says he's always disliked Miller's work.
You might want to try Googling for two seconds before you say something stupid.Frank Miller, I haven't been able to read him for some time. Have you seen his latest idea? It is - and I can hardly believe this - Batman vs Al Qaeda. What can you say to an idea as absurd as that? This is our response to thew Iraq war? Miller's trapped in a teenage world of macho violence. Look at Sin City. Every woman is a bloodthirsty, semi-naked whore; every man is a indestructible killing machine. It's nasty, misogynist, Neanderthal Teenage, but it sells.