Saturday, October 15, 2011

Political use of anti-homeless ordinances

Finally, a little traction for an idea that a very occasionally successful minority of writers and activists have been promoting for a good (or bad) hundred years or so: that laws designed to keep very poor people out of public spaces are sooner or later bad for anyone classifiable as dissenting or irregular, i.e. most of us.

It's nationwide now, this San Francisco-style use of "move-along" laws against the Occupy movement. Alternet has a good rundown here. Laws against public activities including sleeping, maintaining structures (in Seattle that includes umbrellas!), nighttime park closings, etc., etc., etc.

So are we going to !@#$%^! learn something now about passing nasty laws based on assurances that they won't apply to ourselves, only to Those People?

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