Chris Baulman: 'Homelessness is a system'
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Jan 1 17:38:35 GMT 2015
Even foxes have their holes
The State's most pernicious way of intimidating
man into conformity is its promotion of home
ownership. Homelessness is "systemic" - our
system causes & relies on it for control. Whoever
owns the land owns the food and water and will soon enough own the populace.
Land ownership inflates rents by capitalising on
the COMMUNITY's development. Land (&air) is the
birthright of all not the asset of some.
A new model for both housing & work is needed to
end homelessness, accommodate refugees and
address climate change. If you support "a right
to shelter" you'd surely support a right to build it for yourself.
This model would uphold the rights of the
landless poor while serving the natural desire of
all people, rich and poor, to have a neighbourhood that works.
Private property rights are foundational to the system
While the UN Declaration of Human Rights
identifies the right to life, & a right to
shelter, no right of access to land for shelter
is identified this omission is strategic to the system
To get a property right you must first prove
your value to the system - or be continually
assessed as 'deserving' of taxpayer support.
Provision of shelter as welfare is expensive &
will be indefinitely forestalled for higher
budget priorities by the majority of voters who
are now committed to personal property interests
Ownership right to property is unlimited by
any right of landless people to the elements for
life - air water sunlight & LAND whereby they
could build their own shelter & end homelessness
If you support a right to shelter youd surely
support a right to build it for yourself
It may be thought too late to identify land
access as a human right because of the property
system and, in a democracy, the interests of the
majority where their property rights hold sway.
It may even seem that there is no longer space or
need since even the unemployed get enough money
for food and shelter - but is this just or sustainable?
Any unemployed person choosing to build shelter
and grow their own food would become less
dependent on welfare. They would also be breaking
ground in sustainable development for all they
would be doing essential work which the state should recognise.
Additional land for public housing should be
made available for any who would take on those responsibilities.
Any birthright of access to free land should be
limited by the responsibility to use it in
accordance with that right
to maintain or
develop a home, grow veggies AND to do it sustainably
Statement of projects purpose
Brief description of methods
Provide an on-line forum for the voiceless with
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Implications for theory, policy, and/or practice
For example, in Australia, the opportunity
currently only enjoyed by the unemployed over
55yo to do community work needs to be extended to the under 55's as well.
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