From the Weekly Books post at Ace (make sure to check out the “cursive” cartoon) comes a longer comment about homelessness. Very good. I wanted to save this, which was from a City Journal piece that references a book as “the definitive book on homelessness”, A Nation in Denial: The Truth About Homelessness, written in 1993:

Homelessness is a condition of disengagement from ordinary society—from family, friends, neighborhood, church, and community…. Poor people who have family ties, teenaged mothers who have support systems, mentally ill individuals who are able to maintain social and family relationships, alcoholics who are still connected to their friends and jobs, even drug addicts who manage to remain part of their community do not become homeless. Homelessness occurs when people no longer have relationships; they have drifted into isolation, often running away from the support networks they could count on in the past.

The poster continues:

Causes not on this list: poverty, injustice and access to affordable housing. Including rent control. I was making the same mistake the poverty pimps were making, i.e. all we have to do is to pass repeal some laws and the problem will go away.

Yeah, no.

Because even if they’re not addicts or mentally ill, they’re bums. I’ve worked with bums and I can tell you that once the bum attitude sets in, it is dang near intractable. Some guys simply prefer that itinerant, low-responsibility lifestyle. In the past, these guys tended to be few and far between, but now, their numbers are legion.

Another quote from the book:

The best way to prevent homelessness isn’t to build new apartment complexes or pass new tax levies but to rebuild the family, community, and social bonds that once held communities together. As Richard McAdams, a recovered addict and current outreach worker for the Union Gospel Mission, told me: “There are 6,000 people on the streets in Seattle. I know 3,000 of them by name and know their stories. It’s not a resource issue in this city, it’s a relational issue. The biggest problem is broken relationships.”

And a final comment for the idiots.

Which is not what progressives want. They don’t want strong families or churches or self-governing communities. What they want is a bunch of atomized individuals, all dependent on the almighty State. So these broken relationships are a feature, not a bug, of progressive ideology, and the homeless tent cities are the broken eggs of the progressive urban omelet.

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