The Dissonance of Liberal Elite – Literally Stealing From The Poor While Being America’s Richest Few
As understood among the intelligentsia, the right-wing politics errs on the side of the capitalist status quo while left-wing purports to rebel against the inequality it creates; championing the down-trodden who were unfortunate enough to fall on the wrong end of Pareto’s distribution. We’ll leave the moral arbitration to the voter come November,
There’s a joke, an ironic one, with the punch line that goes like:
“[Communism] is a night-class where you learn who is stealing from whom?”
“Stealing? Why’d you think everyone’s stealing?”
“If you don’t think the rich get rich by stealing from the poor then, my friend, you have a lot to learn.”
It’s from a movie that I don’t recall, but there are renditions of it in every medium. But the joke cut deep in the bones, when I came across San Fransisco’s Department of Public Works “tag it and bag it” policy.
A little background, the pro-capitalism vulture capitalist aside, San Fransisco
San Francisco tops the list of the 25 largest metropolitan areas by household income. The median household in the San Francisco area earned nearly $97,000 last year, an increase of $8,000 from 2015. The town’s demographics are colored by
Given all that, San Fransisco’s policy on confiscating homeless property seems all the
In the past two years, city’s Department of Health (DPH), and Police led by its Department of Public Works (DPW) have intensified its campaign to clean the streets up of homeless people and their belongings. It’s understandable given what billionaire would like reminders of poverty strewn around their neighborhood.
The policy is spearheaded by DPW while the police, eventually, act as its enforcement arm. This creates an additional ruckus as Police have no training related to the removal of private property. The SFPD’s understanding of DPH Policy is surmised in this bulletin.
During a recent clean-up drive, the Stolen Belongings Project documented various interactions between the police and homeless people, who looked on haplessly as cops went on bagging and tagging their tarps, tents and few utensils.
The City says that people whose belonging are confiscated can reclaim them at the DPW warehouse. However, as it happens, the city officials in charge of holding these belongings have been found to have auctioned or sold them off. The situation came to ahead this June when hundreds of homeless people along with supporters gathered outside the DPW warehouse.
Heather Lee, one of these homeless people who was their to reclaim her “bin”, which had been confiscated before in February.
“It contains my few belongings, a few birthday presents, identification papers and tarps.”
After a grueling six-hour wait, she was told by officials at the DPW warehouse that they had lost their items. The Stolen Belongings Project lists a barrage of incidents of how officials at the DPW have repeatedly faced the accusations of either selling the property or never having received it – implying police officers had sold them before it reached them.
You’ve to keep in mind that homeless people are always very cognizant of their rights, this furthers the divide between officers enforcing DPW policy and their victims. Rights, aside, the programs the city projects as lifelines for homeless people are mired in bureaucratic maze. If the richest left-wing town in the U.S. can’t stand for the poorest among us than we have to protect each other’s rights. You can support organizations like Coalition of the Homeless and Stolen belongings, or even just learn what you can do to help people who need it the most.