The Narrow Margin

If it’s unclaimed ground, no matter how slight or uninviting, the protean Favela will put it to use, as surely as the sun rises in the East.

This feral world and the farmhouse behind it are separated by a mere chain link fence. A silent agreement. They pee on their pavement and not on our hydrangeas and we ignore their degradation. Who thinks twice about these arrangements any more? Mr. UpintheValley wonders how firm the civilizational lines are. Should the wet ass hour descend suddenly, without warning, if say the LAPD withdrew, how soon before we retreated to the armed safety of castle doctrine?

What would the wet ass hour consist of? What would precipitate it? Most Angelenos, myself included, operate so far removed from the maxims of prudence which have historically governed human relations on planet earth, the return to the Hobbesian default would come as a shock, then an affront, then self-chastizing horror as we retreated to safety. How could we have ignored the obvious?

Theft under $950 has been de facto legalized in Los Angeles.  As far as the city government is concerned, there are no borders. We issue free phones, debit cards, and health care to the indigent.  What is well-watered will grow.

2 thoughts on “The Narrow Margin”

  1. This is a tricky subject… Do most middle class people really care about the homeless? No. They just want them to go away.

    The recent fires in Sonoma destroyed 7,000+ homes in a single day. Poof! All those middle class families with fantastically valuable property became homeless overnight. Of course they tend to have other resources to fall back on, but even with insurance many of these people will never again live in the same community. The complexity of rebuilding is just too intense – and there’s now a serious limit on available construction workers with rising prices for building materials. Most will probably sell their charred land to a developer and move out of state. Ironically, the constraints on new construction that preserved the prerogatives of existing home owners (and helped create the housing crisis for everyone else) are the same regulations that make finding temporary housing impossible for those same folks when their homes burned down.

    What chance do people earning minimum wage part time have? These are problems we as a society just don’t want to solve. So we won’t.

    1. True points, as always, Johnny. Given the difficulty working people (across class lines) have maintaining a housing foothold here, how do we justify open borders? And should we be paroling people directly back into LA county? Shouldn’t we be offering early release contingent on leaving/not going to LA? If that sounds draconian, what is living on the sidewalk? Three liberal imperatives: generous welfare, tight growth restrictions, sanctuary, are all in collision here.

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