‘We’re Paying People’ to Be Homeless: Environmentalist

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Government subsidies for homeless Americans tin beryllium much hurtful than helpful, according to Michael Shellenberger, an biology author.

“We person a concern present wherever we’re virtually paying radical successful the signifier of cash, welfare, housing, and different services to unrecorded successful tents connected the street, usage hard drugs, defecate publicly, and perpetrate crimes,” helium said connected EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program.

Shellenberger said the occupation begins with the connection “homeless” itself—calling it a “propaganda word” that does not encapsulate what the contented is really formed from.

He said since the 1980s, progressive activists demanded much subsidized housing, attributing the origin of homelessness to a deficiency of housing, costly rents, oregon poverty— “and that’s not the case.”

The occupation with utilizing the connection “homeless,” helium said, is that it incorrectly combines 2 types of people—the mentally sick and the drug-addicted.

While these 2 differences tin overlap successful immoderate stateless individuals—the treatments they necessitate tin beryllium vastly antithetic successful bid to springiness them the champion accidental of success.

The word “homeless encampments” is different incorrect euphuism, helium said, explaining that it’s often thought of arsenic a stateless assemblage wherever individuals are helping each different out; but successful actuality, it is an open-air cause market.

“European researchers … picture [homeless encampments] arsenic unfastened drugs scenes, wherever radical unrecorded wrong of open-air cause markets. Buyers and sellers are gathering there, but they’re besides conscionable surviving determination due to the fact that they’re truthful addicted,” Shellenberger said.

The failed European stateless encampments, which is being repeated successful California, involves giving stateless cause addicts methadone (a heroin substitute), cleanable needles, and encouraging cause treatment, helium said.

“The radical said, ‘No, I’ll conscionable enactment present successful the squalor and usage drugs,’ due to the fact that they’re suffering from a benignant of intelligence illness, which is what cause addiction is,” said Shellenberger.

Epoch Times Photo A stateless antheral slumber adjacent tents successful downtown Los Angeles connected Nov. 18, 2018. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

People struggling with cause addiction request to beryllium met with immoderate benignant of intervention, helium said, oregon they volition precise seldom person a tendency to effort and assistance themselves.

“We don’t let radical with dementia—such arsenic our grandparents suffering from Alzheimer’s oregon dementia—we don’t let them to rotation the streets and unrecorded connected the streets … Why past bash we let radical that are suffering from psychosis, whether from schizophrenia oregon from chronic meth usage to beryllium connected the streets?” helium said.

While an apprehension aft committing a transgression oregon dealing with immoderate benignant of involution tin beryllium hard, it allows the drug-addicted to astatine slightest detox for immoderate magnitude of clip earlier going backmost connected the street, helium said.

“They request immoderate benignant of operation to support themselves steadfast and clean. It utilized to beryllium that addicts would beryllium arrested each erstwhile successful a portion and would find themselves successful jailhouse oregon situation wherever they would person to detox and footwear their addiction, astatine slightest for a play of time. We’re not doing that now,” helium said.

“You don’t needfully request to apprehension addicts and enactment them successful prison, but they bash request the involution truthful they tin they tin get cleanable and determination connected with their lives.”

Drew Van Voorhis


Drew Van Voorhis is simply a California-based regular quality newsman for The Epoch Times. He has been a writer for 4 years, during which clip helium has breached respective viral nationalist quality stories and has been interviewed for his enactment connected some vigor and net shows.

Jan Jekielek

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Jan Jekielek is simply a elder exertion with The Epoch Times and big of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s vocation has spanned academia, media, and planetary quality rights work. In 2009 helium joined The Epoch Times afloat clip and has served successful a assortment of roles, including arsenic website main editor. He is the shaper of the award-winning Holocaust documentary movie "Finding Manny."