Nestled between two golf courses in the Hampstead area of North London lies a row of colonnaded mansion houses, each looming from behind stern borders of black iron fencing. Lush vegetation, old trees and rhododendron bushes subtly screen the opulence from full view of the street. Estate agents advertise them for sale with features such as a car lifts, indoor pools and libraries. Many remain dark, and lifeless as they await the return of owners who seem to have forgotten them.
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Campbell Robb, the Chief Executive of the homelessness charity Shelter, recently commented on the housing crisis in the UK, saying: “Astronomical house prices mean that millions of people are finding themselves trapped in our broken rental market with little chance of ever finding a stable place to call home.” As the government continues to slash benefits to those most in need and rent continues to rise more than earnings, 2014 will bring a wave of evictions across the UK and the whole of Europe, leading to thousands of vulnerable adults and children being forced into overcrowded hostels, temporary accommodation, friend’s sofas, and on to the streets. 18,000 people are evicted from social housing alone each year – the equivalent of the entire population of Stamford. In the UK, bailiffs are the guys who turn up to enforce those evictions. They are comparable to ‘repo men’ in the US.
“The ‘ideal’ social interaction, in ‘anarcho’ capitalist terms, is that of prostitution. Prostitution, e.g., selling your services for an anticipated monetary gain, is the highest definition of ‘anarcho’ capitalist ‘empowerment’, amazingly. The ability to sell yourself to whomever you want is the ‘anarcho’ capitalist idea of ‘freedom’.” ~ Daibhidh, Anarcho-Hucksters: There is Nothing Anarchistic about Capitalism
Some of us are so unfit to be a part of this society that it’s as if we were born into anarchism. We are unable to let ourselves be controlled by authority, and society shuts us out for it. So, we live a depraved life on the streets. My friends and I are not that much different from other people. At heart all of us are kind and caring people. Without this small group of friends I would most likely starve. Helping each other is crucial to our own survival, health, and happiness out here on the streets.
“The desire to change the world remains merely an abstract ideal or a political program unless it becomes the will to transform one’s own existence.” ~Wolfi Landstreicher, Logic of Submission
Squatting is a necessity. Anyone who has unwillingly slept more than a night under a bridge or in a park will tell you about the dangers and gradual degradation of mind, body and spirit caused by exposure.
An article by Noam Chomsky appeared on Alternet yesterday titled “The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What’s Wrong with Libertarians.” I read with baited breath. See, I used to be what you might call a “vulgar Chomskyite,” meaning I was an enthusiast, but had a crude unsophisticated understanding of what he was talking about. Then, years ago, I had the privilege of hearing him speak at UC Berkeley. That’s when I realized that despite all his erudite pontification, I could not make heads or tails of what principles he actually advocated. I suddenly suspected that I had been taken in by well footnoted rhetorical candy with no nutritional value whatsoever. So, I devoured this new article eager for him to pay off the promise in the headline, but was ultimately disappointed.
The term “hacker” is frequently misunderstood, thanks to the images of cyber-criminals and Internet warfare perpetuated by the mainstream media and state agencies. The truth of the matter is that without hackers there would be no Internet. At the very least hackers may be the last line of defense preventing the Internet from suffering a quick, whimpering death. In recent years security minded tech-folk have been painted as paranoid at best and often equated with terrorism. This contemporary villainization of hackers has created a dangerous stew of ignorance and fear that keeps the majority of computer users blissfully ignoring the inner workings of state and corporate communication technology, never seeking out alternatives. However, I’ve recently discovered a light at the end of the tunnel.
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