Demonstrating that unions aren't always socially useful, the NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association has embarked on a startlingly loathsome (even for the NYPD) campaign whereby they photograph the homeless and their "quality-of-life offenses" and then post the photos in all their destitute glory to a Flickr account called Peek-A-Boo. This is supposed to prove something about how “We, the ‘Good Guys,' are sworn to protect our citizens," except when they're, like, you know, poor.
Peek-A-Boo: NYPD Union of Douchebags Doesn't Like DeBlasio or Being Held Accountable So Is (Really) Photo-Shaming the Homeless To Prove It
The NYPD are building a valuable historical archive, unknowingly, of the callousness of the USA towards its poor.
Native American warriors (their idea of police) were not allowed to sit down and eat their meals themselves until they had made sure that every person in the community had sufficient food, clothing and a roof over their heads to survive. And to think, we called them savages and barbarians! What does that make the NYPD?
For those of you not yet aware, Native Americans practiced a very efficient form of Socialism! Nothing exotic mind you. Just efficient!
What is notable about those Native Americans is tht they did not see this as "Charity". It was just something you did due to the nature of the society.
They still have Communities in Canada's north that have community freezers. The Hunter will go hunting, make his kill , take a cut of the animal and than put the rest in the freezer. It is not considered "his". Any of the member of the tribe can than go down to get some. They do not sell the excess for profit. As they saw the natural world as sacred and themselves a part of it rather than having dominion over it there was a spiritual value attached to the food that nature provided them. Their understanding of reciprocity was that natures bounty was not intended for the few and in not feeding their own hungry there would be negative consequences to the tribe as a whole.
Thus there is absolutely no shame in going down to the community freezer to get food (as the poor in this modern society are made to feel shame)
Now as access to hunting grounds changes with enroachment of Industry into those areas the ability to live off the land deteriorates . The families become more reliant on recieiving money so as to BUY food and this in and of itself helps to lead to a breakdown of the traditional culture as the system forces them into commodifying food. Even at that a recent survey in Inuit communities found that 96 percent of all households share their food with other familes.
True, true, true! I lived on NYC streets as a homeless victim of the system 45 years ago. It was a bit rougher then. No shelters, no help. I found out the hard way what America thinks of the less fortunate. Calvinism is alive and well in the old land of the free (for a price).
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"What is notable about those Native Americans is tht they did not see this as 'Charity'. It was just something you did due to the nature of the society."
Sounds like what David Graeber writes about in "Debt: The First 5,000 Years." There is an understanding in some cultures that those born into a community that nourishes and sustains them owe a debt to those they live among.
Yeah, lazy like Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, O'Really and the rest!