housing, money

These Times

And as the headlines each day read more and more about the economy of America going downhill and broke, and while I was on the subject of that mortgage meltdown crisis a couple of blog posts ago, there is some article I came across in the Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin that I came across a while ago during those travail travelling times in Germany that reads “II. Krise, Bislang haben wir nur von den vielen Amerikanern gehort, deren Hauser infolge der Finanzkrise zwangsversteigert wurden. Hier sehen wir, wie sie jetzt leben.” and the first paragraph of this article goes on to read “Die Sonne uber Kalifornien sorgt fur angenehme Temperaturen. Herb duftende Holzapane bedecken den Boden. Darauf stehen in Reih und Glied 149 grun-weisse Polyesterzelte, fabrikneu. Ein Campingplatz? Das Idyll trugt. Alle zehn Minuten peitscht ein startender Jet uber den kargen Staubplatz. Erholung finder hier sowieso niemand.” And the article goes on for a few more pages. And this is a language of German that I do not really understand and confuses me. And I can only understand the photograph of a full page that accompanies this article of an encampment of about 100 or so green tents forming straight military like lines in a big open field. And I think this article says something like, in California people have lost their homes and are homeless because of the foreclosure housing and mortgage crisis and are now sleeping in tent encampments. And this seems like something of a surreal photos that could have been taken from the great depression dust bowl era of the 1930’s itself. And for some reason that verse comes to mind “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the son of man hath not where to lay his head”. And that other verse, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. And whose right is it to say that the land is for sale anyway, a basic necessity of human life. And maybe and hopefully squatting and homesteading may prevail during these times and the land and people can be free, as no one is free when others are oppressed. Is another world possible. And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State?

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