Homelessness: The Absurd Arena – Useful Idiots Discussion Board
For the Useful Idiots who think they can talk back to a podcast.
Hey Useful Idiots,
Everyone has their number one issue that they see as the most important problem in the United States. For me, that’s homelessness. Mostly because I don’t understand it.
We hear liberals and progressives always talking about poverty and protecting the working class: raising wages, fighting for affordable healthcare, defeating hunger. But those same people, when asked about those who live on the street, so often treat it as just another issue, something to be dealt with, and, hopefully, pushed away. What I don’t understand is how a stance against helping the unhoused is an acceptable opinion in circles that claim to fight poverty.
I usually try not to share too much opinion in Absurd Arenas. After all, who wants to hear what the producer thinks? Maybe reading Breakfast of Champions has me looking at everything from a more-than-usual alien perspective, and maybe finding myself agreeing with the crazy man yelling at everyone on the street this week has me in a weird mood, but I’m saying it.
The argument I most frequently hear is that helping the unhoused leads to crime and dirtier neighborhoods. This mindset has made it easier for most people to step over humans who are begging for help.
As Aaron said in last week’s uplifting interview with Darcia Narvaez, “We have an audience that really cares about the world. And they’re troubled by the state of the world right now.” That’s why I want to hear your thoughts on the issue. And don’t worry, next week I’ll go back to something silly like who in Congress would look dumbest in bike shorts.
As usual, the best comments and questions will be read on the show. Here’s the prompt:
What are your thoughts on the homelessness crisis? Should it be seen as another policy issue or an emergency human rights crisis? What questions do you have for Katie and Aaron about homelessness or bike shorts?
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