A Test for Your Egalitarianism
Posted on December 8, 2016
Homeless people are the most disempowered group of oppressed people I can think of. They don’t have any important organized pressure group of their own, which illustrates my earlier claim that you usually need identity politics if you want to establish laws against oppression.
If people who oppose identity politics want to prove they actually care about oppressed people, they should push a new civil rights law through Congress. It ought to be illegal for a city to, for example, confiscate or throw away the belongings of homeless people, or outlaw lying down on sidewalks, or prevent camping under federal underpasses.
“In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges”–Anatole France.