Monday, June 16, 2008

RC Can Have Two Meanings

When the abbreviation RC is used here at FutureJacked, it means "Reslient Community" and is a theme we'll continue to focus upon in the coming months. Well, it can also stand for Refugee Camp.

Right now, the "Tent City" problem is still a marginal phenomenon and it is still easy for the mainstream to ignore it or brush it off as a bunch of addicts getting what they deserve. Unless you see a new wave of job creation that provides work at a solid wage, though, this phenomenon will grow - it's simple debt dynamics at work. Too much debt was taken on and now the growth that the debtors were counting on to bail them out (whether growth in wages - which, when adjusted for inflation is stagnant overall or growth in house prices, which is stagnant or declining) is stalling.

Do whatever you can, whatever it takes, to avoid being swept up in this. These "Tent Cities" can easily be made into mini-Gaza Strips by putting up some razor wire and a few private security guards. Don't think that in a time of crisis, especially if some Tent City residents commit an atrocious crime or two that it can't happen.

'Ontario residents only' at Tent City
By David Kelly, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Dozens of Ontario police and code enforcement officers descended upon the homeless encampment known as Tent City early Monday, separating those who could stay from those to be evicted.

Large, often confused, crowds formed ragged lines behind police barricades where officers handed out color-coded wristbands. Blue meant they were from Ontario and could remain. Orange indicated they had to provide more proof to avoid ejection, and white meant they had a week to leave...

Just curious - how long before the authorities realize that the wrist-bands are a stop-gap measure at best (anyone who's ever been at a bar that admits 18 year olds but serves alcohol knows what I am talking about) and move to something a little more accurate - like chipping the "criminals" so a crowd can be scanned quickly and segregated out rapidly?

And on another note - this kind of tragedy is NOT a node from which a "reslient community" will be formed (in my opinion). True RCs will be rare, almost city-state like in their initial appearance, in my estimation.

Refugee Camps, on the other hand, could become all too prevalent in a world without a new frontier to absorb populations and in a world where few have the skills to survive outside an office environment. Hell, they might even be marketed by the authorities as a new and positive mode of living - a sort of anti-suburb - with promises of community and food and medical attention. That would let the authorities get some sort of handle on the unhoused population. My guess is that the reality of such places will not be anything like we'll see reported...

Hat tip to Mish.

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