Meanwhile, junkies and many of the worst mentally ill can't be trusted. Every junkie will give you a sob story about why their lives turned to shit; about how they totally would get clean if <something, something>; and how they're great people who will cause no harm to nobody. And the "lived experience" bullshit means that liberals can't challenge these obvious lies.You can't interrogate or think critically about them because to do so is to silence the "lived truth" of the storyteller. Thus, in order to be a good activist, you must affirm the experiences, stories, life choices, etc. of the marginalized without comment or judgment; to do otherwise is to further their oppression.
As an example, I get very suspicious when I hear about a medical professional who's homeless. With how in demand they are, there's no way they wound up there because the rent's too high. And given what happens when junkies wind up in a position of authority in a medical setting, they're almost definitely homeless because they're addicts *and* they stole drugs, sometimes from their own patients. Their "lived experience" means you have to take their word for it that they didn't do nuffin'.
It's definitely bad PR. Bezos doesn't care about anybody, so I'm sure he'd be happy to sweep the vagrants trespassing on Amazon property into Elliott Bay, but the political situation in Seattle means Amazon needs to tread carefully. Just about every liberal here blames Amazon for all the city's problems, and the city council is extremely eager to tax the shit out of Amazon.Where does she work? Amazon. They want to save the world from hearing mean words on the internet but I guess it's bad PR to be seen taking too many steps to protect their own employees' physical safety.
San Francisco had really bad homeless encampments from the '60s to the '90s, but they were cleared out in the mid-'90s by a shitlord mayor who, although being a Democrat, had a lot in common with Giuliani. I'm just old enough to remember the ree-ing by the homeless and their advocates during that period. It wasn't even that they were being forced out of town. There was shelter space available; they just didn't want to use it. Jordan pushed his plan through anyway, and, in the aftermath, violent crime against the homeless plummeted.Basically the same reason they won't try any method of curbing homelessness if Giuliani tried it in NYC first. Never mind that his methods actually worked, he's a Republican, and if a Republican says don't put your hand on the stove then by god you better burn your hand to a cinder or else you're not pure enough for the inquisitors.
It's not really cheaper though.Enoch Powell started this stupid trend in Britain on the grounds that it would somehow be more 'free' for the deranged to be wandering around in the 'community' shitting and pissing on themselves (and cheaper (yeah, mainly cheaper)).
I mean, it would be if society would just leave these people to die in a ditch, but we're generous enough not to let them die but not to force them to get treatment. In my area, the worst chronic homeless people (who are crazy or addicted to drugs or both) cost the government $100k-200k per year. There's been a debate even among residents who are fed up with this bullshit whether it makes sense to throw vagrant criminals in jail, because a jail stay costs $60k per year, but that's a hell of a lot cheaper than leaving them on the street. And that's not even getting into the costs to businesses and regular people by letting vagrants steal and assault their way through the city.