Solutions for the
homeless: Build communes, not prisons
We clearly need a president-congress that has the moral fortitude to rein in
defense spending that’s out of control in more ways than one can say. With
the exception of senators’ Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, there has been
little discussion in the debates about cutting defense spending and
reinvesting those billions of tax dollars into the restoration of an aging
Some may ask—how will rebuilding our infrastructure help the homeless? Here
are a few ideas that come to mind: we could restore aging hotels and
condemned houses in poor urban communities, we could remodel aging cruise
and even Navy ships into affordable housing facilities for the homeless
instead of letting them waste away or destroying them via demolition.
Instead of giving most of our federal lands to oil & gas companies, we could
build self-efficient communes where there is plenty of land: solar
sustainable, one-room houses, nothing fancy, just the basics with a
kitchenette and communal showers and toilets. A thousand of these small
homes could be built for less than $500,000 dollars. And they could be
designed to blend with the environment.
here to see examples.
Our National Guard could participate in the construction of these small
studios. Conditions should be clear that inhabitants must follow certain
rules of maintenance: such as cleaning, gardening, planting trees, and
With a little money and creative ingenuity these problems are not difficult
to solve. Certainly there are challenges. Some homeless individuals need
medical assistance. I’m talking about homeless teenagers, and working
Americans that need a temporary opportunity to get back on their feet. Many
homeless folks may have important skills; some can do carpentry work,
mechanics, gardening, cooking, painting, and artistic crafts. These communes
could easily become working organic farms, for example, and the money that
they earn would pay for the housing and maintenance.
That’s what a humane society would do compared to a corporate war society
that promotes violence and cold indifference. It would also lift the morale
of our soldiers if they were helping to restore dignity and meaning to those
who’ve fallen through the cracks instead of conditioning them to hate, kill
and torture human beings.