Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tapped Out: When Water Bills Force Foreclosure

I'm still awake, or at least conscious enough to be outraged at this.

Government and "private" business, working together against the people as always, with their enforcers, your friendly neighborhood police force, doing their dirty work. But Ginx assures me anarchy would be much worse, so I guess we should count our blessings.

One raw day in early February, Vicki Valentine stood by helplessly as real estate investors snatched her West Baltimore home over what began with an unpaid city water bill of $362. Valentine lost the property after the city sold her debt to investors through a contentious and byzantine legal process called a tax sale. This little-known type of foreclosure can enrich investors as growing numbers of property owners struggle to pay their bills.

1 comment:

  1. Just because something can be abused does not make it evil. I feel like an anarchist's attitude is comparable to one whose heart is broken, so they try being gay, only to have their heart broken once more. At this point the anarchist might swear off sex entirely.

    Rather than look at this abusive example as a call for anarchism (in which scenario there is probably no running water), one might instead see that government is structured in such a way as to solve such a problem if an active role is assumed by citizens. Refusing to take part is passive support, something you can't be accused of because you have publicly made this issue known.

    In a way, even if you claim to be an anarchist, you provide a vital service to those who are civically minded and interested in active improvement. Criticism of the government is the most important ingredient in a healthy democracy (also need: 1 part education, 1 part liberty, and just a pinch of bullshit).


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