Posts Tagged ‘detroit’

by @anarchyroll

Did you know the United Nations said that Detroit is violating the human rights of their citizens?

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental rights in America. So if that is actually true, and we can’t live without water, is water a right? The water companies in Detroit don’t think so and have been shutting off water supplies to delinquent customers.

The problems of the urban dystopia that is Detroit are pretty well-known. But I don’t think most people in America thought the situation in Detroit was worthy of the attention of the United Nations. Since we are in the United States of America after all, it is hard to fathom human rights violations worth of the attention of international governing bodies could be allowed to occur here. Well, welcome to the new normal.

Why are so many people (up to 30,000) so behind on their water bills that they are having access to it turned off? Maybe it has something to do with the 119% increase in cost as the city inches closer and closer to privatization of utilities.

As horrific as the situation in Detroit is, what is even scarier than municipalities and private corporations literally denying access to the essence of life to their citizens, is that the problems with water in Detroit is soon to become the rule not just an exception.

by @anarchyroll

Did you hear the one where America turned into an oligarchy? It goes something like; between the start of the industrial revolution and the start of the Vietnam War land and resource ownership was grabbed and consolidated by a select few and they have been using the influence of said land and resources to try to grab more, more, more…how do you like it? how do YOU like it? how do you like it?

Do you know what municipal bankruptcy is? That has such a striking ring to it, no? Municipal bankruptcy. It sounds much more damning than Chapter 9 Title 11 Bankruptcy.

I grew up thinking that governments were in charge. Federal, state, and/or local. Detroit is like a highlighter pen on a never-ending text-book page of small words, showing who is really calling the shots and who has all along…banks.

Banks nearly destroyed modern civilization as we know it in 2008 and who went to jail? Who got brought up on charges? Did any one Wall Street CEO go through half of what a single mom applying for food stamps goes through? Didn’t think so.

Money talks and cash is king. We all learn that at some point or another. It is one of the many aspects of modern society in which we quietly lie to ourselves so we can believe we are have evolved since the caveman era.  Municipal bankruptcy will soon make it impossible to ignore. Detroit is not an exception to the rule, Detroit is a harbinger. Resistance to pension reform has made that all but a certainty.

What does municipal bankruptcy tell us? That we are still serfs and they are still living in the castles. Castles became known as Manhattan penthouses in the mid 1980s. Municipal bankruptcy shows who is really in charge. We can hold all the elections we want but there is a reason it’s called virtual reality. It’s not the real thing. It just looks and feels like it…