Britain’s Assault On Squatters

squatter-rights-5There are hundreds of thousands of empty properties in the UK – 650,000 in England alone. We should be seizing empty properties and giving them to people who need them, not locking up people for wanting a place to live.

People are broke and evicted. Meanwhile, countless homes sit unused and empty, or abandoned…some people take matters into their own hands and live as squatters. But now the outraged authorities are fighting back against the squatter scourge, the UK’s New Left Project writes:

The traditional view that the Tories are the party of the landed classes was built on solid bedrock. The last time they were in power they orchestrated the largest land-grab in living memory – the ‘right to buy’ – through which council housing passed to property magnates and buy-to-let landlords. This time around, spurred on by misleading articles in the right-wing media, they’ve announced plans to make squatting illegal and to allow landlords to forcibly evict people – whether squatters or tenant – backed up by the iron fist of the law. It is a calculated effort to empower those who own more property than they can ever use at the expense of those who have nothing.

Barry Wilton of SQUASH, a campaign group fighting the proposals, believes that the government is trying to pre-empt a wave of squatting brought about by spending cuts and rising unemployment. “They [the government] know that the financial crisis will lead to thousands of ordinary people being evicted for rent arrears or for getting behind with their mortgage,” he says. “With hundreds of thousands of empty properties gathering dust, it’s obvious that many of those people will turn to squatting as a legitimate reaction to a crisis they didn’t cause.”

Given the range of powers available to owner-occupiers and non-residential occupiers, it makes no sense for even the most desperate of squatters to move into a house which is clearly lived in. Instead, squatters are more likely to move into abandoned buildings owned by commercial or absentee landlords. Unlike owner-occupiers, owners of commercial properties can’t force their way back in because Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 makes it an offense for non-residents to use violence to enter a property where someone inside is opposed to their entry.

This law was brought in to give tenants protection from landlords, a fact of which the government is well aware. Crispin Blunt, the Prisons Minister, explained that although Section 6 “was designed to stop unscrupulous landlords from using violence to evict legitimate tenants,” he and his colleagues were considering ways to give “give non-residential property owners the same rights as displaced residential occupiers to break back into their property.” Instead of bringing both parties before a judge, which gives tenants a chance to prove they’ve the right to be there, often-complex housing issues would be dealt with on the doorstep, further inflaming an already heated situation.

Wilton argues that removing these protections will prove impractical. “You can imagine the situation,” he says. “The police turn up at the door and are told that the occupier is a squatter and asked to get them out. They’re expected, with no training, to decide who is right and who is wrong, and to act accordingly.” It’s a recipe for disaster, which may explain why the Police Federation and the Metropolitan Police opposed similar plans in the early 1990s.

It is difficult not to view these proposals as ideologically driven. This is, after all, a government which is relying on stories it knows are bogus to force through changes it accepts will only hurt vulnerable people. There are hundreds of thousands of empty properties in the UK – 650,000 in England alone, according to the Empty Homes Association. Is it really so bad if people put them to more productive use than their owners, especially if they’d otherwise require housing benefit or council housing?

“Ultimately,” says Wilton, “squatters are just stepping in to fill the gap brought about by a failure of both Tory and Labour governments to get to grips with the housing crisis. We should be seizing empty properties and giving them to people who need them, not locking up people for wanting a place to live.” That may be anathema to a party of inherited wealth and property, but it may well be the only equitable solution to this crisis which, we should remember, was caused by the very people that these new laws have been designed protect.

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  • Guest

    “I’m gonna share with you a vision
    that I had, cause I love you. And you feel it. You know all that money
    we spend on nuclear weapons and defense each year, trillions of dollars,
    correct? Instead — just play with this — if we spent that money
    feeding and clothing the poor of the world — and it would pay for it
    many times over, not one human being excluded — we can explore space
    together, both inner and outer, forever in peace.”

    Bill Hicks

    • NarwhalNecropsy

      One of my favorite quotes.

    • Jaymalls

      Thats not how the world works bro… you sound naive! (No Disrespect) But people are evil. Its in us, to take the easy way, to take advantage of each other, to walk over the weak, etc We do it every day, not only as civilians but as cooperations and countries. The United States… SCRATCH THAT, the WORLD was built on evil. From War, to Slavery, to Genocide, to etc. <- (lol… That sounded like some buzz light year shit!) Anyway, there is no way its gonna stop.

      P.S. If your Squatting on my land that im paying Taxes and Water, among other things for… im liable to beat the brakes off you. #JustSayin

      • Hadrian999

        sadly i have to agree with this, people are violent territorial animals, a squatter here and there aren’t much of a problem but large squatter groups have the potential to be dangerous, the banners shown here are basically extortion,saying either turn a blind eye to thievery or get attacked by large groups of thieves. opening up unused public lands for temporary and low income housing if it is properly administered and doesn’t devolve into ghettos would be a good thing but allowing mobs to steal property from it’s owners leads to all kinds of problems.

        • DeepCough

          Hey, those same squatters who lost their legitimate homes, are they supposed to turn a blind eye to the Great Financial Swindle of 2008? An act of dickery, like squatting, is well deserved for the cuntery that occurred on account of the bankers.

          • Andrew

            They should realize that the world was built on evil, and if they don’t want to die in a back alley they have to be more evil than the bankers.  You know, break into a banker’s house and murder their entire family and steal all their stuff or something like that.

          • Hadrian999

            it’s a mistake to assume a majority of squatters would be these decent noble under dogs you are imagining, if the properties are owned by “the bankers” police or “security” corporations would be sweeping them out in short order. every property isn’t owned by “the man” it’s fun to think in black and white terms but it’s childish.
            would you welcome vagrant camps inside your neighborhood?

          • DeepCough

            Hey, guess what happens when you erode the middle class: you’re left with rich and poor; black and white; Right and Left. I fail to see how the Financial Crisis that occurred at the end of the Bush administration prevented “vagrancy.”

          • Hadrian999

            the financial “crisis” was a brilliant move for the people that pulled it off, crash the prices of stock and wipe out the small time holders and the people with the real money can entrench their own position then get get the people you just wiped out to pay for the rebuild, pure genius. i am not on the side of the big bankers by any means but there is really nothing you can do about it, if the squatting thing keeps getting out of hand it will only end one way lots of “terrorists” getting the haymarket treatment. these people who are getting screwed i feel for em but there isn’t really anything that will help them. there is only so much to go around and every body wants to hold on to their share.

          • Tokingfire

            Well, if that’s your rationale, then you should not be the least bit surprised or dismissive of these events as “childish.”

          • Hadrian999

            there might be some things that help in the long term but the short term is fucked and i’m not really sure if the conditions that need to be met are possible, don’t take me too seriously im usually playing the devils advocate or trying to figure out big picture strategy. it’s going to hit where i live pretty hard in the near future, lets see how the ride turns out.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        You know, we’ve all heard this shit before. Life is harsh, people are assholes, the world is an evil place full of evil men etc. etc. We should all just accept the “truth” eh? If that’s your attitude, then don’t complain when a “squatter” or some other “realist” like yourself beats the brakes off you. Just sayin…  

        Yes, there will always be some conflict, violence etc. but that’s only half the story. People are capable of kindness and reason too. They learn ideas like “nothing ever changes” and that’s what they believe, so that’s what happens. People don’t think for themselves and are slaves to their own ignorance. 

        They believe what others tell them -things like “Thats not how the world works bro… you sound naive! ”
        Sorry man, but it is you who sounds naive. If we all took your advice the world would be even worse than it is. 
        You don’t seem to stand for anything. You’re an apologist for evil. 

        The world isn’t built on evil, evil was built in the world and you’re just helping it along.  Bullshit makes a great fertilizer.

        • Jaymalls

          i feel u. Im not saying humans lack compassion… im just saying, were are incapable of not doing something of a malicious nature throughout our life. Its in our genes, as animals. You ever heard of survival of the fittest… of course you have! Before humans… animals, like dinosaurs fought over territory and leadership… even over mates. Humans along with every other animal, till this day, fights over the same exact things. just shit is alot more complex now-a-days. I like that quote “The world isnt built on evil, evil was built in this world…” It sounds real cute, im not gonna lie. If i was Obama i would say that shit.. but obviously im not! An obviously that quote is pile of BS… to say the least! If the earth wasnt built on evil.. who or what built it??? You dont have to answer that….

          • GoodDoktorBad

            I’m a moron for arguing with a moron. My bad. 

      • Guest

        I’ve given my last dollar to a man that looked like he needed it more than me …you’re on the other hand are paying a hand full of individuals for what the Amniotic Earth hath given us all. They took the Land and the Water from under the care of the Natives, polluted it and sold it to you, now you wave a Flag  to celebrate it.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn3v_IYgWKU

        • GoodDoktorBad

          Corporate Avenger is fantastic. I just listened for the first time and these guys are the shit. 

    • Booya

      I’m all for cutting defense spending massively and using it to feed clothe and educate the masses…but letting squatters move into the unoccupied homes in my neighborhood and further dragging down the property value and likely bringing in drugs and vandalism is in no way OK with me. Some asshole loses his minimum wage job and can’t afford his ARM loan and gets to go live for free in the house next door to me because its vacant? F*ck that. 

      • Guest

        “The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go
        on it, you think that it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds
        are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills
        and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud and it’s
        fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time,
        and they begin to question – is this real, or is this just a ride? And
        other people have remembered, and they come back to us. They say ‘Hey!
        Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride.’ And
        we…kill those people. Ha ha ha. ‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested
        in this ride. SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big
        bank account and family. This just has to be real.’ It’s just a ride.
        But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever
        notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter because:
        it’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a
        choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings, and money. A choice,
        right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put
        bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of
        love, instead, see all of us as one.”

        Bill Hicks

        • Hadrian999

          it’s a nice fantasy but unless everyone chooses the eyes of love at the same time the people that do will become the food of those who dont

          • Guest

            That’s an Excuse not a Reason.

          • Hadrian999

            try it , see what happens

          • Guest

            I live it, I see it working every day and its great!

          • Hadrian999

            http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/06/19-charged-in-gang-rapes-of-11-year-old-texas-girl/

            this is what people are, you can try hope i’ll take take the locks

          • E.B. Wolf

            It’s also the reality of the situation; ugly as it may be. 

          • Mr Willow

            The reality?

            The reality is that more money is spent on bombs than education, more attention is given to a congressman’s penis than the fact that people are dying needlessly from a lack of food, shelter, clean water, and medical care. The reality is that two or three hundred people are exorbitantly wealthy and the remainder are only becoming more destitute.

            The reality is that there are more people who would choose to love people over money in a second if they were only reminded that people invented currency. And that we can just as easily do away with it. 

            We invented all of this. And there are fewer people who would like to continue this delusion than not.

          • GoodDoktorBad

            Yeah, it’s much better when EVERYONE is an asshole. That’s logic. We may as well all be dead. What’s the fuckin’ point? 

            Somebody eat me and get it over with. 

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Your “property values” are already dropping like stone and it’s not because of squatters or people who lost “their minimum wage jobs”, asshole. 

        Go ahead, take your frustrations out on the easy targets. Never mind all the bloodsucking banker and Wall street types who really brought down the property values, ripped off the entire world and filled the streets with the very homeless and destitute you complain about. Kick ‘em when their down, huh? Fuck that?

        Since your too scared and stupid to do anything about the real causes, just bend over and smile bitch.
        Someday you or people you know may be on the road to Squatterville. Then some stupid fuck can scream their indignation’s at the next easy target -YOU.   Ya fuckin’ coward. Sickening.

      • quartz99

        Newsflash. People making minimum wage can’t afford a house. They’d be laughed out of the bank. People making twice minimum wage, even, can’t get approved (unless they’re part of the millions of people who were unwittingly part of the widespread bank fraud that caused the housing crisis in the first place). The banks do things like foreclose on homes that don’t even have mortgages on them. But the machine just cranks along, and often the people who’ve been wrongfully evicted can’t afford the legal fees they have to pay to get their house back. Those people have families. They often lose their job when their company finds out they’ve been foreclosed on, or when they are having trouble getting to work because they have no alarm clock, no clea clothes, and no way to do things like bathe before coming in. They’re just supposed to live on the street with their kids?  It’s not as black and white as you seem to think.

  • Guest

    “I’m gonna share with you a vision
    that I had, cause I love you. And you feel it. You know all that money
    we spend on nuclear weapons and defense each year, trillions of dollars,
    correct? Instead — just play with this — if we spent that money
    feeding and clothing the poor of the world — and it would pay for it
    many times over, not one human being excluded — we can explore space
    together, both inner and outer, forever in peace.”

    Bill Hicks

  • NarwhalNecropsy

    One of my favorite quotes.

  • Anonymous

    Thats not how the world works bro… you sound naive! (No Disrespect) But people are evil. Its in us, to take the easy way, to take advantage of each other, to walk over the weak, etc We do it every day, not only as civilians but as cooperations and countries. The United States… SCRATCH THAT, the WORLD was built on evil. From War, to Slavery, to Genocide, to etc. <- (lol… That sounded like some buzz light year shit!) Anyway, there is no way its gonna stop.

    P.S. If your Squatting on my land that im paying Taxes and Water, among other things for… im liable to beat the brakes off you. #JustSayin

  • Anonymous

    Thats not how the world works bro… you sound naive! (No Disrespect) But people are evil. Its in us, to take the easy way, to take advantage of each other, to walk over the weak, etc We do it every day, not only as civilians but as cooperations and countries. The United States… SCRATCH THAT, the WORLD was built on evil. From War, to Slavery, to Genocide, to etc. <- (lol… That sounded like some buzz light year shit!) Anyway, there is no way its gonna stop.

    P.S. If your Squatting on my land that im paying Taxes and Water, among other things for… im liable to beat the brakes off you. #JustSayin

  • Hadrian999

    sadly i have to agree with this, people are violent territorial animals, a squatter here and there aren’t much of a problem but large squatter groups have the potential to be dangerous, the banners shown here are basically extortion,saying either turn a blind eye to thievery or get attacked by large groups of thieves. opening up unused public lands for temporary and low income housing if it is properly administered and doesn’t devolve into ghettos would be a good thing but allowing mobs to steal property from it’s owners leads to all kinds of problems.

  • Booya

    I’m all for cutting defense spending massively and using it to feed clothe and educate the masses…but letting squatters move into the unoccupied homes in my neighborhood and further dragging down the property value and likely bringing in drugs and vandalism is in no way OK with me. Some asshole loses his minimum wage job and can’t afford his ARM loan and gets to go live for free in the house next door to me because its vacant? F*ck that. 

  • Blazed Wanderer

    taxes suck, life is a fucking head ache

  • Blazed Wanderer

    taxes suck, life is a fucking head ache

  • DeepCough

    Hey, those same squatters who lost their legitimate homes, are they supposed to turn a blind eye to the Great Financial Swindle of 2008? An act of dickery, like squatting, is well deserved for the cuntery that occurred on account of the bankers.

  • KellyFl

    Sorry, but someone owns these houses and having a dozen squatters doing whatever theybdo is a ticket to trouble. And what about the neighbors?

  • KellyFl

    Sorry, but someone owns these houses and having a dozen squatters doing whatever theybdo is a ticket to trouble. And what about the neighbors?

  • KellyFl

    Sorry, but someone owns these houses and having a dozen squatters doing whatever theybdo is a ticket to trouble. And what about the neighbors?

  • Andrew

    They should realize that the world was built on evil, and if they don’t want to die in a back alley they have to be more evil than the bankers.  You know, break into a banker’s house and murder their entire family and steal all their stuff or something like that.

  • Andrew

    They should realize that the world was built on evil, and if they don’t want to die in a back alley they have to be more evil than the bankers.  You know, break into a banker’s house and murder their entire family and steal all their stuff or something like that.

  • Hadrian999

    it’s a mistake to assume a majority of squatters would be these decent noble under dogs you are imagining, if the properties are owned by “the bankers” police or “security” corporations would be sweeping them out in short order. every property isn’t owned by “the man” it’s fun to think in black and white terms but it’s childish.
    would you welcome vagrant camps inside your neighborhood?

  • Hadrian999

    it’s a mistake to assume a majority of squatters would be these decent noble under dogs you are imagining, if the properties are owned by “the bankers” police or “security” corporations would be sweeping them out in short order. every property isn’t owned by “the man” it’s fun to think in black and white terms but it’s childish.
    would you welcome vagrant camps inside your neighborhood?

  • Guest

    “The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go
    on it, you think that it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds
    are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills
    and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud and it’s
    fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time,
    and they begin to question – is this real, or is this just a ride? And
    other people have remembered, and they come back to us. They say ‘Hey!
    Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride.’ And
    we…kill those people. Ha ha ha. ‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested
    in this ride. SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big
    bank account and family. This just has to be real.’ It’s just a ride.
    But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever
    notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter because:
    it’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a
    choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings, and money. A choice,
    right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put
    bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of
    love, instead, see all of us as one.”

    Bill Hicks

  • Hadrian999

    it’s a nice fantasy but unless everyone chooses the eyes of love at the same time the people that do will become the food of those who dont

  • Anonymous

    You know, we’ve all heard this shit before. Life is harsh, people are assholes, the world is an evil place full of evil men etc. etc. We should all just accept the “truth” eh? If that’s your attitude, then don’t complain when a “squatter” or some other “realist” like yourself beats the brakes off you. Just sayin…  

    Yes, there will always be some conflict, violence etc. but that’s only half the story. People are capable of kindness and reason too. They learn ideas like “nothing ever changes” and that’s what they believe, so that’s what happens. People don’t think for themselves and are slaves to their own ignorance. 

    They believe what others tell them -things like “Thats not how the world works bro… you sound naive! ”
    Sorry man, but it is you who sounds naive. If we all took your advice the world would be even worse than it is. 
    You don’t seem to stand for anything. You’re an apologist for evil. 

    The world isn’t built on evil, evil was built in the world and you’re just helping it along.  Bullshit makes a great fertilizer.

  • Guest

    That’s an Excuse not a Reason.

  • Anonymous

    I can understand that property owners don’t wan’t strangers living in their houses without permission etc.

    What no one seems to have is any suggestion or care as to where these people are gonna go instead. Perhaps they should be rounded up and shot? Is there any place left that isn’t owned by someone? 

    Sure, some people are just bums, so to speak. Those people are a relative minority compared to all the people who would love to be supporting themselves, but don’t have jobs because there are not enough to go around. They don’t have other options. 

    So, all you supporters of owners rights, do you think you can come up with something besides passing the hot potato? This is only getting worse. People are getting desperate. Can you blame them? 
    Think! What would you do to survive? Soon, what you consider “your property” won’t mean squat. Needs be.
    If all you can worry about is “your stuff”, then you are just as bad as the banks and corporate maggots. 

    “Eat the rich”

  • GoodDoktorBad

    I can understand that property owners don’t wan’t strangers living in their houses without permission etc.

    What no one seems to have is any suggestion or care as to where these people are gonna go instead. Perhaps they should be rounded up and shot? Is there any place left that isn’t owned by someone? 

    Sure, some people are just bums, so to speak. Those people are a relative minority compared to all the people who would love to be supporting themselves, but don’t have jobs because there are not enough to go around. They don’t have other options. 

    So, all you supporters of owners rights, do you think you can come up with something besides passing the hot potato? This is only getting worse. People are getting desperate. Can you blame them? 
    Think! What would you do to survive? Soon, what you consider “your property” won’t mean squat. Needs be.
    If all you can worry about is “your stuff”, then you are just as bad as the banks and corporate maggots. 

    “Eat the rich”

    • Jin The Ninja

      always a good morning when i read your posts!:)

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Thanks, that’s nice to know…

    • BenTokin

      GoodDoktorBad, you sir, are awesome. 

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Thanks for your support! 

    • Evil1by1

      I don’t have an answer for this question but.. how do you suppose the real owners feel when they are forced out due to economic circumstance and some bum gets to move into the very home they were just forced out of- for free nonetheless. So bad things happen to good people and others who made no effort of their own get  to benefit? On what planet is that right or fair? Perhaps the part of the answer is a moratorium on foreclosure evictions. The bank isn’t selling it anyway- it keeps squatters out and the unfortunate homeowners in.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        “Perhaps the part of the answer is a moratorium on foreclosure evictions.”
        Now you’re talkin…

    • quartz99

      Well said

  • Hadrian999

    try it , see what happens

  • Anonymous

    i feel u. Im not saying humans lack compassion… im just saying, were are incapable of not doing something of a malicious nature throughout our life. Its in our genes, as animals. You ever heard of survival of the fittest… of course you have! Before humans… animals, like dinosaurs fought over territory and leadership… even over mates. Humans along with every other animal, till this day, fights over the same exact things. just shit is alot more complex now-a-days. I like that quote “The world isnt built on evil, evil was built in this world…” It sounds real cute, im not gonna lie. If i was Obama i would say that shit.. but obviously im not! An obviously that quote is pile of BS… to say the least! If the earth wasnt built on evil.. who or what built it??? You dont have to answer that….

  • Anonymous

    i feel u. Im not saying humans lack compassion… im just saying, were are incapable of not doing something of a malicious nature throughout our life. Its in our genes, as animals. You ever heard of survival of the fittest… of course you have! Before humans… animals, like dinosaurs fought over territory and leadership… even over mates. Humans along with every other animal, till this day, fights over the same exact things. just shit is alot more complex now-a-days. I like that quote “The world isnt built on evil, evil was built in this world…” It sounds real cute, im not gonna lie. If i was Obama i would say that shit.. but obviously im not! An obviously that quote is pile of BS… to say the least! If the earth wasnt built on evil.. who or what built it??? You dont have to answer that….

  • John Doe

    I’m with the Bill Hicks guy. Years ago in the western world people would say that women working professionally and owning property or blacks getting the vote and not being slaves was all a big, naive fantasy as well. Yet we manage to get rid of these things (for the most part, as they do exist in more subtle forms now). Why can’t we do the same for getting rid of these corporate-controlled robber barons? For those of you who complain about squatters or them ruining your property values – you’re the ones being naive, because you could be one of them someday.

  • John Doe

    I’m with the Bill Hicks guy. Years ago in the western world people would say that women working professionally and owning property or blacks getting the vote and not being slaves was all a big, naive fantasy as well. Yet we manage to get rid of these things (for the most part, as they do exist in more subtle forms now). Why can’t we do the same for getting rid of these corporate-controlled robber barons? For those of you who complain about squatters or them ruining your property values – you’re the ones being naive, because you could be one of them someday.

  • John Doe

    I’m with the Bill Hicks guy. Years ago in the western world people would say that women working professionally and owning property or blacks getting the vote and not being slaves was all a big, naive fantasy as well. Yet we manage to get rid of these things (for the most part, as they do exist in more subtle forms now). Why can’t we do the same for getting rid of these corporate-controlled robber barons? For those of you who complain about squatters or them ruining your property values – you’re the ones being naive, because you could be one of them someday.

    • Hadrian999

      because you knock off one group of robber barons and the heroes become robber barons , it’s a cycle, one group of assholes gets removed and the new elite decide this power thing is nice and decide to keep it, and start kicking in the heads of anyone that disagrees, look at any revolution, the egyption democratic revolution lasted about a week before turning into the next set of assholes, the best you can do scratch out your own little manor where your friends and family are somewhat safe.

  • Anonymous

    Your “property values” are already dropping like stone and it’s not because of squatters or people who lost “their minimum wage jobs”, asshole. 

    Go ahead, take your frustrations out on the easy targets. Never mind all the bloodsucking banker and Wall street types who really brought down the property values, ripped off the entire world and filled the streets with the very homeless and destitute you complain about. Kick ‘em when their down, huh? Fuck that?

    Since your too scared and stupid to do anything about the real causes, just bend over and smile bitch.
    Someday you or people you know may be on the road to Squatterville. Then some stupid fuck can scream their indignation’s at the next easy target -YOU.   Ya fuckin’ coward. Sickening.

  • DeepCough

    Hey, guess what happens when you erode the middle class: you’re left with rich and poor; black and white; Right and Left. I fail to see how the Financial Crisis that occurred at the end of the Bush administration prevented “vagrancy.”

  • DeepCough

    Hey, guess what happens when you erode the middle class: you’re left with rich and poor; black and white; Right and Left. I fail to see how the Financial Crisis that occurred at the end of the Bush administration prevented “vagrancy.”

  • Anonymous

    I’m a moron for arguing with a moron. My bad. 

  • Hadrian999

    because you knock off one group of robber barons and the heroes become robber barons , it’s a cycle, one group of assholes gets removed and the new elite decide this power thing is nice and decide to keep it, and start kicking in the heads of anyone that disagrees, look at any revolution, the egyption democratic revolution lasted about a week before turning into the next set of assholes, the best you can do scratch out your own little manor where your friends and family are somewhat safe.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, it’s much better when EVERYONE is an asshole. That’s logic. We may as well all be dead. What’s the fuckin’ point? 

    Somebody eat me and get it over with. 

  • Hadrian999

    the financial “crisis” was a brilliant move for the people that pulled it off, crash the prices of stock and wipe out the small time holders and the people with the real money can entrench their own position then get get the people you just wiped out to pay for the rebuild, pure genius. i am not on the side of the big bankers by any means but there is really nothing you can do about it, if the squatting thing keeps getting out of hand it will only end one way lots of “terrorists” getting the haymarket treatment. these people who are getting screwed i feel for em but there isn’t really anything that will help them. there is only so much to go around and every body wants to hold on to their share.

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  • Tokingfire

    Well, if that’s your rationale, then you should not be the least bit surprised or dismissive of these events as “childish.”

  • Hadrian999

    there might be some things that help in the long term but the short term is fucked and i’m not really sure if the conditions that need to be met are possible, don’t take me too seriously im usually playing the devils advocate or trying to figure out big picture strategy. it’s going to hit where i live pretty hard in the near future, lets see how the ride turns out.

  • E.B. Wolf

    It’s also the reality of the situation; ugly as it may be. 

  • Guest

    It’s possible lower class citizens in your neighborhood could drive down your property value, but it’s guaranteed that you being a Classist (had to add that to spell check dictionary), Capitalist Asshole drives down your value as a Human Being.

    “The effort to be free

    Seems pointless from above

    You’re looking down at me

    I’d rather stay below

    Than have you staring up at me

    Is nowhere I want to go”

    John Frusciante

    I’m no fan of Jesus as a religious figure but i think its important to note (as a man) the fact that his only act of Violence was toward the “Money Changers”.

    http://vodpod.com/watch/3341894-john-frusciante-the-past-recedes

    • GoodDoktorBad

      True story or not, it’s a good story. He flipped over a bunch of tables and gave them all an earful. He committed no violence against people, only things. 

      I like your post, keep it up. 

  • Guest

    It’s possible lower class citizens in your neighborhood could drive down your property value, but it’s guaranteed that you being a Classist (had to add that to spell check dictionary), Capitalist Asshole drives down your value as a Human Being.

    “The effort to be free

    Seems pointless from above

    You’re looking down at me

    I’d rather stay below

    Than have you staring up at me

    Is nowhere I want to go”

    John Frusciante

    I’m no fan of Jesus as a religious figure but i think its important to note (as a man) the fact that his only act of Violence was toward the “Money Changers”.

    http://vodpod.com/watch/3341894-john-frusciante-the-past-recedes

  • Guest

    It’s possible lower class citizens in your neighborhood could drive down your property value, but it’s guaranteed that you being a Classist (had to add that to spell check dictionary), Capitalist Asshole drives down your value as a Human Being.

    “The effort to be free

    Seems pointless from above

    You’re looking down at me

    I’d rather stay below

    Than have you staring up at me

    Is nowhere I want to go”

    John Frusciante

    I’m no fan of Jesus as a religious figure but i think its important to note (as a man) the fact that his only act of Violence was toward the “Money Changers”.

    http://vodpod.com/watch/3341894-john-frusciante-the-past-recedes

  • Guest

    Imagine no possessions, it’s easy if you try.

    • SF2K01

      Imagine, if you will, a three by seven inch wooden frame — a frame that’s a gateway to a world of imagination. Wipe your mind on the welcome mat. You’re about to enter The Scary Door.

      It’s easy to imagine things that are complete fiction.

  • Guest

    Imagine no possessions, it’s easy if you try.

  • Guest

    Imagine no possessions, it’s easy if you try.

  • Uownnothing

    why is it the 3 things that are needed for survival the 3 most expensive things. (food,clothing,shelter) maybe we should just quit paying for this stuff and fuck over the real evil people of the world. i hope everybody wakes up to the fact that they are free. humans fighting over land is like 2 fleas arguing about who owns the dog they live on.you are not the owner of anything except the breath in your lungs. you even live borrowing time. why do men argue over such silly things as a building, short answer greed. that empty feeling they get because they believe they are nothing without money.a even emptier concept.when your life flashes in front of your eyes on your death bed do you think you see all the money you made? no you see all the regrets from a wasted life. i hope all the landlords wake up to the fact that they share a planet with us not own some imaginary line on a piece of paper.

    • quartz99

      google the phrase “captive audience” and you’ll have your answer to the question in your first sentence. We have no choice but to pursue the things that are necessary for survival so the providers of those things have no incentive to keep their prices low. If they were charging 600 times more than they are now, we’d still have to buy from them.

  • Uownnothing

    why is it the 3 things that are needed for survival the 3 most expensive things. (food,clothing,shelter) maybe we should just quit paying for this stuff and fuck over the real evil people of the world. i hope everybody wakes up to the fact that they are free. humans fighting over land is like 2 fleas arguing about who owns the dog they live on.you are not the owner of anything except the breath in your lungs. you even live borrowing time. why do men argue over such silly things as a building, short answer greed. that empty feeling they get because they believe they are nothing without money.a even emptier concept.when your life flashes in front of your eyes on your death bed do you think you see all the money you made? no you see all the regrets from a wasted life. i hope all the landlords wake up to the fact that they share a planet with us not own some imaginary line on a piece of paper.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine, if you will, a time that seemed innocent… almost too innocent. Imagine a nation under whose seemingly conformist and conservative surface dramatic social changes were brewing, changes as obvious as integration and as subtle as fast food. And imagine, if you will, a radical television show that scrutinized, criticized, and most importantly, publicized these changes, making the social turmoil of a nation apparent to its post-world war, self-contented middle-class citizens. But what if this television show was not as it appeared? What if it masqueraded as simple science fiction, and did not reveal its true agenda until viewers took a closer look? Let us examine how such a television program can become a defining force in the culture of a nation, a force that remains just as powerful almost forty-five years after it first appeared. Let us investigate the secrets of… The Twilight Zone.

  • Guest

    I’ve given my last dollar to a man that looked like he needed it more than me …you’re on the other hand are paying a hand full of individuals for what the Amniotic Earth hath given us all. They took the Land and the Water from under the care of the Natives, polluted it and sold it to you, now you wave a Flag  to celebrate it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn3v_IYgWKU

  • Guest

    I live it, I see it working every day and its great!

  • http://profiles.google.com/saintzedofourlostyouth R Z

    always a good morning when i read your posts!:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    Property is Theft.

    • Tuna Ghost

      I’ve heard this many times, but I’ve never seen it elaborated.  Care to indulge me?

      • GoodDoktorBad

        The original phrase or concept is “Profit is theft”, which I tend to agree with on principle. People have been conditioned to believe that making profit is the key to prosperity. Somehow in peoples minds they think that, in hypothetical example, that’s it’s OK to trade a couple of apples  for a bushel of tomatoes if they can get away with it. It’s the “buyer beware” concept. 

        Sorry Potter Dee, didn’t want to steal your thunder…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    Property is Theft.

  • Benjamin Carter

    GoodDoktorBad, you sir, are awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    True story or not, it’s a good story. He flipped over a bunch of tables and gave them all an earful. He committed no violence against people, only things. 

    I like your post, keep it up. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    I’ve heard this many times, but I’ve never seen it elaborated.  Care to indulge me?

  • Anonymous

    The original phrase or concept is “Profit is theft”, which I tend to agree with on principle. People have been conditioned to believe that making profit is the key to prosperity. Somehow in peoples minds they think that, in hypothetical example, that’s it’s OK to trade couple of apples  for a bushel of tomatoes if they can get away with it. It’s the “buyer beware” concept. 

    Sorry Potter Dee, didn’t want to steal your thunder…

  • Evil1by1

    I don’t have an answer for this question but.. how do you suppose the real owners feel when they are forced out due to economic circumstance and some bum gets to move into the very home they were just forced out of- for free nonetheless. So bad things happen to good people and others who made no effort of their own get  to benefit? On what planet is that right or fair? Perhaps the part of the answer is a moratorium on foreclosure evictions. The bank isn’t selling it anyway- it keeps squatters out and the unfortunate homeowners in.

  • Anonymous

    “Perhaps the part of the answer is a moratorium on foreclosure evictions.”
    Now you’re talkin…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Speaking for ex-squatters…its less an act of malice or theft and more an act of desperation. Missions and shelters are dominated by halfway house rejects and thugs…a clean quiet place with a dash of privacy is a blessing beyond compare. Not sleeping with one hand on a knife is an underrated pleasure. 

    It may be illegal…but under the circumstances it happens in…it is far from immoral or unethical. What is unethical is a system that allows cost of housing to multiply exponentially based on speculation…forcing people into wage slavery to maintain even rudimentary housing…or ultimately making housing an impossible goal. When we consider just the economic harm, not just the human harm, that such a system brings into being…it would make sense for law and government to intervene and force a resolution that prevents the upward spiral of prices…not just to alleviate consumer suffering…but to free up almost staggering sums of money that could be returned to the economy in goods and services other than housing.

    I’m not unsympathetic to all landowners and renters…many mean well and just want to find good tenants at a reasonable price…but the price is pegged to area averages…so even a good landlord can easily find themselves in a market where the prices they charge reflect an overall failure. Squatters happen when alternatives do not exist…or are so horrible that anyone would choose a break in over the other choices. If you don’t address the underlying issues…the problem cannot be solved. Once again…the Tories find the ‘solution’ that resembles slapping make up on a sucking chest wound. Might look less scary…but you’re still dying.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Excellent -Vox.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Speaking for ex-squatters…its less an act of malice or theft and more an act of desperation. Missions and shelters are dominated by halfway house rejects and thugs…a clean quiet place with a dash of privacy is a blessing beyond compare. Not sleeping with one hand on a knife is an underrated pleasure. 

    It may be illegal…but under the circumstances it happens in…it is far from immoral or unethical. What is unethical is a system that allows cost of housing to multiply exponentially based on speculation…forcing people into wage slavery to maintain even rudimentary housing…or ultimately making housing an impossible goal. When we consider just the economic harm, not just the human harm, that such a system brings into being…it would make sense for law and government to intervene and force a resolution that prevents the upward spiral of prices…not just to alleviate consumer suffering…but to free up almost staggering sums of money that could be returned to the economy in goods and services other than housing.

    I’m not unsympathetic to all landowners and renters…many mean well and just want to find good tenants at a reasonable price…but the price is pegged to area averages…so even a good landlord can easily find themselves in a market where the prices they charge reflect an overall failure. Squatters happen when alternatives do not exist…or are so horrible that anyone would choose a break in over the other choices. If you don’t address the underlying issues…the problem cannot be solved. Once again…the Tories find the ‘solution’ that resembles slapping make up on a sucking chest wound. Might look less scary…but you’re still dying.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Speaking for ex-squatters…its less an act of malice or theft and more an act of desperation. Missions and shelters are dominated by halfway house rejects and thugs…a clean quiet place with a dash of privacy is a blessing beyond compare. Not sleeping with one hand on a knife is an underrated pleasure. 

    It may be illegal…but under the circumstances it happens in…it is far from immoral or unethical. What is unethical is a system that allows cost of housing to multiply exponentially based on speculation…forcing people into wage slavery to maintain even rudimentary housing…or ultimately making housing an impossible goal. When we consider just the economic harm, not just the human harm, that such a system brings into being…it would make sense for law and government to intervene and force a resolution that prevents the upward spiral of prices…not just to alleviate consumer suffering…but to free up almost staggering sums of money that could be returned to the economy in goods and services other than housing.

    I’m not unsympathetic to all landowners and renters…many mean well and just want to find good tenants at a reasonable price…but the price is pegged to area averages…so even a good landlord can easily find themselves in a market where the prices they charge reflect an overall failure. Squatters happen when alternatives do not exist…or are so horrible that anyone would choose a break in over the other choices. If you don’t address the underlying issues…the problem cannot be solved. Once again…the Tories find the ‘solution’ that resembles slapping make up on a sucking chest wound. Might look less scary…but you’re still dying.

  • Anonymous

    Corporate Avenger is fantastic. I just listened for the first time and these guys are the shit. 

  • Anonymous

    Excellent -Vox.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, that’s nice to know…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, that’s nice to know…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your support! 

  • Anonymous

    Newsflash. People making minimum wage can’t afford a house. They’d be laughed out of the bank. People making twice minimum wage, even, can’t get approved (unless they’re part of the millions of people who were unwittingly part of the widespread bank fraud that caused the housing crisis in the first place). The banks do things like foreclose on homes that don’t even have mortgages on them. But the machine just cranks along, and often the people who’ve been wrongfully evicted can’t afford the legal fees they have to pay to get their house back. Those people have families. They often lose their job when their company finds out they’ve been foreclosed on, or when they are having trouble getting to work because they have no alarm clock, no clea clothes, and no way to do things like bathe before coming in. They’re just supposed to live on the street with their kids?  It’s not as black and white as you seem to think.

  • Anonymous

    Well said

  • Anonymous

    google the phrase “captive audience” and you’ll have your answer to the question in your first sentence. We have no choice but to pursue the things that are necessary for survival so the providers of those things have no incentive to keep their prices low. If they were charging 600 times more than they are now, we’d still have to buy from them.

  • Hadrian999

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/06/19-charged-in-gang-rapes-of-11-year-old-texas-girl/

    this is what people are, you can try hope i’ll take take the locks

  • Hadrian999

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/06/19-charged-in-gang-rapes-of-11-year-old-texas-girl/

    this is what people are, you can try hope i’ll take take the locks

  • Mr Willow

    The reality?

    The reality is that more money is spent on bombs than education, more attention is given to a congressman’s penis than the fact that people are dying needlessly from a lack of food, shelter, clean water, and medical care. The reality is that two or three hundred people are exorbitantly wealthy and the remainder are only becoming more destitute.

    The reality is that there are more people who would choose to love people over money in a second if they were only reminded that people invented currency. And that we can just as easily do away with it. 

    We invented all of this. And there are fewer people who would like to continue this delusion than not.