Why Are Rich People So Obsessed With Proving US Cities Are Dystopian Hellholes?
Right-wing pundits, landlords, and tech executives all believe they can prove we are amid a crime wave with just one more video.
“Sometimes it's a function of gentrification as capitalists drool over profits to be squeezed from tenants and businesses. Other times, it's a function of latent anxieties (e.g. racism) that views residents yet to be pushed out as dangerous mobs ruled by violence, drug use, and general chaos. But all of it ultimately traces back to the same thing: a housing crisis, a dearth of social programs supporting mental health and addiction, and a refusal to abandon carceral logic that says social problems should be hidden away in jail cells—not supported by systems funded with as much cash as our prisons and police departments.
In the meantime, we will have to suffer these outrage cycles as conservatives and liberals alike—frothing right-wing pundits, Silicon Valley tech executives, and Manhattan landlords—all try to convince us that they are trying to help, not sabotage, our society.”Posted on 2022-09-16T02:17:01+0000