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You Be the Judge: Should the Law Discourage People from Becoming Vagrants?

lfish Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 2:28 AM
Get real, folks: nobody becomes a homeless beggar by choice. Begging on the street is already a crime in a lot of states and municipalities; adding a licensing requirement would be ridiculous as well as ineffective -- unless the point is to jail the vagrants, which would at least give them shelter and food.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Apr 05, 2013 9:21 AM
Actually, there are a few rare individuals who do become homeless by choice.
Wooster Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 7:46 AM
Get real, kid: The town I work in has an indoor shelter and soup kitchen, and still these people are out on the street hitting people up for money, and sleeping on the sidewalk benches when the weather is nice.

I get hit up for money for "something to eat" every day on the way to work and every day at lunchtime. Direct the beggar to the free soup kitchen two blocks away, and all you get is nastiness. They know where the free room and food is. They just want the money.

It’s both difficult and easy to be a libertarian.

It’s difficult because the corrupt Washington establishment of politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, and interest groups almost always is allied against us.

But it’s easy since you have strong moral principles that put liberty over statism, so at least you don’t need a lot of time to figure out whether class-warfare tax policy is desirable, whether the federal government is too big, or whether government should be throwing people in jail for...