Detroit's Water Crisis
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The Detroit Water Authority has sent out over 45,000 shut off notices...
The Moral Dilemma of Commodifying Life Neccessities
Currently, due to decades of financial redlining, a mass exodus of quality jobs, and a city left to resort to crime in order to survive; the residents of Detroit are financially in real bad shape.
Michigan Representative, John Conyers, stated, 'Over the past decade, Detroiters have seen their water rates increase by 119 percent. Over this same period, forces beyond city resident's control 'including a global financial crisis that left one-in-five local residences in foreclosure and sent local unemployment rates skyrocketing.'
As a result of that abysmal economic reality, according to the Associated Press, there are currently 90,000 residences and businesses in Detroit that are behind on their water bill. The Detroit Water Authority has sent out over 45,000 shut off notices, and have shut off over 4500 customers water over the last couple weeks.
Remember, water is free, it is required for life, and you and I would never be here if not for water. Which means that life requires water, life doesn't require money, it requires water which is already free.
All things must consume before they ever produce, that is the natural order of our world, when we don't allow for the basic consumption of life necessities, how in the world can anyone produce, let alone survive'
We must have reached a point where we believe we can kill people in order to get them to pay money for free life necessities, or force them into labor, like some slave, in order to pay the inflated price of free water.
This is almost a window into the future when some asshole commodifies and monetizes air and sunlight. At that point, perhaps the impoverished, disenfranchised, and the non-subservient, will be wiped off the face of the earth due to the overpricing of free life necessities.
That's an ugly future, one we are currently charting a path towards. I much rather take a detour, one filled with innovative ways to provide life necessities so people are free to enter the workforce and not forced into it in order to survive.
The world already provides all the suffering anyone needs to endure (hunger, thirst, cold, heat, disease, etc..), do we really need not to assist in creating more suffering?
The Detroit Water Authority thinks so, after all, they only care about paying the bills, profits over life - welcome to the beginning of the end.
Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)