It seems like so many other efforts at alleviating the worst aspects of the financial crisis – which is of course at bottom a rule of law crisis – the “Rolling Jubilee” has little or no awareness of how the “law” having been co-opted by banksters and the government, is one of the primary subjects that should be discussed. And thus one of the primary mechanisms by which the real problems of the financial/rule of law crisis can be effectively addressed.
Anne Larson, author of the linked blog article regarding the Rolling Jubilee and evidently a key member of Strike Debt, should begin pondering a few of the posts over here. Like for instance this one. Including the comments.
Evicting people by force from the place they live in is a frightful thing to do. Particularly when there are children in the home who have no control over the circumstances resulting in an eviction, it is an exceptionally cruel act. Or rather I would like to say it’s exceptional, but the truth is it is absolutely routine, all over the country. It is very easy to do, in addition to being virtually the only thing outside of certain criminal processes that the legal system does in a very expeditious fashion. Very expeditious. Whereas almost everything else takes years, evictions are adjudicated and executed in a matter of days.
Does this not seem strange when you think about it? Why should this be so? Cui bono?
The threat of forcible homelessness is the ultimate tool of the creditor class, and it is being utilized with increasing frequency, and increasing brutality. Ms. Larson talks about the “system” being “rigged” and how we need to have a “conversation” about it. I suppose we do, but really what is there to talk about? Take away the power to evict – which can be done by law – and you will accomplish much more than you will by buying up “debt” and abolishing it, as impressive as that effort has been. You attack the debt “system” at its weak point, and deprive it of its most important in terrorem enforcement device.
And if you want to talk about class and race, the ease of evictions is obviously a reflection of the status of the evictees: next to prisoners, they are the lowest status people in our society. And the reason they are easily and readily evicted (when there is non-payment) is to protect the interests of those at the opposite end of the status hierarchy – the creditor class and their bankster sponsors.
The trick – and I know this is bound to rub a lot of people who want to do something about our debt system the wrong way, but nevertheless – the real trick is to restore property rights, not curtail them. Specifically, property rights should be seen as more or less sacred; contract rights (and the creditor class has only contract rights over debtors) should be regarded as being far less important.
I know it is frustrating. There are so many ideas out there about what to do. But lawyers should be heard from more in all this.
And listened to, I think.