November 29, 2022
I was browsing through the news and a lot of it dealt with the homeless on the streets of large cities. It occurred to me, what are they talking about? Those people living on the streets, and other places where they should not be living, are not homeless. They are simply violating the zoning laws, among other laws, just and unjust. When I was in law school and when we discussed zoning laws I was firmly on the side that felt zoning laws were Unconstitutional. Zoning laws are intended to protect the value of property of some class of citizen and enforcement required a sort of taking without compensation. The US Constitution prohibits that. These laws are a sort of unequal protection, although some may consider this is a tortured definition.
I don’t want some guy living next door to me parking rusting old cars on his lawn. But on the other hand, it is his property!!!! And I don’t think, although I haven’t researched this, zoning laws require the person violating the law have a lawful right to be on the property what’s provisions they are violating. I think dwelling on the sidewalk is illegal but the zoning laws don’t exempt violators I’m sure.
I can just imagine the outrage this position must instigate in the class of persons these Unconstitutional laws enrich. I don’t give a fuck. There are lots of laws this class can violate to stop this behavior by violating the offending neighbor’s rights. Not hard to see where this can lead. UP THE REBEL