Libertarian Answer to Deal with Homelessness?Submitted by sleightofhand80 on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:27
I currently live in one of THE worst places for homelessness – Atlanta, GA.
The other day I walked out of my apartment and a homeless man ran up to me shouting “Hey man, give me some money for food!” I’ve been in Atlanta 10 years and every year the problem gets significantly worse. Homeless people/panhandlers are EVERYwhere looking to get something for free. They harass pedestrians and constantly shout at apparently nothing as they’re walking to wherever they go.
I don’t mean to sound curt regarding this issue. I know it’s serious and it would be great if homeless shelters could provide perpetual care for these individuals who need it, but the constant harassment is taking its toll on Atlanta residents.
So what IS the Libertarian solution to this?
I don’t want the police rounding them up and throwing them in jail just for panhandling. This is, after all, a form of free speech. But what should be done? I know the poor will always be with us, but does that mean we have to deal with constant harassment from folks who are (probably) looking for money to go get a fix?
Give me some ideas, DPers!