Food and shelter

Steal don’t starve

Food has always been about class in [XYZ]. “The nature of our diets has been entirely shaped by the class system of the 19th century and the white working-class experience of industrialisation,” says Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University in London. “From the first – when cheap white bread was sold to the poor as progress, because previously only the rich could afford it – what class you are from, and how much you have to spend has made a dramatic difference to what you eat, how you eat it and what you aspire to eat. Class imbues everything in food.”


End the rot / squat the lot

Diddly squat
Annie Lawson
The Age
October 9, 2008

For students locked out of the increasingly unaffordable rental market, homelessness can mean months of couch-surfing or “hot-bedding” – crashing at friends’ houses until somewhere to live permanently is found. In fact, many are victims of a chronic under-supply of share-house accommodation and apartments in inner-city Melbourne…

See also : Architects for Peace

Bart: Uh, say, are you guys crooks?
Fat Tony: Bart, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?
Bart: No.
Fat Tony: Well, suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?
Bart: Uh uh.
Fat Tony: And, what if your family don’t like bread? They like… cigarettes?
Bart: I guess that’s okay.
Fat Tony: Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart?
Bart: Hell, no.

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2023 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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