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Doing investigative journalism is expensive work, so you hope--particularly if you want control of what you investigate and for how long and by what means--to finish with a book or series that you can publish. For money. How else do you suggest a person pursue this type of career? As for charging for tickets, Hedges was not just passing through Spokane by coincidence. So people buying tickets are paying for that travel and for his time, not an exorbitant amount. The guy teaches in prisons, which I'm assuming is either voluntary or not well paid.
God forbid anyone have a peace bias!
I think that people who read to the final paragraph rather than following their knee-jerk reaction when scanning the article would note that the author is not suggesting that panhandling is positive or sustainable, advocates empowerment and moving out of homelessness, and is really just saying that we need to include everyone in the process. Personally, I think part of the reason downtown is "real tired" as one commenter described it, has to do with the limited vision that's been at the helm of the city for so long. It seems to me that the resources are being controlled by the least creative and efficient among us much of the time. Opening up the process rather than hiding poverty away would be a great first step toward a better strategy. If people want a sterilized, shopping and coffee only experience, they should go to the Mall of America or stay home. Life isn't like that and it shouldn't be.
For a version with links embedded, see the re-post on my blog here: http://truthscout.net/2014/08/14/blaming-t…
Thanks, Yak, that's true. Christian Zionism is a strange and potent force in U.S. politics and its existence helps us debunk the common claim that critics of Zionism (who are anti-racist by definition, right?) are Anti-Semitic.
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