In a moral society the care of the destitute, ill and others overwhelmed by trouble is not left up to any particular group, church or charity, but is provided to all who need it, as any common good is, such as police and fire protection, education and available health care.
In the coming months many good people will come together to help those who are unable to provide for themselves. Necessary as it is, charity treats the symptom; the underlying disorder remains. The underlying disorder, the problem that has led to so many Americans going homeless is an economic and political system that has gone seriously out of balance, sharply disfavoring the less fortunate.
To advocate for the homeless, to be for the eradication of homelessness, calls for a deeply political response: the root cause of homelessness is poverty and the solution to poverty is a changed system of how and with whom a society shares it’s resources.
Billionaire Warren Buffet recently declared, “There’s class warfare, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning”. Our homeless, these economic refugees, are the most visible casualties of this war.