“We help identify houses that have been associated with the drug trade,” says Brigadier General Lester Simpson. “We come in and tear them down, at the request of the city.”
This is what statist thinking has to offer- that a wood, brick, and concrete structure is responsible for a social problem (if it even is one) and that destroying that structure will help solve that perceived social problem.
“'Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back no more,'” is what they sang as the house came down."
Here we witness still another display from “symbol-minded” people who mistake symbolic actions for concrete action. Obviously, any rational person will quickly point out that whatever “drug activity” may have occurred within the walls of this house will simply relocate to another address. It won’t magically end because Uncle Sam’s demons of destruction have vaporized its temporary location.
“The Texas Joint Counterdrug Task Force has demolished almost 1,300 structures in 24 cities state-wide over the past 20 years."
Wonderful. Private property is destroyed in the name of an unjust, irrational prohibition.
Fewer affordable housing is available for the poor. Still more vacant lots full of trash will exist in our neighborhoods.
“As part of the program, the owner of the property must sign an agreement, giving the Texas Military Forces permission to demolish the structure.”
Only the state could come up with a “program” that points a gun to a property owner’s head, forcing him to sign an “agreement” to destroy his property! Why bother with the formality of an “agreement” if it is signed under duress? Why not just show up with the bull dozers and go to work? This process is just more symbolic nonsense- this time to cover the violence of state action with a cloak of legal legitimacy.
And all this nonsense over a plant……
Resistance is Mandatory