The Last Refuge
Amsterdam Proposes "Scum Villages" At Outskirts of City For Criminal/Antisocial Persons
This sounds kind of creepy, because it is. Or at least it seems to be. The "scum villages" would not be a matter of voluntary choice; you'd be shipped there, involuntarily, after an official order. So it would be coercive.
This is the problem with socialism. Here's what Amsterdam wants: They want their city inhabited by upstanding, pay-your-own way sort of people so that the city can be prosperous and a major tourist draw and also so everyone can make (and keep) more money. (Yes, I said this twice.)
But they have socialist laws (I assume-- and I'm quite sure I'm right) which block the natural market mechanism for this sort of thing. To wit, as a city gets more prosperous and more desirable to live in,property values and rents should naturally rise, thus making it very difficult for anyone making less than, say, a lower middle-class salary to live there.
But they have laws on the books to prevent that sort of natural property value escalation, because they don't like the un-socialist elitism by exclusivity that creates.And yet they still want to drive out the non-prosperous.
Go read the whole thing.
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