I do agree that living off of the land free of societal bounds has been in effect for centuries.
But the homeless guy on the street corner in Vancouver isn't farming or raising animals to support his lifestyle, nor are hundreds of thousands of
The majority, while they do learn to subsist on extremely little by way of even the most basic necessities, are actually supported mainly by those of
us who choose to dwell in homes/apartments rooming houses or hotels/hostels...etc etc. We (meant collectively and including churches, Advocacy
agencies, Mental health Agencies etc) supplement them and the government does as well.
We (again meant inclusively) pay their way, either by donation or by waste.
If we suffer socially, for example famine...where will the street people get their food? We won't be generating waste in excess as we do normally.
The government will be first and foremost helping those first and foremost with children, the elderly, the infirm...the street people will be close to
last on the rung.
I have never met a street person yet in Vancouver, a city with a staggering population of homeless, who can support themselves entirely free of of
supplements, in fact they rely almost exclusively on supplements from others.
This isn't the 1800's anymore and while a return to basics I have no doubt would be a damn good thing for the people in general, it just is not a
reality nor a possibility in practice.
Even areas where a person may be able to squat...very unlikely that the majority of homeless actually have skill enough to survive truly
independently. It's not what they learn on the street. they learn to survive, but not in terms of positive and proactive actions. they beg, steal,
cheat, borrow, find and recycle goods and supplies that come from others.
They do not learn to plant seeds.
They do not learn to start fire without matches or lighters.
They do not learn to trap their own food or prepare it.
They do not learn to make their own fabrics or ropes.
They do not raise animals for food - most are transient and rarely stay put long enough to actually make an independent life.
Many work odd jobs when they need to, however being transient really limits what they can do gainfully. Cash jobs usually and extremely low pay, and
again they are not independent if they have an employer. They may still be living on the street but not on their own terms.
They learn to avoid police.
They learn better and faster ways to break into homes and vehicles.
They learn where to sleep and how to avoid some trouble within their own community. (yes I am aware some rash generalizations appear and sadly all are
true for MANY street people.) there are more but I didn't want to be too offensive
Also I realize you may be referring to a 1 or 2% portion of the street people who actually would not be described as street people if they in fact are
living independently of any supplements.
Those who squat - usually form small communities and work together to get off and stay off the grid. They go into it knowingly and with education ,
skill and supplies of their own.
The 99% of actual street people are in the same oar-less boat as almost 80% of the populations who have no clue how to survive without modern
They will be no difference between street people and homed people in the event of a catastrophic event.
I dare say that the street people, will be worse off. nothing to barter. no skills. Mental health issues, addictions, rejection of authority and
social responsibility (and that authority may actually be life saving if SHTF).
Personally I'd love to be off the grid...but living on the street is not true independence by any stretch.
And yes I am an advocate for those mentally ill, addicted and homeless, and I do have years of first hand experience working with them, living ina
community filled with them, and having very close friends who were "street people".
It's not all it's cracked up to be. Not freedom in the least.