Re: <eng> OCAP (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty)

Jeff T Mitchell (
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 16:58:14 +0000 (GMT)

On Mon, 25 Mar 1996, James Oak wrote:

> I am not even sure who I am replying to, but...
> I signed up to the Anarchives mail-list, and, predictably, the first posting I get is
> from OCAP whining about the cut to Ontario welfare payments (making them only
> the second most generous in the country rather than the first).

I can't see how you can call $520 a month to live on as generous, or
protesting it's effects, parents having to choose between feeding their
children and paying rent, people being evicted from their homes and
homeless people dying on the streets as whining.

In case you didn't know, OCAP is a grassroots organization made up mostly
of welfare recipients and local activists who like to stir things up
and they were on the scene long before welfare payments were cut.

> I thought anarchy was about BREAKING DOWN the institutions that collect like
> garbage in the civil service....or as the dictionary states, anarchy is a theory "that
> regards the the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal
> and proposes that the cooperative and VOLUNTARY association of individualsand
> groups as the principal mode of organized society."

Yes it is, but you can't ignore the coercive government that exists in
the here and now and the effects it has on people, or dis groups like
OCAP that oppose fascist governments and try to improve the Third World
conditions that exist for a whole lot of people right now in Toronto.
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