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Re: “Raleigh family fighting eviction from low-income housing

Mary, it is an unfortunate situation in which you find yourself. You have my sympathy and prayers for a fair resolution that will keep you in your home. I do not have any advice, just some thoughts you might ponder.

The realty company you are in contention with, working for the city, which likely works with HUD, may be an example of a “public-private partnership”; a private company working arm-in-arm with government agencies, while “Child Protective Services” is a program created by a different government agency. Information between agencies is often not communicated well (if at all), and agencies’ goals sometimes conflict.

To be trapped between conflicting regulations and agencies was dreadfully described by Kafka nearly a century ago in his novels “The Trial”, and “The Castle”. Both novels show in nightmarish detail how impersonal bureaucracies (big government/socialism) can abuse people in the process of serving their own internal goals, however well-intentioned those separate goals may be.

“Progressives” and “Liberals” promote with open arms the idea of a “safety net” that government promises to provide, while other social costs are swept under the rug. “Conservatives”, for their part, resist the growth of government and its “public-private partnerships” with corporations such as, for example, the realty company you are dealing with. Both sociopolitical philosophies have their limits.

Unfortunately this is the direction our country seems to be heading, for reasons I do not understand. Americans in general seem to accept this trend as inevitable, and it doesn’t have to be so. That the American media seems to be encouraging people to think of themselves as victims of “the system”, and seems reluctant to report on the social costs of government programs, does not help...and is indeed a subject for another discussion. That politicians often seem to employ a divide-and-conquer mindset is also another discussion.

Whether it is big government or private corporations acting for government agencies, the average person ends up being ground up in the gears of bureaucracy and treated as a Subject to be regulated and controlled, rather than as a Citizen of the nation. This is why I *prefer* local action and involvement over big government “solutions” to social problems, but local action is not always enough to overcome national level "solutions" to local issues.

Obviously I'm not a lawyer, but your best remedy may be through legal and political action. The situation you find yourself in may be a result of policies created at a higher political level – even at the national level – and a lawyer who is aware of the higher-level policies that can create such situations may be your best bet to resolve the problem in your favor.

I wish you well in your efforts to find a solution.

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Posted by Dee B on 08/11/2014 at 5:38 PM

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