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Good Intentions Gone Bad


There is a role for government in ensuring that all citizens who are willing to work are able to put roofs over their heads. Where there is a dearth of affordable housing, a willing population ought to help to make up the difference. Where residences are in dangerous disrepair, citizens ought to work to make buildings safe. And while it may not be optimal, government offers a reasonably efficient way to accomplish these ends. The Neighborhood Opportunities Program in Rhode Island is — was — one possible solution.

This essay has been published in Just Thinking: Volume I, 10/29/01 –10/21/02 and is available in Confidence Place: The Timshel Arts Store.



12/31/01 Sleight of Symbolism (Bigotry)

12/24/01 Crossing the Line on Christmas (Religion)

12/17/01 Guest of Honor (Society)

12/10/01 The Driving Forces in Iraq (Government)

12/03/01 George Harrison and the Spiritual Spectrum (Religion)

11/26/01 Thanksgiving Therapy (History)

11/19/01 Making a Better Victim: How a National ID Will Help (Liberties)

11/12/01 Behind on the Bills and Facing Delays (Economics)

11/05/01 Devil in the Details (Religion)

10/29/01 Who Are These People? (Society) The Providence Journal, November 2001