Tuesday, December 16, 2008
fear the poor
Margaret just found out that the rumor of Calgary library cards having an annual fee is true. I think the root of this comes from two directions, a resentment that someone might get something for free that property owners put a dollar per month towards, and a fear that poor people will be unable to contain their animalistic ways and must be excluded from public places such as libraries where people who can afford free books want to read peacefully. Putting such a levy in place was probably easy, taking it away will evoke all of these fears so might never happen.