As Detroit Self-Destructs, Voluntarism Emerges

One of the surprising things about Detroit’s descent toward insolvency – so dire that a state-appointed emergency manager recently arrived to take over – is that public services haven’t collapsed as completely as some might have expected.

But that’s not because city departments are functioning as usual. They’re not. Instead, a growing collection of volunteers, some affluent, some just average guys riding their Toros, are trying to pick up some services that local government can’t provide.

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Another article talks about bus stop benches being built by volunteers, which were then removed by “officials” because the volunteers didn’t ask permission first.  Not only does the state destroy civilization, it actively impedes those who wish to improve it.

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