The Rutherford Institute : The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

Arnold Abbott, 90 years old and the founder of a nonprofit that feeds the homeless, faced a fine of $1000 and up to four months in jail for violating a city ordinance that makes it a crime to feed the homeless in public.

Under the city’s ordinance, clearly aimed at discouraging the feeding of the homeless in public, organizations seeking to do so must provide portable toilets, be 500 feet away from each other, 500 feet from residential properties, and are limited to having only one group carry out such a function per city block.

Abbott had been feeding the homeless on a public beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., every Wednesday evening for 23 years. On November 2, 2014, moments after handing out his third meal of the day, police reportedly approached the nonagenarian and ordered him to “‘drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon,” recalls Abbott. Abbott was arrested and fined. Three days later, Abbott was at it again, and arrested again.

It’s no coincidence that both of these incidents—the fishing debacle and the homeless feeding arrest—happened in Florida.

This is also the state that arrested Nicole Gainey for free-range parenting when she let her 7-year-old son walk to the park alone, even though it was just a few blocks from their house. If convicted, Gainey could have been made to serve up to five years in jail.

Despite its pristine beaches and balmy temperatures, Florida is no less immune to the problems plaguing the rest of the nation in terms of overcriminalization, incarceration rates, bureaucracy, corruption, and police misconduct.

In fact, the Sunshine State has become a poster child for how a seemingly idyllic place can be transformed into a police state with very little effort. As such, it is representative of what is happening in every state across the nation, where a steady diet of bread and circuses has given rise to an oblivious, inactive citizenry content to be ruled over by an inflexible and highly bureaucratic regime.

via The Rutherford Institute :: The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

3 thoughts on “The Rutherford Institute : The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

  1. CFACT: Kelvin Klemm writes for cfact. He said fukushima did not occur in 2012. Now he says fukushima proves nuclear energy is safe.

    CFACT is an ultra rightwing, and rascist organization that has done race baiting, since trump took power. They have staged phoney antifa rallies.

    John whitehead of the Rutherford institute is a part of CFACT

    John Whitehead Runs the Rutherford institute. He is an ayn rand libertarian. He could care less about working poor and homeless and the environment. He wants to abolish public schools like devos is doing, public librarier, national parks, standards for radiation in water. Legalize chlopyrifos organophosphate poisoning. He helped a rich farmer type in dc . The republicans John whitewead supports and conservative democrat duopoly, in america represent corporations that they want branded as people. They want to license everything and everyone because the john galt types, the kochs, believe they are superior.  Be very careful of propaganda and large tyranees

    And WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING like John whitehead


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  2. It is great when extreme right wing news outlets agree with liberal pundits and news outlets like AGR.. For that reason, this article is included, and should not be taken as agreeing with all of the stands or articles of the Rutherford Institute.


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