I have to admit that i sit on the fence with both issues.
Again, it goes to good and bad people, and only the bad people being highlighted. I knw a bloke who squatted for 7 years. All the people working there had full time jobs, and they did the house up and made it livable, rather than the dilapidated tip that was there before. Sadly, they had to move out because they couldn't keep the section 6 up after a couple of them got new jobs.
However...i've also known people who have squatted and turned a respectable house into a drug den in a matter of weeks (to be fair, i've known paying tenants who have done the same thing...).
Housing is a big issue, especially for me and the other people the same age round here. Most of my friends have to live with their parents because to rent is unaffordable. The local wage is not enough to rent successfully, or get a mortgage. Maybe things will change when the house prices keep dropping (which, in turn will ruin it for my parents who want to sell the house and retire...).
The freegans on Wife Swap were ridiculous. Sorry Andy, but it wasn't the editing that made them look bad - they did it all on their own! They talked about being anti-consumerist, and anti-society, yet they were happy to collect Giros and go through supermarket bins, They lived off of society and consumerism, but didn't give anything back. They didn't work, yet they didn't volunteer anywhere...
I do like 'proper' freegans (i hate using the P word when classifying people, butits late and i can't think of any other one to use) the people who are freegans to substitute (that's not the right word either...but i can't remember what the real one is...i know it starts with an s) their lifestyles. They do skip dive (i love skip diving!) and they do get food from places, but they also contribute to the society that is contributing to them...if that makes sense...
I do believe that if people throw things away, they give up their right to say that its theirs. If you want something, keep it, don't throw it. If someone's throwing ut a sink for example, and i walk past and decide that it'd be perfect as a planter, then why can't i re-use it? They have made a conscious decision that they don't want it anymore, and that it is no good for them, so why is it wrong for me to take it and reuse it rather than it going into landfill?
There are so many questions and answers for both sides of the arguments here. I don't agree that all property is theft, i do work, and i have worked hard for my property, for someone to claim that i have 'stolen' because i own something is ridiculous, unless i throw it away...then i believe that i have given up my right to say that it is mine. When i take the sink to the tip after using it as a planter, if someone comes up and decides that they want to use it for whatever then good on them. They're not stealing something from me, i dn't want it anymore.
Sadly, the whole movement is being ridiculed by those who can afford to throw things away, those who believe that landifll is there for them to dispose of the stuff that they don't want anymore, stuff that is no longer 'to their taste'.
And why is it ok for supermarkets to throw away millions of pounds worth of food every year? Surely there should be some investigation into that practice...i would have thought that any shareholders would be horrified and start asking questions about where the profit is going...straight into the bin! Its got to be bad business practice to throw stuff away that could ebe sold...even for a few pence. The same goes for charity shops, mind you, i don't lto see them throwing stuff away either...i'd rather see them sell a teddy or a top for 10p than throw it away!