The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Social Decay, but Coffee Costs $7

Oct 16, 2023

The Starbucks in Midtown Detroit closed earlier this year. The Starbucks on the famous “Eight Mile” at the city’s border removed all its seating, telling customers it was a “New Model.” You can call it, changing your model. Or you can call it like it is—they don’t want homeless people or poor people in there.

Social conditions in major cities have deteriorated so drastically over the years, that the homeless are everywhere. And no, many of them are not polite. They are not clean. And they don’t have the money—even for a plain cup of coffee. And they have nowhere to go. So, they can set up camp in establishments, like Starbucks; they panhandle outside of them; tie up their bathrooms, and basically cause problems for customers who can pay $7 for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This is what the “Old Model” of capitalism is producing—a system that throws people out of work, doesn’t provide any affordable housing, or mental health care.