It’s Hobo Time
With the unemployment rate in America at an all time high (9.7% compared to 4.0% in 2000), and more and more Americans being under-employed (19.7%). Americans young and old are increasingly turning to hoboism. One young man has made a name for himself by posting his hobo adventure online. After being unable to find a job in his chosen profession Daniel Seddiqu became a hobo blogging about how he would work 50 jobs in 50 states. Thanks to internet cafés and public libraries, other hobos are sharing their stories online; giving the rest of us a glimpse into their once secret hobo world. A quick Google search and you can find the secret hieroglyphic language of the Hobo. Sources like Hobo News and Hobo Grapevine are great sources for both the public to be informed about the bindle brotherhood, and for hobos to connect with each other. Hobo News even offers a detailed history of so-called Hobo Kings and Queens. I didn’t even know they had such things. I mean, what would the castle of a Hobo King look like? Answer the world! Hobo’s, along with tramps and other vagabonds have a long and storied history in this country. The American gypsies, they have long been the hidden migrant workers; a hobo is not a bum. Homeless by definition and by choice, the hobo does not shy away from an honest day’s work. They have a code and a since of honor, they even have a National convention held the second weekend every August in Britt, Iowa.
They have their own musicians, most notably Arlo Guthrie, but there’s also Hobo stars with more colorful (though lesser known names), like Captain Dingo, Baloney Kid, and Hobo Minstrel. As their number increase though some hobos are looking to start something even bigger than a few websites; outside Portland Oregon a group of hobos have established a semi-permanent formally mobile tent city known as Dignity Village. They have set up a board of directors and established a free system that is one of the closest models to working Anarchy inside of the U.S. There even exists a Hobo Museum
to commemorate the Hobos struggle in America. The Hobo movement is growing stronger than it has since the Great Depression and the hobo is now more visible than he/she has been since the end of the Civil War when many soldiers returning home began to hop the railways West in search of a better life.