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Sleeping with One Eye Open… Living Under the Las Vegas Strip

I’ve managed to get to a few places on the planet, and my least favorite, BY FAR, is the Las Vegas Strip. It felt like a celebration of everything I despise about humanity – excess, unregulated capitalism, exploitation, classism, racism, ignorance, and pollution. I wondered about the people who could enjoy a place where they painted a sky on the ceiling so that you never had to go outside, or where you had to see a fat, ugly old man getting his dick rubbed by an unenthusiastic 20-something woman in a hotel lobby.

But there’s nothing that reveals the hollow luxury of the Las Vegas Strip like the fact that 400-500 people live in the miles of rain tunnels underneath it (or the fact that LV has the 8th highest homeless population in the country). Every day, over 100,000 tourists – 81% of them Americans – shuffle through the casinos of the Las Vegas Strip, giving their money to MGM Resorts and Caesar’s Entertainment to the tune of $1 billion a month while people literally live under their feet because they can’t afford shelter. It’s revolting, and it’s the perfect metaphor for the state of “the land of the free”; the land of the fake and unethical is a bit more fitting when you see how some residents of Las Vegas live. Below you can check out these short documentaries that show the stark difference between the tunnel-dwelling homeless and the greedy suckers on the strip. Maybe this documentary will have some people thinking twice before they book their bachelorette party.

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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