Miami "Voluntaryist" Chris Delamo Pretends to Be Homeless for a Week to Film Documentary

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Chris Delamo will be homeless for a week
Somewhere in Miami, a bookie is drawing up long odds on Chris Delamo living out the week. That's because this college dropout with a penchant for political pranks has decided to take to this city's mean streets for seven days to see what it's really like to be homeless. He's taking nothing but the clothes on his back -- oh, and his $800 camera, tripod, and laptop computer.

"It's going to be like Urban Survivor Man. I'm going to force myself into ragged situations like begging strangers for money and sleeping on the streets," Delamo tells Riptide. "My only concern is of being mugged or some crazy, random person attacking me."

Delamo, 25, says he's always been "pretty much a normal guy who for some reason always had a greater tendency to question social norms." The G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School grad tried taking classes to become an air traffic controller like his dad, but he found them too boring. Instead, he dropped out and founded a blog called Red Pill Philosophy (motto: "One pill a day keeps the falsehoods at bay").

Much of the website is devoted to "voluntaryism," which Delamo describes as the belief that "nobody should ever be forced to do anything against their will."

He also began making short man-on-the-street videos in which he challenges passersby to debate political philosophy. In one clip from the last Election Day, Delamo points a plastic revolver at voters and asks them how taxation is any different from armed robbery. "The government should not have the right to point a gun to our heads and force us to give up our money," he says.

Delamo's latest stunt is decidedly more dangerous than playing with toy guns, however. A British journalist who tried doing the same thing -- albeit in freezing-cold Newcastle -- died last month of hypothermia.

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I done this two years ago, Not for a documentary but for my own personal observations on our society, I found the local homeless to be very friendly and helpful. They helped me find safe places to sleep, survival tips, and even food. I was constantly discriminated against regular people who didn't know I owned my own home and business. It was the poor and homeless that shared a blanket and dinner behind a dumpster before bedtime. Great insight on humanity for my future goals to help reconstruct our communities.    

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