people are going missing without proper help!
No “light” needs throwing on this. The whole point of going missing is not to have a light shone on the process. Besides which, what will a databank of the strategies people use to walk out on their lives achieve, except to turn a massively private personal event into a state concern? The agenda here is clearly to make it impossible to “go missing” in any meaningful way, while opening up to various concerned agencies a bigger slice of the action. It’s another invasion of privacy, which will end with yet another removal of a last-ditch psychological refuge for the individual. The act of wandering off & beginning again will be replaced by a set of social structures. There will be paperwork. There will be hoops to jump through. Qualified social negotiators will fight every phase of every case to achieve a more “positive” solution. There will be persuasion. What will be taken away is this: the right to decide one night, halfway to the local Sainsbury’s, that you’ve fucking well had enough. Instead you will have to book. The right to walk away will be replaced by the right to pretend to walk away. Contact will never really be lost; in the neoliberal style, decisions will be be blurred out, softened off. Avenues will never be closed, despite the individual’s desperate need to close them. These mechanisms will be tightened across the years until no one can go missing in their own own life without the involvement of the proper agency. It will be one of the new internal borders of the state.