Recently left-wing magazine The Nation published an article arguing that the "root of the problem" in nose-bleed housing costs is that housing is treated as a "instrument of profit." Their solution is to instead make housing a "human right." Founded in 1865, Nation was long the nation’s leading progressive magazine, its signal achievement installing a “professional and impartial” federal bureaucracy insulated from the unwashed voters.
This is a good way to say it. Profit, slavery, or do without.
Yes, the only way to implement 'housing as a human right' would be to, gradually or all at once, nationalize housing/real-estate. In other words, making private ownership of land and houses illegal.
This is nothing new. This idea goes back to the very beginnings of leftism, to long before Marx. And it is alive and well today. Many small groups advocate ending all right to own private property. It is the goal of the WEF, in so many words. "In the future you will own nothing..." And the people who run the WEF will own you.
I enjoy reading all of your articles. Nothing is free, absolutely nothing. Dr Thomas Sowell and Dr Walter E Williams have numerous arguments about "rights".
Congress in short tried that before with their insistence everyone should own a home that turned the subprime blow-up.
Government is the main reason that housing has gotten so unaffordable. I’ve been a private homebuilder for over 50 years and I understand what the obstacles are to building affordable housing. I can explain this very simply but I’m no writer and hesitant to embark on that task at this point. Hint, it’s always about supply and demand. Local governments have involved themselves in the supply side of the housing equation. You can’t take profit out of any transaction, but you sure can shift it. Need to know more, let me know.
Starting to feel quite like an Ayn Rand novel out here.
Can you explain to a young man like myself, how this relates to property rights?
Everything I don’t like is white supremacy. Everything I want is a human right.