Why is everyone surprised there is a housing crisis? In a society like ours houses are not simply a place to live in; they are also commodities to be bought (and sold) for profit. Note, therefore, the following: Many houses lie empty; some people own three houses – one near their workplace, one in a leafy suburb, and one in rural Wales for a summer retreat; some people own lots of houses for which they charge high rents and keep costs low – hence many families live in squalid conditions; and finally the landed gentry, the super rich (many from abroad) and so-called celebrities often own huge mansions which could easily house several families.
Thus there is no housing shortage, and everyone could have a decent home of their own to live in if we had a more local, more equitable and more democratic way of allocating houses.
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