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Feb 21 2020

Property Rights Erode in California

The fundamental basis of civilization is property rights. Without them, society disintegrates into tyranny and/or chaos. California is a case in point:

After a group of homeless moms simply moved into a vacant three-bedroom house in Oakland owned by a company that invests in local real estate, local progressives turned them into folk heroes.

Immaculate conception is unlikely to involved in the story of these homeless mothers. Where are the fathers, who should be making sure there is a roof over their heads? Is sexual morality starting to make sense again yet?

These women weren’t squatters who took something that wasn’t theirs, but valiant protesters who were standing up for their communities against — all together now — corporate speculators.

In the early days of the Soviet Union, you could get in big trouble if someone denounced you as a “speculator.” Basically, it means capitalist.

As one of these Oakland moms said, “Housing is a human right. I pay bills there. I pay water, PG&E, internet. We live there. We want to purchase the home; it needs to belong back in the hands of the community. It was stolen through the foreclosure crisis.”

Property is theft, according to Marxist ideology. “You didn’t build that,” as Barack Obama would say.

Even Marxism is less incoherent than modern moonbats, who seem to believe in a twisted form of ownership. Pay the utility bills, and you own a house. The people who paid for the house don’t have a right to own anything, because they are speculators.

Who will build houses and provide mortgages in a world with no coherent property rights? That is no concern of leftists. You may just as well ask a robber, who will serve Slurpees after the corner 7-11 has been held up so many times it has to close down? The smash and grab mentality is not future-oriented.

Alarmingly, this dysfunctional mentality characterizes not only lowlifes who rob convenience stores and occupy other people’s property, but the modern Democrat Party.

Here’s how local pols responded to the Oakland squatters:

Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, inveighed against “opportunistic landlords and corporate landlords” who “keep our homes vacant,” according to news reports. …

“I want to thank Moms 4 Housing for taking that house and for demonstrating that nowhere, nowhere should there be a vacant house anywhere in California when we have the housing crisis that we have,” Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, told the Los Angeles Times. “And it was totally legitimate for those homeless moms to take over that house.”

Theft is okay in California. Just don’t do something serious, like provide plastic straws to restaurant customers. Then you’re in trouble. The term for this is anarchotyranny.

Housing is a human right, screech the moonbats. If you have a “right” to take something that does not belong to you, then the concept of rights has been rendered absurd. In that case, how are we to defend real rights, like the ones enshrined in the Constitution? Uncoincidentally, these rights — such as freedom of speech and the right to bear arms — are under attack from the same people who want us to believe they have a “right” to force others to pay for housing, medical care, et cetera.

From the leftist point of view, it is oppressive to have to steal on your own. The government is there to commit theft on your behalf, as we see further down the Left Coast:

The Los Angeles city council might use the power of eminent domain to seize a 124-unit apartment building called Hillside Villa in Chinatown.

The owner wants to rent apartments at market rates.

Councilman Gil Cedillo’s plan would have the city take the apartment building to maintain the lower rents. “If it works, Cedillo wants the city to consider seizing other privately-owned buildings whose owners are on the cusp of converting their rents from below-market to market rate,” according to an editorial in the Los Angeles Times. In other words, this might just be the beginning.

This is the main reason the Third World is poor. There is no point building anything if the thugs running the government will just take it away. So nothing gets built.

If Democrats prevail, the USA will become a Third World country; it is beginning to happen already, where they hold sway.

On a tip from Sean C.

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