70/30 Marxism

You don’t think you’d like to live under Marxism?  Well, how about just a tiny taste of it?

Let’s envision some super-smart city planners who’ve determined that cities are only healthy if they consist of at least 70% owner-occupied homes, and no more than 30% renter-occupied.

So they establish what they call a 70/30 rule. Any residential block found to have less than 70% owner-occupied homes is deemed to be “unhealthy.” The solution? License all landlords in the city.  If any block falls below the 70/30 rule, then no more homes can be rented on that block. If some poor homeowner is facing foreclosure and tries to rent out his home to save it….”Well, screw ’em.” He can’t get a landlord’s license and he’ll just have to let his house go into foreclosure.

On the other hand, if people who’ve been hit hard by the housing crisis can’t find a house to rent, even though there are thousands of vacant homes in the city, “Well, screw ’em.”

Come to think of it, maybe the 70/30 rule will force more homes into foreclosure. Then those homes can be sold dirt-cheap to former renters. Sure, it’ll slash tax revenues and drive a number of cities into bankruptcy. But it must be a good thing because it’s “redistributing wealth.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s exactly what’s happening in Minnesota in towns like Winona, and Mankato.

The Institute for Justice has filed a lawsuit.  They say it blatantly unconsitutional. But Marxism is all about social experimentation, isn’t it?

Ward Lucas, author of Neighbors At War! The Creepy Case About Your Homeowners Association 


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