So there's been a lot of talk of a #rentStrike. This basically seems like a good idea.

I'd like to suggest, though, that the issue is larger. The basic principle underlying this idea is not just that rent shouldn't be a thing; the basic demand should be equal say in how things are run -- we should be equal partners in society.

Maybe your landlord is using the rent you pay in order to pay their own mortgage. Maybe we should offer to join them in a mortgage strike.

Or maybe they're using it to pay for their kid's college tuition -- do we need a tuition strike too?

Or is this really just a strike against the owners of society who always need to see a profit margin in everything they control, while having no obligation to actually make a contribution?

A rent strike attacks just one head of the serpent. We need to cut them all off at once.

Anything less leaves the oligarchs in charge, when all is said and done.

@woozle

Well, underlying all that is whether or not land should be privately owned *at all.* Consider your starter home in Seattle @ $500k. Suppose half is for the land and half for the house itself. You'll pay property taxes of several thousand dollars/year. What if you didn't own the land and instead paid a land rent, equivalent to the current tax bill, and the improvements weren't taxed? Build what you like…as long your pay your rent. Commercial land would pay a higher rate…

@paulbeard I kinda agree that it should not. Land should be allocated for living space, with rules similar to those that create the autonomy of "ownership" but without creating the idea of land as a fsckin' *market*.

And how about not taxing it at all, but only taxing revenue and savings over {some arbitrarily large amount}.

cc: @dredmorbius

@woozle @paulbeard U.S. Orders Up To A Yearlong Break On Mortgage Payments

...Federal regulators ... are ordering lenders to offer homeowners flexibility. The move covers about half of all home loans in the country. ... Under the plan, people who have suffered a loss of income can qualify to make reduced payments or be granted a complete pause in payments. "That forbearance is up to 12 months" ...

npr.org/2020/03/19/818343720/h

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