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First home buyers: the forgotten people : Comments

By Ross Elliott, published 20/8/2013

Everyone in the housing chain has a representative, except the home buyer. No wonder housing affordability is so low.

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We shouldn’t be surprised that as the competition in the economy gets fiercer, tax gets harder to raise, and “subsidies” for housing fall further behind the need - especially subsidies for minority interests like the poor.

However calls for “more” subsidy just make us more dependent on that competitive economic model that creates winners and losers. The same is true of calls for more employment opportunities. While both these calls are designed to improve access to wealth, they also create poverty and dependence.

Also unsurprisingly, the processes for upholding this economic system train people to take their place in it, and so to become more competitive commodities.

Meetings for example, have processes which purposely elevate the competitive and silence the uncompetitive individual and the minority. The meeting process alienates the uncompetitive and keeps them silent. This is especially easy when the uncompetitive have learned that their survival depends on being seen as “genuinely” dependent.

“Create Village” is a different process designed to give people a voice, to share knowledge and power, and to support different outcomes, including especially that public housing should become an asset in any neighbourhood. see
Posted by landrights4all, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 3:07:33 PM
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