Don’t put a state ceiling on rents; abolish the state floor under them

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December 21, 2011
Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  
Posted in Commentary

"Government not only enforces artificial title to vacant and unimproved land held out of use for speculative purposes, but actively colludes with developers to promote a sprawl-based, monoculture model of development. The result is to drive up rents in older, centrally located neighborhoods and gentrify poor residents out of there. So what the state does with its left hand, through rent control, is a feeble effort to partially offset what it already did with its strong right hand. It’s another example of the state breaking your legs and giving you crutches." (12/20/11)  

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