I’ve been thinking about what I assumed was a top-down assault on private property mounted by the Davoiserie. But a few developments lately have made me wonder whether this might be a grass-roots concept.
I just heard about an …idk, would you call this kinda thing an “organization”? Called,Touro, through which people rent out their own cars. They just make their cars available through this group, a visitor to the town can pick up the keys, drive it, return it to the designated lot in a few days or a week.
And I’m writing an article about short term rental of homes (STRs) which has recently been codified in our township—s usual, as a result of one Pa township’s struggle to make them illegal. Hamilton Township Pa won its case that STRs need not be allowed in single family residential districts, but that set off a spate of municipal ordinances in other townships codifying in what districts STRs WOULD be allowed—for a license and inspection fee, of course! I live in the Poconos and our entire township is now for rent! And the homeowners associations are frantically trying to amend their covenants (for which they need a 67% yes vote by members, mostly to clarify that anyone who wants to do it has to pay the HOA, too!, but sometimes to regulate STRs more strictly that the municipalities have done! Legislation so often has the effect of proliferating the very phenomenon it was meant to control. It’s a laffriot!
Two yers ago I wrote an article for “The Pennsylvania Lawyer” magazine: “ Deed Men Walkin’! Can HOAs save single family zoning?” (May 2021) Then, I thought they COULD, because homeowners in “planned communities” are a wealthy demographic and a geometrically expanding one. Homes in planned communities are about 4% more expensive than other single family dwellings; in my state and nationwide, it’s difficult to buy a new home that isn’t deed-restricted. So, I thought they COULD, but ended with a question s to whether they WOULD save single family neighborhoods . Now I answer my own authorial question: HOAs could save the system but they won’t. . Because the owners will be thinking, “Maybe I’D like to make some money, too…”
Doesn’t this attitude toward their homes and cars represent something of a sea-change in people’s attitudes to private property? And to privacy?
Homes used to be regarded as most people’s biggest investment, but it was a long-term investment, and part of the “ROI” was y’know, living there, in a private, quiet, and spacious home. For decades. Oh it would increase in value, it always did. But in the meantime you would do anything to preserve its exclusively residential character. And cars? I don’t think most gents woulda wanted a buncha random strangers in theirs. If a man’s home was his castle, a man’s car was his…his…well, let’s just say it was like an appendage (h/t @TrinityWaters !)
What I’m asking, dear polymaths, is was this switch from ownership to usership ENGINEERED by the scheming elites of the WEF? Or was it already taking root at the popular level?