Red Flag: The people vs Deutsche Wohnen

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Documentary on financialization of the housing market

Thanks for the article. I highly recommend anyone to watch an excellent documentary on the financialization of the housing market - equally eye opening as it is horrifying: "Push The Film".

In the film, we follow Leilani Farah, a UN special rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she travels to cities all around the globe, including Berlin, investigating why such a staggering amount of people cannot afford living in them anymore. It is a movie I think everyone should see, as most people on the planet (unless they are very wealthy) will encounter this problem - in one way or another.

Leilani and the filmmaker (Fredrik Gertten) also have a podcast with follow up discussions, called Pushback talks.

Sara 28 days ago

Seriously?

Who is the interview with in this ideological opinion piece?

Unfortunately this poorly written propaganda fails to meet journalistic standards. Perhaps the author who seems to have interviewed himself for this article should return to journalism school.

Anyone who is seriously interested in equality and or solutions for our society should consider reading opinions such as this published today in the Welt.

"Obligation to own property. One can only agree with that. Anyone who treats their property irresponsibly brings the social market economy into disrepute. However, what exactly “irresponsible” means must be strictly checked and decided under the rule of law.

This applies in every liberal community - and it applies with particular moral weight in a nation like the German, which, with National Socialism, has had a cruel past of unfounded expropriation of Jews.

Every political campaign against the rich and wealthy must also be seen against this background. It must not be based on resentment and envy - and certainly not on class or racial hatred. The common good as the ultimate justification for expropriation must be so narrowly defined that it never becomes a gateway for blind anger and resentment."

https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article216702350/Ungleichheit-Die-Reichen-zahlen-schon-den-Grossteil-der-Steuern.html



LSR 32 days ago

nice choice of words

"If the property of these financial vampire squids..." It never ceases to amaze me how extremists on the left always end up using Nazi language in their fight for a better world.

Wallhalla 34 days ago

GDR's property was the people's property

The most striking fact that is often forgotten, is that lots of the property in Berlin after the WWII was built by the people for the people. It was a huge misconception to sell it off to private player instead to let the DDR people privatise their flats that they built on Subbotniks in their free time.

Julia 34 days ago

GDR's property was the people's property

The most striking fact that is often forgotten, is that lots of the property in Berlin after the WWII was built by the people for the people. It was a huge misconception to sell it off to private player instead to let the DDR people privatise their flats that they built on Subbotniks in their free time.

Julia 34 days ago

Sure

There's a better way to de-socialize.
https://www.panarchy.org/rothbard/confiscation.html

Greg 33 days ago

The communists really did win WWII

This article is disgusting and full of logical fallacies and typos.
Read some Mises.

Greg 35 days ago

And whoever won WWII was right to do so

Sometimes it is appalling to open the most helpful article in a while and find the most disgusting comment to it. As many as typos the lovely Greg had found there, I found a lot of useful information and insightful ideas.
The fallacies that dear Greg read into the article are his ideological blinders that prevent him seeing that he is ripped off by the landlords, by the employers who forgot to raise salaries since the 80s.

Exhe 34 days ago

The Berlin airlift wasn't worth it

I wish my blinders kept me from seeing you add to the list of economic malpractice on this page.
I'm enormously better off than whoever lived in my East Berlin apartment 31 years ago but macroeconomic data might not show that so clearly. I know how much my landlord pays for his mortgage and his margin is quite slim. Our arrangement is a little unusual because we have to navigate some peculiarities of German tax law and the ill-conceived mietdeckel.

Greg 33 days ago

You are better off, are they?

You are better off, but are they? That’s the point. What happened to that person you displaced?

Rob 20 days ago

silly

Well, I didn't kick them out so chances are they moved somewhere bigger and nicer in West Berlin since markets have improved most lives, not just mine. Why assume the worst?

Greg 18 days ago

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