Good morning, Clown World!
What’s going on today in liberal democracy which we all know is the greatest and most glorious form of government ever devised by the genius of man?
Today it is young liberals and progressives who cannot afford homes or apartments in Los Angeles who are turning to living as incels in capsules:
“Los Angeles (AFP) – Kay Wilson packed up her life in a hurry and moved to Los Angeles… only to find that what she paid in Pennsylvania for a nice studio apartment would only get her a 2.9-square-meter box in California.
Her new home is a capsule, inspired by the famous hotels in Japan.
Wilson arrived a month ago at UP(st)ART, a community for young people with artistic aspirations in need of an affordable place to live.
Each room contains up to six capsules, which Wilson describes as “cozy.” They contain a single bed, a bar for hanging clothes, a few compartments for storing shoes and other items and an air vent.
By most standards, the accommodation is still not cheap — $750 per month plus taxes. That works out at around $800, which is slightly more than the 26-year-old was paying in Bethlehem, around 70 miles outside Philadelphia. …
Among the rules: women and men sleep apart, and having sex is not an option. …
Still, the capsule-living concept is also catching on in other expensive US cities including New York.”
What do I know? I’m just an Alabama redneck and a racist.
The following excerpt comes from Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman’s book Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery.
“Unfortunately, the census did not collect information on the size or the quality of slave houses. Descriptions in plantation records and in travelers’ accounts are fragmentary. They suggest a considerable range in the quality of housing. The best were three- or four-room cottages, of wood frame, brick, or stone construction, with up to eight hundred square feet of space on the inside, and large porches on the outside. Such cottages had brick or stone chimneys and glazed windows. At the other pole were single-room log cabins without windows. Chimneys were constructed of twigs and clay; floors were either earthen or made of planks resting directly on the earth.
Comments of observers suggest that the most typical slave houses of the late antebellum period were cabins about eighteen by twenty feet. They usually had one or two rooms. Lofts, on which the children slept, were also quite common. Windows were not glazed, but closed by wooden shutters. Some houses also had rear doors. Chimneys were usually constructed of brick or stone. The building material was usually logs or wood. Seams in the log cabins were sealed by wooden splits and mud. Floors were usually planked and raised off the ground.
While such housing is quite mean by modern standards, the houses of slaves compared well with the housing of free workers in the antebellum era. It must be remembered that much of rural America still lived in log cabins in the 1850s. And urban workers lived in crowded, filthy tenements. One should not be misled by the relatively spacious accommodations in which U.S. working-class families live today. That is an achievement of very recent times. As late as 1893, a survey of the housing of workers in New York City revealed that the median number of square feet of sleeping space per person was just thirty five. In other words, the “typical slave cabin of the late antebellum era probably contained more sleeping space per person than was available to most of New York City’s workers half a century later.”
How about another joke?
The average progressive urbanite pod person in Los Angeles in 2019 is paying $800 a month to live in involuntary celibacy in a cozy 2.9 square-meter box. In 1893, the average worker in New York City at the height of the Gilded Age had 35 square meters of sleeping space and our slaves on Southern plantations in the antebellum era had even better accommodations!
Note: I strongly recommend what Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen said about the crisis of masculinity in America’s crowded cities.