Here’s the latest hot take from the bug eating urbanite weirdos over at Vox who agonize over the sentience and feelings of their sautéed roaches and who believe that bottled water is spiritually bankrupt and that eating a chicken sandwich is a moral catastrophe.
“Homeowner” is an identity baked into the fabric of America.
From political speeches to articles and advertising, Americans are bombarded with messaging valorizing homeownership. In 1995, President Bill Clinton released a 100-point plan to “boost homeownership to an all-time high,” writing that “for millions of America’s working families throughout our history, owning a home has come to symbolize the realization of the American Dream.” …
Homeownership, as it has evolved in the United States, often turns its beneficiaries against progress and change, manifesting as anything from opposing homeless shelters in your neighborhood to blocking transit projects in your region. This identity transcends partisanship, a rarity in our polarized age. You’ll find Democrats and Republicans alike screaming opposition to change and growth, no matter what it costs. To that end, Republicans have supported onerous regulations they would likely scoff at in the abstract, and Democrats have defended a system that has perpetuated the racial and economic segregation they often rail against in theory. What can help explain this phenomenon?
It’s not that homeowners somehow have an exclusive claim on classism and racism — it’s that the median homeowner is likely to be older and wealthier than the average US resident. Older and wealthier people often have a preference for stability; they’re closer to retirement and more likely to be facing medical needs, as they are later in life. That means this group is predisposed to fear change even more than the average person. And they are overrepresented in our political system.
None of this is meant to be an indictment of people who want to become homeowners. But it’s a warning about how it could affect your thinking and politics. Because while there is some rationality to the fears that drive homeowners to oppose growth and progress in their communities, there is also a massive cost. …”
This idea that homeownership is a problem to be solved like owning guns and whiteness and “toxic masculinity” and vaccine hesitancy and meat eating and religiosity is catching on with progressives. They want to reduce you to a degraded, humiliated, indebted, disarmed and exploited serf.
Note: As you can probably imagine, they strongly support vaccine mandates because of the Delta variant. The power to control other people and boss them around is the point.