Hey tG. You said a whole lot there, and I wouldn’t normally break things down quote-by-quote for you – that’s a special treat I try to reserve for a specific section of our Community.
But after I tried to address your pertinent points more broadly, and failed: I figured best to do the Q-by-/Q bit. So apologies in advance.
People want homes. There are only so many.
So I’d say:
People *NEED* homes: why are there only so many?
People have unique wants and they buy homes that fit these wants. Just like you and I both did.
I have never bought any residential property.
It’s the single-biggest confidence trick pulled on the largest number of people. It’s a game specifically rigged to keep people anchored to a particular form of Society (which isn’t working out very well for anyone anymore…).
But your key point is that there are a limited number of homes because people “have unique wants”.
I disagree: I would say just about the single most ubiquitous want in any human’s Life is to have a home.
But you mean they have desires for different types of homes.
I disagree with that, because it only applies to people who build their homes from scratch, rather than buying the nearest approximation to their “Dream Home” they can find and afford.
In my Experience, most people never buy the home they want: they buy the home they can try and make into the home they want… With all the attendant aggravation that requires.
Are you proposing free housing for all?
I’m proposing free housing for anyone who can’t afford to buy their own home.
We have lots of free housing...but that doesn't solve the problem and the way most cities do it probably make things much worse.
And that’s mostly because of some faux-fear of “Moral Hazard”.
And also because: cities.
I mean...sure...you could give them the keys to your house. The home won't raise them out of the bottom 20% because not having a home isn't what keeps them in the predicament of not having a home.
I wouldn’t be trying to raise them out the bottom quintile:
I’d be trying to give a homeless person a home.
Someone’s got to be in the bottom 20%.
And I have to say, I’m as familiar and friendly with people in the bottom 20% of London Society as I am with the top 20%. The only principle difference I could attest to generally, is that those in the bottom 20% don’t spend as much time judging those in the top 20%, as those in the highest quintile judge downwards.
If someone doesn’t want to spend their Life working, doing something they don’t want to do – have to be paid to do – why should they?
The assumption that those in the bottom 20% aren’t happy and content being in the bottom 20%, is mostly down to those in the top 20% trying to justify why they make Life so difficult for the bottom 20%.
Most of the B-20's I know: wouldn't trade the Freedom they have in their lives, for a high-paying, high-pressured, pay-all-your-bills-on-time Life, if it came with a large farmhouse in the Chilterns.
They'd just like to continue living the kind of simple, trouble-free Life they enjoyed as Children.