Under capitalism, housing is a commodity, which means it principally exists to make rich people richer rather than meet human needs. That gap between making money and making profit distorts a whole range of life outcomes for average people — and real estate agents play a critical role in that process.
Karen Narefsky is a community organizer based in New York and a contributing editor at Jacobin.
The federal evictions moratorium has expired and rent is due in two days, leaving millions at risk of being thrown out of their homes. We need an eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic and bold policies that guarantee housing as a right, not a privilege.
Despite years of a deep crisis across the United States, affordable housing has never been a major issue on the national agenda. That’s changing.
Capitalism has proven itself unable to provide us all with homes — the most basic human need after food and water.
You’ll need to lug all these books with you every time you move in search of a cheaper apartment.
How New York City socialists and their allies combined electoral muscle with front-stoop politicking to keep Amazon’s headquarters out of the city.
YIMBYs look to the free market to solve the housing crisis. But the profit motive is what caused the affordability crunch in the first place.
Imagine a future in which many of us live in, and thrive in, quality public housing.
Reflections on the life of Leslie Feinberg, the late radical activist and author of Stone Butch Blues.
Much of the working class is being forced out into suburbia. We must adapt our organizing strategies to keep up.
Luxury condo development can’t solve the affordable housing crisis — only public housing can.
USPS cuts signal yet another advance of the profit-driven corporate model.
Every day, the neoliberal consensus delivers another iteration of the split between public and private that euphemizes its ongoing project of class segregation. It’s no secret that the split extends to public transportation as well.