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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Another Housing Boondoggle

Jan 15, 2024

In December, Baltimore officials claimed to have a great new way to deal with vacant properties in the city. Vacant houses are a huge fire hazard, to say the least. Many people in this city, where one-quarter is in poverty, can’t afford to keep up their payments for housing, like property taxes, water bills, and so on. So, they simply move out, or when they die, other families don’t move in, and thousands of homes become vacant and slowly fall apart.

But what do the politicians say? They say the problem is actually how the courts and the city treasurer track property sales. They propose to hire a company to write a computer program to use the same convoluted internet technology as Bitcoin, the “blockchain,” to track sales of up to 14,000 vacant properties. They say this will be faster and more accurate.

The real problem is that people can’t afford housing, and that’s because jobs don’t pay enough. The internet can’t stop that! But leave it to the politicians to create a “solution” that will only help real estate brokers.