The horizon is not so far as we can see, but as far as we can imagine

And The Mass Evictions are ON

So, the evictions moratorium expired Saturday at midnight.

Over a quarter of renters are behind in some states, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think-tank.

Southern states are some of the worst affected, though some 16 percent of US households owed rent — about double the amount before the pandemic.

This wasn’t necessary, but the choice was made to not pay people to stay in place, and the money given for relief has mostly not been administered, presumably because the bureaucratic hoops are ridiculous.

only $3 billion in aid has reached households out of the $25 billion allotted to states and localities in early February.

Rental properties and single homes are being snapped up en-masse by private equity and other big investors. Eviction is in their interest, as it makes it easier to raise rent.

This is a watershed moment for real-estate in America: this is where it moves to being owned more by smaller landlords and individual owners (for homes) to just another corporate owned means of, well, rent extraction.

Remember that after 2008 banks deliberately held houses off the market to drive up prices, and you’ll understand what is going to happen to rent, which has already seen ridiculous rises. With large amounts of rental property now in a very few hands, it will be easy for a few people to decide to hold just enough properties off the market to drive up rents. It’s better for big institutional owners to have higher rent prices and some empty if that works out to more rent, and given shortages already exist, I’m betting that will be the case.

The era of cheap housing has been over for a while, but it’s going to be thrown in a coffin and staked thru the heart if big investors have their way.

We’ll talk more later this week, probably, about how wonderful and useful the homeless are and why they are treated so badly.

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Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – August 1, 2021


When The “Communists” Do The Right Things


  1. Jason

    There is a national general strike on October 15th:

    I’m hearing that there are plans being put together for large numbers of people to continually gather outside pols’ offices and homes until conditions improve. I have no specific information on this at this time. Others may know more.

    I see no other options at this point. The pressure must be consistent and persistent.

  2. anon

    Everyone keeps saying there will be another housing crash like in 2008. I believed that at the start of the pandemic but I don’t anymore. Prices may level off or drop by a small percentage depending on the city you’re in, but they will not crash like it did over a decade ago. The conditions are different from what they were in 2008. That was a once or twice in a lifetime opportunity for regular people to enter into the housing market. That will not come around every decade.

    The people buying homes today are either investors, upper middle class, or richer, who have the down payment, good credit, and money to bid over asking and waive appraisals and inspections. People who manage to win a house within appraised value should consider themselves fortunate. I suspect that even when housing prices “drop” they will be way out of the price range of what most people will be able to afford.

    Some who share my opinion have predicted that the income gap will continue to grow and there will be a permanent renter class with most working and middle class families never being able to afford to buy a single-family home in a desirable neighborhood. That seems like the way things are headed with more investors buying properties and rents going up. Perhaps the only opportunity left is to move to second or third tier cities that haven’t gotten too expensive yet, where you can still afford a decent house under $300k. That is becoming increasingly rare, even in those second and third tier cities.

  3. different clue

    A “general strike” is an idea and could certainly be tried. Mass gatherings outside the relevant offices of relevant officeholders could certainly be tried. Such gatherings would provide the people themselves there as part of the gathering a chance to meet and mingle and share/compare/and contrast viewpoints, exchange contact information, etc. Ad hoc communities could perhaps emerge from such day-after-day-after-day gatherings. Supporters and sympathisers could bring the mass gatherers food, water, etc. They would certainly want people with videocam cellphones everywhere to video everything at all times. And an ability to surge video cellphone coverage onto any police atrocities as they begin.

    ” Smiiile, you’re on Candid Cellphone”.

    Different groups of people with different theories about what to do should try to contain their envy and jealousy of eachother, and not raid eachother for supporters.
    Let the different TAGs apply their different TOCs, and see what works in what settings.

  4. someofparts

    Well, in the weekend roundup thread below, Mark Pontin made stunning points about how 1776 in the U.S. happened because in 1772 it became clear that the British courts were going to rule against slavery. So the gut-wrenching evils we watch this country commit these days against, well … everybody, are just what we should expect from a criminal nation created to protect the worst slavery.

  5. someofparts

    “to protect slavery” … meant to say “worst evil” and forgot to drop the modifier when I changed the object of the sentence

  6. Jason

    Different groups of people with different theories about what to do should try to contain their envy and jealousy of each other, and not raid each other for supporters.


    I agree. I think the envy and jealousy stem from fear. I believe this is why TPTB hate it most when seemingly disparate groups realize they (we) ain’t so different.

    Soon after I posted about the general strike, I noticed this:

    Spirit flights canceled at Atlantic City Airport

    Numerous inbound and outbound Spirit Airlines flights were canceled at Atlantic City International Airport on Sunday and Monday, creating cascading problems for travelers.

    A spokesman for Spirit Airlines, the only carrier that flies out of the airport, said the airline made some “proactive cancellations.”

    The arrivals and departures board at the airport on Monday showed four of six Spirit departure flights canceled and six of eight Spirit arrivals canceled.

    The spokesman said there was a rumor of a pilot strike, but said the airline is not experiencing any work action from any union or group.

  7. Plague Species

    What happens to the money that isn’t administered? Does it become Christmas Bonuses for Congress and Governors?

  8. someofparts

    I have started going to meetings of the Democratic Socialists in the neighborhood and am going to work with them doing whatever we can do locally. Time to check their twitter feed and see if they know about the strike.

    Being a boomer is discouraging because so many people my age did get into property in time to be getting rich off of what the big investors are up to. They support all of the financial crimes investors are committing against the rest of us because they are profiteering from them too.

    That makes me think that besides making a big fuss in front of the politicians there should be large, organized actions of some sort against the rentier class in general. Actually it dawns on me as I say it that the perfect response here would be to ratchet up recruitment for the local Democratic Socialists.

  9. Not sure, but a transpartisan angle would probably be: nobody can own a home, condo or rental building unless the the owner lives there, or provably vacations there. You could grandfather in individual multi-home owners who were such before the pandemic.

    I remember reading about such a policy prescription to deal with foreign(mostly) apartment buyers who never lived in their apartments, in places like Manhattan.

    I don’t think most Republicans or conservatives are such libertarians that they would object to such laws, as a matter of principle.

  10. Jason: If you google around, you will find stories about pilots (in the half-dozens) who were vaccinated, dying mysteriously. Not sure what to make of them. One that I read didn’t give a baseline figure for pilots dying, so I literally had nothing to compare with.

    American (or, at least, English language) journalism at its finest!

  11. Hugh

    Why shouldn’t there be mass evictions? The Republicans paid zero cost for blocking an extension of the eviction moratorium. I don’t see Nancy Pelosi camping out on the steps of the Capitol in solidarity with renters. And you try having a life when your longest of several vacations a year is only 6 weeks.

    As for real estate prices being high, thank the Fed. It has an ongoing put that has pushed stocks to 5 times their real value. With the put and all the free money floating around, PE and the hedgies could buy properties, leave them empty, and still make money by jacking up property prices. It makes no sense. In fact, it’s criminally crazy, but welcome to the world you live in.

  12. Jason

    “…unless the the owner lives there, or provably vacations there.”

    That last part is where it’s always gotten interesting, so far as enforcement and creative ways around said enforcement.

    You mentioned Manhattan – uber-wealthy foreigners who have their 3rd, 4th, or 5th “home” (that they’re never at) in the city is one thing. But there are still many “middle class” – indeed, many “working class” – who have second homes that they may or may not vacation in.

    I don’t think most Republicans or conservatives are such libertarians that they would object to such laws, as a matter of principle.

    I’ve seen that the anti “big” government mantra is being called out now in some conservative/libertarian circles as being not inclusive of any and all institutions that get too big and/or too powerful – including corporations.

  13. different clue


    To try lowering the jealousy and envy level, the best that various movement members can do is to not try raiding other movements for members their own selves. All the non-rich majority people who could conceivably join one movement or action-project or another should try and recognize that we are in a Darwin Filter moment, and the only way to know what works is to respect all kinds of people trying all kinds of things, and see who or what makes it through the Darwin Filter.

    Didn’t the notorious man of money Thurston Q. RichieRich once say . . . ” I can hire half the Sparts to shoot half the Trots”. or something like that?

  14. Jason

    Imagine Thurston Howell paired with Little Lotta instead of Lovey. I think they would have gotten off the island.

  15. Jason

    metamars, there’s a lot of talk and print around 4 British Airways pilots dying. There have been other deaths reported as well.

    I think, on the whole, the reason for the vast majority of the cancellations is that the airlines built their schedules out well beyond their ability – given their staffing levels – to maintain, including beyond what the number of pilots on the line could fly.

    I did notice that there is a story circulating now that Luc Montagnier said everyone who got the vaccines will be dead in a couple years!

    In fact, Montagnier has now stated definitively what he and many other virologists suspected from the outset: the vaccines are driving the variants.

    He has also stated that ADE is driving more serious infection in vaccinated people. This latter opinion is not nearly as widely shared among his colleagues at present.

    We’ll see how things evolve going forward.

  16. Jason

    I have started going to meetings of the Democratic Socialists in the neighborhood and am going to work with them doing whatever we can do locally. Time to check their twitter feed and see if they know about the strike.

    Yes, by all means please spread the word.

    I am not active in any formal groups right now. I still have a sour taste in my mouth from working on behalf of Bernie.

  17. Ché Pasa

    We’ve been hearing about the coming tsunami of evictions for a year or more. Some news reports indicate that despite repeated renewals of the “eviction moratorium,” evictions never stopped. They didn’t reach the levels they might have without the moratorium, but rental households still got evicted at a smart clip.

    There’s clearly a problem, let’s call it a massive problem, administering the funds set aside in the various Covid relief bills to enable renters to pay back rent and landlords to be compensated for unpaid rents. I saw a news report that unpaid rents total some $21 billion nationwide, and that moneys appropriated and distributed to states and localities to help renters and landlords total $47 billion. The excuse supposedly is that it’s “too hard” to set up systems at the state and local levels to distribute the money quickly, so the moratorium should be extended while the problem is “worked on.”

    The White House claims it is powerless to extend the moratorium (false), and the CDC can’t do it (false), and only congress can do it (but won’t). Nancy says somebody else should be doing something, she’s busy, everybody’s busy. There is money available.

    Yet another in a long list of dysfunctions in our government. But so far, there’s no report of the eviction tsunami taking place.

    Are an inordinate number of people being evicted where you are?

    Let us know.

  18. Hugh

    CP, there’s no community outreach. People don’t know there is such a program, how to get in touch with it, or navigate the application process. I suppose the assumption is that people are telepathic.

  19. different clue


    The rent relief program has been designed with Darwin Fences all around it to reduce the number of eligible people who can actually break through the fences to get the money.

    It is really a money-tease money-denial program. Like Obama’s mortgage HAMP, I suppose.

  20. In the interest of normalizing society and keeping people in at least 1 home, I’d be fine with scrapping the vacation home exemption, except those grandfathered in.

    I’m not fine with hedge funds snapping up distress priced real estate. Nor am I fine with banks doing do.

    I don’t have much of a head for economic stuff, but just thinking at a general level, if I wanted to discourage banks from just sitting on real estate, I’d force them either to sell their deeds to a collective trust, controlled by local citizens, who can set prices at 1980 levels, and would have to donate any profits as may accrue to the local government; or else they can decrease their rents to a point that the current inhabitants can afford. If the current inhabitants can’t afford anything, the bank would have to pay THEM to stay in the house; or else bite the bullet to sell to the local trust at 1980 prices.

    I don’t want to abuse the banks, and I don’t want citizens abused, either, through a covid mess that wasn’t their fault.

    As for hedge funds, at least those that have even less socially redeeming value than the investment banks, abusing them would not keep me up, at night.

    I don’t have much of a head for legal stuff, either, so feel free to laugh at this post.

  21. Ché Pasa

    True enough. I first heard about this big pot of money that wasn’t being distributed last week when it was mentioned by someone on the news — in passing. Then the White House and pols started saying something.

    It’s kind of like the unemployment supplements that aren’t going to people who would otherwise qualify because they live somewhere (mostly in the South) where they can’t claim unemployment or their applications were delayed or denied. Or… they didn’t know.

  22. someofparts

    There is a credit union in town here that, starting in the 70s, created real estate wealth for a cohort of lucky boomers. They financed beautiful old Victorian houses and craftsman bungalows by noted architects that had been redlined by the banks up to that point to force people to buy houses in the suburbs where the developers of that day were building them.

    I found out this morning talking with the loan officer there about a friend who needs help with his mortgage that they no longer amortize mortgages over thirty years. A fourteen year amortization was the best he could offer my friend, which was, of course, no help at all.

  23. Ché Pasa

    Real estate: in the area where I live, there aren’t a lot of places on the market at any given time. I think the last time I checked Zillow, there were 8 single family houses, most with acreage. If they’re in good shape — not all are — they’re listed at about 50-75% more than they would have been in 2019. If they need work, they’re still listed at 25%-50% more than they would have been before the pandemic.

    The problem some buyers are facing is lack of financing options. I know of one place that recently got a full-price offer but it doesn’t appraise as high as the sales price, so the buyers can’t get a mortgage with 20% down. They would have to come up with close to 50% for the place to qualify for a loan for the rest. I don’t know whether they can do it. They’re trying. Another place, not far from that one, recently sold for all cash at full asking price which was more than double what the sellers had paid two years before. The cash buyers are now living in that house. It wasn’t bought by looters/investors in other words. Though I imagine the current residents expect to profit at sale one day.

    I think I mentioned that there were at one time probably 10 – 12 derelict/abandoned places in the immediate vicinity. I can think of only two still empty/abandoned — well three if you count Alfigo’s place. His family put him in a home after a stroke, and no one lives in his house now, but it’s not really abandoned and it isn’t a ruin. I was driving around the other day and noted at least eight, maybe 10 new or newly placed mobile homes on properties that were vacant land in 2019. That’s just in the limited area near my place. If I’d gone farther afield, I would have found more. I haven’t seen any new stick-built houses, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any, and during the last year a number of households have added accessory dwellings/casitas to their properties/compounds. I estimate the population has grown by about 200 — on a <2000 population base. From what I can tell, the newcomers are almost all self-exiled from NM cities …or from Texas which people with common sense are fleeing. Surprisingly few Californians have found this corner of the wilderness lately. When we moved here more than a decade ago, we were among several newcomers from California. Haven't seen any in the latest wave.

    Water is the strictly limiting factor where we are. I'm not sure the county can increase population much more without a severe water crisis. If that happens, I half expect walls to go up and snipers to be posted to keep people out.

    I know of only a handful of renters. But that could change.

  24. Chipper

    Typo: I think you mean, “this is where it moves FROM being owned more by smaller landlords and individual owners …”

  25. Plague Species

    From what I can tell, the newcomers are almost all self-exiled from NM cities …or from Texas which people with common sense are fleeing.

    To be replaced by people moving to Texas from California.

  26. Plague Species

    This proves, as if we needed more proof, that Congress is a Potemkin Congress when it comes to anything related to The Masses. All show and no go. A facade with no substance. The foolowing story is a farce in the face of this. Biden as FDR? As if.

    In a city of interest groups, “the descendants,” as they refer to themselves in frequent press releases and op-eds, are among the more unusual. They are determined to polish the legacy of America’s 32nd president by pushing the 46th to embrace a legislative agenda as transformational as the New Deal. They want Joe Biden to embrace the idea of an “activist” government. They want him to eliminate the filibuster. They spend hours parsing his words for echoes of the stirring language that helped defeat the Great Depression. And they devote their Wednesday night Zoom meetings, where they have met nearly every week since last June, to plotting ways to keep the comparisons to FDR alive, as if repetition might somehow will Biden’s latent progressivism to life.

  27. Chicago Clubs

    Vacation homes are a cancer. Own where you live, or (preferably) don’t own at all, because private land ownership is an even bigger cancer.

  28. Plague Species

    At this point, I think it’s fair to call this fraud, but when it’s the government conducting the fraud under the aegis of aid, what recourse do any of us have to bring the perpetrators of the fraud, the federal and state governments, to justice? Aside from a bloody revolution, there is no recourse and don’t hand me that Hamilton crap — that’s too little, too late.

    What are the states doing, and what are they going to do, with the rent aid funds that have been allocated to them from the federal government? I cannot find the answer to this question. Do they just get to keep it and spend it on something else they deem more worthy? It certainly appears that way, and if so, considering how draconian and byzantine they have made it to apply for these funds effectively preventing those in need from receiving the aid, this most certainly constitutes fraud. It was always meant to be a ripoff. What a bunch of grifters.

    Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs told me that it has distributed more than $4 million in rental assistance funding to landlords and tenants; the state has received over $552 million for that purpose. Delaware’s State Housing Authority told me that it has distributed $40,000 in rental assistance — 0.02 percent of its allocated funds. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association told me it has distributed $6.1 million of the $175 million it received from the December congressional rent relief allocation. Colorado’s dashboard shows $2.8 million has been approved from the $247 million it has received. Arizona’s dashboard shows $4.38 million has been disbursed out of the $289 million it has received.

    The New York Times recently reported that California had only paid out $1 million of the $355 million requested by tenants and landlords. The Times also reported that Texas, which has received over $1 billion, had only paid 250 households after 45 days. Some states are not even accepting applications for emergency rental assistance, including New York.

    But hey, if you want a student loan, they’re giving those out like they’re lollipops at the barbershop. That process is streamlined for maximum expedition. Funny that. When it comes to making you a debt slave for life, the Gubmint is Johnny On The Spot, but when it comes to distributing life-saving aid, suddenly the Gubmint is incompetent.

  29. Stirling Newberry

    What’s rich is that the elites don’t have the money in fact. But they are given the benefit of the lack of doubt.

    Anyway, just read Robert Kanigel’s book on Milman Parry, of the idea the Homer rhapsodizes rather than writes. The biography is fine that I will order his work on Jane Jacobs.

  30. Mark Pontin

    Ché Pasa wrote: ‘The White House claims it is powerless to extend the moratorium (false), and the CDC can’t do it (false), and only congress can do it (but won’t). Nancy says somebody else should be doing something, she’s busy, everybody’s busy … Yet another in a long list of dysfunctions in our government.’

    No dysfunction involved. Your government is working as its owners intended. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. According to D. Sirota:

    ‘George Marcus, chairman of both the massive real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap and the real estate investment trust Essex Property Trust, donated *$1 million on June 1* to House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democratic lawmakers. The donation amounted to nearly 7 percent of the total funding the committee has raised so far this year.

    Marcus also donated *$263,400 in June* to a joint fundraising committee benefiting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s campaign, her leadership PAC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the party committee that works to elect House Democrats.

    During the 2020 election cycle, Marcus donated a combined $1 million to the DCCC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which elects Democratic Senate candidates. He contributed millions more to the party-aligned super PACs that aid those committees: $3.5 million to Senate Majority PAC and $3 million to House Majority PAC.

    Marcus, who has a net worth of $1.7 billion, has also been a huge Biden supporter. He donated $4 million to super PACs that supported Biden: Priorities USA ($2 million), Unite the Country ($1 million), and American Bridge PAC ($1 million). He also hosted a Biden fundraiser in 2019, and donated $500,000 to the Biden Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee benefiting the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and state parties.

    Marcus & Millichap, founded by Marcus in 1971, is the largest commercial real estate brokerage in North America and sells apartment buildings, too. While Marcus is part of a group of billionaire landlords that have together seen their personal fortunes increase by nearly $25 billion since last March, Marcus & Millichap has been hit hard by the pandemic.

    Marcus also chairs and founded Essex Property Trust, and he controls a 3 percent stake in the company, according to Forbes. As of last year, Essex Property Trust had an ownership interest in 60,272 apartment units in California and Washington state, according to company disclosures. Over the last two election cycles, Essex Property Trust donated $23.5 million to committees that opposed ballot initiatives that would have allowed rent control measures in California.

    In its latest quarterly report, Essex Property Trust wrote that primarily as a result of the pandemic, its cash delinquency rate was “higher than the pre-pandemic period, but improved from 4.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 to 2.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2021.” The company said that it “has executed some payment plans and will continue to work with residents to collect such cash delinquencies.”’

    I’m not inclined to take D. Sirota’s reports — nor anybody’s — without some degree of verification. On that basis, yes, I found George Marcus is one of the biggest donor/bundlers to the DNC and, yes, there’s this Common Dream article today with further specifics, which indicates that somebody there did some actual reporting: —

  31. Ché Pasa

    Sometimes the corruption in the system is just that obvious. Yes, Dems are corrupted. Yes, Rs are corrupted. The systems they operate are corrupted.

    Legal it may be. Ethical? Nah. But what is ethics? Why should anyone in business or politics be ethical? Ethics and morality are for little people, right?

  32. Hugh

    I always say if the crooks are in control, they can make crime legal, but they can’t make it not criminal.

  33. Mark Pontin

    From the CDC, should cover 80 percent of US territory and 90 percent of the US population till Oct. 3rd.

  34. Soredemos


    Gerald Horne wrote a whole book about the ‘counter-revolution’ of 1776. Suffice to say he doesn’t even begin to offer much actual evidence for his case, much less prove it. Horne commits some pretty egregious crimes of historiography to try and make his case, including outright lying about Benjamin Franklin repeatedly in an attempt to make Franklin look like a supporter of slavery. In reality Franklin was a committed abolitionist whose reaction to the Somerset case was to criticize the jubilant British abolitionists for being so overjoyed by a single case when the larger slave trade continued unabated. Horne lies by omission on this and implies that Franklin’s criticisms were because he supported slavery. He never bothers to actually quote Franklin’s words, because they clearly don’t line up with the narrative Horne was trying to sell. Why so much focus on Franklin anyway? Because he’s the only major founder, and possibly the only founder period, who had anything to say on the Somerset case. Which is a bit odd, since this court ruling was supposedly of such importance to the 1776 revolt.

    In reality the Somerset v Stewart case of 1772 had little wider impact. Slavery continued in the British empire until 1807, except in the Caribbean, where it was legal until 1834 (when slaves became poorly or even entirely unpaid ‘apprentices’, until this too was abolished in 1838). And that’s just the formal law, in practice the British continued to profit from slavery, and even continued to directly engage in it, for many decades.

    ‘1776 was about colonialists who wanted to keep their slaves’ makes a complete mockery of the actual history. Much of the first nearly century of US history literally doesn’t make any sense if you remove slavery as a central divisive issue. Whether you frame it as ‘slavery was the only thing that mattered and everyone loved it’ or ‘slavery didn’t matter at all’ like some Lost Cause revisionist, both framings are entirely incapable of explaining the actual history, where slavery and the divide between slave and free states comes up again and again, ultimately culminating in the country’s bloodiest war.

    It’s bad history, but it’s great if you’re not really interested in engaging with the complexities of real history and instead just want to lazily cast moral judgement on an ‘original sin’ that you imagine has explanatory power for events ~250 years later.

  35. Hugh

    Mark, in our society, millions of ordinary Americans have their lives hanging by a thread of the CDC will it or won’t it do something. All of those who should have acted, who had the real authority and responsibility for an eviction moratorium, as usual, they are nowhere to be found.

  36. Z

    Cori Bush is definitely the heart, soul and conscience of The Squad, which was becoming more of a theater group than an actual movement. Bowman’s also got some promise and hopefully now that someone from that group showed some real guts, a willingness to put themselves out there for their people, he’ll throw in more too.

    The Squad should have been doing this a long time ago, they had plenty of people behind them, especially when the Wall Street-before-all COVID bills were being pushed through. Before Bush though they were more enamored with the glamour of being rebels than in defying the party’s leadership.


  37. someofparts

    Soredemos – Thanks. I come here to learn and share. Being corrected when I get it wrong is a benefit. I appreciate your help.

  38. anon

    Even though AOC is the most famous of the Squad members, she is the one I have the least faith in. She is all show and no action. A more glamorous progressive female version of Obama who will abide by the status quo as long as it serves her interests. AOC is ambitious and she is not going to put anything on the line for progressive values. I like Cori Bush and Jamal Bowman more than AOC, but time will tell whether they have the guts to fight their colleagues without being pushed out of the Democratic Party.

  39. Gail

    The Jewish Lobby defeated Nina Turner.

  40. Z


    Yep, just like they did to Bernie and Corbyn.

    The Jewish Lobby, which by no means represents the majority of the Jewish people, vehemently opposes any political movement that threatens to empower the working class because their power is derived from the inflated financial markets, which they play a large part, I’d say the largest part, in corrupting.


  41. Ché Pasa

    So. The CDC reimposed the “eviction moratorium” that never really was an eviction prohibition in those areas of the country (about 80%) showing signs of increasing Covid numbers. The same CDC that just last week supposedly couldn’t do what it just did.

    As for the billions and billions of dollars unspent on covering landlords and renters, from what I heard from a landlord in Colorado, yes, the money is available, both to renters to pay back rent and to landlords who have not been paid, and yes, the process is complicated (they always are) but doable, but no, he has not done it — yet — because he only has a few renters who are not current on their rent and they and he are “exploring options” and he expects all his tenants to be current by the end of the year one way or another or he will find ways to get them out. Standard eviction for non-payment of rent is not the only way. You see.

    That’s the only landlord I’m able to cite at this point, but the way he’s dealing with the issue may be common, I don’t know.

    What I’d like to know is what has happened to all the households that have been evicted — and will continue to be evicted — during the various moratoria?

    How many are there? How many found new lodging? How many are on the streets? How many are in jail? How many are dead?

  42. Soredemos


    I should clarify that I’m not accusing you of sacrificing historical accuracy in favor of moralizing.

    I’m accusing Gerald Horne of doing it though. If we accept that being a historian and endeavoring to do good historiography are ongoing activities, and not merely a job title, the man simply isn’t a historian. Everyone makes honest mistakes, but when his ‘mistakes’ are basically every other sentence and all the ‘mistakes’ point in the same direction and all service the same narrative, he’s either actively malicious, or unbelievably inept at his job.

  43. different clue


    I gather, then, that Turner has indeed been defeated. If so, the Israel Lobby had substantial help and first-action from House Negroes like Representative Jimmy Clyburn of South Carolina. Let that name not be forgotten.

    I don’t live in Cleveland. If I did, I would try to get all my fellow Turner supporters to vote Republican so as to defeat Turner’s succesfull opponent, whatever its name is. I would view it as a first step to exterminating the Clyburn Democrats from existence, one defeat at a time.

  44. Jim Harmon

    Black site The Root explains why Nina sux and Shontel rox. Enjoy!

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