#Rent Seeking: Give up the addiction!

May Bank Holiday seems a good time to remember how very hard some of us have to work for a roof over our heads while others of us live off rents.

The Aristocrat by Asbjorn Gundersen in Adventures in Tory Land

The Aristocrat by Asbjorn Gundersen in Adventures in Tory Land

At the yearly meeting of #Quakers from all over Britain yesterday, a good two hours were devoted to meditating in speech and silence on the ongoing housing crisis. Quakers believe that the inequalities in housing now are not inevitable and are as solvable as slavery was at the end of the eighteenth century.

How many of us bemoan the cruel effects of the market, but then go right by the market in deciding our own prices – whether employing a baby sitter or charging for our work or renting an upstairs room? Maybe we should set our own prices, making an honest attempt to balance our needs with others’.

I am certainly changing my economic attitudes following the meeting at Friends House yesterday.

I attach my letter to Quaker friends here: Confessions of a Rent Seeker

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