Thursday, January 28, 2010

America Is My Landlord

You can love America all you want, but it will never love you back. When you own your house, all the monthly checks you put in the mail to pay it off are essentially still yours, because you own the thing you’re paying for. You’re investing. When you rent your place of residence, it pays for you to have a place to put your stuff for a predetermined duration of time, and it pays for your landlord to drive a Cadillac and go golfing. Your landlord isn’t necessarily a bad guy, but he doesn’t really have any interest in you beyond the checks you write him. It’s a money relationship that you’re paying into. That’s what America is. America is a landlord. Your relationship to it is purely economic. You get what you pay for, and you don’t have the option to buy. You can’t own. It’s only rented. It’s just where you live at the moment.

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