Housing crisis: Confiscation back on the table?

Here at the London School of Mosaic we have a strong interest in housing. Over the years we have worked with many social housing tenants, i.e. by decorating their estates and in exchange offer them mosaic making skills, while also helping homeless people on their way into employment and housing.

As the rulers above us rain down their chaos, we may reflect how the boys from Eton fight over taking back control: their hubris like babies in high chairs waiting for nanny’s feed.

It gives us an opportunity to clear the decks of arcane rituals and put into place clear guidelines for government based on firm foundations.

We’re told we live in a property owning democracy – so let’s realise this and free ourselves from the Lilliputians who tie us down with their silly red tape.

This land of such dear souls, this dear, dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leased out - I die pronouncing it -
Like to a tenement or pelting farm
England, bound in with the triumphant sea,
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds.
That England that was wont to conquer others
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself. (Shakespeare)

As we are on the cusp of radical change, let’s make our foundations more secure and re-evaluate our relationship to property. Simply put: we should take property out of the market and secure it into the sanctuary of sovereignty. We should make the people sovereign over land and property and stop this horse trading of assets which promotes profiteering and greed.

Property and buildings are evidence of what a community can achieve when working together. Whether they are historic churches, mosques or temples, castles or cathedrals, mansions and town houses, farms or bridges – these are the genuine assets bequeathed to our generation through the lineage of our predecessors. No building was every put up by one person and few if any bankers ever laid even one brick. The swirling chaos of our current systems, with sky thieves building their ever taller Towers of Babel, evidenced in the debacle of parliament in Spring 2019, which has led to our children being priced out of property. This should stop! The debt slavery that is flooding us, hosed over us by fools of financial liquidity, should be staunched.

When the people become sovereign of land and property in England, the aim will be to give them a right to a home from the age of 21.  With this right comes responsibilities:

  • To use the place (any empty or wasted property is charged double)

  • To keep the property in good condition: roof, electrics, plumbing and exterior decoration

For those with more than 10 properties, then confiscation comes back onto the table, unless there is a commitment to the social housing model and tenants accept this. We’ve tried the private housing model and it has led us to this chaos.

There will be no rights to fleece others for money from renting at exorbitant rates. All rents should be capped at social levels: £300 per month for one bedroom and £400 per month for three bedrooms may be a benchmark. The precise amounts can be quibbled over when details are worked out.

Confiscation of excessive properties avoids punishment. In evolutionary terms and under market conditions, it is recognition that rentiers have made a wrong investment choice and therefore lose the surplus they have accumulated against the public interest. It also recognises they have not technically committed crime: they have just practised “greed”, which is re-instated as an original wrong choice (sin).

And with the people as sovereign we can then introduce (gradually) the citizen’s dividend. Paying every person, baby, adult, grandma £1000 a month before we work. This can be sorted out by using an algorithm to raise land & property value tax. The advantage of this is that land and property do not move around off-shore banks, but stay put and can be easily assessed and regulated.

Interestingly, land value tax is part of England’s history, when William the Conqueror came and introduced this, to pay for his castles and cathedrals, which remain with us as legacies creating jobs and visitor attractions to our own time. Good system, tried and tested – so no worries about precedent, or need for inflated fantasies about chaos and revolution. Simply re-using a sensible system and moving forward with the people as sovereign.