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How Capitalism is Destroying My Neighborhood ^ | April 30, 2013 | Mike Adams

Posted on 04/30/2013 4:24:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

Author's Note: If you don't get this, then you aren't reading enough Walter Williams. Of course, one can never read enough Walter Williams.

I used to be caring and compassionate and liberal. I supported gun control and the “right” of the government to seize a large chunk of my paycheck in order to plan my retirement for me. But, somewhere, somehow, along life's twisted way, I became a greedy capitalist pig. And, truth be known, it's affecting my entire neighborhood.

It all started on New Year's Eve when my friend Adam came by to help me with a small project inside the house. On that Eve, Adam informed me that my property wasn't exactly looking like the Garden of Eden. He suggested that I take the time to paint my front porch, which was beginning to look a little worse for the wear. The winter was mild (and the porch was covered) so I decided to try and knock out the project before classes resumed for the spring semester.

Unfortunately, when I repainted the front porch, I noticed some rot around a leaking gutter. I called Adam to fix the rot and the gutter. Adam focuses on structural repairs and does the very thorough work I can't always do myself given my hectic speaking schedule.

After I finished painting the porch, I decided to go all the way around the house and paint all the trim and windows while I was at it. Truth be known, I was concerned that there might be other rotting areas that had popped up in the five years since I had last painted.

Sure enough, I found two rotted window sills. I had them fixed immediately. While the work was being done, my across-the-street neighbor came over to chat. Realizing he hadn't inspected his upstairs windows and trim in some time, he climbed a ladder and got to work on his house. We both appreciated each other's efforts. In a few short weeks, we both got to look across the street at a freshly painted house instead of a dingy one.

Both of my window rot problems were caused by bushes that had grown against the house and trapped moisture on the window sills. So I decided to have all my flower beds flipped and all the bushes in them trimmed back away from the house. With so much work to do, I enlisted the help of my friend Mark who owns a lawn care business. We managed to shape up the entire property in just a few weekends - just in time for the azaleas to bloom in the month of March. Were it not for my Colorado summers, my North Carolina springs would be my favorite time of year.

The neighbors seemed to appreciate my landscaping efforts. A couple of them stopped by to thank me for motivating them to get to work improving their lawns. I'm not sure why they were thanking me. I wasn't doing it for them. But I'm afraid I'm getting ahead of myself.

When Mark came over, we discovered a problem with a small creek that runs along the line separating my property from my neighbor's. We followed the creek, which dumps into the intercostal waterway about 300 yards from my house. We discovered that some creek obstruction on a contiguous property was causing draining problems on my property. So we solved the problem by planting a grove of four Cyprus trees along the property line. Those trees suck water faster than deficit spending sucks the life out of the economy.

Shortly after planting the trees, I got a call from a neighbor who wished to thank me. It seems that my new row of Cyprus trees was placed perfectly in order to block the line of vision between his back porch and a neighbor's yard that was filled with unused equipment - including four empty boats. He said that my decision to plant those trees would greatly enhance the value of his home and his ease in selling it. Of course, I wasn't doing it for him. Now, I'm not so far ahead of myself.

My decision to start this spring's round of home improvements began with a realization that I needed to give my house a facelift in case I decided to sell it in the near future. I was not motivated by my desire to improve my neighbor's asking price. I was motivated by my desire to improve my asking price. I also realized that my structural rot problems had to be fixed before I closed a sale some time in the future. I could choose between a) having my friend fix it for a reasonable price, or b) operating on the terms of the buyer at a later date.

In other words, all of my decisions were motivated by self-interest. And each of them had a positive effect on other people. But none of the improvements would have been made had I not been personally invested in the outcome. The implications for our current assault on individual ownership and property rights are difficult to miss.

Of course, socialism is a cancer that rots deep inside of structures long before its occupants take notice. The longer we wait to treat it, the more everyone loses in the end.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: capitalism; housing; housingmarket; socialism

1 posted on 04/30/2013 4:24:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Funny story.

However, you can also make your neighbors mad by doing that. We had it happen to us when we started fixing up the place.

Raised the property values, and everyone’s taxes!

2 posted on 04/30/2013 4:32:04 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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3 posted on 04/30/2013 4:33:25 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

This story is obviously a total fabrication. Everyone knows that it is impossible to do any work near a creek, as it is classified as a wetlands area, and will require a lawyer, and an Environmental Impact Statement, hearings, and a review..two years minimum..

4 posted on 04/30/2013 4:33:57 AM PDT by ken5050 (Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but just about every terrorist is a Muslim..)
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To: redgolum

I know, the same happened in our neighborhood, and what is the worst of it the assessor wasn’t even from our city. The dumbasses had him come from 227 miles away

5 posted on 04/30/2013 4:39:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ken5050

yeah, I kept waiting for the part where some EPA or local zoning officios came out and slapped a “stop work” order on his half-painted front porch because he hadn’t obtained an environmental impact study or paid a $500 work permit

that is how capitalism is dying in Maryland, to thunderous applause

6 posted on 04/30/2013 4:42:21 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Kaslin
"By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for the society that it was not part of it. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good. It is an affectation, indeed, not very common among merchants, and very few words need be employed in dissuading them from it." -- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
7 posted on 04/30/2013 5:33:11 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Kaslin
Good story and one that personally rings true for me.
I bought a home back in '86. Moved into it in the early spring and when nice weather came around I started doing as few small "fixer-upper" projects - removing some badly grown bushes, cleaning out a fence row, taking out an old stump, etc. That led to painting the trim which led to gutter work and a couple of new gutters which led to redoing a flower-bed which led to relaying a walkway around the house...which led to....ya get the idea.
One by one, my neighbors came over and introduced themselves. And decided there was work they needed to do.
Oh, also bought a used lawn-mower that I took to as local guy to rebuild it - US$30.00 - and it ran like a new one.
Started a compost pile along the now cleaned-out fence line.
And then there was the flat roof over the kitchen....
8 posted on 04/30/2013 4:31:54 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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