In an interview published Monday at NY Mag, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio went full Communist, arguing against private property rights while saying the state should decide who gets to live in what buildings.
“In 2013, you ran on reducing income inequality. Where has it been hardest to make progress? Wages, housing, schools?” Chris Smith asked.
“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property,” de Blasio said. “I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”
Wait a second — de Blasio thinks residents of New York want the city to decide who gets to live in what buildings? No wonder we like to refer to him as “Comrade” de Blasio. But there’s more.
“I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs,” he added, apparently drawing from the Communist maxim of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
He then admitted his desire for central planning: “And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.”
I’ll give you an example. I was down one day on Varick Street, somewhere close to Canal, and there was a big sign out front of a new condo saying, “Units start at $2 million.” And that just drives people stark raving mad in this city, because that kind of development is clearly not for everyday people. It’s almost like it’s being flaunted. Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.
It’s not reachable right now. And it leaves this friction, and this anger, which is visceral. I try to explain the things we can do. It’s a little bit of a Serenity Prayer — let’s talk about the things we can fix. The rent freeze we did reached over 2 million people.In 2015 and 2016, the mayor’s appointees ruled that new one-year leases on rent-stabilized units could not increase. I’ve talked to people who were going to be evicted, and we stopped the eviction by giving them a free lawyer. And I’ve talked to people who got affordable housing under our plan for 200,000 apartments.
America Rising PAC said de Blasio “channeled Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro in his comments about private property.”
“Mayor de Blasio has long been anti-capitalism,” America Rising added. “With his latest incendiary comments to New York Magazine, it’s clear he’s serious about challenging Bernie Sanders in 2020 for the title of most out-of-touch leftist running for president.”
“This is today’s Democrat Party,” Jim Hoft said at the Gateway Pundit. “Open Communism.”
Sadly, a growing number of people actually support this nonsense, despite the fact that socialism has never worked and Communism has killed some 100 million people.
Maybe de Blasio should go live in Venezuela for a few years… Maybe he’ll have a change of heart. Or not…
H/T Gateway Pundit
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