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Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Franciscos Housing Wars Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00NE6P8DG
- Publisher : AK Press (September 29, 2014)
- Publication date : September 29, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 3037 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,263 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In "Dispatches Against Displacement," James Tracy's most far-going and visionary response to what capitalism does to housing in America is for what is called a "Community Land Trust." While this might not be a terrible thing in and of itself, it tends to suggest that our only option is to try to shop our way out of the grief we get under the dictatorship of the market. For "radicals" of the James Tracy stripe, the capitalist system -- wage labor, money, market relations, the state -- are eternal; these forms of exploitative and predatory social organization will always be with us, we must always attempt to work with them, and there is no possibility for another kind of society, let alone of fighting for it now.
'Dispatches Against Displacement' is an expression of the world-view of the San Francisco Bay Area's remember everything and learn nothing salaried housing activists. Their timid perspectives, the consistently abysmal results they have produced, and the endless bogus rationalizations they make for their failures serve as unintended proof that there is no such thing as a paying gig fighting against capitalism in America. Reading between the lines, "Dispatches Against Displacement" shows that in San Francisco, James Tracy's approach of getting politicians elected and complaining about them afterward has been a catastrophic failure. For a more meaningful and effective response to the housing crisis in America we will have to wait for the publication of some other book.