Your Guardian stupidity of the day

My comment left there:

\”But where is the demand to bring back rent control?\”

Thankfully that\’s one of the lessons we\’ve learned.

\”Economists are virtually unanimous in concluding that rent controls are destructive. In a 1990 poll of 464 economists published in the May 1992 issue of the American Economic Review, 93 percent of U.S. respondents agreed, either completely or with provisos, that “a ceiling on rents reduces the quantity and quality of housing available.”1 Similarly, another study reported that more than 95 percent of the Canadian economists polled agreed with the statement.2 The agreement cuts across the usual political spectrum, ranging all the way from Nobel Prize winners milton friedman and friedrich hayek on the “right” to their fellow Nobel laureate gunnar myrdal, an important architect of the Swedish Labor Party’s welfare state, on the “left.” Myrdal stated, “Rent control has in certain Western countries constituted, maybe, the worst example of poor planning by governments lacking courage and vision.”3 His fellow Swedish economist (and socialist) Assar Lindbeck asserted, “In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.”\”

That\’s why: rent control is an entirely idiotic idea.

5 thoughts on “Your Guardian stupidity of the day”

  1. Trying to explain to Guardianistas that Rent Control is stupid is pretty stupid, isn’t it? They don’t care about its being stupid – they care about wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Stupid twats.

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