A recent Teen Vogue article tells young girls that since “Housing is a Human Right,” the systems of rent, landlords, and even owning property are forms of violence.
The article says that the COVID-19 pandemic revealed how the United States Government and capitalism failed to make the nation “less horrible” by missing an opportunity to give rent suspension or universal basic income, or UBI.
While the article does not explain the concept of UBI other than affirming it as good, a 2019 piece from Business Insider described it as giving Americans a monthly check with no questions asked on what it would be spent on. The piece called UBI “a terrible idea” as it would provide a broad assistance base — since everyone receives the same benefits — rather than focusing on individuals or families who actually need help. So it doesn’t actually bridge the income gap as middle to upper-level income Americans would receive the same as lower-income Americans.
Teen Vogue says that its push for dismissal of rent and property stems in part from their hope to abolish the police force “we must also work to dismantle what the police were put here to protect: property.
“What is more evident of the legacy of settler colonialism and its violence than the idea of the ownership of land?”
From here, the article mentions hot-button issues for the Left, jumping from Trump on Mount Rushmore to colonization killing indigenous peoples, to wealth and white men disadvantaging the general public. It concludes saying that “We need a housing movement based on a rejection of the construct that any one person should own this earth’s land.”