ARC Press Release: Inclusionary Zoning Excludes Freedom

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-08-17 23:27

Inclusionary Zoning Excludes Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2009—A new inclusionary zoning law went into effect in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. It requires housing developments with ten or more units to set aside 8 to 10 percent of their units for low and moderate income residents—in effect, partial rent control.

“Rent controls violate your rights,” writes Michael Berliner, co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Center. “As an apartment owner, you have the moral right to decide the price at which you’ll offer a unit for rent. The government has no right to dictate to you what rate you can offer.

“In a free society, no government—local, state, or federal—has the right to interfere with the choices of people to do business with each other. It should no more tell a landlord what price to offer than it should tell a prospective tenant how much he can spend on rent. Both the landlord and the tenant have the moral right to ‘just say no’ to the other’s offer. That’s freedom.”

 

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Dr. Berliner is co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Center and senior advisor to theAynRand Archives. He was executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute from its founding in 1985 to January2000. Dr. Berliner is the editor of Letters of Ayn Rand (Penguin Dutton, 1995), Russian Writings onHollywood by Ayn Rand (ARI Press, 1999) and is author of Penguin’s Teacher’s Guide to Anthem. Hiseditorials on such topics as Western civilization and multiculturalism have been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, The Australian and other major newspapers. He holds a PhD in philosophy and taught philosophy and philosophy of education for many years at California State University, Northridge, where he served as chairman of the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

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