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Burning questions

3 April, 2010 (13:41) | economy, homeland security | By: Aerar

(German version published on 8 January, 2010)

Arson attacks on cars (link no longer found) especially in Berlin and Hamburg are not just a new fun sport of the autonomous scene but have a background as a fight against gentrification (German) in this towns. Therefore most of the attacks take place in quarters which are affected by this problem.

The basic problem is that different ways of live clash there which do not match and what leads to conflicts. Obviously some supporters of one side by igniting cars decided to use measures which are not acceptable. In addition other people get between between the fronts in this conflict as a collateral damage.

Despite of this open violence it should not be forgotten that the other side is using violence too. Even if it uses legal measures. It uses its economic force to expel long-time residents from their living space. This is based on the principles of free market economy and is principially fine for me. The free market economy sets an incentive for effort and is thereful useful for the whole society. In ideal case it allows to decide how much of live time one wants to spend on material quality of life. But as long as those benefits are distributed unfair and certain jobs are paid highly different this system is not plausible.

I would understand if a hard working nurse (I know it’s a stereotype), running double shifts for years would take the money she earned by this way and takes over my flat because she is willing and capable to pay my landlord more than I do. If a investment banker would try the same I have much more problems to see any legitimation for him.