There Are Only Two Genders: Landlords and Renters

Samson
4 min readJun 13, 2024

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By Samson Williams

In a world where identity politics and cultural wars dominate the headlines, we often overlook the most significant division in our society: landlords and renters. This economic divide is the root cause of many societal issues, yet it remains obscured by the distractions of artificial cultural conflicts. The ruling class, comprised predominantly of landlords, manipulates society, keeping renters so preoccupied with these manufactured battles that they fail to see the economic disparities at the heart of their struggles.

The Landlord-Renter Divide

The landlords, or the ruling class, wield immense power and influence over the renters, who make up the majority of society. This division is not just about property ownership; it’s about control, wealth accumulation, and societal manipulation. Landlords control a significant portion of the housing market, dictating terms and prices, and thereby shaping the economic realities of renters. The power imbalance between these two groups is stark, with landlords reaping the benefits of rising property values and rental incomes, while renters face increasing financial burdens and limited prospects for upward mobility.

Manipulation Through Cultural Wars

The ruling class has perfected the art of distraction. By fueling cultural wars — whether it’s debates over gender identity, racial issues, or political ideologies — they divert attention away from the economic disparities that truly shape our lives. These cultural conflicts are designed to fragment society, pitting groups against each other while the landlords continue to consolidate their wealth and power. The real enemy, the economic system that perpetuates inequality, remains hidden in plain sight. Such was the beauty of Capitalism and now Tech Feudalism.

The Largest Landlords in America

To understand the impact of this landlord-renter dynamic, we must look at who the largest landlords in America are. Corporate landlords like Blackstone, Invitation Homes, and American Homes 4 Rent have amassed vast portfolios of single-family homes, turning what was once the American dream of homeownership into a profit-driven enterprise. These entities have significant market power, enabling them to influence housing prices, rental rates, and even policy decisions at local and national levels.

Blackstone Group: Blackstone, one of the world’s largest real estate investment firms, owns over 80,000 homes across the United States. Their holdings are spread across major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. In Atlanta alone, Blackstone owns approximately 20,000 homes, significantly impacting the local housing market; making it impossible for the young and first time homebuyers to actually buy homes. This disproportionally affects Black communities, creating generational renters not wealth.

Invitation Homes: Created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Invitation Homes now owns more than 80,000 single-family homes in 16 markets across the U.S. Their largest holdings are in cities like Dallas, with over 12,000 homes, and Atlanta, where they own around 10,000 homes. This concentration of ownership allows them to set rental prices and influence housing availability.

American Homes 4 Rent: Another major player in the single-family rental market, American Homes 4 Rent owns over 55,000 homes in 22 states. Their significant presence in cities like Las Vegas, where they own over 7,000 homes, and Charlotte, with around 6,000 homes, allows them to control substantial portions of the local rental markets.

Impact on First-Time Home Buyers

The dominance of these corporate landlords has profound effects on first-time homebuyers. As these entities buy up large quantities of homes, they drive up prices, making it increasingly difficult for individuals and families to afford their first home. This trend contributes to the growing wealth gap, as homeownership has historically been a primary means of building wealth in America.

First-time homebuyers face stiff competition from cash-rich corporate investors who can outbid them, pushing them into the rental market. This not only delays their opportunity to build equity but also subjects them to the whims of landlords who prioritize profit over tenant welfare. The dream of homeownership becomes more elusive, perpetuating a cycle of economic dependency and vulnerability among renters.

Conclusion

The real battle isn’t between the myriad cultural identities and ideologies that dominate our media; it’s between the landlords and the renters. The ruling class manipulates society into focusing on artificial cultural wars, distracting us from the economic disparities that keep the majority in a perpetual state of struggle. By understanding who the largest landlords are and recognizing the impact they have on housing and economic inequality, we can begin to address the root causes of our plight and work towards a more equitable society. It’s time to shift our focus from the distractions and confront the economic realities that define our lives.

#TechFeudalism

Samson

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Samson

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