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Exactly. Forcing supply below demand through zoning restrictions does help, but once speculation begins this hurts supply also.

It amazes me on HN where on most other complex behavioural problems if someone came along and shouted "it's because of X" they would be laughed out to cries of "it's more complicated than just one thing".

Yet when it comes to millions of people with varying priorities interacting with government and the banks anyone who comes up with anything more complex than "it's supply and demand" is told "no, I've done econ 101 thank you".

Hacker news can't be bothered with Georgism, they've done econ 101 syllabus (provided by their establishment).


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