The Huffington Post

March 21, 2012 — Homeownership has long constituted the American Dream.

Yes, that’s right: We are a nation that has largely staked its identity on making a major purchase. I own, therefore I am! And, to convince ourselves we’re less superficial than we are, we’ve created a narrative of infomercial-ish rhetoric around the merits of owning and relative demerits of renting, one that suggests only the owner has wealth, community, or security and that renters are tramps and thieves, a kind of un-ambitious underclass who refuse to participate in owning, since home construction is still viewed as a job-creating engine of capitalism and gross domestic product. Read more…