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George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

 

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The ubiquitous Drudge Report linked up an interesting report from France 24 that said that there is another surge in interest in George Orwell and his writing, including the classic novel, 1984.

 

Interesting, because MHProNews has recently used quotes from Orwell in various reports to spark thoughts that insightful soul previously pondered that should speak to our times.

 

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For those who never read, or may not clearly recall the themes, “Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English writer George Orwell published in June 1949, whose themes center on the risks of government overreach, totalitarianism and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society,” said Wikipedia.

 

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Dystopian fiction has arguably become more common in recent decades. Hunger Games, Handmaids Tale, Blade Runner, Ready Player One, A Clockwork Orange, and Divergent are but a few examples.

 

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A dystopia…is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “not-good place” and is an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his best known work, Utopia, published 1516, a blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence and poverty,” also per Wikipedia.

 

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The classic line about Big Brother from Orwell’s novel, 1984. In an era when CCTV cameras are proliferating, smart phones track you, your car may track you, social media platforms track you, these are among the reasons that a new generation are turning to ponder Orwell’s insights.

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Orwell’s point here was a subtle one, where people are asked by Big Brother to believe something clearly contradictory, and yet accept it as true. It’s akin to Warren Buffett supporting candidates that passed or protected Dodd-Frank, while 21st Mortgage’s Tim Williams and MHI postured efforts to repeal or amend portions of the regulations from Dodd-Frank. Two contradictory positions, yet thousands of MH professionals went along.

 

Ready Player One  features as part of its dark backdrop images of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, or older manufactured homes. It is arguably an example of how the good news about manufactured homes has been blurred by certain movies, or TV shows like the Trailer Park Boys.  These are examples of what should be considered as reverse product placement. 

 

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Before saying what follows, let’s remind readers that MHProNews and our public-focused sister-site, MHLivingNews, are pro-industry, pro-consumer, and pro-free enterprise. We celebrate honest success, but oppose dishonest manipulations that disadvantage millions. In that context, the growing battle over the power of corporate giants that want to impose their world-view on society took center stage this past week, as Facebook, Google, and other big tech giants are reportedly the targets of planned antitrust investigations and possible legal action.

 

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Free speech must include the ability to escape the power of those tech-giants to de-platform, restrict, or effectively censor speech. They are supposed to be neutral platforms, but appear to be anything but even handed.

 

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As MHProNews reported during the 2018 campaign, a relatively small group of the top billionaires are disproportionately left-leaning. Is it any surprise that those who have such raw financial and media power are accused of tilting their platforms against those who oppose their world view?

 

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MHProNews covers historic topics too, precisely to counter the concern that Orwell prudently raised.

 

The solution isn’t to regulate the tech giants, or other monopolistic entities, as that will only serve to safeguard them against potential rivals that might otherwise challenge them. Big taxes, big regulations, these are tools of those who have powerful influence over government to limit those with might otherwise opposed them.

 

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That’s why from the outset, the founders of America believed it was as important to rebel against monopolies as it was to rebel against the crown that bestowed that monopoly. 

 

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American history, and much of world history, must be understood through a very precise prism.  The powerful attempt to find ways to distort the law and society to advantage themselves against all others.

 

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Those who desire freedom must be willing to expose those distortions, and fight against them. The American Way was and ideally remains one of Constitutionally limited government that also limits the potentially raw power of monopolistic businesses.

 

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The reports that follow below from the week of 6.2.2019 to 6.9.2019 has numerous reports on the issues of what is keeping manufactured housing from achieving its potential to serve millions of people.  HUD Secretary Carson did a good thing, several in fact, for manufactured housing.

 

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But to understand why the manufactured home industry is struggling, one must be willing to take the advice of contrarian investor Sam Zell – Chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties – who famously quipped, “When others are going left, look right.”

 

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As independents, we strive to look 360 here on MHProNews, sourcing and fact-checking across the left-right divide.

 

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Just as some are now trying to dethrone the role that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. played in American history, there are those who try to diminish the goals that the founders of our nation had.  These are just two examples of some of the points that George Orwell was trying to convey.

 

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One must separated “wheat from chaff.” The allegations about Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. are not new. The chaff of a person’s life does not eliminate the good – the wheat – that the same person has produced. It is often those willing to be counter-cultural that are able to effect positive social change.

 

We, the People” must learn to think critically and analytically. Objective thinking are part of the mechanism by which freedom is protected.  It is also how it can be re-captured when it begins to slip away.

 

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Abraham Lincoln was violently opposed, but he stood up for what to him were obvious threats and injustices. By doing so, at great cost, he preserved the Union and made it a better nation for generations to come. Every era has its own battles to fight, and our industry has internal and external challenges to the obvious benefits our proven form of affordable homes provides.  That’s needed by millions more of our fellow Americans. By getting to the core issues, and grappling with them, that’s how the future can be brighter for white hats and independents.

 

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headline news, reports, fact-checks, and analysis from the manufactured home industry’s runaway most read source in MHVille. MHProNews. Thanks for making it so.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

“We as a Nation Can Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis,” Says Secretary Ben Carson, Spotlighting Manufactured Homes, Other Emerging Housing Technologies

Affordable Housing War – Does Ethical, Legal Way to Redistribute Wealth from Billionaires to Millions of Americans Exist Without Socialism or Passing New Laws?

 

What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR


HUD Code Production Decline Continues But Moderates

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Brief History and Objectives of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

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Major and Continuing MHARR Accomplishments for the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Industry and Consumers of Affordable Housing

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What’s New on the Masthead 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Ultimate, Proven Contrarian Investing – Ethical vs. Unethical, Legal vs Illegal Manufactured Housing Industry Strategies

Ultimate, Proven Contrarian Investing – Ethical vs. Unethical, Legal vs Illegal Manufactured Housing Industry Strategies

 

What’s New on the Cutting Edge

Manufactured Housing, What Others Say About Sales, Marketing, Training Systems by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, MHProNews and Manufactured Home Living News

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What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 6.8.2019


Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

 

Friday 6.7.2019

Two Market Movers Today – Mexico, the Fed, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Two Market Movers Today – Mexico, the Fed, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

AOC Sounds Off, 2020 Heats Up, Senator Elizabeth Warren Rising, Manufactured Housing, Article 1 Section 8, and You

AOC Sounds Off, 2020 Heats Up, Senator Elizabeth Warren Rising, Manufactured Housing, Article 1 Section 8, and You

 

Members Point to Positives, Problematic – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says, “Get the Facts on Zoning”

Members Point to Positives, Problematic – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says, “Get the Facts on Zoning”

 

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

 

Thursday 6.6.2019 

U.S.-Mexico, Tariffs, and Border Crisis Talks, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

U.S.-Mexico, Tariffs, and Border Crisis Talks, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

FHFA’s Mark Calabria, Ph.D., Address at HUD, NAHB’s Innovative Housing Showcase

FHFA’s Mark Calabria, Ph.D., Address at HUD, NAHB’s Innovative Housing Showcase

 

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D-Day, June 6, 1944 – 75th Anniversary Solemn Commemoration, Videos – Greatest Generation

 

Wednesday 6.5.2019 

Borders, Tariffs, and Looming Antitrust – plus Manufactured Home Market Updates 

Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

 

White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

 

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

 

Tuesday 6.4.2019 

Tent Cities, Homelessness, Crime, Disease, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

Tent Cities, Homelessness, Crime, Disease, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Fed Hikes Blamed for Housing Slowdown, per Chan, former Chase Chief Economist, plus MH Stock Updates

Fed Hikes Blamed for Housing Slowdown, per Chan, former Chase Chief Economist, plus MH Stock Updates

 

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

 

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

 

Monday 6.3.2019 

Antitrust – “You Can’t Penalize Success But Can Penalize Bad Behavior.” Former Ast AG Bill Baer, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Antitrust – “You Can’t Penalize Success But Can Penalize Bad Behavior.” Former Ast AG Bill Baer, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Both Finger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Failures, in Writing, Again

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Both Finger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Failures, in Writing, Again

 

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

 

Sunday 6.2.2019 

What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

As a dad myself, Happy Father’s Day next weekend to all the other dads out there in MHVille and beyond.  If your father is still among the living, and you don’t already have plans to be together for a while that day, why not give him a call? 

Yes, it can be complicated.

But sometimes, taking on the challenging and difficult is the only way to get to the root issues. 

That’s today’s look at “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (Headline news, weekly recap, news, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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