A City Council proposal to regulate home sharing networks offers false choices and pretends that city government has authority to regulate what private people do in their own houses.
The council will vote June 13 on a proposal by council member Chip Henderson to set up a special district in which residents may, without rezoning, use their houses commercially through sharing networks such as Airbnb.
The phony claim of authority arises from the use of a piece of paper. That piece of paper is a map of the city showing all its districts and neighborhoods.
The map is a form of propaganda. Mapmakers often serve the interests of controlling parties in capitals of ambitious nation-states who survey neighbors and stir concern about external threat and enemies. The map being used by council members is from the regional planning agency, implying that every area of the city, and all its human activity occurring within private dwellings, is subject to the printer of that map and those who gaze upon its traces with an eye to using municipal authority.
In the false choice presented, council members may elect to have parts or all of their respective areas within the district, or outside of the special […]