Climate change is making “natural” disasters like floods far more disastrous for Americans across classes — and our public protections for the victims of those disasters are nowhere near adequate to help them recover.
Max Besbris is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Upsold: Real Estate Agents, Prices, and Neighborhood Inequality and coauthor of Soaking the Middle Class: Suburban Inequality and Recovery from Disaster.
Under capitalism, housing is a commodity, which means it principally exists to make rich people richer rather than meet human needs. That gap between making money and making profit distorts a whole range of life outcomes for average people — and real estate agents play a critical role in that process.