Over at the once-majestic Atlantic, Megan McArdle, the World's Tallest Idiot, is putting on her sad face. How come why for? Because she and her affianced want to buy a house, you see, but all the ones in D.C. are full up with filthy rotten renters! Worse still, someone has informed these suboptimal, low-credit-having cretins of their legal rights, and they cannot simply be thrown out into the street to make way for more desirable human beings like, say, Megan McArdle. Can you imagine? Here is Megan McArdle and her fella, just as privileged as can be, and they cannot simply walk into the house they want and toss whatever low-income sleazeball moocher that happens to already be living there out on their ass! Why, if she were to strike down one of these hygienically challenged have-nots for their insolence, it's likely she would be the one to go to jail! That's justice for you.
Lest you think I exaggerate, it only gets worse the further you read. In the comments, it becomes clear that she's applying a Howard Roarkian 'never compromise' attitude towards her home-buying, and rejects the suggestions of some of her helpful toadies that might land her a nice house: she refuses to do anything like go over her ideal price, buy a fixer-upper, start out with a condominium, or look for a place in Virginia or Maryland. Her utter contempt at the very idea of adjusting her needs to fit the economic reality rather nakedly exposes her whole 'philosophy' for the childish greed that it is: baby wants what baby wants and baby wants it right now, and if baby doesn't get it, it's some poor person's fault.
It goes almost without saying that she's demonstrating another deep hypocrisy within the Randroid model: that these are people to whom the contract is more sacred than the word of God, unless said contract somehow comes to favor the less privileged, in which case it's some kind of a scam. We've seen this many times before (the most egregious example being how these folks are all in favor of big corporations leveraging their power to gain conditional advantages over their workers, but view unionism -- the attempt by workers to leverage their power to gain conditional advantages over their employers -- as one of the most grotesque abominations in the history of humankind). But Megan's bitching about landlord-tenant agreements that exhibit the extremely rare quality of favoring the tenant is even more asinine than usual; she essentially comes off as complaining about a perfectly legal, valid, contract-consecrated agreement between a capitalist and a consumer for no reason other than that it happens to inconvenience her. The Atlantic should be embarrassed to publish this claptrap; it would be laughable enough on the pages of a private blog.