"Such is our current frustration with so many aspects of our society, that it seems we are finally beginning to question the ideology of the free market... The ethical vacuum at the heart of capitalism, its inability to distinguish between what is right or wrong behaviour towards others, as long as it makes a profit, is no longer viewed with quite the same tolerance."
Sue Gerhardt, Guardian.co.uk
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The Church Times in London have made a selection of the 100 Best Christian Books. The editor writes: ‘Human progress involves assimilating the wisdom of past generations, and building on it.’
One of Shepheard-Walwyn’s titles, Christianity and Social Order, has been ranked 35th. This classic, published as a Penguin Special in 1942 and republished by Shepheard-Walwyn in 1978 with a Foreword by Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1970-1974, gives lucid and forceful expression to the views of the Archbishop of Canterbury, known as the ‘People’s Archbishop’ for the radical but constructive way he challenged the established orders. Discussing how to achieve a proper balance between the profit motive and service to the community, and between the power of the state and of the individual, he wrote: ‘The art of government in fact is the art of so ordering life that self-interest prompts what justice demands’.
‘It brings home to everyone of us the continuing importance of being able to rely on a body of principle by which our plans and our actions can be both motivated and judged. ‘
On 25th September 2014 the Financial Times carried a leader, entitled ‘A British property tax that is fit for purpose’, commenting on the proposal for a ‘mansion tax’ proposed at the party conferences of both the Liberal and Labour Parties. It suggests ‘a more comprehensive solution would be to replace all these taxes with a levy on the value of land, remitted to local authorities. This longstanding idea is the preferred reform of the Mirrlees Review, a root-and-branch analysis of the UK tax system.’ To see more, click here.
The same issue carried a full page article by Robin Harding ‘Land of opportunity’, describing recent ambivalent evidence from America, and quoting from Winston Churchill’s speech during the 1909 election campaign after the House of Lords had thrown out Lloyd George’s People’s Budget which was an early attempt to introduce such a tax in Britain:
“Roads are made, streets are made, services are improved, electric light turns night into day … and all the while the landlord sits still … He renders no service to the community, he contributes nothing to the general welfare, he contributes nothing to the process from which his own enrichment is derived.”
This tax reform is more than a tax reform. As Henry George explained in Progress and Poverty it is a means of tackling the mal-distribution of wealth and ending the property fueled booms and busts.
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