“We have seen how poverty accelerates conflict, how it creates recruits for terrorists and those who incite ethnic and religious hatred, how it fuels a violent rejection of the economic and social order on which our future depends’”
Governments still rely on economists steeped in orthodox thinking for advice. If things are to change, a clearer understanding of how the economy works is needed, not just by economists and policy-makers, but also by the wider general public – a voter who votes in ignorance forges the chains that bind him. Economists have erected round their subject an intimidating barrier of jargon and maths, but this site and the books in our catalogue are intended to give the layman, the voter, a grasp of the basic principles.
Anthony Werner, Publisher
The authors set out a proposal to unleash their country’s potential for growth in a way that benefits investors and the poorest by reforming taxation – a blueprint for other developing countries. The rapid development of Taiwan and South Korea in the 1950s and 1960s owed much to a similar, business-friendly tax reform.
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“How do 52 million South Africans share equitably in their 122 million hectares, especially when those hectares vary so enormously in value?” asks the Johannesburg Star.
The danger of not getting the answer right was revealed in the Mail and Guardian in an open letter to Richard Branson from Andile Mngxitama, the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) commissar for land and agrarian revolution. He accuses Branson of having bought stolen property: “The consequence of your witting or unwitting participation in this illegal transaction is that the EFF policy of land expropriation without compensation may, in the near future, affect your investment adversely”. Read the full article here.
In their new book, Our Land, Our Rent, Our Jobs, Stephen Meintjes and the late Michael Jacques show how a reform of taxation can lead to a more equitable distribution of land, while at the same time stimulating the economy and job growth.
As the veteran anti-apartheid campaigner, Peter Hain, comments, it provides “Lateral ideas on tax raising to generate social justice for all South Africans whilst maintaining international investor confidence”.
In the Foreword, Nobantu Mbeki writes “This book is, in a sense, immediate and topical and in another, universal and timeless”.
Our Land, Our Rent, Our Jobs will be published in July 2015.
Shepheard-Walwyn will be participating in the Book Fair at the annual Rethinking Economics Conference in Greenwich, London on the 27th-28th of June. This is the third annual conference that aims to inspire people to rethink the future of economics in academia, media and policy-making. For more details click here.