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The case for taxing land

The case for taxing land has been raised in a number of articles recently. For example, The Economist leader (4th April) argued that ‘governments should impose higher taxes on the value of land’, pointing out that ‘land taxes are efficient’ and ‘difficult to dodge’. It also noted the important distinction between property taxes, such as the Council Tax, which values the building and the land on which it stands, whereas a land-value tax values the land only. The former discourages investment because it would push up the tax payable. A land-value tax does not have that negative effect, on the contrary a land-value tax ‘creates an incentive to develop unused sites’. A land-value tax is also a means of automatically recovering for the public purse expenditure on infrastructure through the uplift in land values consequent upon the investment.

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Land Reform through Taxation in South Africa

Further Reading: Our Land, Our Rent, Our Jobs by Stephen Meintjes and Michael Jacques “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...

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Rethinking Economics

Shepheard-Walwyn will be participating in the Book Fair at the annual Rethinking Economics Conference at Greenwich University in 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...

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Missing the Land

Further Reading: The Corruption of Economics by Mason Gaffney and Fred Harrison Progress and Poverty by Henry George A New Model of the Economy by Brian Hodgkinson The Science of Economics by Raymond Makewell Public Revenue Without Taxation by Ronald Burgess A recent...

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Land speculation causes depression?

Further Reading: The Power in the Land by Fred Harrison Boom Bust by Fred Harrison The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking by Philip J Anderson It was a pleasant surprise to find the first title in our Ethical Economics list being praised in a newspaper article in...

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Church Times 100 Best Christian Books

Further Reading: Christianity & Social Order by William Temple Imputed Rights by Robert V. Andelson 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...

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Further thoughts on Tax Reform

Further Reading: The People's Budget by Geoffrey Lee Progress and Poverty by Henry George Ricardo's Law by Fred Harrison Boom Bust by Fred Harrison On 25th September 2014 the Financial Times carried a leader, entitled ‘A British property tax that is fit for purpose’,...

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Tax reform in the air?

Further Reading: Public Revenue Without Taxation by Ronald Burgess Land and Taxation by Nicolaus Tideman On 4th August The Daily Telegraph carried an article by Andrew Sentance, a senior economic adviser to PwC and a former member of the Bank of England Monetary...

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Rethinking Economics

Further Reading: The Corruption of Economics by Mason Gaffney & Fred Harrison The Power in the Land by Fred Harrison Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010 by Fred Harrison A New Model of the Economy by Brian Hodgkinson The Science of...

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Creating a Legal Duty of Care

Further Reading: Eradicating Ecocide by Polly Higgins Earth is our Business by Polly Higgins In 2010 international environment lawyer and activist Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations Law Commission that Ecocide be made the fifth Crime Against Peace as a way...

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University economics teaching to be overhauled

Further Reading: The Power in the Land by Fred Harrison Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010 by Fred Harrison A New Model of the Economy by Brian Hodgkinson Ricardo's Law by Fred Harrison This was the headline of a report in the Guardian of a...

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Another Honour for Polly Higgins

Further Reading: Eradicating Ecocide by Polly Higgins Earth is our Business by Polly Higgins In recognition of her work to create a new body of Earth Law, international environmental lawyer and activist, Polly Higgins, has been appointed to the Arne Naess Chair for...

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Economic Justice

Further Reading: The Science of Economics by Raymond Makewell Progress and Poverty by Henry George Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle by Walter Rybeck Progress and Poverty by Brian Hodgkinson A reviewer  of The Science of Economics in Network Review, the Journal of the...

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Review in International Journal of Environmental Studies

Further Reading: The Traumatised Society by Fred Harrison A New Model of the Economy by Brian Hodgkinson Eradicating Ecocide by Polly Higgins ‘This analysis [The Traumatised Society] integrates many data and many explanations to attack private land ownership as the...

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Can LVT Save Us?

Further Reading: Progress and Poverty by Henry George The Traumatised Society by Fred Harrison Public Revenue Without Taxation by Ronald Burgess The Land Value Tax (LVT) is a “radical” form of taxation first proposed by Henry George in his 1879 Progress and Poverty...

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Capitalism for the poor, Socialism for the rich

Further Reading: Lie of the Land by Duncan Pickard Ricardo's Law by Fred Harrison The Traumatised Society by Fred Harrison In an article in the Guardian George Monbiot posed the question: ‘Why do we ignore the most blatant transfer of money from the poor to the rich?’...

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