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lvtfan
Interests: economic and social justice, Newfoundlands, better cities, a society and an economy in which all of us can prosper,
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‍What is there in our economic life more significant than the fact that a majority must pay the relatively few for the privilege of living and of working on those parts of the surface of the Earth which geological forces... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
It is better to pay a small amount of rent on your block of land than to pay a large amount in income tax and indirect taxation. —Australian politician Clyde Cameron (1913–2008) Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
Rent is not a tax. It is payment for the use of a location, determined by the higgling and haggling of the market, and it makes no difference to the land user whether he pays rent to the city fathers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. —Aldo Leopold (1887–1948) Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
The men of olden times believed that above all moderation should be observed in landholding, for indeed it was their judgment that it was better to sow less and plow more intensively. To confess the truth, the latifundia [large landed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
Permanent peace can only be established when men and nations have realized that natural resources should be a common heritage, and used for the good of all mankind. —First Viscount Philip Snowden (1864–1937) This is part of Martin Adam's recent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
On Caswell's corner lot the Oldham office buildings stand. He doesn't own the buildings but has title to the land. The rent's a hundred thousand, but as everybody knows, The Oldham folks will pay him more as population grows. Old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
God made the land, men made fences --- Stole the earth and lost their senses. What's the use of idle dreaming, Spending time in planning, scheming How to neutralize the blunder While men still retain the plunder? Stephen Bell, on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
Many are familiar with John Dewey's 1928 "An Appreciation of Henry George," which prefaced the book "Significant Paragraphs from Progress and Poverty," but this 1933 essay is worth knowing, too, and it is harder to find online. [See also Dewey's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
Single Tax as a fiscal policy BY L. B. SCHWARTZ of the St. Paul Bar "OUR present taxing system,” the late Judge Jaggard of the Supreme Court of Minnesota, once exclaimed, “is the most asinine imaginable.” A strong statement that!... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at LVTFan's Blog
and, more to the point, is there a better way to do things, if an efficient economy, more jobs, less income concentration are things we value? Interesting that, according to these articles, the lords of NYC land will collect 6%... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/17/a-poetic-tribute-from-case-to-shiller-on-the-real-estate-bubble-of-course/ A poetic tribute from Case to Shiller, on the real-estate bubble, of course By JASON ZWEIG At a conference Friday at Yale University in honor of newly minted Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, economist Karl Case of Wellesley College paid... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
It appears that someone in Congress -- probably multiple someones -- feels that we're not giving away the Commons fast enough, and that the federal government ought to rely on other kinds of income rather than collecting the fair market... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
Why on earth would we-the-people sell assets such as this instead of leasing them, producing an income that would benefit future generations??? That would be Natural Public Revenue. The value of that acreage will rise over time. Why will that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
I posted this comment elsewhere, and thought it worth sharing here: I've not read far into the book yet -- and it is available online as a PDF file -- but by the time I was into the first chapter,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
I was listening to Bob Edwards interview Ralph Nader, on the occasion of the latter's publication of a new book, and Nader was talking about things the left and the right might be able to agree on. I was in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
Better Insurance Against Inequality - NYTimes.com Better Insurance Against Inequality APRIL 12, 2014 Economic View By ROBERT J. SHILLER Paying taxes is rarely pleasant, but as April 15 approaches it’s worth remembering that our tax system is a progressive one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
David Cay Johnston wrote an interesting column recently, laying out some excellent reasons why the mortgage interest deduction should be phased out. He points out that fewer than half of homeowners benefit from the deduction; 70% do not itemize deductions,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
Progress and Poverty : Henry George : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive. LibriVox recording of Progress and Poverty, by Henry George. Read by Tim Makarios.If you'd like to listen to the unabridged Progress and Poverty, you might like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
Beating an Elephant With a Feather - By Steve Hyle - CapeGazette.com - Beating an Elephant With a Feather By Steve Hyle | Feb 12, 2014 LEWES, DE — Ever notice how many times we read or hear about the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
my comment on For the Love of Money - NYTimes.com, by Sam Polk:It's human nature to want more, and to attempt to receive it in the easiest ways. (Henry George expressed it: "The fundamental principle of human action -- the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
MTV’s ‘16 and Pregnant,’ Derided by Some, May Resonate as a Cautionary Tale - NYTimes.com. “Families born by accident, rather than design, are bad for men, bad for women and really bad for kids,” said Kathryn Edin, a poverty researcher... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
Cottage owners in Ontario balk at $6.7M market-value report. By Rob Ferguson There’s a battle brewing in cottage country. About 600 cottage owners taking up a tiny fraction of land in two provincial parks — Rondeau and Algonquin — beg... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
Conservatives are losing their minds over economic reforms that already exist - Salon.com. Land Value Tax Land value taxes of one form or another already exist in this country as well. Pennsylvania seems especially fond of them. Most recently, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog