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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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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
Standard Digital News - Kenya : To drive growth, we cannot afford ‘to sock the rich’. By Charles Kanjama cnkanjama@yahoo.com Sometime in the 19th Century, somewhere in Europe, a busy town was separated from a poorer residential quarter by a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at LVTFan's Blog
"Your great city church stands yonder — your grand cathedral. It is named after a tent-maker — after the man who said "If a man will not work, neither shall he eat." Let us suppose the Apostle Paul coming amongst... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
Ashkenazy Buys Manhattan’s 625 Madison Ave. for $400M | Commercial Property Executive. The ground lessor’s position at 625 Madison Avenue, in Manhattan’s Plaza District, has been purchased by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., of New York, for $400 million from 625 Ground... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
Where Is the Love? - NYTimes.com. John Rawls, the brilliant 20th-century philosopher, argued for a society that seems fair if we consider it from behind a “veil of ignorance” — meaning we don’t know whether we’ll be born to an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
Giving Thanks - NYTimes.com. Poverty is a diabolical predicament that not only makes scarce one’s physical comforts, but drains away one’s spiritual strength. It damages hopes and dreams, and having deficits among those things is when the soul begins to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/housing-affordability/is-a-land-value-tax-the-solution-to-our-housing-affordability-problem Is a land value tax the solution to our housing affordability problem? By Catherine Cashmore | Monday, 25 November 2013 There’s been a lot of debate around property taxation in Australia - significantly negative gearing, which allows an investor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
End the 1 percent’s free ride: Taxing land would solve America’s biggest problems - Salon.com. At present, neither party advocates the tax code so elegant it can reduce inequality, mitigate poverty, stimulate productivity, prevent asset price bubbles, stem community-shredding gentrification... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
The Forgotten Idea That Shaped Great U.S. Cities | On the Commons. How the Single Tax movement boosted equity & prosperity during the Progressive Era By Mason Gaffney & Rich Nymoen With Connecticut following Pennsylvania’s century-long lead by enacting legislation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
Interesting comments on a number of things, including doctors, slaves, soldiers, income inequality, sobriety, thrift, poverty, Some excerpts: Bad as we are, I believe that if we all understood how we are living, and what we are doing daily, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
What more generous boost to the pay-day loan industry could Congress offer than a government shutdown, when so many Americans live paycheck to paycheck? First it will affect the government employees, particularly those in the early years of their careers,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
How far is the saying true that "Every one lives either by working, or by begging, or by stealing."' Observe: This is primarily a question merely of fact, and not of right or wrong. There may be (1) Right Work... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
National Debt. — "A national debt, like any other, may be honestly incurred in case of need, and honestly paid in due time. But if a man should be ashamed to borrow, much more should a people; and if a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
One might be led to ask, how many is enough, and how we might go about encouraging our best and brightest into careers that serve others instead of rent-seeking. Two generations ago, many became doctors, engineers and teachers. What changes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
This appears in the current issue of the University of Chicago Magazine: UChicago perceptions Recently at a coffee shop near my home, a scruffy young barista looked at the University of Chicago T-shirt I was wearing. His face soured and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
2014 Sussex County Property Taxes Remain Among the Lowest - By Pat Campbell-White's Rehoboth Beachteam - CapeGazette.com Sussex County recently passed their 2014 budget which began July 1st, 2013. Part of the budget includes keeping the property taxes in Sussex... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog
I received an inspiring email today from Paul Martin, director of the Henry George International Education Center (USA/Nicaragua) . He prefaced it with this: Dear fellow georgists, What if John Lennon had read Progress and Poverty before he wrote the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at LVTFan's Blog