26 days, Maybe Its Because I’m a Georgist, Part 1
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Today we would like to begin to introduce you all to Henry George. His writing is inspirational and he is considered to be the individual who first gave Land Value Tax its voice.
Having studied various socio-economic and politically philosophical theories I never found myself completely sold to any one of them. Something was missing in each argument. Marxism seemed good but limited individual rights. Capitalism seemed preferable to the failed authoritarian forms of communism but as the market was unequal as a starting point it never fully addressed how to balance this unfair start. Communism seemed fair but also demotivating to the individual and totalitarian, bringing us back to limiting freedoms.
Maybe it’s because I have always been a Georgist but didn't know it, that I saw that there must be a way to bring the values of Capitalist entrepreneurship/innovation and unite these with the values of community found within Socialism.
That is the essence of the Land Value Tax. Encourage production and create incentive for wealth creation, while recapturing a percentage of wealth for the public purse that was created by the entire community.
For more information we invite youi to read Henry George's 'Progress and Poverty' available here for free: http://www.henrygeorge.org/pcontents.htm
As a taster for the book, here are some Henry George Quotes:
"That which is unjust can really profit no one; that which is just can really harm no one."
"He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it."
"Capital is a
result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor
is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital."
"There is danger in
reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism."
"Poorly paid labor
is inefficient labor, the world over."
"What has destroyed
every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution
of wealth and power."
"Poverty is the openmouthed relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. And it is hell enough."
"The ideal social state is not that in which each gets an equal amount of wealth, but in which each gets in proportion to his contribution to the general stock."
"The equal right of all men to the use of land is as clear as their equal right to breathe the air--it is a right proclaimed by the fact of their existence. For we cannot suppose that some men have a right to be in this world, and others no right."
"For as labor cannot produce without the use of land, the denial of the equal right to the use of land is necessarily the denial of the labor to its own produce."
"For every social wrong there must be a remedy. But the remedy can be nothing less than the abolition of the wrong."