Rent as Public Revenue: Issues & Methods

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Edited by Lindy Davies, eleven essays by leading scholars and activists on how to enable the public collection of natural resource rents.

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Edited by Lindy Davies

How to Implement a Vital Economic Remedy

Eleven essays by leading scholars and activists on how to enable the public collection of natural resource rents in their many forms. Essential information on how to get the job done in the 21st century! Gil Herman offers a Preface on the original “Application of Land Value Taxation” manual that inspired this project.

As in the “Gilded Age,” in the 21st century we face the endemic problem of deepening poverty, even as productivity keeps growing. The solution, Henry George wrote, is to “make land common property.” But how to do that? Not by redistributing the land itself — such “agrarian reform” efforts have repeatedly failed. “It is not necessary to confiscate land,” George went on to say, “only to confiscate rent.” The value of land — which is due to the community’s activities and to nature itself — truly belongs to the whole community, and thus is the ideal fund for public revenue. But land, in economic terms, is far more than farms and fields, or the surface of the earth — it includes every kind of natural resource and opportunity. The essays in this volume explore practical ways in which the value of “economic land” — natural opportunities in various forms, under various jurisdictions — can be captured for public benefit. Seven scholars and activists analyze the ways and means of real world implementation of “the sovereign remedy.”

Chapters include

Assessment of Land Values
~ Ted Gwartney
Transport’s Hidden Reward
~ Dave Wetzel
Land Value Taxation
at the Municipal Level
~ Josh Vincent
Community Land Trusts
~ Gary Flomenhoft
How Should Forests Be Taxed?
~ Mason Gaffney
The Alaska Permanent Fund
~ Alanna Hartzok
Tax Treatment of Land Income
~ Mason Gaffney
Global Resources
~ Lindy Davies

Coming in 2018 from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation


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