Do the math. A tax on carbon emissions gets paid mostly by who? The rich or the poor? But who gets the tax revenue?
When the hometown high school football team wins big, so do homeowners, US media claim, pandering to the land speculator in all of us. And it’s not homes but sites that appreciate.
China has a bigger middle class than America has people, more people studying English than Americans speaking English. Such a huge economy must help some people.
Who really owns famous places? The absentee owners hide behind incorporated holding companies. But so what if the landlord is a foreigner or not? Still a landlord.
If you can afford a condo in China’s capital you could afford one nearly twice as big in the Big Apple. What makes some places so spendy? Who can afford them?
The US tells Americans their income grew, but there’s still inflation and the average is pulled up by the 1% which disguises the reality of the 99%.
What factors drive people’s chances of rising beyond the station of their birth, including education, family structure, and the economic layout of metropolitan areas?
People lost a lot of money in land and houses, and now, it seems, they can start making money again — either as speculators or as civil members of society.
What do you pay for when buying a home? The house or the land? Depends on where you are. Buy a mansion in a desirable place and most of your millions go to the site, not the structure.
Is it safe to invest in real estate again? The very wealthy think so, and they may know more than the rest of us. But to know more than they, study the 18-yr land-price cycle. It shows what happened before and what will happen again.
People got to live somewhere. If they’re not buying, they’re renting, so they’re always pushing up prices somewhere — until the cycle stops. How to stop the cycle? Recognize that housing costs are mainly the cost for the location, and that land value needs to become our common wealth.
The powers-that-be lead farmers astray. Industrial chemicals don’t up yield after a few years. Government subsidies don’t make land affordable. If powerful entities can’t find a safe way to make money, then take away their power. Let’s quit limiting the liability of irresponsible firms and not pay subsidies to groups but pay a land-rent dividend to all citizens.
Owning a car, working in a white-collar job, owning or renting a home for more than 4,000 rand a month in a city or town: the middle class in Johannesburg has it better than their parents and grandparents did; yet their progress means poverty for others.
One way to prosperity is how Singapore did it. They figured out what to do with land value, with the money people pay for a location. That freed them up to choose smart taxes, not dumb ones. Could other places copy the Singapore way? Find out.
Silicon Valley land values soar with tech stock prices. But ordinary residents get priced out by influx of rich programmers.