Those needy getting crushed by the “philanthropic colonialism” that Buffett jr. decries are circulating his critique to combat the “solutions” that “venture philanthropists” are imposing upon them. The world does not need charity; it needs justice. More than anything people need to know what that looks like: geonomics — our efforts not taxed, our social surplus shared. And reforming taxes and subsidies wins it for us.
Scottish Land and Estates said it did not object to the rest of the community buying them out, this after not buying the land but inheriting it and getting all its rent for all their lives. OTOH, the community could forget about ownership and just tax land or charge Land Dues. Then owners of too much would sell off their excess, as has happened elsewhere before.
Some guys own as much land as makes up a small US state, and America is not supposed to have an aristocracy? When they pay for land, do they (or anyone) pay the people whom they exclude? If they were to compensate society, then hoarding land would be fair, eh?
Another oil-rich government, like Alaska does, looks to turn oil rent into land rent. Smart move. Why don’t we all do it? All of us could get comfy from location value. All we need do is charge Land Dues and disburse Rent Dividends to the citizenry.
Hair, breast milk and eggs are doubling as automated teller machines, as the four-year-old “recovery” overlooks labor and wages. Cash-strapped people should also demand immediate justice, a share of society’s surplus, a Citizen’s Dividend for all.
The myth of suburban prosperity has been a stubborn one. Poor neighborhoods are separated enough to be ignored. That suggests a metro government might work better.
More land than a small American state — how can one person own so much? Especially while many others do without?