|November 19, 2013||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
Railroads left decaying tracks on private land, routes now ideal for hikers. Can owners charge government what they didn’t charge railroads? Are owners greedy or cheated?
|November 19, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental, Politics|
Over 15 years now, oil sand’s companies imposed their mishaps on nature yet our “protectors” imposed little in the way of fines. This report comes at an inconvenient time for supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline project.
|November 18, 2013||Posted by Staff under Economic Principles|
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.
|November 18, 2013||Posted by Staff under Taxes, The Progress Report|
The number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in the second quarter of 2013 increased sixfold over the same period in 2012. No matter where you make money, the US wants some of it.
|November 17, 2013||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
European conquerors did not simply use force but also cited the law to justify their incursions. Yet appealing to justice and following natural law would require at least compensating those excluded.
|November 17, 2013||Posted by Staff under Activism, Environmental|
They protest around the clock on Highway 12 near Canada to block the passage of a megaload truck operating on Indian land without a permit. How to reconcile land profit vs land protection?
|November 16, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
To know better what’s happening, scientists need more detailed data, There isn’t enough publicly available geological information. Oil companies have the information but it is proprietary — as is the oil and land until we change that.
|November 16, 2013||Posted by Staff under Corruption, Financial|
For their role in the crime wave that devastated the economy, why haven’t any US bankers gone to jail? Iceland jailed its banksters. Jail is just a first step. We must also stop sending our payments for land and resources to Wall St, but redirect them back to society.
|November 16, 2013||Posted by Staff under Activism|
Before you buy, challenge companies to put their money where their marketing department is, and actually support the causes they claim to be benefiting with the sales of their products. Longer term, let’s obviate charity and win justice for all.
|November 16, 2013||Posted by Staff under Corruption, Environmental|
Do the math. Millions of dollars are not much to oilsters raking in billion every quarter. Most of the money they get — some of the worth of Earth — is not for them alone but for Earthlings in general, eh?
|November 15, 2013||Posted by Staff under Corruption|
Federal and state officers are increasingly policing for profits. The ATF was engaging in churning operations. The same lucrative tactic happens on the highways where state police troll for cash. Yet another reason to decriminalize drugs. Police, like doctors, should work themselves out of a job by helping the rest of society wither away crime. Economic justice — enjoying a secure income — will make us all better behaved citizens.
|November 15, 2013||Posted by Staff under Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt|
What’s wrong with this picture? Destroy food to drive up its price. There’s got to be a better way. There is. Pay citizens a dividend from natural rents. This rent dividend will go further in the countryside where the cost of living is much lower. Farmers could take a break — and so could farmland.
|November 15, 2013||Posted by Staff under Activism|
Speculators buy homes not to lease them out but purely for capital gain and so don’t bother with having tenants before selling, driving up the number of empty properties. That’s one way to grab location value. A better way is to get a share of the all the land value in one’s region. Owners would get all the value of their buildings, but not their site. Ground rents would become our common wealth.
|November 15, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
Cycling is so common in the Netherlands that you can be rebuked for asking people whether they are cyclists or not. “We aren’t cyclists,” comes the response, “we’re just Dutch.” Of course, cities there are compact and not comfy for cars. Make your city use land efficiently by recovering site rents. Then owners will put their land to good use, which makes cities compact and bike-friendly.
|November 14, 2013||Posted by Staff under War / Peace|
The Navy had to give away a spendy ship, they couldn’t even sell it for scrap. Why bother when the taxpayers pick up the tab? It’s another way government makes itself too expensive. Yet government should raise even more revenue, from society’s surplus, but pay it to citizens. If collecting surplus — our spending for land and resources — government need not tax our efforts. If paying dividends, it need spend revenue on wasteful programs.