Expect jobs to pay enough to live? Forget it. They can’t. Get used to the idea of an income apart from your labor or capital. Demand a fair share of the value of your region’s land. The fairest and most efficient way to distribute society’s surplus.
Here’s why environmentalists could all become pro-competition, pro-open market, and grow leery of taxes and other restraints on free and fair trade. Do politicians do what’s best? Can they even know? Or would buyers and sellers on an equal footing do a better job for all concerned?
Hundreds of millions of times a day, thirsty Americans open a can of soda, beer, or juice. Every time they do, they pay a fraction of a penny more to Goldman Sachs and other financial players who write the rules and nearly monopolize the storage of metal. So where’s competition when you really need it? To prevent banks for growing too big and powerful, don’t let them collect “rent”, all our spending for the lands we use. Let’s redirect such spending with Land Dues or taxes. It works.
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.
As home-plus-land prices climb and inventory grows smaller, the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, without even spending a cent are snapping up properties, a strategy which society as a whole might consider adopting to end speculation and prosper.
Babies don’t have to be taught right from wrong, but all of us were babies, so what happens to us? What can we grownups do to avoid weakening a baby’s ethics? Can we at least hold up a moral vision of sharing Earth for everyone to follow?
Renters everywhere worry about rents going up. Like people everywhere, they see the value of location as belonging to the landowner, rather than owed by owner to the community. Recovering and sharing site value would make anywhere affordable.
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.
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.
Just leave it all up to computers — and sometimes somebody must pay the price, in cases of GIGO. That aside, it’s amazing how much money can be won or lost when so much gets concentrated on Wall Street … instead of disbursing rents to us al fairly.
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.