Sr. Editor Fred Foldvary shows again how state interference not just fails to reach its goal but actually makes things worse.
133 Notable Environmentalists on Taxing Only Land In Europe, Green Parties have led ten countries to shift taxes from income to byproducts that harm the environment. The growing list includes Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, […]
28 CASE SUMMARIES Usually, a “reform” of taxes fails to live up to its advance billing. Yet there is one reform, albeit little known, that has an unbroken record of customer satisfaction. For whatever accidents of history, some peoples […]
Geniuses often disagree. Yet regarding one of humanity’s thorniest problems – how to share land fairly – some of our best minds have come to a similar conclusion: users pay compensation to those they exclude. They reached this conclusion, reasoning […]
Coin collectors will have a lot less to collect if the prediction of our Sr Editor Fred Foldvary does come to pass.
You want to help victims of violence but how? Our Sr Editor Fred Foldvary offers some sound suggestions.
Sr Editor Fred Foldvary connects crazy crime to sane policies and wholesome villages.
A sci-fi comedy, a fish-out-water-story, and a buddy-road-journey plus an intellectual quest. When Crik gets accidentally sucked from now into 2112 by a malfunctioning chronoscope, he must prove to the future’s authorities that in our time, he was the agent […]
Nice guy and Sr Editor Fred Foldvary shows how nice guys make things worse and how bad guys masquerade as good.
Reformers in the Arab world or in any world would stand to benefit hugely by heeding the advice of Sr Editor Fred Foldvary. (9 Aug ’13)
Three Southern US universities exhibit art that the CIA hid from Congress and sent abroad during the Cold cultural War. The paintings reveal a moment in American history when politics and culture—as well as professional expertise and populist taste—clashed, a phenomenon that feels all-too-familiar. This 2013 excerpt is from the Art Newspaper, undated.
The granddaddy of business magazines says, in print, that Governments should make more use of land taxes. Taxes on immovable property are the most growth-friendly. They make it more expensive to buy purely for speculation, restraining booms. Developers don’t hoard undeveloped land. Globalized firms and skilled people can’t dodge them. This 2013 excerpt is from The Economist, Jun 29.
The Turkish protestors were fed up not only with a park being turned into a mall but also with the crazy rent-seeking projects. Not just with their “big brother” of a prime minister poking his nose into their private lives, telling them not to drink alcohol, kiss on the metro and the ferry, or have abortions but also with his government’s rent-granting. This 2013 excerpt is from the Hurriyet Daily News, June 28.
The Supreme Court handed down a decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District makes it hard for communities to get landowners to pay for damages they may cause, a revolution in land-use law that will profoundly impact society. This 2013 excerpt is from the New York Times, June 26.
Those who owe are those who won the land in private auctions, and so are likely to be favored insiders and to be forgiven. But let’s hope no deal was cut. This 2013 excerpt is from Hindustan Times, June 22.