New York City routinely permits private property owners to acquire public land without paying for it. Do charge them, and all owners, rent for land. But don’t tax anyone’s efforts.
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Comic Russell Brand: Include everyone, judge no one, harm no one. Sharing, respecting our land, are spiritual principles. There is a culture to belong to, that is potent, virile, and alive.
Someone has invented a way to keep insiders from winning favors that enrich themselves and impoverish others. How? End subsidies. Don’t let politicians spend our money. Let’s spend it ourselves. Pay ourselves a Citizens Dividend from recovered “rents”. Sort of like Alaska and Singapore do. Charge full value for privileges then disburse the raised revenue. Then techno-progress will benefit everyone.
To cut out sugar you have to cut out pickles and all processed food. Why’s sugar so cheap for food processors? You subsidize sugar, you don’t tax it, like you do tobacco.
If state and federal requirements for oil and gas drillers are lax, we could pay the clean-up bill — as we do for oil, gas, and mining — adding insult to injury. So why do we limit the liability of those who put people and planet at risk?
Inventors must overcome not just the unknown but also heavily invested competitors who have the cozy, backroom cooperation of politicians and bureaucrats. If politics were not a road block to progress, how far ahead could we now be?
Our normal lives are killing us sooner. We must take the politics out of techno-progress. And let’s use metro land compactly, so we can lose our addiction to cars. Ready?
Connecticut now lets some towns shift their property tax off buildings (made by humans) to land (whose site value is made by community) to reverse the Rust Belt blues. Will those towns now do it?
“One problem with medical research,” Odone said, “is that doctors think they know everything. In fact, they know very little.” A non-doctor, Odone found an oil that extended his son’s life by decades. Imagine a world that let everyone contribute, not just those in the hierarchy. It’s one big reason why economic justice matters so much.
Paying a ground rent is not the problem. Not getting a rent dividend back from your community is the problem. You help create the land’s value by your presence, and you respect the claims of others — a fair share belong to all members of society.
Patents were supposed to protect inventors, allow them to profit, but now all they seem to do is attract parasites, so they can profit instead. Perhaps we should charge full market value for patents, and end this uncivil speculation.