A London Group Now Onboard for Sharing “Rents”
|April 11, 2014||Posted by Staff under Good Press|
This 2014 excerpt of Share The World’s Resources in London, Mar 21, is by Rajesh Makwana, their director.
There is a growing movement of people calling for a proportion of revenues from the use of land and natural resources to be shared among citizens. And countless campaigns for tax justice, an end to austerity, and the strengthening of social welfare are all predicated on the notion of sharing national resources more equitably.
This does not mean abandoning the goals of existing initiatives, but rather supporting the emergence of a common platform for change that can be explicated in the simplest terms and embraced by the greatest number of people.
With support for the principle of sharing rapidly growing across the globe, a united call for sharing the earth’s resources could ultimately hold the key to safeguarding human progress in the 21st Century.
Ed. Notes: Sharing our surplus is key. The revenue to be made from land and resources is a surplus because our spending for these gifts of nature does not reward anybody’s efforts since none of us made the ground or stuck oil and ores in it. We must pay for the useful parts of nature as a civilized way to allocate them. But pay to whom? While none of us made Earth all of us need her and all of us, via our needs and demands, generate the value of her.
Not only is such sharing needed and fair, it also makes possible a total reform of public revenue. With land dues, we could get rid of noxious taxes on our efforts, on our wages and purchases and buildings. With these “rent” shares, we could get rid of subsidies which mainly benefit insiders (corporate welfare).
Sharing Earth’s worth does not have to be justified by that fact that it’d help the poor, or spare the environment, or make life much more pleasant for all, because it’s already the moral thing to do.