Where Can You Go For a Little Peace & Quiet?
|October 17, 2012||Posted by Jeffery J. Smith under The Geonomist Blog|
Other species lose quiet and habitat as humans spread. Two things could gently moderate the spread of humans. One, slower population growth and two, more efficient land use. Both follow from a new way for humans to view property in land. That way is to see the worth of Earth as part of the commons.
In order to share the value of land and resources, we’d have to pay land dues into the public treasury and get rent dividends back. Already, some places do something similar. Hong Kong recovers lots of site value and Alaska pays its residents a dividend based on oil revenue.
Wherever owners have had to pay a land tax, there they and the rest of their community prospered. The land dues discouraged speculation and encouraged productive use of locations. So people invested more, hired more, and almost everyone prospered, as happened in Denmark in the late 1950s. Because people prosper, they feel more secure, and breed less. After Taiwan taxed land, they slowed their birth rate 40% in one generation.
This is the policy of geonomics. It’s fair, it works, and it’d make human settlements more compact. Doing that would leave habitat for other species and allow quiet for all living beings.
While these ideas are cutting-edge, they are coming into play. As Forbes magazine noted, they’re in the platform of the US Green Party ( to read more ). While most mainstream media ignore the Greens, at least USA Today gave their candidate for president some decent coverage ( to read more ).