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Frank de Jong talks about the fading political currency of policy makers and their inability to meet the demands of inequality alongside rampant right-wing influence. How can a pre-emptive economic system be enabled to deal with issues at source? Taxation is not just to raise revenue, but to improve economic outcomes.

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Just read Sun Yat-sen and study Singapore.

Ostensibly, the Chinese economy is increasingly reliant on construction, which has stoked a huge credit boom. It is often said that China avoided a direct hit from the financial crisis of 2008, unlike the United States and Europe; essentially, Beijing built its way out of a recession.

Dr Rhys ap Gwilym is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Bangor Business School and a member of the welsh agenda Editorial Board

The poorest nation in western Europe needs to implement some transformative economic policies if it is serious about making up ground on its affluent neighbours. Here’s one proposal for such a policy.

Beloved of liberals and economists, they have so far never caught on.

Eliminate all taxes but a levy on land, said Henry George. Here’s why it would work.

By Patrick Condon Today |

Professor Patrick Condon is the James Taylor chair in Landscape and Livable Environments at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the founding chair of the UBC Urban Design Program.

We need to tax the super-rich, but what’s the best way to do it?

By Mike Cartmell from Singapore, Singapore (The Interlace, Singapore) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Léo Klag (1920-2018), longtime student of the economic philosophy of Henry George, passed away in his ninety-eighth year this past March. I first met Léo in the 1980s when he was on the governing board, along with Ben Sevack and the late Harry Payne, of the Canadian Research Committee on Taxation (CRCT), the predecessor to Earthsharing Canada. The job of Research Director for the CRCT was vacant. As a young academic I was keen on doing work in the areas of tax reform and normative economics.

"The rise of cryptocurrencies is potentially the long-awaited force to finally force governments to move to land and resource value capture. Cryptos are difficult to track or tax so salaries, sales and business profits become more difficult to socialize leaving governments little choice but finance programs by collecting rent. Milton Friedman foresaw this 17 years ago.

A party that wants to replace all taxes
The Young People's Party wants to legalise drugs, brothels and fox-hunting, with plans for a radical tax shake-up.

The party's Thomas Hall said: "We believe that land value tax is the fairest tax of all" and he said such a policy would have the support of Winston Churchill and Adam Smith.

He was speaking to Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn and Conservative guest Michael Gove.

Release date: 30 May 2017

The Experts are almost unanimous is asserting that Britain will suffer once the Brexit deal has been struck with the European Union. Fear is the overriding emotion of those who want to reverse the 2016 referendum, in which people exercised their democratic right to redefine the future of their country. The psychology which frames the Brexit negotiations is calculated to deliver a bad outcome for both the UK and the EU.

“Place one hundred men on an island from which there is no escape, and whether you make one of these men the absolute owner of the other ninety-nine, or the absolute owner of the soil of the island, will make no difference either to him or to them.”

Background Music: The Travel Agency by Nobuo Uematsu from Final Fantasy X


In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith wrote, “As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed and demand a rent even for its natural produce.” By land, Smith and the “classical” economists who followed him meant all natural resources. The landlords were the ruling class, heirs of the conquerors of the territory, deriving their “rent” from the mere privilege of having titles granted and protected by the state.


Friday, December 1st, 4-7pm

Simon Fraser University

Segal Centre Room 1430 - Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver)

HENRY GEORGE- Book Launch Vol. II, Progress and Poverty

Second in a series of lectures and discussions on the The Annotated Works

of Henry George (1839-1897), an influential American economist and social

reformer. Presentations by professor Francis Peddle and Brendan Hennigan

(The Henry George Foundation of Canada).

by Paul Finch, treasurer of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and Jared Melvin, vice-president; and Harpinder Sandhu a regional director of CUPE 1767

Vancouver and B.C. have been gripped by a housing affordability crisis that has deprived an entire generation of the ability to rent or own housing that fits their needs. Working people are seeing their discretionary income plummet due to rising real estate prices, which dwarf rising wages or savings on lower taxes and cheaper consumer goods.

The major parties' policies are unlikely to resolve New Zealand's socio-economic issues unless they tax land, argue Zbigniew Dumieński and Nicholas Smith

The 2017 election is less than five weeks away and the key policy battles largely revolve around inequality, housing, transport, and education.

Pricing property
The promise and peril of land value taxes

The craziness of Vancouver’s real estate market, now the subject of frantic political attention, has revealed a rare kind of metric in dense urban environments.

Catherine Cashmore

Prosper Australia President Catherine Cashmore was interviewed by Michael Bleby in the weekend Australian Financial Review. The interview stepped behind the intrigue of Henry George and Land Value Tax.

Economic thinkers don’t often draw large crowds, but George did. “Thousands on thousands” of people filled the streets upon the death of the man whose text Progress and Poverty reportedly outsold the Bible in 19th-century America, the New York Times recounted.

Saturday, 16 January, 2016, Dominican University College, 96 Empress Avenue, Ottawa

Reception 3:30 - 5:00pm

The Annotated Works of Henry George, Our Land and Land Policy and Other Works
Francis K. Peddle and William S Peirce, Volume I, Series Co-Editors

You are invited to the inaugural launch of the first in a six volume series of the The Annotated Works of Henry George, with a presentation by Francis K. Peddle, series co-editor, and Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Dominican University College.