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Richard Glover



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Economist has a whole page dedicated to property tax. "Free Exchange - Levying the Land". http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21580130-governments-should-make-more-use-property-taxes-levying-land

It argues that property tax needs to be revisited in today's situation, and describes pure land tax as the best form. It also describes how any property tax tends to be hated. References are made to OECD and IMF reports.

Last sentence: "For property taxes to become a much bigger source of revenue, governments must apparently ensure people donít realise how much they are paying."

This of course is exactly the trick played with income tax and national insurance.
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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I neglected to add this here - the Four Horseman documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWKx0PS3wDw
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Connecticut passes an LVT pilot bill. http://onthecommons.org/magazine/connecticut-passes-commons-based-approach-taxing-urban-land#sthash.t9IhuGB3.dpuf
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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The crowdfunded LVT film promoted earlier in this thread actually got made!
(With thanks to significant help from the Henry George Foundation and others involved in this forum!)

The Taxing Question of Land:
http://youtu.be/1pYSsME_h7E

There are lots of LVT resources at the end of the film. Some of which are mentioned earlier in this thread. Some of the links mentioned which I didn't know about:

The international LVT group on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/landvaluetax/. The Labour party LVT group: Labour Land Campaign http://www.labourland.org/, and the Coalition for Economic justice (who have a link to the video on their homepage) http://www.c4ej.com/
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Joseph Milne



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In interesting Radio 4 15 minute programme on the history of the idea of Justice:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b2zb9
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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vince Cable supports LVT. Nice to see how the Telegraph takes a defensive approach. I dare say they could be won over when they see how it will benefit business.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/10309809/Vince-Cable-backs-land-tax-for-home-owners.html[/url]
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Brian Chance



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Vince Cable and the Telegraph Reply with quote

The comments on the above article are well worth reading. Many of the arguments used to justify LVT, particularly those of "L.B.B" are very effective.
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Joseph Milne



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a very good article on LVT in the FT here:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/392c33a6-211f-11e3-8aff-00144feab7de.html

Joseph
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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOTE: THREAD TITLE CHANGE

I've changed the title of this thread to reflect the fact that LVT is not the only or even most Georgist reform. He would have us cut all taxes and merely collect the rent value of land for the benefit of the common good. This is not necessarily LVT. Indeed, LVT is misleading as it is, by name at least, a tax; yet George tells us all tax is unjust.

Meanwhile, I'm anxiously awaiting media reports on my plans to tax tall people.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wendell Berry interviewed. Includes his insights into a sustainable economy based on modestly and reasonably sharing the land.

http://billmoyers.com/segment/wendell-berry-on-his-hopes-for-humanity/
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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Major complains about profiteering energy companies who exploit the nations common resources thanks to deals made by central government with private companies. Private shareholders gain while squeezing money from the silent, hard-working poor. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/22/john-major-windfall-tax-energy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This peiece in The Daily Mail has some interesting stats on the prince of rent in London, commuting costshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477291/London-rents-high-cheaper-live-BARCELONA-commute-heres-.html
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Joseph Milne



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This piece in The Guardian reports the story of houses prices rising in one street in London since 2007:
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/27/albion-drive-revisited-property-divide
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:14 pm    Post subject: Cry Freedom Reply with quote

This is an excellent presentation related to housing and land values which suggests LVT as a solution and ends with the speech by Winston Churchill
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03k0s5q
This Radio 4 programme is presented by Chris Bowlby and is available on BBC iplayer
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Cry Freedom Reply with quote

Sorry. The programme is actually called"Cry Freehold", but "Cry Freedom" would have been equally appropriate!
It is being broadcast again tomorrow 8th December at 17.00 hrs.
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