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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:20 am    Post subject: Georgist reforms discussed in the media Reply with quote

There was this article in the Guardian newspaper.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/i-agree-with-churchill-shirkers-taxAn annotated version here http://www.monbiot.com/2013/01/21/a-telling-silence/

Arrow And this excellent Australian documentary made early last year and posted recently on the Libdems ALTER RSS feed (http://libdemsalter.org.uk/en/feed/atom1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XL3n59wC8kk


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://greenparty.org.uk/news/2012/11/09/%E2%80%98fair-and-progressive%E2%80%99-land-value-tax-would-help-stabilise-property-market/

Caroline Lucas has made the news as her LVT bill gets its second reading in Parliament.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Guardian article was followed up with four letters the following day and an article in the New Statesman http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/2013/01/whats-justification-land-value-tax.

Although Caroline Lucas did not get to read her Bill she got a slot on Today on Radio 4 the following morning. She spoke well against rather weak opposition but what was interesting was the way the topic was introduced. The interviewers briefing was quite positive suggesting that LVT had moved on from a fringe Libdem policy to "an idea whose time has come."
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard Lucas on Radio 4 via the Renegade Economists Podcast (30.1.2013) from Australia. http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast

The intro was nice, but the subsequent discussion got off track quite quickly, I thought. It seems the second reading will be on the 1st of March this year. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/landvaluetax.html

Meanwhile, this amusingly absurd video has Henry George as Hitler!
http://youtu.be/eM2D3aooBT4
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is sometimes funny to see Georgist economics discussed in the media. The New Statesman (thanks for sharing it Peter) article is an example of that:

Quote:
But arguing political philosophy with the coalition also reveals the folly of trying to convince them on the benefits of a land-value tax, or indeed any tax. Because while the rhetoric is about shrinking the deficit, which new taxes help, the ideology is about shrinking the state. And if that's the aim, arguing about the value of various taxes will never win the fight.


It's weird because that is precisely what a LVT would, as a single tax, do.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

28 historical examples of LVT implementation, with sources.

http://www.progress.org/geonomy/Numbers.html
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon McKenna wrote:
It seems the second reading will be on the 1st of March this year. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/landvaluetax.html


It seems the date has changed to the 26th of March, even thought the house doesn't sit on that day. Has this been kicked into the long grass? If so, why?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, apparently the Bill won't get very far because it hasn't got Government support.



Here is an arrticle in support of LVT from 2010, written by Andy Burnham
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/26/land-value-tax-labour-party. Makes me want to join the Labour Party.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if others here have also been following the Renegade Economists' Podcast on 3CR that mentioned earlier in this thread, but it is through that I've heard about Phillip J Anderson.

He seems to specialise in economic forecasting (for a fee). He has mentioned a lot of economists that I don't know, Ricardo who I'm sure we all have heard of, but never Henry George.

Two other's he talks about are W.D Gann and Nikolai Kondratiev, who I've not heard of until now. I do know he has a book out which may or may not be worth reading. I thought I'd start a new thread to see if people have any thoughts.

Here is a rather low definition recording of him on Australian TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB20wF18uiQ

I'm afraid he likes to hide information for those who subscribe or at least he did until he wrote the book. That makes me question his sincerity but after watching the interview I'm pretty sure he's on track.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:02 am    Post subject: Economist Reply with quote

This week's Economist advocates Land Value Tax in its leader!
This is in the context of encouraging development of building.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: LVT on radio 4 Reply with quote

Last week the subject of LVT was given an airing by comedian Mark Thomas on his Radio 4 programme The Manifesto. It is light hearted but certainly not mocking. The producer had done his research and the way it was put across evinced a positive response from the audience. Here is the link.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rw3ym
To hear LVT discussed in this humorous but well-informed way on radio 4 indicates it is gaining a degree of social respectability.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: House of Commons LVT briefing Reply with quote

Last month the House of Commons library published a full (20 pages) and balanced briefing note on the subject of land value taxation. It is available here: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06558
For anyone interested in the subject it is worth reading. It includes extensive quotes from the various reports that have considered LVT over the last 10 years and also relevant newspaper articles and political discussion and the overall impression it gives is that this is a policy worthy of serious consideration but sufficiently radical that it is not for the timid. It would require courage and commitment amongst the political class to take it forward.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These guys want to make a documentary to raise awareness of LVT.
Tough job.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/the-taxing-question-of-land-value-1905
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