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Simon McKenna



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the links, Brian and Joseph!

Two more articles both from the Guardian and linked to on the LVT Facebook page.

Both are about booming house prices in central London - how they are being left vacant and derelict and on the other hand how they are "earning more" than the people who do live in them.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/31/inside-london-billionaires-row-derelict-mansions-hampstead

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/30/housing-market-cities-rogue-landlords
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my comment on the second item, reproduced below, low down on the sixth page of comments.
References to LVT on previous pages did not receive any further comment or follow-up.

The price of a house depends on its location. The value of the location depends on the desirability of living there which in turn depends on the presence and myriad services provided there by the community as a whole. London, as the capital city, draws its strength from a very wide area. If Melissa's apartment were to be transported to the middle of a moor, it would be worth very little. At present this value is collected by the owner who, as owner, contributes nothing to the value of that land. If the owner contributes nothing and the community as a whole creates the whole value, why should the benefit go to the owner and not the community as a whole?
If the government acting on behalf of the community collected the land value as an annual charge, every penny collected could be used to reduce taxation on the earnings from the work that provides the services that give the land its value.
House prices would be reduced to the cost of the building, the annual land levy would approximate to the mortgage repayments plus interest and the tax reduction on earnings would be a net gain.
This is not pie in the sky. It could start next April with a change in the council tax charge which is at present biased in favour of higher value homes. This could be done without an immediate revaluation and would be a warning shot to the banks who only lend on house mortgage because they have the security of the house.
Politicians know all this but will not act unless they have the support of the voters. Come on, you youngsters, get together in your virtual internet world and create a tidal wave that will sweep away this rotten system and bring justice at last in the laws that govern our economic relations with one another.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see you are encouraging revolution!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Georgist blog, full of links and interesting articles, discussing Positive Money and many other reformers.

http://henrygeorgedevon.wordpress.com/

The blog contained a link to a recent Salon magazine article, an interesting contemporary expression of the Georgist project. http://www.salon.com/2013/03/25/defeating_useless_rich_people/

And a proposal to reform business rates to LVT, http://henrygeorgedevon.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/business-rates-reform-proposal.pdf which makes a point of how strange it is that such an excellent reform has not yet been properly considered (let alone introduced) by the Treasury.

It also has a link to http://realestate4ransom.com/ just in case you haven't seen it yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Oxfam UK are backing LVT. Although they are simultaneously also backing a living minimum wage, which would of course be totally unnecessary if LVT were properly introduced, which leads me to question their resolve.

http://www.ftadviser.com/2014/03/27/ifa-industry/tax-planning/oxfam-devises-tax-plan-to-shrink-the-wealth-gap-YFKBDiIdy8LbEIyzUKQgHJ/article.html

The Oxfam UK report publishes statistics on worsening wealth inequality: 5 families in the UK own more than the bottom 5% of people (12.6 million people).

Its interesting to note the complete detachment from reality articulated in the 'Adviser View,' at the end of the article. It suggests that a solution for the worsening divide between rich and poor is for the poor to manage their money better. Why doesn't he just come out with the full-Alchemy latent in such assertions. The poor should simply create gold from base metals!
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worrying news. Tory government ministers are planning to privatise the Land Registry.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/05/land-registry-privatisation-plans-revealed
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The National Health Action Party advocates LVT. http://nhap.org/european-elections-may-22nd/
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation has a new website/campaign called Earth Sharing. http://www.earthsharing.org/#!copy-of-about/c1omd
In an apparent more away from the LVT ticket, they say they are more interested in 'collaborating and working with people than winning political debates'.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting article advocating tax on land. Apparently Land Tax was implemented in Detroit from 1883. Increased tax revenues (through lower taxes) were used to fund public services. The article suggests that the tax system was responsible for the city's famous economic strength. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-manning-cleveland/detroit-tax-system_b_3734397.html

The Huffington Post has a Henry George tag/URL which links to further articles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/henry-george/
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baroness Jones introduced an LVT bill to the House of Lords. Not been able to find a report in the media other than:

http://greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/06/11/baroness-jones-to-present-a-new-land-value-tax-bill-in-house-of-lords/

and The Henry George Foundation twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=henrygeorgeuk&original_referer=http://inagist.com/all/477043553131327488/

You can monitor the bill's progress here:

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/landvaluetax.html
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting article on the history of poverty. It is very much in line with Poluani's Transformation

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3043284/3-ways-humans-create-poverty

It contains some important points such that poverty is generally considered inevitable or natural and key events which describe how the community has been dispossessed of the land and given into the hands of private interests.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio 4 series by David Graeber based on his seminal book Debt: The First 5000 Years. 10, 13 minute episodes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05447pc

Contains fascinating insight into the nature of money and the meaning of debt, which I'm sure many members here will be interested in, if they have not heard them already.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Joseph for this video https://youtu.be/Fg6UwAQJUVo?t=7542

In it, a major economist (Joseph Stiglitz) manages to advocate George's theories, without getting it all wrong! I'm not sure Piketty is listening however..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on the Henry George Theorem by J. Stiglitz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NsTeeb-87w
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An argument for the redistribution of natural wealth from the Torah http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17176#.VZ2M__k52W5
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