A recent book by Julian Pratt, Stewardship Economy: private property without private ownership, builds on the tradition of Thomas Spence, Henry George, Hillel Steiner and others to review western attitudes to land and the environment. It argues that the system of private property rights, ownership, that we apply to the things we make (artefacts) is entirely inappropriate when applied to the natural world (both land and the environment).
The book does not challenge the existence of private property in the natural world but it proposes that this should take the form of stewardship not ownership. A steward of the natural world has:
- the right of access – to use it in the way that they choose, within the constraints of any relevant regulations
- the responsibility of care – to manage it responsibly and husband it for future generations, accepting liability for any damage done to it
- the duty of compensation – to pay an annual fee, equal to its market rent, into a fund that is used to benefit everyone as government revenue (in place of conventional taxes) and as a Universal Income
- ownership, in the conventional sense, of any buildings or other improvements.
The author sets out the practical benefits of a stewardship economy and discusses how to make a transition from an ownership economy. A supplementary volume, to be published later in the year, will trace the ethical and practical arguments for stewardship from the perspectives of property rights, economics, optimal taxation and benefit systems.
by Fred Harrison
How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation
After correctly forecasting the timing of the global financial crisis, Fred Harrison now extends that same analysis to the future of the West – His alarming conclusion is that we are at a very dangerous tipping point! Attributing the present crisis to a social process of cheating, he develops a synthesis of the social and natural sciences to show how the market system can be reformed… it might not be too late to prevent the looming catastrophe!
From the book: “As a life support system, urbanisation on the scale that required massive investment in infrastructure was fatally flawed. My general theory of cheating accounts for the tragedy that is embedded in civilisation. It explains all of the dysfunctional forms of behaviour which combine into crises on a scale that leads to collapse of the system. Cheating on a socially significant scale corrodes the structural foundations of civilisation. The kind of cheating with which we are concerned exercises the power to block the feedback mechanisms (such as moral codes) that would otherwise deliver stability.” (page 34)
Alanna Hartzok, who we toured around Australia in 2006, has a new book: The Earth Belongs to Everyone. Signifying the clarity of this work, Alanna has been awarded the 2008 Radical Middle Political Book Award. The annual award is given to books that best exemplify a politics that’s grounded in practical reality, but at the same time are deeply creative and imaginative.
The book is a collection of Articles and Essays. Themes include: Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy; Sharing Our Common Heritage; Land for People, Not for Profit; Financing Local to Global Public Goods; Women, Earth and Economic Power; From Warfare to Earthshare.
by Phil Anderson
This timely book provides a detailed insight on how the addiction to land speculation became the foundation of the United States of America, as we know it today, the only country in the world where land title is not exclusively ‘owned’ by the government or crown – except in Australia, where Aboriginal people can have “native” title to their traditional lands.
If you always thought something was missing from economic prescriptions, this is a must read. Read the review here.
House Prices, Banking & the Depression of 2010
A core function of government is to ensure economic stability so that captain’s of industry and homeowners can save and invest with confidence. The author argues that at the core of present day capitalism is a destabilising mechanism economists prefer to ignore.
by Fred Harrison
Self Funding Infrastructure
Heavy on practical examples, once reading this you will armed with the evidence to refute anyone who ever says ‘there’s no such thing as a profit making public transport system’.
by Fred Harrison
There’s only one way to kill poverty
Ever thought why poverty inquiries fail to make a difference? Essential reading if we are ever to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. $20 is all you need. Read the review here
Edited and abridged for modern readers by Bob Drake
Many economists and politicians foster the illusion that great fortunes and poverty stem from the presence or absence of individual skill and risk-taking. Henry George, by contrast, showed that the wealth gap occurs because a few people are allowed to monopolize natural opportunities and deny them to others. George did not advocate equality of income, the forcible redistribution of wealth, or government management of the economy.
He simply believed that in a society not burdened by the demands of a privileged elite, a full and satisfying life would be attainable by everyone.
The writings of Henry George
The all-time best-selling economics book. Never out of print since its first publication over 100 years ago. Written in beautiful prose, more resembling fine literature than an economics text. Explains the paradox of increasing poverty with advancing technology.
Gives a policy prescription to unemployment and the struggles of small business. Highly recommended!
Forward and compliled by Mark Hassed
The economic wisdom of Henry George – Rediscovered. Highlighting his most arresting speeches.
Our current economic paradigm – the “free market” system – delivers some dismal outcomes including chronic unemployment, poverty, welfare.
by Fred Harrison and Mason Gaffney
This, our best-selling title by current authors, is a brilliant and exciting expose of the connections between economics as a theoretical science and the funding of higher education as a political strategy.
Was neoclassical economics designed to obscure the importance of land in the face of the criticisms of monopoly by Henry George and others?
by Bryan Kavanagh
A case study of the social and economic costs of real estate bubbles (1972 – 2006)
DON’T MISS THIS NEW LVRG REPORT
A study of the Australian real estate market, acting as a proxy for all world economies. See how tax systems have:
- created a property bubble poised to burst
- led to unaffordable housing
- given all the wrong takeover signals to investment banks
Our most important report in years. World leading research that must be digested over 28 crucial pages. Read why life wasn’t meant to be so hard!
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By C.H. Spence
Popularly known for her stance on Proportional Representation, Catherine Spence was a pioneer on Land Value Taxation in Australia. As a journalist she wrote some key articles promoting the concept.
The book also includes her private diary, complete with notes on dinners with the George’s in San Francisco.
by Fred Harrison
House Prices and the Great Tax Clawback Scam
One of the world’s leading experts on property cycles, Fred Harrison dissects Tony Blair’s failure to reform the welfare state and enhance opportunity for all. Mr Harrison uses a balance between practical examples and classical theory to deliver his message on policy solutions for the future.
Very readable. Bryan Kavanagh, from the LVRG, states this is Harrison’s best book yet.
At last – three concise, easy to read booklets outlining our way to an equitable and sustainable future. An excellent up to date presentation of our ideas.
Book 1 Free, Complete set – $5.00 (to cover postage)
by Peter Barnes
A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons
George Lakoff (author of ‘Dont Think of an Elephant’) says “Peter Barnes version of capitalism can save the planet, redress many equities of wealth, and reclaim the commons – our air, our water, our airwaves, and more. Here is capitalism as you’ve never seen it before. Take a look!”
A top introduction to our concepts.
Many see this as the best introductory text on George’s writings. An exposition in simple language of the problems that face society and the solution. The passion of George’s quest for social justice shines through.
Regarded by many as Henry George’s greatest work. More detailed and technical than Progress and Poverty.
Does tariff “protection” really help the people or is it a hoax that accrues profits to vested interests?
Written in beautiful prose and in many places quite humorous.
by Les Hemingway
Dr Hemingway on our birth rights
by Ralph Anspach
The true history of the game of monopoly. Uncover how the georgist message was written out of the world’s most popular board game.
by John Young
A true grasp of how the economy should be constituted shows it to be a thing of harmony and beauty, all its parts cooperating for the common good, and its inbuilt laws distributing benefits equitably.
by Bryan Kavanagh
Our economy has recovered after the crash of the 80s, or has it? Economic cycles predict interesting events ahead.
by George Charles
An excellent primer in economics written in plain English.
by Sir Kenneth Jupp
A former British High Court judge explains how the failure of governments to administer public finance sanctioned by morality has led to an onerous burden of taxation that is at the root of the major social and economic crises of modern society.
by Sir Allen Fairhall
If you would like to learn everything you need to know about tax reform in only 3 hours buy this book! Sir Allen, who was a Cabinet Minister during the time of Sir Robert Menzies, explains how poverty and unemployment could be cured by the replacement of all other taxation with the ‘Single Tax’ on land values.
by Philip Day
Is land a valuable community resource or merely another commodity for speculation? The elusive quest for social justice, taxation reform and a sustainable planetary environment.
by Duncan Pickard
A Study in the Culture of Deception
The culture of deception that underpins the economics of agriculture is revealed in this hard hitting expose. The usual suspects see lobbyists, big agriculture and tax dodgers threatening family farms. Bob gives us an insight to such fears and then proposes an answer.