Liberty – A Word to Conjure

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photo credit: jirotrom We honor Liberty in name and in form. We set up her statues and sound her praises. But we have not fully trusted her. And with our growth so grow her demands. She will have no half service! Liberty! It is a word to conjure with, not to vex the ear in […]

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Australia wins another international competition! Hurrah!

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photo credit: A Hermida Dear Reader, I have been issuing stern warnings about how Australia’s house prices are too high and must correct soon.  I cannot say when the market will turn, but rabbit on that IT MUST!  IT MUST!  I try your patience. Other Cassandras have come to the same over-priced conclusion.  Last week, […]

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History of Debt and Property from the Ancient East

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Michael Hudson As first published in The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times, David S. Landes, Joel Mokyr, and William J. Baumol, eds., (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010):8-39. Also on Michael’s website. A century ago economists could only speculate as to the origins of enterprise. It seemed logical to assume that […]

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Protection for Importers

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photo credit: ob1left Australia’s tax system protects foreign producers against their Australian competitors, writes Gavin R. Putland in this LVRG article. The Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) was sunk by the advertising firepower of the big miners, ostensibly because it would make Australian mineral deposits less competitive with foreign alternatives. The complex, bureaucratic, maximally-interventionist Carbon […]

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Investor opinion: an uneasy equilibrium

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photo credit: Dru!   A survey of property investors in The Age today by Colemar Brunton shows sentiment delicately poised between those who see the market flat or falling and those anticipating further rises. This is not the bursting of The Great Australian Property Bubble that Prosper and many other commentators like Jeremy Grantham and […]

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America discovers Gentrification

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photo credit: Trois Têtes (TT)   In at least 18 major US cities, the trend to suburban living to escape the crowded squalor of inner areas is reversing.  Older buildings are being remade as homes for the affluent after generations as slums. The collapse in US property prices is accelerating the trend. Bright young things […]

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Systemic Analysis: How Close Can One Get?

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Watch this masterful animation to an excellent speech by social theorist David Harvey: Continue on by reading two pieces in the world leading Financial Times newspaper. One by Michael Hudson on Latvia’s Third Option: As Europe’s banking crisis deepens, Greece’s and Spain’s fiscal crisis spreads throughout Europe and the US economy stalls, most discussions of […]

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Australians should be very, very angry – we get no RSPT

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photo credit: Grégory Tonon   This week’s backdown by the federal labor government on the Mineral Resource Rent Tax will cost Australian taxpayers $35 billion over the next ten years. The shortfall in government revenues will be made up from taxes on work and taxes on business.  That means it is coming out of your […]

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Mining Democracy

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photo credit: Urban~Spaceman Miners finally agree to tax reform. What are the changes? The attempt to harness economic rents for the public good has been renamed from the Resource Super Profits tax to the Mineral Resource Rent Tax. The MRRT kicks in at the corporate bond rate plus 7%. That is 12%, rather than the […]

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Use Rent to Pay Your Way: Dr Gavin Putland

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When You've Paid Your Rent, You've Paid Your Way View more presentations from Prosper. Following Gavin’s recent presentation, we thought those of you who missed it might find this of interest. Flick through the 6 slides according to the audio below. Our premises is based in the Hardware Lane cafe precinct. Enjoy the background jazz. […]

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