Bryan Kavanagh

OECD tries to do the impossible

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  3 January 2018 International Co-operation and Tax Administration Division OECD/CTPA Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,           Circumvention of Common Reporting Standards (CRS)   May I respectfully suggest that the OECD has set itself an impossible task in endeavouring to curtail circumvention of common international reporting standards. Just as national accounting and legal professions have […]

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From capitalism to rentierism?

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Taxes on wages in Australia were fairly minimal until WWII, since which time they’ve been ratcheted up significantly. Federal taxes before the war consisted mainly of customs and excise charges and the federal land tax, introduced in 1910. The States and municipalities also levied land-based taxes. These played an important part in the development of […]

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Where we failed: a telling chart

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  In his paper American Government Finance in the Long Run: 1790 to 1990 (Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 14, Number 1) John Joseph Wallis demonstrates that US government finance experienced three separate phases:- Asset Finance Phase 1790 to 1842, where state-driven infrastructure and legal support for banks and companies were a priority. Development was financed from land sales, […]

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Regulatory bodies paid to look like idiots?

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  All the great social philosophers have held that land must be rented, not sold, if communities aren’t to implode. One of them put it into a formula, saying that if we were to capture the social surplus, then labour and profits will receive their full and rightful income—their ‘private property’?—undiminished by arbitrary taxation:- i.e. Production […]

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“Is the Queen a Georgist?”

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  Turns out she is! She pays the rent …. In 2015 the Crown Estate delivered a record £328.8 million to the Exchequer from its thirty wind farms and central London assets. This was up 8.1% on the previous year, taking the total the Estate has returned to the Treasury over the last decade to […]

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Was it ‘debt’ or land price what done us in, Gov?

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Economists are very strange people.  Some of them say private debt doesn’t matter much, because banks simply act as intermediaries between people in the community who lend to each other, so that any private debt cancels out.  More realistically, other economists say that banks, by generating excessive debt, are responsible for the repetitive economic recessions […]

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Changing the world

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What’s the problem? Class struggle? Population? Money? Debt? Banks? Something else? ‘Something else’ is more important than each of the others, but we always say it’s “too hard and will never happen!” And so we continue to plod along in an economic slough of despond, blaming this government or that government, for not taking this […]

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Decentralisation made easy

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As Australian capital cities spill out into their hinterland, our regional cities and towns serviced by good infrastructure are failing worse than ever to attract their share of population growth. Politicians regularly breast-beat about the developmental imbalance, occasionally sending this or that centrally-located administrative department off to the regions in order to redress the lopsidedness […]

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Boom-bust and the Australian banks

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Australia experienced an increasingly gigantic bubble in land prices during the 1880s and the beginning of the 1890s, and the city of Melbourne became bubble-central. Michael Cannon provides an excellent account of the period in The Land Boomers. Henry George’s masterwork Progress and Poverty had hit the streets in the United States in 1879 and […]

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1 + 2 adds up!

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These two interesting quotes assist to make the Georgist case that land prices and taxes are both problematical:- (1) Richard Cobden: “Cheated, Robbed and Bamboozled” “I warn ministers, and I warn landlords and the aristocracy of this country, against forcing on the attention of the middle and industrial classes, the subject of taxation ….. If you […]

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