Bryan Kavanagh

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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“Poverty is the mother of crime”

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What did Marcus Aurelius mean when he said “Poverty is the mother of crime”? Surely he wasn’t trying to justify crime?  The vast majority of poor people keep on ‘the straight and narrow’ without turning to crime? No, he wasn’t justifying crime; he was simply being realistic. When they see affluence all around them, some of […]

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Why economies are failing

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The Real Excess Burden: an overarching approach By Bryan Kavanagh Disclosures I’m not a fan of economists who are able to equate the rent flowing from land with the returns to manufactured capital without experiencing a frisson of self-reproach. That income from land should be distinguished from that of capital because it has not been […]

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Time to fix economic blight

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Do you see the cat? Read on. THE PROGRESSIVE ERA Americans apparently consider the Progressive Era (1890s to 1920s) belongs to them. The period was driven by the reformist ideas of Henry George as taken up by public officials across the US political spectrum; amongst others, these included Hazen Pingree, Tom L Johnson, Brand Whitlock […]

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125th Henry George Commemoration Dinner

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A full house turned up to hear Prosper Australia president, Catherine Cashmore, deliver her address, entitled “The Culture of Abundance” at the 125th Henry George Commemoration Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday night. One of the best speeches for years, a good mixture of Georgists and non-Georgists heard Cashmore explain how much of Australia’s abundance flows pathologically into […]

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Addressing privilege

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As a research associate of the Land Values Research Group, land values speak to me about many things. They reflect relative advantage. You know, Ricardo’s Law of Rent, otherwise known as location, location, location and all that? A great part of land values are situated within our capital cities, and it is in our capital […]

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A world gone mad

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We were all meant to be wealthy by now – new technologies having assisted the means of production and service delivery. Instead, what we’ve inherited is a world gone mad, and in debt. Where did all the wealth go? Look around you. Obviously, it’s gone mainly to those at the very top. No, not just […]

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Brumby calls for change

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Former federal and state politician John Brumby had a piece in THE AGE last Tuesday “Australia needs to start making its own luck” warning of ‘dog days’ and Australia heading down ‘the Greek road’. Although Brumby clearly followed the neo-liberal economic textbook, both sides of politics should be prepared to openly address our precarious economic situation – because Australia […]

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