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The Property Owner’s Suicide Bomb

In 1978 the voters of California, resentful of increases in property tax assessments caused by rapidly rising land values, enacted Proposition 13, which added Article 13A to the state constitution. This Article limited annual property taxes to 1% of the assessed...

The Self-Hypothecating Tax

Opinion pollsters have consistently found that voters are more likely to support or tolerate a proposed tax if the revenue is hypothecated (i.e. reserved or “earmarked”) for a purpose of which the voters approve. They catch is: how can the voters know that...

Tolstoy and George

Victor Lebrun Victor Lebrun was a personal friend and Secretary to Leo Tolstoy. This is a translation of his article published in the July 1956 issue of the French periodical, Contre-Courant, and reprinted in the July-September 1956 issue of the French Georgist...

Upton Sinclair and Dan Sullivan’s Review

The Consequences of Land Speculation are Tenantry and Debt on the Farms, and Slums and Luxury in the Cities by Upton Sinclair I know of a woman – I have never had the pleasure of making her acquaintance, because she lives in a lunatic asylum, which does not...

Georgist Responds to Royal Libertarian

With great humility, an allodial ‘libertarian’ (that is, one who believes that land may be owned absolutely, without any annual rent or charge whatsoever for the privilege of exclusive ownership) wrote: "You should not presume to speak on behalf of...

How to Pay for Electricity Network Upgrades

A Submission to the Review of Electricity Distribution and Service Delivery for the 21st Century http://www.energy.qld.gov.au/electricity/edsd_Review.asp estd. by the Queensland Government, March 1, 2004 Summary The benefits of sinking power lines underground —...

Critique of the Debits Tax and Turnover Tax

By Gavin R. Putland It has been claimed that all Federal taxes, which together amount to more than 25 percent of GDP, could be replaced by a 2 percent turnover tax. How so? Because the low tax rate would be applied many times on the way to the consumer, so that the...