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Learning history’s failed economics?

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“The relevance of Moses’ economics to our own tax-burdened days is startling” proclaimed The Viking Press’ blurb for Francis Neilson’s book “The Eleventh Commandment” on its release in 1933. However, during those early days of the Great Depression, policy makers made the gross error of failing to heed Neilson’s revelations about the destruction that had […]

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Clyde Cameron advocates for Land Tax in Federal Parliament: 1968

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Mr. Clyde Cameron AO was the member for Hindmarsh in South Australia. These speech extracts were published in Progress Magazine, December 1968. One of the biggest difficulties for people wanting to build a house today is to find a suitable block of land at a decent and respectable price. The cost of land has reached […]

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The Natural Source of Public Revenue

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By Clare Tindall. This is an excerpt of a piece that was originally presented almost 50 years ago, at a Georgist Youth Night in 1967. It was published in the October 1967 edition of Progress Magazine. It is at such a time as this, when we are filling out our taxation forms, and when sales […]

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The Georgist Philosophy in Culture and History

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This article gives an insight into the tremendous cultural impact of the movement. by Pat Aller Arden, Delaware July, 1999 The Georgist Philosophy in Culture and History: How to Broaden Our Focus to Strengthen Our Message. We’ve been asking this question for over a century. The very fact that we are in Arden attests to […]

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Directly or indirectly, we all pay income tax

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The mascot of the anti-land-tax campaign is the “poor widow” — you know, the one who will allegedly be forced out of her home because she doesn’t have the cash flow to pay the tax on the astronomical value of the land under her house, and who can’t be compensated by cuts in income tax because […]

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Lessons from Manhattan

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photo credit: atomicshark “The devil is in the details.” German Proverb A fascinating paper on Manhattan real estate in the 1920-39 era shows why property went down, stayed down and didn’t recover in real terms until 1960. ‘Real Estate Prices During the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression’ by Nicholas and Scherbina makes a chilling […]

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Walter Burley Griffin and Canberra’s early history

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Dr David Headon has put together a revealing document entitled ‘Those Other Americans’ to celebrate Canberra’s early history and their upcoming 2013 centennial. This is a superb introductory document to Georgism (and Australia’s early history), with many references to the influence of Henry George throughout. Griffin’s New Nationalism As early as September 1912, in a […]

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Dr Henry wants you to read his Tax Review. Really, Really.

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  photo credit: raminders We follow the glitter of celebrities and our football teams and let others do the dull work of government. Our dreams are about homes, cars and holidays. But sometimes an issue is so important it deserves our undivided attention, if only for a short while. The big issue is tax – […]

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Centenary of “The People’s Budget”

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An occasional commentary on the economic depression # 3 By Bryan Kavanagh LVRG 5 January 2009, New Year Insights There’s amazing synchronicity in the centenary year of the “People’s Budget”, delivered in the UK under the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, that never so much since as now has the world needed fiscal policy capturing […]

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How to thaw credit, now and forever

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photo credit: Joel Bedford Mason Gaffney October 25, 2008 In a follow up to Professor Gaffney’s The Great Crash of 2008, he now delves into how credit can be freed from the current crisis. The Great Reckoning awaits… 1. Introduction Working capital is the bloodstream of economic life. It is physical capital, the fast turning […]

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