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Land Value Taxation: Rebuttals to Common Objections

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« on: July 13, 2011, 02:16:12 pm »

"Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.

"She is the only person on earth who owns whole countries, and who owns countries that are not her own domestic territory. This land ownership is separate from her role as head of state and is different from other monarchies where no such claim is made – Norway, Belgium, Denmark etc.

"The value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx)."

“Given a stationary population and private ownership of all land, improvements in manufacturing methods do not, in the long-run, increase the earnings of labour and capital, but are absorbed by rent.”
-- Max Hirsch, Democracy vs. Socialism, p. 446

"I am using the word wages not in the sense of a quantity, but in the sense of proportion. When I say that wages fall as rent rises, I do not mean that the quantity of wealth obtained by laborers as wages is necessarily less, but that the proportion which it bears to the whole produce is necessarily less. The proportion may diminish while the quantity remains the same or even increases."

-- Henry George, Progress and Poverty, p. 216

"Place one hundred men on an island from which there is no escape, and whether you make one of these men the absolute owner of the other ninety-nine, or the absolute owner of the soil of the island, will make no difference either to him or to them.

"In the one case, as the other, the one will be the absolute master of the ninety-nine--his power extending even to life and death, for simply to refuse them permission to live upon the island would be to force them into the sea.

"Upon a larger scale, and through more complex relations, the same cause must operate in the same way and to the same end--the ultimate result, the enslavement of laborers, becoming apparent just as the pressure increases which compels them to live on and from land which is treated as the exclusive property of others. Take a country in which the soil is divided among a number of proprietors, instead of being in the hands of one, and in which, as in modern production, the capitalist has been specialized from the laborer, and manufacturers and exchange, in all their many branches, have been separated from agriculture. Though less direct and obvious, the relations between the owners of the soil and the laborers will, with the increase of population and the improvement of the arts, tend to the same absolute master on the one hand and the same abject helplessness on the other, as in the case of the island we have supposed. Rent will advance, while wages will fall."

-- Henry George, Progress and Poverty, pp. 347-8

"A family in the United States needs to earn $18.44 an hour, or nearly $38,360 a year, in order to afford a modest rental home, according to a report released April 21 by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Despite the recession, the report finds that rents continue to rise, while wages continue to fall across the country."

Keep the above in mind as you read the following:


Tonight Tens Of Thousands Of Formerly Middle Class Americans Will Be Sleeping In Their Cars

The Economic Collapse
July 13, 2011

Economic despair is beginning to spread rapidly in America.  As you read this, there are millions of American families that are just barely hanging on by their fingernails.  For a growing number of Americans, it has become an all-out battle just to be able to afford to sleep under a roof and put a little bit of food on the table.  Sadly, there are more people than ever that are losing that battle.  Tonight, tens of thousands of formerly middle class Americans will be sleeping in their cars, even though that is illegal in many U.S. cities.  Tens of thousands of others will be sleeping in tent cities or on the streets.  Meanwhile, communities all over America are passing measures that are meant to push tent cities and homeless people out of their areas.  It turns out that once you lose your job and your home in this country you become something of an outcast.  Sadly, the number of “outcasts” is going to continue to grow as the U.S. economy continues to collapse.

Most Americans that end up living in their cars on in tent cities never thought that it would happen to them.

An article in Der Spiegel profiled one American couple that is absolutely shocked at what has happened to them….

    Chanelle Sabedra is already on that road. She and her husband have been sleeping in their car for almost three weeks now. “We never saw this coming, never ever,” says Sabedra. She starts to cry. “I’m an adult, I can take care of myself one way or another, and same with my husband, but (my kids are) too little to go through these things.” She has three children; they are nine, five and three years old.

    “We had a house further south, in San Bernardino,” says Sabedra. Her husband lost his job building prefab houses in July 2009. The utility company turned off the gas. “We were boiling water on the barbeque to bathe our kids,” she says. No longer able to pay the rent, the Sabedras were evicted from their house in August.

How would you feel if you had a 3 year old kid and a 5 year old kid and you were sleeping in a car?

Sadly, if child protective services finds out about that family those kids will probably be stolen away and never returned.

America is becoming a very cruel place.

Unfortunately, what has happened to that family is not an isolated incident.



If anyone thinks this trend of people being rack-rented out of their homes started only a few years ago, think again:


High California rents push working poor to cheap motels
October 30, 2000

ANAHEIM, California (CNN) -- Home for Yolanda Miramontes and her five children is a cheap motel room in Anaheim, California, a thriving city where the average apartment rents for $1,200 a month.

Southern California's booming economy has pushed rents so high that most apartments are far out of reach for low-income families. And that's contributing to a growing trend: entire families living -- permanently or semi-permanently -- in motels.

In Anaheim, population 310,000, as many as 2,000 people are full-time motel residents. "It's hard on the kids," Miramontes told CNN. "Although they call this home, I still can't accept it."

With few low-income housing projects underway, the working poor have been squeezed out of the housing market and into small motel rooms renting for $600 a month -- roughly $20 a day.

"I think this is the best place for us to be right now while we are looking for somewhere else," said Ebony Green, another motel dweller in Anaheim.

Renters 'are no longer the unemployed'

The Covered Wagon, a 70-unit motel in Anaheim, gets most of its business from locals. "What's different is that the people who are staying here are no longer the unemployed," said owner Jim Parkin.

His renters include parents who work at restaurants, amusement parks, gas stations and other service establishments in Orange County, home to such tourist magnets as Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.

"There's no one here collecting cans," Parkin told the Los Angeles Times.

While there are no precise statistics on motel dwellers, motel owners in Anaheim, Long Beach and Van Nuys told the newspaper they've seen dramatic increases in the number of long-term motel residents.

"We are reaching an unparalleled crisis in our housing," said Gary Squier, a consultant and former head of the Los Angeles Housing Department.



Yet what do privilege-worshipping right-wingers propose as a solution? Make socially-created land rent even more privatized than it already is, even though this will not only make the rent-wage gap even wider than it already is, but will ensure that governments continue to impose job-destroying taxes on the privately created values of labor and capital!
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