4. (2013 March) Opinion: We Need a Land Value Tax, Not a Property Tax Cap

We Need a Land Value Tax, Not a Property Tax Cap
By Scott Baker (Common Ground NYC)

Land, unlike manmade capital, is finite, generally increases in value wherever location and population pressures are applied, and is the single leading cause of booms and busts in the financial cycle (there really is no such thing as a “business cycle”). Whereas capital, like buildings, can always be increased or decreased to suit market demand, land cannot. Therefore, the value of land belongs to the community that created it, to be collected via taxation, while the value of the buildings upon it are production, and belong to those who produce them.


6. (2013 February) Opinion: Idle Rich Are Spared the Fairest and Simplest of Taxes

I agree with Churchill: let’s get stuck into the real shirkers
They parasitise us from above. But landowners and the Tory party’s idle rich are spared the fairest and simplest of taxes
By George Monbiot (21 January 2013)

You can learn as much about a country from its silences as you can from its obsessions. The issues politicians do not discuss are as telling and decisive as those they do. While the government’s cuts beggar the vulnerable and gut public services, it’s time to talk about the turns not taken, the opportunities foregone: the taxes which could have spared us every turn of the screw.


7. (2013 February) Opinion: Land Value Tax, Rent Inflation and Gentrification

Land Value Tax, Rent Inflation and Gentrification
By Jon Geeting

The reason for the rent inflation is that the speculative value of the land is going up. Landlords see the number of amenities in the neighborhood increasing, and they start thinking they can get away with charging higher rents. Vacant lot owners see rents increasing, and they hold off on developing them into housing until rents go even higher.


5. (2013 January) Opinion: A Land Value Tax: an idea whose time has come

A Land Value Tax: an idea whose time has come
By Jack Chadwick
A tax on land – “the original source of all wealth” – would have a lot going for it; equally lauded by denizens of the Left and the Right. David Lloyd George, Keir Hardie, and even Winston Churchill numbered among the early advocates for land value taxation.