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“With great clarity and care, this book takes economics to its proper foundation: the earth itself, the land and all that comes from it.”
—Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics

“A brilliant contribution from one of the most important voices of our time.”
—Thom Hartmann

“If you want to truly understand the way out of our present economic challenges, read this book.”
—Peter Barnes, Capitalism 3.0

“Land is a modern breakthrough that deserves to be on the reading list of anyone who cares about the ways that together we can create a sustainable future on our planet.”
—Judah Freed, The Dawn of Global Sense

About the Author

MARTIN ADAMS is a social innovator, systems thinker, and community organizer. As a child, it pained him to see most people struggling while a few were living in opulence. This inspired in him a lifelong quest to create a fair and sustainable world in collaboration with others. As a young adult, groomed for a career in finance, he walked right past Wall Street and chose instead to dedicate his life to community development. Through his non-profit work, he saw firsthand the extent to which our economic system causes human and ecological strife. Consequently, Adams has devoted himself to the implementation of a new economic paradigm that allows humanity to thrive in harmony with nature. Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World is the fruit of his years of research into this economic model and stands as an appeal to changemakers worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583949208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583949207
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARTIN ADAMS is a social innovator, systems thinker, and community organizer. As a child, it pained him to see most people struggling while a few were living in opulence. This inspired in him a lifelong quest to create a fair and sustainable world in collaboration with others. As a young adult, groomed for a career in finance, he walked right past Wall Street and chose instead to dedicate his life to community development. Through his non-profit work, he saw firsthand the extent to which our economic system causes human and ecological strife. Consequently, Adams has devoted himself to the implementation of a new economic paradigm that allows humanity to thrive in harmony with nature. His work "Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World" is the fruit of his years of research into this economic model and stands as an appeal to changemakers worldwide. Martin is executive director of Progress.org.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Millman on March 31, 2015
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I'm not an economist. If I were, I might appreciate this seminal work on an even deeper level. My impressions are those of a layperson interested in big-picture solutions to endemic problems — how new ways of thinking might positively impact not only my life but might also transform human society.

Land is well-conceived and clearly written. It might also one day be viewed as one of the more important books of this era. The concept of what author Martin Adams calls "community land contributions" is an idea whose time must come. While his term may be new, his proposal and paradigm is founded, as he acknowledges, on earlier ideas expressed by economists and social philosophers including David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, Adam Smith, and Henry George.

I happen to know the author as a person of high integrity — an idealist and visionary whose work reflects the words of Robert Kennedy: "There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why…I dream of things that never were, and ask, why not?" In fact, Mr. Adams states a number of examples of countries and times that did make some attempt to implement the vision he outlines, and to good effect. This ideal may yet become a reality.

I won't even begin to attempt to summarize his full thesis — one must read this compact book to better understand. But I can say that the author acknowledges the primary purposes of his book — first, to enhance the readers' awareness; then, to sow these ideas as part of the public education and discourse; and finally, to advocate it in the halls of Congress and with courageous and far-seeing influence makers as a way out of our huge gap of income inequality, lead to tax reform, lower land prices, and many more benefits to society.
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Martin has spelled out in his first few chapters his philosophy that no one should make a profit from owning land. He has carefully and thoughtfully reframed the Georgist ‘doctrine’ for a modern era and developed a new language. He talks about how we should ‘share the value of the land’ and generally makes very good logical sense as he spells out the problem. He is no slave to doctrine and clearly thinks out the issues for himself.

And – great news – Martin is no centralist. He understands that revenue must flow from the periphery to the centre, not the other way round. So he talks of land moving into a Community Land Trust and people then paying a Community Land Contribution. Some of the revenue stays local and the rest is passed upwards to other levels of government.

The contribution made by Martin Adams in this little book will be considerable. The questions arising from this book regarding the practicalities of some of his suggested solution remain to be tackled. Martin, being so honest and so curious, will no doubt ask more questions, talk to more people and develop more politically realistic solutions. It's monumental task. I have no doubt he will make an even bigger contribution in the future. Watch this space!

Charles Eisenstein, Thom Hartman and Peter Barnes don’t just recommend any book or call a book a ‘brilliant contribution’ or a ‘modern breakthrough’. Their reputations would be at stake if they did.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erich Jacoby-hawkins on April 11, 2015
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This book is an excellent update on the single tax ideas put forward by Henry George, the land value taxation of the French Physiocrats, the insights of classical economists like Smith and Ricardo, putting them all into a modern context and demonstrating in an eloquent and convincing way how these ideas are even more appropriate now.

The text focuses mainly on the key ideas and some illustrating examples, but leaves most of the charts, calculations, and other data either to appendices or links to easily accessed public websites. This lets you find as much detail as you need to back up or prove the ideas, without having to wade through it if you already accept them. In this way, the author has used the internet to allow a more efficient writing style than was available to the classic economists.

This book also takes a wider scope, looking at how land value capture can address not only cyclical poverty and the boom/bust cycle, but also international affairs (conflict and peace), over-consumption and ecological sustainability.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a better economic paradigm, and to those who are already familiar with the basic concepts but would appreciate more ways to explain them and useful supporting documentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather T. Remoff on August 27, 2015
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Martin Adams begins the introduction to his wonderful book, Land, with a quote from Nelson Mandela. “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” By the time the reader has reached the last page of this slim volume, Adams has demonstrated that Mandela’s optimism is not misplaced. Poverty is not natural. It can be eradicated. And Adams shows us how it can be done.
Although driven by a spiritual passion to restore community and collective wellbeing similar to that which inspires Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics, the book Adams has written takes a more pragmatic approach. He challenges the assumptions in much current economic thinking and offers concrete examples of policies that will restore balance. He points out that there are only “three ways we can obtain wealth: We can create wealth, receive it from someone else, or take it away from someone else.” At the heart of his argument is developing an understanding of the notion of rent-seeking, “…a person’s attempt to take away wealth, which the person can accomplish by manipulating the social and political environment in order to redirect the flow of income.” Adams helps us see how land use policies can recapture that misdirected wealth for the betterment of the communities that created it. In the process, we will have established a sustainable relationship with the natural environment on which all life depends.
Everyone is talking about inequality. Very few people identify the root cause behind the growing economic divide. Martin Adams does. He wants us to grasp how vital our connection with the land is. A better world, one in which we live in balance with nature and our fellow human beings is possible. Adams offers examples of what we need to do in order to make that bright future a reality.
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