- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (March 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583949208
- ISBN-13: 978-1583949207
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”
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“A brilliant contribution from one of the most important voices of our time.”
“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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"Let's imagine a world where both lighthearted play and purposeful work, not drudgery, are the order of the day for all human beings---a world where our reality overflows with material abundance and where everyone can focus on maximizing their potential instead of on scrounging for money. My greatest hope is that one day each human being---every one of us---will be able to participate in a society that's inherently just and that also considers the well-being of future generations. To achieve this, we have to work together in appreciation of our differences and on behalf of our common humanity. When enough of us work together for the common good, then, to paraphrase Buckminster Fuller, we will one day create a world that works for everyone." ---Martin Adams
---Suza Francina, author, yoga teacher, Ojai City Councilwoman
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.
The author repeats himself on numerous occasions, but I believe for a good purpose — to help reinforce a new way of thinking, and looking at our entire structure related to what he calls "The Law of Rent" which effects every facet of society.
He builds his case layer by layer from Introduction, to basics about "The Production of Wealth" and the "Free Market" to "Social Decline" — then, having prepared the reader's understanding, he offers a solution so sane, fair, and rational, that only those whose lives are dominated by exclusive self-interest may fail to appreciate. This book provides a conceptual bridge between what is and what could be: A better world.
I now consider myself better informed in an economic area of life I had not understood or even considered. The read was more than worthwhile. I hope Land reaches many readers. It is truly, as the subtitle states, A New Paradigm (and possibility) for a Thriving World.