- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544631170
- ISBN-13: 978-1544631172
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The basic idea of common ownership (but not necessarily right to use) to land and other natural resources is deeply rooted in most humans, and is probably a much more clear and straightforward moral ground for taxation than whatever is currently presented by liberal democracies.
Add to this the enormous potential of collecting rent (i.e. the value of unimproved land, including its natural resources such as minerals or forests, and also the increased value from its location, e.g. in a city) as taxes and you have a strong foundation for state finances.
Henry George explains -sometimes in rather archaic terms, using farmers and farm land as the most frequent example- why such a system would be to great benefit of virtually everyone in society. For instance: Speculation in land would be seriously dampened and useful land would hardly lay idle.
His conclusion is the Single Tax. Which is perhaps why the idea died away. Still a great inspiration a century and a half after its first publication. And quite an easy read, considering the dryness of its subject.
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It's incredibly cheaply produced. From appearances, the text was badly OCRed from another source, introducing many typos. Worse, the font is much too small and the columns are far too wide, making it very difficult to read. Looks like it was put together by some no-name "publisher" (nowhere identified in the printing; can't say I'm surprised) out to make a quick, fraudulent buck off this out-of-copyright classic.