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The LVTC blog, by Henry Law

The comments in the LVTC Blog are a personal view of our Hon. Secretary Henry Law and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Campaign.

This is a place for personal observations and comments on politics, economics, current affairs, on-going discussions on the potential for LVT to remedy some of the current ills, and the impact on Society of any of the above. 

Please read and enjoy, and feel free to respond to Henry if you have any thing you would like to add.


Making housing affordable

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"Making housing affordable" is a new contribution on housing policy produced by Policy Exchange (PE), which describes itself as "an independent, non-partisan educational charity, working with academics and policy makers from across the political spectrum, and particularly interested in free market and localist solutions to public policy questions."

Every single one of the assumptions on which the PE proposals are made can be shredded. Housing is affordable. The cost of bricks and mortar is no more than the price of building materials and the builders' wages. It is price of the housing land that is pushing up the price.
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Join in the fun

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The fun to be had is on the Guardian's Comment is Free discussion site. Opinions are expressed from across the political spectrum. Given the government's controversial policies, there are several debates a week on taxation and the economy. You can challenge what is said and have your comments tested in discussion.
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New Left Project

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I came across something called the New Left Project yesterday, which published a couple of articles under the title "Political Philosophy and the Left".

The first of the articles was mostly about the old issue of equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome, suggesting that equality of opportunity was not enough. This one has been argued over for as long as I can remember. Why is anyone even concerned about equality of outcome when there is less equality of opportunity now than since the end of the Second World War?
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Free markets and safety nets

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Free markets are not truly free unless land is freely available at the margin. Which is a complex idea and depends on an understanding of Ricardo's Law of Rent. You cannot have a partially free market any more than one can be partially pregnant.

The economy is not a circus stunt

In order to show that they are not totally lacking in compassion, advocates of these "free markets" then argue for a safety net for those who fall out of the system. But a safety net should not be necessary. The economy should not be a circus stunt. The system should be safe to start with. That is not an unattainable ideal.

Government would then only have to step in cases of emergencies such as natural disasters, wars, etc. Once there is a safety net, it becomes necessary to levy taxes in such a way that the two combine to establish a poverty trap and drive up employment costs. A vicious cycle is then set in place which is not sustainable.
 

Anarcho-Capitalism and its fallacies

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Anarcho-Capitalism is rapidly emerging as the great delusion of our time.
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From Tax Justice Network

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"If they (the wealthy) don't want to pay land taxes, they shift all their income-generating assets somewhere else (that won't subject them to land value tax.) Offshore. They have escaped the land value tax. None of this is to say that land value taxes aren't good. Quite the contrary. It's just that they can only ever be part of a solution."

Can someone please explain how the Duke of Chelsea, for example, is going to move Sloane Square and the surrounding neighbourhood to an offshore location?

 

A malignant tumour on the body of the economy

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Financial services are mostly parasitic on the real economy since they produce nothing.

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