Plain Talks on Economics: Leading Principles and Their Application to the Issues of Today

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1924 - 353 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 200 - I do not propose either to purchase or to confiscate private property in land. The first would be unjust; the second, needless. Let the individuals who now hold it still retain, if they want to, possession of what they are pleased to call their land. Let them continue to call it their land. Let them buy and sell, and bequeath and devise it. We may safely leave them the shell, if we take the kernel. It is not necessary to confiscate land; it is only necessary to confiscate rent.
Pàgina 322 - To make a happy fire-side clime To weans and wife, That's the true pathos and sublime Of human life.
Pàgina 338 - Tis the day of the chattel, Web to weave, and corn to grind; Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind.
Pàgina 201 - It will be necessary, where rent exceeds the present governmental revenues, commensurately to increase the amount demanded in taxation, and to continue this increase as society progresses and rent advances. But this is so natural and easy a matter, that it may be considered as involved, or at least understood, in the proposition to put all taxes on the value of land. That is the first step, upon which the practical struggle must be made. When the hare is once caught and killed, cooking him will follow...
Pàgina 201 - Hence it will not be enough merely to place all taxes upon the value of land. It will be necessary, where rent exceeds the present governmental revenues, commensurately to increase the amount demanded in taxation, and to continue this increase as society progresses and rent advances.
Pàgina 201 - We already take some rent in taxation. We have only to make some changes in our modes of taxation to take it all. What I, therefore, propose, as the simple yet sovereign remedy, which will raise wages, increase the earnings of capital, extirpate pauperism, abolish poverty, give remunerative employment to whoever wishes it, afford free scope to human powers, lessen crime, elevate morals, and taste, and intelligence...
Pàgina 221 - I don't know much about political economy, but I know that when we purchase a ton of steel rails from Great Britain for $100 we get the rails and Great Britain gets the money, and when we produce the rails from our own mines and in our own mills we have both the money and the rails.
Pàgina 201 - By leaving to landowners a percentage of rent which would probably be much less than the cost and loss involved in attempting to rent lands through State agency, and by making use of this existing machinery, we may, without jar or shock, assert the common night to land by taking rent for public uses.
Pàgina 201 - Hence it will not be enough to merely place all taxes upon the value of land. It will be necessary, where rent exceeds the present governmental revenues, to commensurately increase the amount demanded in taxation, and to continue this increase as society progresses and rent advances. But this is so natural and easy a matter, that it may be considered as involved, or at least understood, in the proposition to put all taxes on the value of land.

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