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Towards an inclusive world: Reformulating public policies

Fred Harrison* …

tries to find an answer to the question, whether it is possible to identify a social paradigm that is free of the defects associated with past and present social formations?

Read the text, published by the DOC research institute here: Towards an inclusive world: Reformulating public policies

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Fred Harrison

 

* Fred Harrison (born 1944) is a British author, economic commentator and corporate policy advisor, he is Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust. He is notable for his stances on land reform and belief that an over reliance on land, property and mortgage weakens economic structures and makes companies vulnerable to economic collapse. His first book, The Power in the Land (1983), predicted the economic crisis of 1992. He followed this with a 10-year forecast (published in The Chaos Makers [1997]) that a global financial crisis would be triggered when house prices peaked in 2007. He studied economics at Oxford, first at Ruskin College and then at University College, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His MSc is from the University of London. Fred’s first career was in newspaper journalism, most notably at The People newspaper, where he became chief reporter. After a move to Economics, initially as Director of the Centre for Incentive Taxation, he spent 10 years in Russia advising their Federal Parliament (Duma) and local authorities on property tax reform and establishment of land markets. Since his return to the UK he has worked as a corporate business advisor, research director, writer and lecturer. Harrison is inspired by the writings of American political economist, Henry George. He has written for a number of newspapers and magazines and his books are widely distributed.

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Renting the Silk Road

Fred Harrison*

… launched a now expert comment, which is available for download (please click here) on the website of the DOC research institute. A brief conclusion:

“To achieve optimum levels of efficiency, complex societies need the support of efficient hierarchies of decision-making.

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Fred Harrison

People in the formative phases of the first civilisations learnt how to combine the efficiency of power with the disciplines of ethics. This was authentic power: the capacity to mobilise the efforts of free people to solve problems in an efficient and ethical manner.

That quality is almost wholly absent in modern societies, in which power tends to assume the form of political opportunism. This is a degraded form of force, which has become part of the problem, not the solution, to the challenges facing humanity. We see this in the way that seemingly all-powerful governments continue to be defeated by the painful problems which afflict their populations.

The explanation for this failure is to be found in the fact that these problems flow from the architecture of the social system. As such, they are aligned with the privileged interests of rent-seekers, who remain hostile to remedies which might cure (as opposed to mitigating) the problems. By understanding the causal connections – the transmission mechanisms for poverty, ill-health, corruption, unaffordable housing, and so on – we may identify the need for fresh approaches. By locating our analysis within the framework of the model of civilisation, we are led to the conclusion that intractable problems can be erased; but only by restoring the classical statecraft and its doctrine of the Single Tax.

Based on our review of the deep past and the recent present, we can illustrate how current problems would be placed on the path to resolution within the framework of the classical approach to statecraft.”

 

  • Fred Harrison (born 1944) is a British author, economic commentator and corporate policy advisor, he is Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust. He is notable for his stances on land reform and belief that an over reliance on land, property and mortgage weakens economic structures and makes companies vulnerable to economic collapse. His first book, The Power in the Land (1983), predicted the economic crisis of 1992. He followed this with a 10-year forecast (published in The Chaos Makers [1997]) that a global financial crisis would be triggered when house prices peaked in 2007. He studied economics at Oxford, first at Ruskin College and then at University College, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His MSc is from the University of London. Fred’s first career was in newspaper journalism, most notably at The People newspaper, where he became chief reporter. After a move to Economics, initially as Director of the Centre for Incentive Taxation, he spent 10 years in Russia advising their Federal Parliament (Duma) and local authorities on property tax reform and establishment of land markets. Since his return to the UK he has worked as a corporate business advisor, research director, writer and lecturer. Harrison is inspired by the writings of American political economist, Henry George. He has written for a number of newspapers and magazines and his books are widely distributed.

 

Telepolis-Interview: “Der Boden stellt eine gigantische Umverteilungsmaschine dar”

Dirk Löhr

In einem Interview mit Günther Hartmann (erschienen am 24.7. in Telepolis) versuchte ich, den Zusammenhang zwischen Boden, Renten und Besteuerung ein wenig zu beleuchten:

“Der Boden stellt eine gigantische Umverteilungsmaschine dar” (bitte klicken)

 

Norbert Häring zum Produktionsfaktor Boden und zur Grundsteuerreform

Dirk Löhr

Am 12.6.2017 veröffentlichte das Handelsblatt den von Norbert Häring verfassten Artikel “Eine Reform, die allen recht ist“. Leider ist dieser sehr gute Artikel nur den Inhabern des Handelsblatt Digitalpasses zugänglich. In seinem Blogartikel

Boden – Wichtig für die Menschen, getilgt aus der ökonomischen Theorie (bitte klicken)

wiederholt der Handelsblatt-Redakteur die wichtigsten Aspekte aus dem Handelsblatt-Artikel und geht mit seinen Betrachtungen sogar darüber hinaus. Absolut lesenswert!

“Tinbergen reloaded”: Mehrfache Dividende oder mehrfache Neutralität?

Dirk Löhr

Umweltabgaben spielen bei der ökologischen Transformation eine zentrale Rolle. Doch wie sollen die Einnahmen verwendet werden? Zur Finanzierung ökologischer Projekte, um die “grüne Transformation” zu beschleunigen? Oder – wie während der rot-grünen Regierungszeit in der vergangenen Dekade – zur Absenkung der Lohnnebenkosten, um mehrere Ziele gleichzeitig zu erreichen (“Mehrfachdividende”)? Der nachfolgende, in der Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie (Mai 2017) erschienene Artikel zeigt – unter Bezugnahme auf Jan Tinbergen – einen anderen Weg auf: Ein ökologisches Grundeinkommen.
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“Tinbergen reloaded”: Mehrfache Dividende oder mehrfache Neutralität?

 

Fred Harrison on government failure on the realm of tax policy

Dirk Löhr

On January 26, the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute hosted its first lecture with author and economic commentator Fred Harrison*, who gave a speech entitled ‘The Economics of Civilisation – The Conflict Resolution Paradigm for the Age of Geopolitical Crisis’.
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Fred Harrison

Harrison describes an analytical framework that facilitates the comparison of the financial foundations of the civilisation model with the systemic pillars on which liberal democracies were constructed. In the attached interview (please click for watching the video), Harrison describes the reasons for government failure in the realm of tax policy.

 

 

 

 

* Fred Harrison (born 1944) is a British author, economic commentator, and corporate policy advisor, and is Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust. He is notable for his stance on land reform and belief that an over-reliance on land, property, and mortgages weakens economic structures and makes companies vulnerable to economic collapse.

Eigentum als Waffe – Wolfgang Zeidler zum Gedächtnis

Dirk Löhr

In einem Gespräch in DER SPIEGEL (Nr. 50 / 1984) äußerte sich der ehemalige Präsident des Bundesverfassungsgerichts, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zeidler (02.09.1924 – 31.12.1987), über die Besteuerung des Grundvermögens wie folgt*:

“Der Staat hat in den letzten Jahrzehnten einige hundert Milliarden dadurch verschenkt, dass er darauf verzichtet hat, die ungeheuren Vermögen, die im Grundeigentum stecken, in einer auch nur annähernd angemessenen Weise zu besteuern … Da gibt es nicht nur fast unerschöpfliche Goldadern, die sich erschließen ließen, wenn die Politik nicht einer bestimmten Klientel gefällig wäre … Das jetzige Recht bewirkt eine ungeheure Bevorzugung teils des Grundeigentums, aber auch der Gewinne, die aus dem Handel mit Grundstücken fließen … In den letzten Jahrzehnten sind in den deutschen Ballungsgebieten … die Grundstücke, die günstig lagen, enorm im Wert gestiegen. Kein Mensch ist je ernsthaft darum bemüht gewesen, diese gewaltigen Wertzuwächse steuerlich anzuzapfen.”

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zeidler

Bis auf den letzten Satz müsste Wolfgang Zeidler, wenn er noch lebte, kein Wort zurück nehmen.  Das Gegenteil ist der Fall: Von den Verteilungsverlusten des Faktors Kapital im Zuge der gegenwärtig niedrigen Zinsen profitiert nicht  der Faktor Arbeit, sondern der Faktor Land. Zeidlers weitere Ausführungen sind vor diesem Hintergrund aktueller denn je: “So hat sich die Rechtsordnung bisweilen dahin ausgewirkt, daß Eigentum in der Hand eines Reichen und Mächtigen auch wirken konnte wie eine gegen die Mitmenschen gerichtete Waffe … Auch hier hat der allgemeine Realitätsverlust die Erkenntnis verdrängt, welche Einbußen an Chancengleichheit die unumschränkte Herrschaft eines Besitzstandsdenkens bewirkt. Und völlig vergessen wird: Wo die Möglichkeit zur Reform fehlt, wird Revolution legitim …” Allerdings heben die “potentiellen Revolutionäre”, die heutzutage im Übrigen eher von rechts kommen, diesbezüglich ebenfalls kein Alternativkonzept. Schon allein deswegen sollte man wohl lieber weiter auf dem langen und steinigen Reformwege voranschreiten.

*Die Passagen wurden in der Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie 76/1988 abgedruckt.