National LVT (Land Value Tax) to Replace Income Tax
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The public deserves economic (ecological) justice. Most of us are struggling financially and our natural resources are being pointlessly destroyed due to the tax system, which systemically encourages land price speculation (sprawl and downtown vacancy) and keeps everyone drained of our profits. Reversing that will release us from rent desperation and allow us to demand higher wages and enable us to make more conscientious purchasing decisions.
The relationship between nature and society hinges on how government treats access to private land ownership. Will we have equal opportunity or allow land to be profitably hoarded? We should tax people only for the value of the land they are personally monopolizing and stop taxing people for making each other happy (tax resource, not production). When we correct our relationship with nature, society will evolve.
Dear President, Donald J. Trump,
Please, advocate for a national land value tax to replace personal income tax.
Taxing income is anti-human. Taxing land value ownership is fair and efficient.
America's founders believed in land value tax as evidenced by America's original Constitution, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, which based our entire revenue system on land value taxation.
Many great minds and respected thinkers within the field of political economy have expressed the fact that land value tax is superior to all others and should replace them, but, for obvious reasons, this information is not popularized by professional academicians (because of who pays them).
Adam Smith: "Ground rents are a species of revenue which the owner, in many cases, enjoys without any care or attention of his own. Ground rents are, therefore, perhaps a species of revenue which can best bear to have a peculiar tax imposed upon them."
Karl Marx: "Monopoly of land is the basis of monopoly in capital".
Tom Paine: "Men did not make the earth.... It is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property.... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds."
Milton Friedman: "The least bad tax is ... on the unimproved value of land, ..."
Joseph E. Stiglitz: "Rent is the secret tax the wealthy charge the poor".
William F. Buckley, Jr.: “Henry George said that the rent of all land ought to be public. … I am sympathetic with that particular analysis.”
Leo Tolstoy: "Solving the land question means the solving of all social questions".
John Locke: "Whenever, in any country, the proprietor ceases to be the improver, political economy has nothing to say in defence of landed property. When the “sacredness” of property is talked of, it should be remembered that any such sacredness does not belong in the same degree to landed property."
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "The fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to no one."
Pliny, the elder (principal historian of the Roman Empire): "Latifundia (unlimited land speculation) ruined Rome".
And the "l 'aissez faire" economists were, in fact, petitioning the monarchy for the same thing as I am petitioning you now, "l 'impot unique" (the single tax, to abolish all taxes except on land value ownership).
Their wise words were not heeded, with disastrous effect. Please, consider using your powerful influence to voice your approval for this evolutionary idea so that humanity can move forward instead of declining again as so many civilizations before which failed to allow the citizenry natural justice (freedom to labor and equal access to land).
Thank you very much for your consideration of this crucial issue.
Adam Jon Monroe, Jr.
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