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Old 07-17-2013, 12:48 AM   #43
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Default Re: Landowning: the main cause of wealth inequality

Originally Posted by MadeFromDust
lmao land ownership and property rights are some of the most fundamental elements of the American way. Don't like it GTFO or STFO

Actually, plenty of them recognized the inherent injustice in landownership and that it's not a natural right and different from other property:

Thomas Paine

it is the value of the improvement, only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property.
Man did not make the earth, and, though he had a natural right to occupy it, he had no right to locate as his property in perpetuity any part of it; neither did the Creator of the earth open a land-office, from whence the first title-deeds should issue.

A land value tax was included in the Articles of Confederation to address this inherent injustice:

Articles of Confederation

Article VIII. All charges of war, and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the united States in congress assembled, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury, which shall be supplied by the several States in proportion to the value of all land within each State, granted or surveyed for any person, as such land and the buildings and improvements thereon shall be estimated according to such mode as the united States in congress assembled, shall from time to time direct and appoint.

The taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the legislatures of the several States within the time agreed upon by the united States in congress assembled.

Landed interests protested and threatened the destruction of the United States and so it got removed in the U.S. Constitution which replaced the Articles of Confederation.
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