Earthsharing Australia is a Georgist organisation providing free education services in economics. Our teachings demonstrate the urgent need for the capture of the naturally rising value of the earth for public benefit. With the sharing of this natural wealth, we can reduce taxes on the makers, downsizing wealth gap pressures whilst curtailing the motivation to exploit our resources. This is the big picture reform needed to create the sustainable, walkable communities resiliant to the pressures of climate change.
We are a sister organisation to Prosper Australia. Earthsharing Australia represents the beliefs of those members interested in green issues. However, we still maintain we are a group from the radical centre, with the unearned incomes enjoyed by monopoly rights in land, minerals through to DNA and banking licenses providing the funding to cull taxes on productive work. We have the advantage of being able to talk to both businessmen (less taxes) and greens (resource efficiency).
With a system that taxes economic rents (unearned incomes) in place, genuine economic democracy is possible where freedom involves community interaction and self empowerment. Sovereignty over our resources and their values is the primary function of government in ‘governing the land’.
A great introduction is to watch our documentary Real Estate 4 Ransom:
Many of our supporters are young people concerned about the looming twin disasters – the increasing wealth gap and the speed of climate change.
Three articles to build your understanding:
2014 SLF zine – an introductory piece full of cartoons and bite sized pieces (print 2 pages per page)
Roots Revolution – Steve Wall (1985)
Alanna Hartzok on the World Bank Land & Poverty conference
The glossary via Prosper Australia is very useful.
Our logo was designed by Aysen Ozturk following a logo competition (circa 2004). Thanks Aysen!
To understand our movement’s long and proud history, read Prosper Australia’s About Us page
Our most prominent efforts are in reforming vacancy statistics. The Speculative Vacancy reports have gained worldwide attention and continue to point to the latent supply of housing though our innovative water consumption methodology.
Earthsharing’s Flickr page – check out some of the photos of the team and our events.