Hartzok: Socialising land rent and untaxing production

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Renegade Economists 286   Alanna Hartzok on Equalizing Labor Rights via Earth Rights by Renegadeeconomists on Mixcloud   This week we speak with Alanna Hartzok, co-director of the Earth Rights Institute, looking at her experiences at the World Bank Land & Poverty conference. We discuss the paper she presented on Socialising Land Rents, Untaxing Production , exploring the deep history of … Read More

The Best of Intentions

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photo credit: JPD Photos AN EXPERIMENT IN INDIA The much travelled and well known author, Karl Eskelund, whose many books on foreign countries and their people have countless readers, describes the effort which a band of young American and English Quakers made in the way of assisting some of the Indian population, millions of whom live at starvation level. The … Read More

Economic Slavery Explained

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THE INQUISITIVE BOY By “SPOKESHAVE” (circa early 1900’s) Out of the vault – this sums up our message like few others – please pass it on What place is that, pa? That is a brickyard, my son. Whose brickyard is it, pa? It belongs to me, my son. Do all these piles of bricks belong to you? Yes, my son, … Read More

Empty Spaces

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photo credit: euzesio Mason Gaffney February 2009 “Phantom faces at the window.
Phantom shadows on the floor.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more” – from Alain Boublil, Les Mis Many stores have closed in the last year; they stand empty behind signs reading “Available”, “For lease”, or “First month free”. So have many industries, their gates locked, … Read More

The Modern Juggernaut

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Taken from The Beacon, Nov 1st, 1893 (Melbourne)

Juggernaut was a god of India, a monsterous idol, whose huge nostrils loved the scent of the blood of human sacrifice.

When his great chariot was rolled through the streets, men and women in adoration flung themselves beneath its wheels and were gloriously crushed to death.

While the victims thought to gain thereby eternal joys and a paradise of indolent repose, their shrieks and groans sounded sweet in the great god’s ears, or, rather, in those of the fat priests who tended him, and who leered horribly at one another, knowing that such mad self-immolation assured them in their bloody offices. For it was the priests that fostered the worship of the beastial image, since to them fell the stripping of the slain and the toil-won offerings of superstitious devotees.