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Taxed to Death

Fred Harrison

Economics as an intellectual discipline is in urgent need
of interrogation. The authors of Taxed to Death claim
that the inquest is a matter of life and death.
ttdGovernance is prejudiced by theories that are
intentionally designed to accommodate the structural
flaws in the economy. Ideological interventions since the
onset of universal suffrage were, in the main, calculated
to deprive law-makers of the insights from classical
economics. This inhibited governments from adopting
the fiscal policies that would deliver inclusive growth
within cohesive communities.
Fortunately, scholarship has its heroes as well as its
villains. They were willing to risk personal preferment to
develop policies that would remove barriers to the full
and equal lives that everyone could and should enjoy.

Fred Harrison wrote this pamphlet together with Roger Sandilands. Read more (please click): Taxed to death

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.

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.

 

Fred Harrison’s new report about statecraft economics

Dirk Löhr

Fred Harrison’s new book is now available:
Statecraft: How the Economics of Civilisation Can Rescue the Global Economy

For non members of DOC the price is € 20,00. Here is a brief abstract of the contents (by Ed Dodson):

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Fred Harrison

“Fred Harrison argues that mainstream economics – both as an academic discipline and as a set of principles guiding public policy – is flawed and requires a fundamental rethink. The author proposes the notion of ‘economics of civilisation’ as a conceptual and practical resource to renew the art of statecraft at the service of a global economy capable of producing wealth in ways that are socially and ecologically just and viable.”

This book is an important addition to the volume of work Fred has produced in an effort to change the course of history. Consider getting a copy to put into the hands of someone who commands an audience in what Walt Rybeck taught us is the “public dialogue.”

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.

Land Value Tax: Left or Right?

Dirk Löhr

Land Value Tax (LVT): Left or right? The answer is: Nor neither. Only just and efficient. See the interesting video about LVT

The video has been published by the Labour Land Campaign (Land Labour), which could serve as a blueprint for Social Democratic Parties in other nations – including the sleepy SPD in Germany, which has no idea about the importance of land so far.

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See the website:

http://www.labourland.org/ (please click),

which includes many interesting information and videos.

Syrien: Krieg um Gas und Pipelines

Dirk Löhr

Der syrische Bürgerkrieg: Ein Schauspiel um die religiösen Fehden zwischen fanatisierten Sunniten und Schiiten; den Oskar für den Schurken in der Nebenrolle erhält Putin. Der Westen spielt die Rolle des gleichermaßen aufrechten wie machtlosen weißen Ritters. Dieses Bild zeichnen in Eintracht zumindest die wichtigsten Medien hierzulande. Erfrischend anders sind die Darstellung von Robert F. Kennedy jr. Als Sohn von Bobby Kennedy und Neffe von John F. Kennedy zählt er wohl nicht gerade zur russischen Propagandamaschinerie. Kennedy sieht im Syrien-Konflikt nichts anderes als eine weitere Auseinandersetzung über die Kontrolle von Ressourcen. Zum download (englisch):

Syria: Another Pipeline War (bitte klicken)

Quelle: EcoWatch (http://www.ecowatch.com/syria-another-pipeline-war-1882180532.html)
Quelle: EcoWatch (http://www.ecowatch.com/syria-another-pipeline-war-1882180532.html)

Der Artikel enthält auch eine Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte US-amerikanischer Militärinterventionen, die zu einem erheblichen Teil durch die Kontrolle über Rohstoffe motiviert waren.

Eine der wenigen deutschen Medien, die diese Sicht der Dinge aufgriffen, war ausgerechnet die Wirtschaftswoche. Weitere lesenswerte Berichte erschienen u.a. in Telepolis und den NachDenkSeiten. Interessant und informativ ist auch ein Telefoninterview von Dr. Daniele Ganser zu diesem Thema, der demnächst auch in Deutschland zu diesem Thema unterwegs ist. Das Interview wurde allerdings mit KenFM geführt, einer nicht unumstrittenen Quelle.

Dennoch darf die Frage gestellt werden, warum diese Perspektive nicht breiter in den „Qualitätsmedien“ hierzulande diskutiert wird. In einem Krieg stirbt halt offenbar zuerst die Wahrheit.