Category Archives: Public goods

Fair Finance Week: Immobilienspekulation, Wohnungsnot, Gentrifizierung – können Wohnprojekte ein Lösungsansatz sein?

Dirk Löhr

Am 8.11.2018 fand in der GLS Bank in Frankfurt eine Vortrags- und Diskussionsrunde zum Thema “Immobilienspekulation, Wohnungsnot, Getrifizierung – können Wohnprojekte ein Lösungsansatz sein?” statt. Teilnehmer waren u.a. Kolja Müller (Planungsdezernat Stadt Frankfurt), Birgit Kasper (Netzwerk Frankfurt für gemeinschaftliches Wohnen), Rolf Novy-Huy (Stiftung Trias) und Prof. Dr. Dirk Löhr (Hochschule Trier / Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld). Moderiert wurde die Veranstaltung durch die Wirtschaftsjournalistin Elke Pickartz. Anbei ein Mitschnitt des Vortrags und der Diskussionsrunde:

Video 1: Wohnungsnot Wohnprojekte als Lösung
Teil1 LöhrVortrag    https://youtu.be/9caCKVcdZ4Y 

Video 2: Wohnungsnot Wohnprojekte als Lösung
Teil 2 Diskussion     https://youtu.be/cTbBAgIwrYY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Neue Bodenpolitik effektiver als Mietpreisbremse

Dirk Löhr

Die Mietpreisbremse kuriert letztlich nur Symptome. Um die Problematik bezahlbaren Bauens und Wohnens in den Griff zu bekommen, muss beim vorgelagerten Markt angesetzt werden: Dem Bodenmarkt.

Hierzu ein Interview im Deutschlandfunk: Neue Bodenpolitik effektiver als Mietpreisbremse

Bodenwende jetzt!

Richard Fuchs …

… beschreibt in einem sehr informativen Beitrag im Deutschlandfunk vom 27. März mögliche Bausteine einer Bodenwende:

Mittel gegen explodierende Grundstückspreise – wie bezahlbarer Wohnraum entstehen könnte.  (bitte klicken). Auch als Podcast (“Beitrag hören” anklicken)!

Brache

Der Beitrag erscheint im Vorfeld der Urteilsverkündung des Bundesverfassungsgericht zu den derzeitigen Bewertungsgrundlagen der Grundsteuer. Diese werden voraussichtlich als verfassungswidrig verworfen.

Dann heißt es: Weiter so? Oder eine grundlegende Reform – weg von der Besteuerung von Verbrauch, Arbeit und produktiven Investitionen – hin zu einer stärkeren Besteuerung der Nutzung von Land und Natur!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Bodenreform und Staatsfinanzierung

Dirk Löhr

am 1.11.2017 fand anlässlich des 120. Todestags von Henry George die Veranstaltung “Henry George – ökonomischer Wegweiser durch das 21. Jahrhundert” statt. Die Resonanz auf die Tagung war außerordentlich positiv.

SG

Diejenigen, die an der Teilnahme verhindert waren oder aber das Thema vertiefen möchten, darf ich auf eine weitere Veranstaltung zu diesem Themenkomplex hinweisen: Am 18./19. November 2017 finden die 60. Mündener Gesprächen zum Thema “Bodenreform und Staatsfinanzierung” in der Silvio-Gesell-Tagungsstätte am nördlichen Stadtrand von Wuppertal statt. Alle Informationen zum Programm und zum Organisatorischen sowie den Link zum Anmeldeformular finden Sie auf der Internetseite

http://www.sozialwissenschaftliche-gesellschaft.de/de/muendener-gespraeche.html

Wir haben die Möglichkeit, am Sonnabend Abend noch einen zusätzlichen Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Felix Fuders (Universidad de Valdivia/Chile) in unser Programm aufzunehmen:

“Die Tragödie der Gemeingüter – warum Privatisierung keine effiziente Lösung ist”. 

Am Ende des Google-Anmeldeformulars     https://goo.gl/4TcQF4   muss man links im rechteckigen Kästchen “Ich bin kein Roboter” ein Häkchen setzen und dann eine Art Bilderrätsel lösen. Leider funktioniert das Anmeldeformular nicht ohne dieses Bilderrätsel. Wer damit Probleme hat, möge bitte nicht seine/ihre Anmeldung unterlassen, sondern sich an mich wenden oder seine/ihre Wünsche direkt unserem Gastgeber Andreas Bangemann in der Tagungsstätte mitteilen: 

ab@silvio-gesell-tagungsstaette.de

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.