Monday, March 31, 2008

Jonathon Porritt & The Free Lunch

This pioneering environmentalist has just endorsed the book The Free Lunch – Fairness with Freedom. He says: ‘I have indeed enjoyed this book…it makes a really important contribution to a much neglected area of debate within the broader sustainable development terrain... contains very fresh thinking.’

Jonathon Porritt is particularly in agreement about the idea of land value tax which Henry George campaigned for over 100 years ago. Had this radical reform of taxation been taken on then, it would have inevitably resulted in a more sustainable future for the earth and for our free society than we are facing now. Our appallingly backward tax system unfairly burdens the poorest, but there is a fairer way. Economists recognize that taxation based on natural resources such as land would not only encourage the more sustainable use of the resources of the planet but also result in a more prosperous and fairer society.

Political ideas of the future are contained within this book. Anyone hoping for the well-being of the planet must also wonder how the important issues of fair shares for all, as well as the need for a freer society will be resolved. The book explores it all.


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