Community Collection of Rent
What Is Geolibertarianism?
Geolibertarians are simply libertarians who take the principle of self-ownership
to its logical conclusion: Just as the right to one's self implies the right
to the fruit of one's labor (i.e., the right to property), the right to the
fruit of one's labor implies the right to labor, and the right to labor implies
the right to labor — somewhere. Hence John
Locke's proviso that one has "property" in
land only to the extent that there is "enough, and as good left in common
for others." When there is not, land begins to have rental value.
Thus, the rental value of land reflects the extent to which Locke's proviso
been violated, thereby making community-collection of rent, or CCR, a just
and necessary means of upholding the Lockean principle of private property.
In the late 19th century CCR was known as the "Single Tax"— a term that was (and is) used to denote Henry
George's proposal to abolish
all taxes save for a single "tax" on the value of land, irrespective
of the value of improvements in or on it.
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