Frequently asked questions or counter arguments.
As expected it seems that most confusion is generated by the idea that everyone should have an inalienable right to land, therefore this is the largest topic in this Frequently Asked Questions document.
A – Summary
1 – This is a rather thick book, where is the summary, why don’t you write a summary ?
Answer: The summary is part of the book itself, which starts with some general economic theory and then a summary version of a system of society as proposed on page 71, 72, after which it will get progressively more detailed, which is what the rest of the book is about.
1 – What is the essential point of your book, what is the most important claim ?
Answer: Since western society already idealizes things like a democratic State, Justice with competent defense in court under public law, freedom of self determination of people and Nations, all of which could perhaps need perfecting (which is what the book is about), perhaps the most important claim of the book is the idea that everyone has an inalienable right to free land (natural resources). What the vote is in politics, is what land is in economics. What bribing representatives and buying votes is in politics (correctly understood as corruption and against the law, especially in a system where a dictatorship of the rich is looming large or an established fact), is what buying land as a perpetual property is to the economy (which is not yet comprehended or agreed to by this culture). Markets in land held as a permanently owned asset at any quantity, turns the system into a dictatorship by the rich. Because land (the place, the natural resource, nature) is not made by human effort, it does not fall under the same economic logic that products and services fall under. The price does not balance around a dynamic equilibrium like services and goods should. The dynamic price equilibrium of the goods and services market even depends on the free right to land for all.
B – Inalienable right to land.
1 – “Not everyone can have land, there are too many people.“
Answer: The matter at hand is not to make everyone a farmer who lives isolated from all other people, but rather to resolve the question of who shall own, control and profit from what land is available.
2 – “Many people are not interested in owning land.“
Answer: Then they can either ignore their right to land, or they can rent it to someone else, or even find someone to handle the trouble of land rent contracts in return for a share of the profit for example. Although one may not every day be in need of having a vote in Government, a proper court to resolve a dispute, or other such important elements in society, it can become essential when the need arises. So it is also with land, which in principle resolves the problem of joblessness because having land is having a job, it resolves the problem of low cost and easy startup for business if the land is free.
3 – “Not everyone wants to be a farmer.“
Answer: Not all land is being used for farming, and not only farming land should be distributed. For example one may envision fairly small plots allowing for a modest building on each, to be freely available near villages and towns for all who live there, to start their free life in industry and trade if they so prefer.
4 – “It is impossible to give everyone the same value in land.“
Answer: Although that is probably true if one fidgets up to the last penny in a year, some reasonable estimates will have to be made, which will likely be a decent improvement compared to the disproportionally owned land distribution in the current Capitalist order.
5 – “We don’t want to go back to the stone age past.“
Answer: Ironically the current trade in land is a stone age way of looking at land ownership, which has not yet incorporated the good sense of farming: allowing everything its rightful place, to live and flourish. If we want to hang on to our technological achievements, we may want to modernize our economic understanding, and quit dividing people into bosses and serfs as a necessity of economic productivity. Keep in mind that even though everyone has a right to an equal value of land and seemingly trade in land will no longer be allowed, rent contracts and land swap contracts still provide the benefit of a market, without denying people their inalienable right to a free life.
Undersigned also had to adjust to the idea that land is a right for all, however the logic is inescapable. Indeed the longer one thinks about it the more natural and true it will seem. Who has no land is ultimately a roaming slave looking for a master to serve. There are many more issues to debate when it comes to land ownership, see elsewhere or even better: think things over if you feel the need.
C – Confusion with other Ideologies
1 – “‘Socialism‘ can never work, people are naturally selfish.“
Answer: Precisely, that is why neither Capitalism nor Communism works well, or to put it differently: there seems to be room for improvement. People who make this accusation typically seem to take the meaning of ‘Socialism‘ to be anti-Social, dictatorship,tyranny, a centrally planned economy, and the like. Notice the difference between nationalization and socialization. Socialization can also be to change a monopoly business into a series of non-monopolistic co-operative businesses in the free market. Socialization of soil can be: give everyone their right to soil and freedom. Socialization does not have to be nationalization. What is proposed here is a free market.
The irony is that in the system of Capitalism, everything will eventually be nationalized under an Oligarchy, until it is a privately run centrally planned economy with a privately owned State, whether or not it will then still be called Capitalism is irrelevant to the problems at hand. In Capitalism the wealthy will have ever more ability to gain ever more wealth, more land, more businesses, more debt instruments, limitless more Capital, whereas the common man over time impoverishes under such pressure. There is little or nothing that reverses the centralization of wealth in a Capitalist economy. Perhaps a highly moral buying activism by the population, or an angelic generosity, are theoretical counter balances against the centralization, which in practice only the smallest fraction of the population is capable off.
Capitalism is a Utopia, requiring mankind to be extraordinarily moral, short of which the system will degenerate into a system of slavery, even when that can take centuries. Market Socialism aims to alter precisely that, by making hard law that secures everyone their power in the economy permanently, while shattering an excess of wealth centralization, and capping the system off with a tight democratic State election system, as well as other measures.
? – You know better ?
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