Lars Doucet – Georgism, Progress, Poverty, & Why Rent is Too Damn High

The Lunar Society | 10 January 2022 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lars Doucet about his book Land is a Big Deal. Digs deep into Georgism – the notion of taxing increases in land value. Discusses why even the wealthiest places in the world have poverty and homelessness; why rents increase as fast as wages; why land-owners are able to extract the profits that rightly belong to labour and capital; and how taxing the value of land would alleviate speculation, NIMBYism, and income and sales taxes.

This digs deep into the arguments for and against a land value tax. The earlier Narratives episode serves as a gentler introduction. I’m rather persuaded by the arguments presented. Is there something I’ve missed, or is this a no-brainer policy change?

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Under the Influence with Robert H. Frank

Economics Detective Radio | 8 May 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert H. Frank about his book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. Backgrounds both that our social environment influences our behaviour and that our environment is itself a product of our behaviour. Makes the case for taxes that take account of these social contagion effects.

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