A Square Deal and Guaranteed Democracy
Silas S. Taber
[Reprinted from Land and Freedom, March-April
SPECIAL privilege and monopoly can be abolished, thus ending the
process of enriching the few by impoverishing the many, and
incidentally, purifying politics by removing occasion for The Third
Equality of opportunity in natural resources, can be established;
thus ending unemployment and the resultant criminality.
Private ownership or possession of land and property can be
confirmed; thus inducing a loyal and stabilized citizenship.
Freedom of production and exchange can be introduced; thus reducing
the cost of living and stimulating industry.
Public tax assessors can be relieved of their impossible task of
estimating values, and citizens from their inclination to fraud and
perjury; thus inculcating honesty.
Modern inventions can and should be made to signify increased wages
to labor and increased profits to capital; thus eliminating conflict.
Condensing the above declarations into one:
The square deal among men the Golden Rule in our economic life can
and should be inaugurated, by simply transferring as gradually as
required all governmental or community taxes, from the private
property values created by industry and trade the products of human
labor to the social or community values created by the governments and
society itself, as expressed and reflected in ground rent. Ground rent
keeps pace with public need. This would be scientific taxation, in
harmony with every day business principles a levy upon the citizen in
exact proportion to the benefits conferred.
The voters can enact scientific taxation into law, whenever they make
a majority demand; thus introducing all the benefits and blessings of
a square deal and a guaranteed democracy to all people; a new era of
liberty and justice.