Unjust Deserts

December 10, 2008

The full book title is
Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back
by Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly
Now, all I know about this book is what I read in this review by Mark Engler, but clearly the point being made is that, whatever one earns by one’s own efforts, some share legitimately belongs to the community in which one lives.  What share? Measured how? Collected how?

The collection of land rent by the community seems to be a pretty good way to accomplish this, as it won’t reduce the incentive to produce and it will tend in multiple ways to benefit other community members, not only in its direct revenue effects but also in its tendency top raise wages for the poorest.


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