The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72
How to Nationalise Ground-Rent — Introduce the Single Tax
How to Nationalise Ground-Rent
Introduce the Single Tax
The Proposal is to buy the future right to charge very owner with ground-rent.
This would not be buying Land and nationalising it.
It would be purchasing the right to levy Ground Rent in order to nationalise that.page break
The Special Facilities for the Use of which
is the payment, are created, maintained, and continually increased by the community. The
Privilege of Enjoying
these ever-growing advantages in the future, without an equivalent annual payment, has, since the Colony's infancy, when it was of little value,
Been Sold to Freeholders.
These may sell or bequeath their privilege, at its increased value, to other owners, or rent it to landless people. Thus, to quote the words of John Stuart Mill, "an accession of wealth created by circumstances"—has been allowed to—" become
An Unearned Appendage
to the riches of a particular class." This pamphlet proposes to show
How to Nationalise all Existing and Future Ground-Rent and Introduce
The Single Tax
As the Only Public Revenue
By State Purchase
of the present custom, by which
All Landowners Hold Land Rent Free.
It is proposed to effect this by the issue to all freeholders and mortgagees of
Transferable and Redeemable Debentures,
bearing an annual interest equal to their present estimated ground-rent.
Our Motto is—
"Community-created values for community pui poses; individually-created values for individual possession."