Imagine it is a decade or so into the future. The rules of the UK game, the collected “that’s just the way it is round here” - have been completely refreshed - you wouldn’t recognise the place. We are talking about ‘post’ Reboot Britain. It all happened by consensus, without bloodshed, without any sudden losers, or sudden winners, but the shift had been radical, imaginative and decisive. Like all great inventions, it now seems so obvious – now it has happened. (Just like it had seemed utterly unthinkable and impossible before.)
Cool Green Britannia!
Appropriation is simply theft, either from the previous owners — or from society as a whole.
In a sense, landowners accrue some of the economic value of the labour of the community as a whole. Landowning can therefore be said to be appropriation of the labour of the community.
A healthy community will choose laws of justice that maximize the minimum income of individuals in the society.
Later a much higher carbon price had been adopted – a huge gamble. But this had greatly encouraged renewable electricity too, forcing UK to forge an indmitable competitive advantage in renewable energy – the only type of energy anyone still buys now!
When tax was imposed at £200/tCO2 this also raised about £2000/person/year, or £100bn initially. The low paid were protected by refunds based on historical usage for the introductory years. Border tax adjustments solved to any competitiveness impacts on any energy-intensive sectors deemed essential during the transition, such as old hospitals.
Of course it wasn’t that easy.
The two biggest Mafia’s of their time, of all time, had to be exposed and brought to book:
The genius and the magic in how this happened was in the ‘armistice’ period – the transition years. Akin to an ‘Amnesty’ – those who had stolen land in the past were able to give it back – without losing everything – they were compensated for the loss of past (ill-gotten) privilege. Typically previous land barons said they knew it was wrong, knew it couldn’t last for ever, enjoyed it while it lasted, but were actually happier now it had come to an end.
The same applied to the old oil and gas barons.
In ancient Egypt one purpose of taxation was to build grand monuments. The monument to SFR would be the ongoing health of the Earth itself – our legacy – that future generations would enjoy.
In the past tax systems had sometimes redistributed income as an ideological goal. This time equal shares and a level playing field was the only way to unite the people to fight a common just war.
With SFR all private incentives were aligned with the public good.
Taxation no longer interfered with the individual.
The tax protected the welfare of children and supported autonomous forms of social organization.
The financial incentives embodied protected public property and the environment - and promoted intergenerational equity.
SFR created economic stabilising forces for climate and ecology.
The taxation of labour used to encourage the 'black' economy.
SFR gave rise to the new ‘Green and Grey’ and ultimately the Bright Green Economy.
LAND = our Home planet - sub-divided unfairly and historically stolen
Or... Good Green Growth.
The breakthrough was the decision to tackle head on the two biggest institutionalised misappropriations:
Of fossil rights underground. Why should anyone own past lives – graves.
Of air space in which to store pollution?
Everyone and no one owns the land, the water, the air, resources. Everyone must pay for pollution and ecological damages... dilapidations?
"No generation has a freehold on this Earth. All we have is a life-tenancy—with a full repairing lease." Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP
The idea of the GOOD ENOUGH PARENT
Optimum taxation – minimal stick, max carrot. Simple fair rules enforced on all.
In the old regime BIG POLLUTERS were excused, small polluters were caned.
Landlord Tenant was extortion and debt slavery.
The word Mortgage means BOUND until DEATH