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...the rapid sell out of public property, including all of the government monopolies in power, water and trains, the feeling that I am now living in an ECB colony...
It does not matter who owns these. Greece can tax the rental value away and there is nothing these robber barons can do.
And changes to the property tax code are also attached to the Portuguese destruction help.
...all Irish households face a new £257 property tax from 2012
So they really did, but to right direction. But this is completely ridiculous, a flat tax? That is not a "property tax." These neoliberals are really just charlatans.
The troika only care that we (implausibly) balance the budget, not really about the details of how we do it.
Liberalized (private) job market: Easier to fire.
And so on.
Imagine the following scenario (of which I know many examples):
Person has a small plot of land (really small, maybe not even enough for subsistence) with a small home. Person is unemployed, cannot make much money, etc. If there is some kind of property tax that this person cannot pay then (s)he might get expropriated. So, from a poor person with a measure of self-reliance we now have a desperate slave.
One just needs a property tax that is designed to hit this segment.
I agree that georgism is not without question marks. However your example is not one of those:
Person has a small plot of land (really small, maybe not even enough for subsistence) with a small home.
This person would pay zero LVT, because his plot produces only subsistence. LVT taxes only surplus, not necessary costs of capital or labour.
What would tax collector benefit by capturing worthless land?
The tax collector could be an agent, not of the people, but of the very rich people.
You mean that the tax collector would change the tax code at the moment the ownership is changed? Why otherwise would very rich people pay tax from a plot that does not produce anything? And when the land becomes more valuable, the tax increases even more. You are not talking about land tax at all. You are talking about "poll tax."
The tax collector is an agent of the very rich people now. They tax labour for the benefit of banks and property owners.
You mean that the tax collector would change the tax code at the moment the ownership is changed?
Really, short of sending a gunboat to Athens, there's fuck all you can do against a determined push to gank the oligarchs.
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