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  •  hokay (0+ / 0-)

    talk about Rube Goldberg machines. Anyway.

    You say:

    Government buying up land and zoning is not a subsidy.

    Will mean the price of land will go up and will enrich all those others who are land holders, especially those who already own the most valuable land.

    But it's part of the confusion of your approach: you want cheap land, as part of a redistribution scheme, which means buying up land and zoning takes open land out of circulation, raising market prices for real estate and is bad.

    Actually, I think simply you do not understand the approach. The "redistribution scheme" as you mention it, is nothing I, nor any other georgist, is claiming.

    But leaving open land out there and cheap for poor people to live on means, well, poor people will live on it, and sprawl.

    Except, we have tons of cheap open land now. Do the poor live there? Drive by any trailer park in the middle of nowhere and see how spread out it is. There will be hundreds and hundreds of acres all around and people are densly concnetrated on just one acre. Happened in teh soviet union also when they tried, and failed, to enforce the exact same regulations you are claiming to be "just" here.

    I am still awaiting your response to my question one comment down.

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