Doesn’t this look like observer-expectancy bias?

Could be, but it didn’t seem like it to me. They went from being an isolated community (at odds with neighboring community) to a more involved and entrepreneurial community. While the effects might be more obvious in a developing nation, I see no reason to believe the overall ‘human behavior’ would be different in other countries.

As for Land Value Taxation, your view might be skewed by your definition of property. I was referring strictly to the unimproved value of land, not property (real or otherwise).

In fact, no one has ever lost their home to a Land Value Tax. A large number of people have lost their homes to property taxes.

The value of land that proponents are looking to collect is Rent, the unimproved ‘social’ value of the land. I am not sure what could be a more just way to tax, since it is society as a whole that is providing this surplus in value.

In conjunction with this change, income taxes would be lowered. Since income taxes hit productivity, this is actually far more just. Estonia does a LVT, and has recently suggested Greece do something similar as a way to combat tax evasion and fix their problems without resorting to painful, counterproductive austerity. Singapore and Hong Kong both have LVT-based taxation.

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