Geo-Tinyism — fusing two ideologies to advance progressive values

Introduction

“Geo” refers to “Georgism” — the economic theories of Henry George (1839–1897) who advocated a single tax on land value to promote social equity and increased productivity. George was a prominent leader of the USA’s “Progressive Era” — his humanitarian ideas were praised by Sun Yat Sen, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, and Upton Sinclair; his treatise Progress and Poverty outsold every book in the 1890’s except the Bible; George was regarded as one of the geniuses of his era, a peer of Thomas Edison and Charles Darwin.

Georgist Benefits

Georgism is a moral ideology that seeks fairness, justice, and an end to poverty; it believes the benefits of land and natural resources should be equally and globally shared, but people should own what they create with their labor, free of charge. Government, argued George, should be entirely funded by “ground rent” — land value tax (LVT) — rather than taxing labor, and this levy on land should replace all other taxes. Georgists also suggest redistributing surplus revenue to the public via basic income dividends — like the oil royalties that benefit Alaskan and Norwegian citizenry.

Tinyism Benefits

The historical success of city-states in ancient Greece and Renaissance Italy was noted in this essay’s introduction. Earlier examples are found in the twelve Mesopotamia Sumerian city-states (4500–1750 BCE), and the 1,022 cities and settlements of the Indus Valley (3300–1300 BCE). Civilization, apparently, owes its birth to the dense micro-nation aggregates that Geo-Tinyism seeks to revive.

Four Associated Goals

For Geo-Tinyism to guarantee human happiness, four aspirations must be realized:

Strategy

Progressive values can best be attained by 1) working towards the dissolution of large states into micro-nations, 2) adopting Georgist policies in both large and tiny states to demonstrate their efficacy.

Notes

Georgism — https://www.definitions.net/definition/Georgism

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