Blog posts discussing Henry George, Technology, Land Value Tax and more…
When we hear the word “Technology” we tend to think of electronics, flying cars, and the like. Since most of us live our lives as urbanites or suburbanites and few of us make a living farming, the Tech of Agriculture may seldom cross our minds. In this entry of the Tech & Society blog we will turn that around by asking how civilization even exists without the Agriculture Tech we rely on every day to stay alive. We will also look at how new and emerging technology including AI and robotics are shaping the future of Digital Agriculture and what this means on a global scale for Equity and economic fairness in light of the teachings of Henry George.
In the late 1890s the problem was monopoly, so the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was enacted to counter manufacturing monopolies. Were Sherman alive today he’d say monopolies are still with us, except they don’t manufacture, they create services, but the real danger to society is from oligopoly, not monopoly, as the former sets the terms of their exploitation and obfuscation. You don’t need to go any further than today’s transparent oil industry price-gouging conundrum.
Most of us have a shared understanding of what is meant when we hear the word land. Normally, people think of the ground underfoot or the plains stretching to the mountains or the contrast of the Earth and the sea. However, some technical abstractions can also be considered as land in the view of Henry George. In this blog entry we will discuss the societal implications of how we manage certain ethereal properties affecting satellites, cell phones, and even your Wifi connection. These naturally occurring elements are what I call “Unland Land.” As we will see they are universal, impactful, and highly valuable.
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