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作       者:Fred Harrison

出  版  社:M-Y Books

出版时间:2012-08-01

字       数:309.9万

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This book offers the first comprehensive assessment of Tony Blair's premiership and his Third Way project. It reveals the hidden flaw in the market economy which explains why politicians, of all parties, cannot keep their grand promises. Blair promised to reform the Welfare State - the pact between people and their governments to abolish the evils of poverty and ignorance. In fact, however, despite a record three election victories in a row, the gap between rich and poor widened. The reason, the author argues, is the method government relies on to raise taxes. Contrary to intention, the tax burden on low-income earners increased, while property owners have enjoyed record capital gains. The outcome is over ?1trillion indebtedness which renders tens of thousands of families vulnerable to bankruptcy and the loss of their homes in the next recession. Fred Harrison reveals how taxpayers’ money is channelled behind the scenes, through ‘the invisible hand’, from poor to rich people and from poor to rich parts of the country. Public spending, for example on roads, railways, schools and hospitals, makes a major contribution to rising land values. These benefit house and other property owners, rich ones more than poor ones, desirable locations and asset-rich parts of the country more than poor ones, but those who rent their properties do not share in the windfall gains. In fact, they have to pay rising rents. Taking Britain as a case study, Harrison escorts the reader along an old Roman road from south to north to pin-point how poverty is institutionalised in the growing divide between rich and poor. Along the way he illuminates the inner workings of tax policies and property rights that similarly afflict all market economies Tax reform is on the political agenda in the West, but politicians continue to believe their consultants who tell them that 'broad-based' taxes are necessary. Harrison challenger this conventional wisdom and explains that the market economy needs to integrate the prices charged for public services with the prices charged for all other goods and services. This model is based on people, including the rich, paying for, and in proportion to, the benefits they receive, which really would be progressive. This reform has a further benefit. It would enable the European and American economies to face the challenge of the newly emerging economies and remain competitive in the global markets of the 21st century.
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Fred Harrison’s

Title Page

Copyright Page

Table of Contents

Epigraph

Prologue - Civil War by Other Means

Four Indictments

Part I - THE TAX STATE

1 - The Tax Clawback Scam

1.1 Fifteen Million Victims

1.2 Stealthily Does It

1:3 Bonanza for the Asset Rich

1.4 What’s Going on Here?

REFERENCES

2 - Ricardo’s Law

2.1 The Theory of Rent

2.2 The Price of Civilisation

2:3 The Domesday Book

2.4 The Riches of Babylon

REFERENCES

3 - Living on the Edge

3.1 The Margin as Place

3.2 The Margin as Political War Zone

3.3 The Margin as State of Mind

3.4 Zone Beyond the Margin

REFERENCES

4 - Governance as a Science

4.1 The Nature of Society

4.2 Free Riders

4.3 The First Law of Social Dynamics

4.4 The Roman Road to Wallsend

REFERENCES

Part II - ANATOMY OF A DISUNITED KINGDOM

5 - Pulling Power

5.1 Dick Whittington’s Streets of Gold

5.2 The Doctrine of ‘Agglomeration’

5.3 Capital Gains

REFERENCES

6 - Castles in the Air

6.1 Location, Location, Location

6.2 A Capital Conundrum

6.3 A Head Start in Life

6.4 The Disunited Kingdom (2): Community

REFERENCES

7 - To CAP it All

7.1 People of the Commons

7.2 The Lord was No Protector

7.3 Farming the Taxpayers

7.4 The Disunited Kingdom (3): Democracy

REFERENCES

8 - The Economics of Life and Death

8.1 Mortality and the System

8.2 The Clues in Cancer

8.3 Poverty of Place

8.4 The Disunited Kingdom (4): Health

REFERENCES

9 - Brave New World

9.1 A Demolition Job

9.2 The Chocolate King

9.3 Railroading the Kingdom

9.4 Disunited Kingdom (5): Shelter

REFERENCES

10 - The Constituents of Tony Blair’s Mind

10.1 Formation of the English

10.2 The Aristocratic Double-take

10.3 Tony Blair’s Magic Mantra

10.4 Disunited Kingdom (6): The Class Divided

REFERENCES

Part III - BARBARIANS WITHIN

11 - Beyond Hadrian’s Wall

11.1 Cometh the Barbarians

11.2 Betrayal of the Lairds

11.3 Failure of the Social Immune System

11.4 On Social Solidarity

REFERENCES

12 - America’s Constitution of Unhappiness

12.1 Beyond the Land of the Free

12.2 Where’s the Levy on the Levee?

12.3 The Anglo-American Model Challenged

12.4 Happiness: a Constitutional Right?

REFERENCES

13 - The Dis-abling State

13.1 The Aristocratic Coup

13.2 Divide and Rule

13.3 Of Leakages and Losses

13.4 Whose Money is it Anyway?

REFERENCES

Part IV - THE NEW FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE

14 - The Economics of Equality

14.1 The Measure of Justice

14.2 Blame It on the Market

14.3 Conflating Land with Capital

14.4 The Failures of Governance

REFERENCES

15 - First Law of Social Dynamics

15.1 The Philosophy of Prices

15.2 Testing the Hypothesis

15.3 The Counter-cyclical Policy

15.4 Unpicking the Tax State

REFERENCES

16 - The New Mercantilism

16.1 Fool’s Gold

16.2 The Finance Merchants

16.3 Democracy’s Trap

16.4 Not How Much, but How

REFERENCES

The Judgement

Epilogue - A Personal Word

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgements

About the Author

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