Phil "Mr. Timesizing®" Hyde

For Georgists = followers of Henry George
© 2004 Philip Hyde, PO Box 622, Cambridge MA 02140 USA (617) 623-8080

In the late 19th Century, Henry George proposed a single tax on land that he believed was the critical step in correcting the multilayered injustices and dysfunctions of capitalism. His followers still abound, nurtured in local branches all over the USA. To explain Timesizing to Georgists is simple. We Timesizers replace the single tax on land with a single tax on overtime, along with a compete tax exemption for setting up overtime-targeted training and hiring. Our tax on overtime comes in two flavors, corporate and individual. And we have a very uncontroversial way of defining overtime = we let its opposite, "undertime" (unemployment), define it: as long as unemployment - comprehensively defined to include welfare, disability, homelessness and prisons - is too high or rising, we adjust the workweek downward, and of course, the point each week when overtime begins.

Henry George is claimed, by Robert Heilbroner, to have believed in this single step to permanent perfection. We believe that his single tax on land is part of a larger paradigm of taxing problems to subsidize solutions (or at least unburden them). A single tax on land area is perfect for an agricultural economy, especially if it focuses on taxing too much land per person. But then storehouses and warehouses became more important than land, so we needed to tax excessive volume per person. And then the contents of the houses, whether for storage or business or just plain living became more important, so we needed to tax excessive mass per person. And now the activities of what's in the buildings has become most important, so we need to tax the worktime of everyone in those buildings. This is where Timesizing's single tax on excessive worktime ("overtime" per job or "overwork" per person) comes in. The whole progression just follows the paradigm of dimensions in one of the introductory booklets to Timesizing. And it doesn't stop at balancing worktime or employment.


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