Simon Patten on Public Infrastructure and Economic Rent Capture by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
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Dandelion Salad
October 17, 2011

As published in American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 70, No. 4 (October, 2011).
*The author acknowledges funding from Prosper Australia in support of this article.

ABSTRACT. Reflecting the Progressive Era’s reform agenda Simon Patten (1852–1922) argued that freeing markets from one source of economic rent (by taxing land rent) would merely leave the surplus to be taken by other monopolists and rent extractors (railroads, Wall Street trusts, and basic privatized utilities). Continue reading