Beyond Left and Right: Moral Principles for Economic Policies

    The polarization between left and right is largely because neither left nor right are based on clear moral principles. So, the fruitless debate between capitalism and socialism goes on because neither has a well-grounded  view of what is valid ownership.   The only consistent principles of ownership ever presented are those of John…

DFC endorses Mark Ludwig for Allegan County Michigan Drain Commissioner

As Drain Commissioner, Mark Ludwig would assess property owners based on services received – for example, if a property has a lot of soil runoff, and therefore causes more of a burden on the water system. That would be similar to treating the assessments as somewhat like a user fee for services. That approach connects…

DFC endorses Seth Piccirillo for mayor of Niagara Falls, NY

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) endorses Seth Piccirillo, Democratic candidate for mayor of Niagara Falls, NY. Piccirillo advocates the kind of practical tax reform that the DFC is for: the land value tax shift, which has been shown to work in other cities. He has been active in local and state government for 13 years,…

DFC endorses Mark Ludwig for Michigan state representative, 80th district

DFC endorses Mark Ludwig for Michigan state representative, 80th district. Mark supports the kind of tax reform the DFC advocates, and is a Regional Representative of the DFC, for the Northeast Central Region. campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LudwigForMI80th/ campaign website: https://ludwigforallegan.net

DFC Endorses Fayrouz Bazzi for City Council in Dearborn, Michigan

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) has endorsed Democratic candidate Fayrouz Bazzi for City Council in Dearborn, Michigan. Fayrouz Bazzi’s campaign platform includes the kind of practical tax reform the DFC advocates, and which the Michigan Municipal League has endorsed. Bazzi also advocates humane, effective alternatives for dealing with the drug problem – her innovative view…

Democratic Freedom Caucus Endorses Herb Riede for City Council in Meadville, PA

The Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC) has endorsed Democratic candidate Herb Riede for City Council in Meadville, PA. Herb Riede is in favor of the kind of practical tax reform the DFC advocates, as described in our Principles and Platform. He has an impressive resume – his main background is in IT but he also has…

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Poverty and Inequality: Caused by Government Favoritism

The major cause of much poverty and extreme inequality is government favoritism to special interests, such as corporate subsidies and other government-granted privileges, which distort the entire economy. That results in higher prices for products and services, and less job creation, so that with more unemployed people chasing fewer jobs, wages are  also bid down…

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Land and Market Power

As described in Mason Gaffney’s essay below, the current system of land markets is very distorted, which distorts the rest of the entire economy, resulting in job shortages, lower wages, homelessness, less affordable housing, less affordable products and services, and unnecessary poverty for many. Since every product and service requires inputs of natural resources and…

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Healthcare Reform

Our healthcare system is fragmented and costly. We need to adopt a sustainable consumer-based system responsive to the diverse needs of patients, but this requires looking beyond today’s partisan politics. Healthcare costs are rising due to laws that favor special interests and restrict people’s choices, and also because of the kinds of taxes that fall…