Re: [LandCafe] G. K. Chesterton?
- Dan Sullivan wrote:
>I just got a strange argument that cited some abstruse quotes by G. K.From The Voter and the Two Voices, by C.K. Chesterton
>Chesterton from which the arguer "supposed" that Chesterton would
>never support a land value tax. Does anyone know if Chesterton
>actually commented on LVT and what he said?
"It is calmly assumed that the only two possible types of society are a
Collectivist type of society and the present society that exists at this
moment and is rather like an animated muck-heap. It is quite unnecessary
to say that I should prefer Socialism to the present state of things. I
should prefer anarchism to the present state of things. But it is simply
not the fact that Collectivism is the only other scheme for a more equal
order. A Collectivist has a perfect right to think it the only sound
scheme; but it is not the only plausible or possible scheme. We might
have peasant proprietorship; we might have the compromise of Henry
George; we might have a number of tiny communes; we might have
co-operation; we might have Anarchist Communism; we might have a hundred
things. I am not saying that any of these are right, though I cannot
imagine that any of them could be worse than the present social
madhouse, with its top-heavy rich and its tortured poor..."