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The Land Question from Vari
ous Points of View.
It is a book of 246 pages, consisting of special articles by various writers and investigators. Price only 25 cents.
The following outline of its contents will give an idea of
its scope :
A Brief History of Land Tenures and Titles from
Earliest History and Various Countries.
This is a brief historical review of the relation of man to land from earliest time to the present.
Distribution of Land in Various Countries.
This chapter passes in rapid review the known statistics of land distribution in each of the leading countries of the globe, particularly noting the tendencies of recent decades in relation to land distribution. 3. Alien Landlordism in America.
This chapter, written by ex-Congressman John Davis, of Kansas, contains facts and figures that will stir the thought of the most indifferent mind. 4. Our System of Distributing the Public Lands.
This is a chapter of 55 pages, written by a gentleman in close touch with the Interior Department, and therefore familiar with all the facts, which are substantiated by references to public documents. He characterizes our system of distribution as follows: “It has been an instrument of fraud, injustice and demoralization.” This chapter is perhaps the most interesting account of the history of this branch of our public service that was ever written. To the land student it is of great importance, and to the general reader it is more interesting than a thrilling romance. 5. Provisions of our Federal and State Constitutions
relating to taxation, showing what property must be taxt and what property may be exempt from taxation, thus showing what constitutional ob
structions there are to the various land reforms
now being proposed.
This chapter was prepared by a trained lawyer, employed for the purpose, and is of great value to those interested in the single tax or other proposed land reforms. Each constitution is considered seperately, followed by comments strictly legal and impartial in character, relative to the possibility of the proposed land reforms under present constitutions. The legal research involved in this chapter is of peculiar value to land reformers. 6. Religion of the Land Question.
The author of this chapter, Ernest H. Crosby, of New York, may fittingly be called the Tolstoi of America. This contribution is fully up to his usual high standard. 7. Two Parables.
All that is necessary to say is that these are by the gifted writer, Bolton Hall. These brief parables throw a strong light on the wrongs of unjust land conditions. 8. Forestry.
“Land Reformers" have given very little attention, as a rule, to forestry. Many ancient nations passed away, and the countries became deserts, because of the neglect of forestry. By wise forethought, some of the European nations, notably Germany, are avoiding this fatal mistake. France is endeavoring to correct past mistakes in this direction, and Spain and Itafy should do so. Examination of facts shows that we are rushing rapidly toward the danger line. In the space of 18 pages this subject is presented, clearly and vigorously, giving all the leading facts and statistics for this and other countries, together with a synopsis of the legislation in this country, both state and national, that has been accomplished thus far. 9, 10, and 11
These three chapters are devoted to the discussion of the Single Tax, both pro and con. In this discussion practically all the leading arguments both for and against, may be found. These chapters will enable those unacquainted with the Single Tax theory to post up quickly and easily. 12. John Stuart Mill's Plan of Land Reform.
Here is perhaps where the advocates and opponents of the Single Tax may meet and compromise. This chapter is a fitting close to a book that covers, tersely but amply, the entire subject of land reform.