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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Bright, C. M.
Taxation,   pp. 273-306 PDF (6.8 MB)


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AGRICULTURAL ND MECHANICAL AssOCIATION.  301
of the classes themselves. No one thing alone does it, but
the landlord system of Ireland and England has more to do
with it than any one thing; not the free trade system.
Mr. Roe -There is just one difficulty arises in this mat-
ter of land. The gentleman states that they would rent no
more than they found use for. The question is, what use is.
What would be the objects? Here is the Duke of Athol who
wants land for a game preserve and for a deer park. It is
use. He has got the money to put into rent for said land.
The Scotch crofter has not that money. He can't bid against
the Duke of Athol, and the Duke of Athol gets the land for
his park. It would be very difficult for the government to
say you are to apply this land to such a purpose, you ought
to have so much plow land, so much in pasture, and so on;
but the government would not go behind the means of the
party who applies to rent the land, to acquire his object. He
wants the land for his own purposes and he is willing to
pay the rent for the land, so many acres at so much per
acre.
Mr. Mott -I think the gentleman still misconceives the
idea -the theory of Henry George practically is that the
Duke of Athol or Argyle has no right to hold thousands
and thousands of acres of good tillable land that will bring
forth wheat and other crops when his neighbors are starv-
ing for the necessities of life at his doors, when he could
have an opportunity to earn these necessities. The idea is
they have no right to monopolize all this land, any more
than you have the right to monopolize all the land in the
world and crowd the human race off into space. That is
the theory and I have yet failed to find a man that could
answer it.
Mr. Hazen -On the whole I do not think that taxes are
unjustly levied. If one man has got property he has got to
pay taxes on it to support those who have not got any
means of support. I don't know that we own any land. I
have got a deed from the government. A man don't own
any land himself. Let him neglect to pay his taxes a couple
of years and some one else will own the land.
Mr. Huntley - I guess the government owns it now.


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