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Land Nationalisation in Switzerland.

The Swiss “Frie-land” movement appears to be making rapid progress. It is gathering adherents over Switzerland, not only amongst working people in the towns and amongst the small cultivators, but amongst practical statesmen. It has already enlisted in its favor some of the members of the Great Council of Basle. They ate in a minority, indeed, as yet i but_ lately this minority succeeded in introducing a serious debate in the Council upon the sale of some spots of ground upon the Markplatz. The Frle-landers contended that the land should be retained in national or communal ownership, and that the Great Council was bound in duty to the Republic not to sell but only to let the land. The motion was rejected ; but the Frie-landers gained a forward step for the movement, as the Council have agreed to receive a report upon the principles of the taxation of ground rents. “The territory of our State (the Canton of Basle) is already too small,” said one speaker, “that we ought not only to avoid selling away a single yard of it, but we ought on the contrary to i e taking measures to acquire the whole of it as the undeniable property of the whole community.” A general meeting of all the Swiss sections of the “Frie-land” Society is to be held during the summer either at Zurich or Otten.

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Land Nationalisation in Switzerland., Evening Star, Issue 7996, 27 August 1889

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Land Nationalisation in Switzerland. Evening Star, Issue 7996, 27 August 1889