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POLITICIANS AND THE LAND QUESTION.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—T desire to warmly -congratulate your correspondent “Land Reform” for bringing before the public in last Monday's issue of your paper the importance of the Land Question in the economics of the Dominion. Very clearly and forcibly he points out the huge increases in land values which are going on yearly to the benefit of a comparatively small section of the community, whose interest it seems to be the aim of our political leaders to protect. Generation after generation these community-made profits, which by right belong to* the people, go into the packets of the land monopolists, thus robbing the country of a legitimate source of taxation, impoverishing the people, making employment scarce, and holding up the land from those who would use it to the advantage of the State. This is a world problem, and until it is settled no lasting industrial or political peace can be expected. In the same issue of your paper a cablegram from New York tells of a parade of unemployed demanding work, which resulted in a riot, with the consequence that “ the police clubbed scores of men, and many arrest* were made. A rescue was attempted by the demonstrators, but they were beaten off.” It would seem that the parade was not merely a rough-and-tumble, as banners wore carried bearing inscriptions such as “ All homeless men revolt,” “ To hell with charity.” This is the sort of thing which should make all earnest men look into the matter. It lies at the root of social justice, and is of vital importance at the present crisis in the world’s affairs. Terrible as is the calamity of the great war, and outrageous as it is against the principles of civilisation, it is not more terrible or more outrageous than the evils of grinding poverty, unemployment, overcrowding, disease, and crime, which are always in our midst by reason of the inequitable distribution of that which should benefit all alike. I strongly recommend all your readers to study carefully the letter I refer to. and, in season or out of season, insist that our representatives should look into this question of tho taxation of land values.—E am, etc., \V. F. Kf.nxf.dx. January 6.

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POLITICIANS AND THE LAND QUESTION., Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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POLITICIANS AND THE LAND QUESTION. Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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