Financing Human Dignity: Taxing Corporate Speculators to Bring Equitable Housing to Scale

Publication date: 
September, 2017
Source(s): 
National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

A new issue brief, Financing Human Dignity: Taxing Corporate Speculators to Bring Equitable Housing to Scale, offers a unique solution to this pressing issue. To address the structural challenge of speculation, we recommend taxing "bads," like speculative statutory trusts, and using that revenue to create public community "goods," like community land trusts that can realize the human right to housing for those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Speculation is embedded in almost every thread of our economy, undermining the stability and well-being of countless neighborhoods and communities. We must work together to build and institute structural interventions that can benefit communities that are burdened by the business-as-usual development paradigm. 

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