Why we Pay our Dues and what we hope to achieve


There are numerous potential motivations for joining the Paying our Dues movement, all leading to the same action. Here are some examples:


To bring about a more inclusive, rewarding and efficient economy

‘I believe we would witness a global economy unrecognisably inclusive and rewarding for all if everybody chose to pay their dues. I believe this potential outcome to be so attractive that we could make the transition to a global economic transformation on a voluntary basis alone, even starting with a mere handful of inspired contributors.’ GW


To bring about Land Value Taxation

‘I hope that Paying our Dues will expand so that every landowner pays the full market rent of their land into a fund to be used for the common good. I’d love this to be a purely voluntary grassroots development, but I think that, realistically, it will require the introduction by government of a Land Value Tax. So my goal for the Paying our Dues movement is that it will help bring about the introduction of a Land Value Tax to replace orthodox taxes and the introduction of a Universal Income to replace the existing benefits system.’ JP


To reduce inequalities in wealth

‘The UK is one of the world’s richest countries, and also one of the most unequal in the developed world (OECD. In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All. OECD Publishing, Paris, May 2015  ) I am deeply concerned about the impact of inequality in wealth: it can reduce life expectancy, lead to poorer mental health, increase rates of crime, and reduce trust, social mobility and community cohesion (Pickett, K. Wilkinson, R. The Spirit Level. Penguin, London, 2010)  Paying our Dues would help reduce this inequality, and could provide additional funds for public services such as the NHS, social care and education.’ RF


As an ethical duty

Why do I have an ethical duty to pay dues voluntarily? ‘Because on realising that the ground rent of the property that I own belongs to the public, I can no longer hold on to it, and must find a way for it to reach its proper owners. Paying our dues will, I believe, lead to a new understanding of how to control borders, boundaries and edges of all sorts. I believe it will lead to a new understanding that the communities of the world can all live with dignified respect for each other’s boundaries, and that the need for threats to maintain the security of boundaries will diminish and eventually disappear.’ JW


As a farmer

‘I would be happy to pay ground rent for my farm if the government used my payments to reduce the existing taxes on my farm.’ DP