Declaration of Principles
Argentine Georgist Confederation
[Adopted at a convention held at the Assembly Hall of
the Faculity of Economic Science, University of Buenos Aires, 25-27
1. All men are endowed by natural law with the right to the use of
the earth and its natural resources, neither of which can in justice
be made the subject of private ownership.
2. Social life and activities produce from the land a rent, which
belongs integrally to the community and which constitutes its
legitimate revenue for the maintenance of public services.
3. Only the product of labor, whether it be labor itself or capital,
accumulated labor, can legitimately be private property. It must not
be burdened by any fiscal tax. Free trade is, therefore, in
international relationships the application of this principle.
4. Industries which are a public utility and by nature intrinsically
a monopoly, must be socialized.
5. The political administrative methods and procedure which tend to
fix the amount of the tax or contribution, the juridical position of
the land as a consequence of the absorption of the rent, the amount of
same, the evaluation and adjudication of the land to private
individuals, the distribution of the rent amongst the various fiscal
departments, the periodicity of rent determination, the transformation
of the state mechanism and the methods of absorbing the rent, .... are
questions already studied and determined by Georgists, but which,
since they are matters of practical politics, must be considered at
the opportune moment by those who are to carry out the Georgist
reforms in a fiscal and social field.