Economy of the gift: Rethinking the role of land enclosure in political economy

Modern Theology 25 (3):441-468 (2009)
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Abstract

The theological revivification of the concept of gift and gift exchange in the last two decades has provoked questions on how notions of divine superabundance can be translated into economics. In this article, I relate the thinking of Paul Ricoeur, John Milbank, Philip Goodchild and Albino Barrera to a specific economic reform that entails seeing land enclosure as inimical to the stability and fairness of an economy. I refer to the political economy of Henry George which takes land value taxation to be its centrally defining principle for a just economy

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