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  1. Contribution-based pensions - very likely yes. State pensions - yes but less likely. The state pension will be paid (no one dares to rob Russian pensioners twice in ~20 years) but the value of state pension is not going to hold up against prices or hard currency.
  2. The original question was "which one do you prefer", not "what hurts more if both fell together" I don't think they can fall together (either cash purchasing power drops or house prices fall) so your 2nd question makes little sense to me - only as 100% theoretical scenario. The rent would fall as well, but not taxes - they probably will go up a lot %-wise, to feed the state/public sector. And capital controls will be put in place but this would not stop capital flight. So - all in all - cash owner will be better off since s/he could still escape abroad with most part of his/her money (
  3. After the price of a given house falls 50%, the mortgagor still owns full amount outstanding. After cash loses 50% of its purchase power (nominal value is still the same), the owner owns nothing except in case he is also a mortgagor :-) I personally prefer the latter since I could buy the 50%-depreciated house with 50% of nominal value of my cash pile. Now, if we are getting into a discussion what happens after 50% of cash in the bank was confiscated a la Cyprus, then my decision would be different...
  4. Their success is built on debt. For 2011, Barcelona's gross debt stands at around €483m and the net debt is at €364m. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona#Finances_and_ownership Good for players, making hay while sun shines.
  5. So does "denying opportunity to others" argument apply only to cities' locations then? If something is not owned, it won't be maintained. What do I have to do then if I displaced no one? If someone claims that I denied opportunity to him/her when s/he wasn't even born when I started to use the land, am I still liable? Tell this to those living in Beijing. It seems you concentrate on big cities' locations - and this actually reinforces my comparison with air. Air pollution in Beijing proves that breathable air is not superabundant as You claim it to be. So, does "denying oppor
  6. I argue that land is also abundant on earth. Building a farm on the particular patch of land does not prevent anyone from doing the same next to the 1st farm. I argue that land is also used temporarily unless it is fertilized/crops rotated/weeds are kept under control etc. Not-cared-for land is no more useful than exhaled air. The best you can get from not-cared-for land is diminishing returns until they stop. Same for exhaled air - perhaps 1-2-3 more inhales of the same air and it is toxic. Try it with a plastic bag for proof. in what way am I exploiting the land, when anyone else can
  7. It is an observable fact in the same sense as my inhaling of 1L of atmospheric air denies the inhaling of the same 1L of atmospheric air to anyone else. Should I offer compensation to those who sit next to me in the same room inhaling the same air? On the simple grounds that natural resources are finite and society must find ways to survive after ALL natural resources are consumed. Even if our planet were a hollow sphere full of nat.resources to the brim, they will end sometime in the future. That's why society has to levy a tax on nat.resource extraction to research/develop/prepare for
  8. I do disagree. Land, locations and natural resources cannot "belong equally to all". Otherwise no one in right mind would extract minerals/fertilize the soil knowing that anyone could come any time and claim that patch of land (with mine or farm already built upon it) under "libertarian" pretense of "denying opportunity to others by using that patch of land". I do not deny that there should be a tax/excise/royalty paid on extracted natural resources, to compensate society for value extracted (once extracted, the nat.resources generally cannot regrow/be reinjected back, unlike fertilizing of
  9. I had a very similar dispute some time ago on this board with "libertarians" whose argument in essence was "if one owns the land, then s/he takes opportunity (to do something with this land) away from others". One "libertarian" was so kind to extend this argument even to Palm Jumeirah land One of my questions about Dutch "polder" land is still unanswered but I guess the "Palm Jumeirah" answer would apply as well in "libertarian" minds. (The diference betwen Palm Jumeirah and Dutch polders is that former was built by private company and latter by local societies who has to pool personal re
  10. USA has already run out of "open uninhabited land to drill" http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2013/1/2/fracking-activities-enter-urban-areas.html And it tok them how long? - 2013-2002=11 - just 11 short years for the USA as a whole to begin urban fracking. I reckon if fracking does deliver cheap gas in the UK, we are looking at 5, max 7 years before urban fracking is successfully lobbied here. And cheap as chips houses will spring all along the abandoned fracking wells... Fun times indeed
  11. Fair point, how do you distinguish buying oppo from selling ? FTSE up==selling oppo, FTSE down==buying oppo? Or it it other way around?
  12. You are a bit late in praising Sark as state-free territory And the Sark laws are only as good as people willing to obey them voluntarily. With 600 inhabitants, that's a no-brainer. I am sure even Somalia would be a heaven on earth if inhabited only by 600 humans. Please give us an example of a economically prosperous state-free territory with 600K population, or better 60 million.
  13. Employers liability insurance? Compensation culture is rife nowadays http://www.accident-claim-expert.co.uk/en/employers-liability/accident-at-work-compensation.html You can but you will be hard pressed to find someone who would risk a limb/life for 8K p.a.
  14. Easy Assuming PAYE and using online calcs and rounding to nearest integer http://www.uktaxcalculators.co.uk/ http://nicecalculator.hmrc.gov.uk/Class1NICs1.aspx 1/ lower-end higher-rate taxpayer (43K p.a.) tax 7084, employer+employee NI 9097, effective tax rate 37% 2/ higher-end higher-rate taxpayer (150K p.a.) tax 53126, employer+employee NI 26004, effective tax rate 53% [EDIT] got tax bands for 2012-2013 wrong
  15. Get your facts right please. Soviet income tax system was old but not byzantine: 13% flat rate tax, +6% for people without children. Wages were heavily regulated though. The 90% personal income tax you are inferring to did not ever exist, top income tax rate under Yeltsin was 35%. The real problem is not income tax, it is social security taxes payable by employer which never fell below 26%. So in Yeltsin years the cumulative taxes attributable to wages and payable by employee+employer could reach as high as ~50-70%. That encouraged widespread payment of wages as cash in envelopes, undeclar
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