About Us

Established in 1926, the purpose of the IU is to promote sustainable prosperity for all via public finance policy reform. We seek to address wealth inequality and harmonize individual freedom with rights to the commons by reducing taxes on labour and production while collecting the unearned income – the “economic rent” – of land, natural resources and other nature and community created values. Economic rent is a sufficient source of public finance to fund infrastructure, education and other needed public goods.

You are welcome to apply for membership in the IU. As a member of the IU you will receive our quarterly newsletter, opportunities for training for policy implementation, and announcements of relevant conferences and other activities. For further introduction to the IU please read our International Declaration of Individual and Common Rights to Land.

For questions you may contact the IU General Secretary, Alanna Hartzok here:  alanna@centurylink.net

Our Common Heritage

The International Union maintains that, to end the great inequities in the world and the trouble they cause, people need Economic Equal Rights of access to the values of Nature and Society.

This philosophy is based on the conviction that human beings are born with equal rights to life and freedom, including equal rights to the gifts of Nature.

Natural resources are the Common Heritage of all human beings, and the values of these resources are Common Property belonging equally to all citizens.

Society provides benefits that are vital to people’s welfare. These advantages are those not created by any individual person or by a specific group of individuals. They are created by the synergy of all citizens’ working together, in partnership with government.

For almost a century The IU has campaigned for governments to address the root causes of poverty and war.

Implementing surface solutions cannot solve the root problems that challenge the  world. Our members campaign in their countries for changes in the laws and public policy that lock poverty and conflict into the market economy.

To achieve this we are co-ordinating a renewed global consensus to understand the true meaning of human rights.

The IU is leading an initiative to change the 1948 United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Executive Committee Officers

IU President Dave Wetzel

Immediate Past President Fernando Scornik Gerstein

Deputy President Wendy Rockwell

Second Deputy President Bill Batt

IU View Editor/General Secretary Alanna Hartzok

Membership Secretary Ole Lefmann

Treasurer Yonatan Higgsmith

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