Presentation videos of many of the Council of Georgist Organization’s 2016 Conference in Orlando, Florida are now available online. The conference examined and celebrated the role of land trusts and intentional communities in the movement for economic justice and prosperity. Watch the videos here.
This past July, Earth Sharing organized an event in Oakland, California entitled: BIL Oakland 2016: The Recession Generation, a project of Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. The aim was to help millennials navigate the uncertainties of economic life in the aftermath of the financial crisis. One of the speakers at the event was Kim-Mai Cutler, a technology reporter and columnist for TechCrunch, best known for her work on the intersection of technology and culture in the Bay Area. Cutler has worked for Bloomberg, VentureBeat, and the Wall Street Journal. In her talk, she discusses the insights of history on the Bay Area housing crisis. From local governance issues to land value taxation, Cutler gives an in-depth analysis of what’s needed to fix the crisis. Prior to the event, Cutler wrote this article about Georgism in the Bay Area.
In this article, David S. D’Amato is critical of Edward O’Donnell’s Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality, (available for purchase from Robert Schalkenbach Foundation) claiming it characterizes George as merely a Socialist or a Progressive. D’Amato claims that George’s ideas were more aligned with supporters of free markets.
However, D’Amato is making a similar mistake. He states: “And whereas O’Donnell is clearly repulsed by the libertarian Spencer (or at least the popular caricature of him), George, for a time, “regarded Spencer as a formidable ally in his crusade to abolish private land tenure” (see David Weinstein’s Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Spencer). George even cites Spencer favorably in Progress and Poverty’s acknowledgment of the theoretical desirability of “the abolition of government,” which he calls “the promised land of Herbert Spencer.” With “for a time,” D’Amato oversimplifies George too. In fact, George wrote a scathing attack on Spencer called A Perplexed Philosopher after Spencer changed his views on land. A Perplexed Philosopher is also available for purchase from Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
Dennis Kucinich and fellow Georgist Nicholas Tideman will be speaking at the upcoming 12th Annual Monetary Reform Conference. The conference is at the University Center in downtown Chicago, September 29th to October 2nd.
Remember there are no at-the-door registrations. Sign up now online at www.monetary.org/2016-ami-monetary-reform-conference.
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Robert Schalkenbach Foundation recently releasted two exciting books: Rent Unmasked and the The Annotated Works of Henry George: Volume One. They are both available for purchase on the Schalkenbach website (links below).
“Rent Unmasked” honors Mason Gaffney for the quality of his lifetime’s work and dramatizes the way his economic insights would resolve contemporary economic and political concerns.
The book includes fifteen new essays on How to Save the Global Economy and Build a Sustainable Future as A Tribute to Mason Gaffney.
The six-volume edition of the works of Henry George assembles all his major works for the first time with new introductions, critical annotations, extensive bibliographical material, and comprehensive indexing to provide a wealth of resources for scholars and reformers.
“Volume 1” presents three major works by George and new essays to provide context: Our Land and Land Policy (1871), The Irish Land Question (1881) and Property in Land (1885).