(2014 November-December) Contents

THE GEORGIST NEWS

  1. (2014 November-December) Conference: CGO Annual Membership Letter
  2. (2014 November-December) Visualizing Earth Sharing
  3. (2014 November-December) Announcements: Basic Economic Literacy Course
  4. (2014 November-December) Announcements: $33,000 Economic Analysis Prize
  5. (2014 November-December) Alanna’s Run for Congress
  6. (2014 November-December) Numbers: Speculative Vacancies Report

1. (2014 November-December) Conference: CGO Annual Membership Letter

The Council of Georgist Organizations annual membership letter is out. It contains information about the conference this year and next.

“2015 will be the first time in many years that the CGO and the International Union have held a joint conference, and we got a great deal on an amazing hotel – so amazing that this conference will have far more discussion than any we have had.”

Read the full letter: http://cgocouncil.org/member_letter.htm

3. (2014 November-December) Announcements: Basic Economic Literacy Course

Allen Smith, at the Henry George School of New York, is teaching a basic economic literary course for all concerned citizens who still have hope fore a just society. A $1,000 prize is being offered for any student who can logically and substantially refute any major point in the course text.

The course dates are November 10 to Dec 19, 2014,
Mon-Wed-Fri 3:00pm – 5:30pm (Thanksgiving week off).

http://georgist.com/files3/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/UEflyer10-14.pdf

4. (2014 November-December) Announcements: $33,000 prize for Economic Analysis

Special thanks to Gil Herman for the heads-up about a prize that Georgist researchers are primed to win:

The congregation of Bay Ridge United Methodist Church (BRUMC) in Brooklyn, N.Y., is offering an award of $33,000 to an economist, or group of economists, who identify the factors associated with the stronger economy in the period from 1946 to 1971, and the factors associated with the weaker economy in the period from 1972 to 2012.”

http://brumc.net/econaward/

5. (2014 November-December): Alanna’s Run for Congress

Congratulations to Georgist Alanna Hartzok on a hard fought run for the US Federal Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 9th district. She was the democratic candidate against republican incumbent Bill Shuster. Although Alanna did not win, she did amazingly well. Alanna was able to win 37% of the popular vote with only $17,000 against Shuster’s $4.5 million.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/11/hartzok_shuster_us_house_congr.html

6. (2014 November-December) Numbers: Speculative Vacancies Report

The 7th Speculative Vacancies report (Melbourne, Australia) has again generated Georgist news in over a dozen news outlets. The report found 64,386 vacant homes during what conservatives in Australia call a housing supply crisis. This crisis is manufactured as a cover story for the bureaucratic golden pen tick – for land-bankers to have their land re-zoned on the sprawl. This is enabled by a published vacancy rate only including property advertised to rent, or worse by a voluntary survey filled out by real estate agents. With investors now numbering over 50% of housing loans, and capital gains outstripping rents by 3 to 1, there is less incentive to rent property out.

The report was written by property analyst Catherine Cashmore with extensive investigation into the wider housing pressures Australia is facing.

(2014 September-October) Contents: CGO Presentation Submissions

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  1. (2014 September-October) Conference: CGO Request for Submissions
  2. (2014 September-October) Social Media: Peter Thiel on Henry George
  3. (2014 September-October) Good Press: Henry George and Modern Ireland
  4. (2014 September-October) Likeable Link: China Rolling Out Property Taxes
  5. (2014 September-October) Social Media: Libertarians Battle… Citizen’s Dividend
  6. (2014 September-October) Earth Sharing: Gaffney on Piketty (Abridged)

1. (2014 September-October) Conference: CGO Presentation Submissions

The CGO & IU will be hosting a joint conference next August in Southfield, Michigan (suburb of Detroit).  We need to know in advance who the speakers are and what they will present. To submit presentation proposals, please contact Dan Sullivan (director@savingcommunities.org) for US topics and Dave Wetzel (dave.c.wetzel@gmail.org) for international topics.

*The deadline for submissions is October 10th.

2. (2014 September-October) Social Media: Peter Thiel on Henry George

The following is a response from the controversial Peter Thiel, the cofounder of PayPal and Facebook’s angel investor. Thiel was asked by one of Fred Foldvary’s students, “rromanchuk”,  what he thought of Henry George:

[–]rromanchuk 31 points 10 days ago

Have you ever read anything from Henry George? If you have, any thoughts? I think he gets an unfair treatment from almost every school of economic thought, including the Austrians, no, especially the Austrians.

When it comes to the three factors of production, it bothers me how lazy academia is when it comes to land. The fact this guy induces so much rage from every political faction and almost all schools of economic thought (from fringe to keynesian) seems like a signal he might be on to something.

[–]PeterThiel[S] 56 points 10 days ago

Yes, I think George is a really interesting thinker. The idea that we should tax land heavily (and perhaps not tax anything else at all) is very interesting, since many of the bad monopolies in our society involve the unholy coalition of urban slumlords and pseudo-environmentalists.

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2g4g95/peter_thiel_technology_entrepreneur_and_investor/ckfjrtn