The next Council of Georgist Organizations Conference will take place August 15-19, 2016 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Theme: In Land We Trust
This year’s conference will feature an examination of the pitfalls and potential of land trusts and other planned communities, including Disney World and Celebration Village, with a look at how such trusts have changed surrounding communities for better and for worse, with Georgist and outside speakers. We will visit Osceola County Historical Society and its Pioneer Village which will show Florida’s Agricultural heritage, and we will give ourselves a sense of “life before Disney.”
A Tribute to Mason Gaffney
It is an analysis of Mason Gaffney’s contributions to land economics by twelve prominent economists and land experts. Mason and several authors plan to attend, including Fred Foldvary, Francis Peddle, Fred Harrison, Ted Gwartney and Polly Cleveland. Polly will also be our banquet speaker.
The Annotated Works of Henry George
RSF is also launching The Annotated Works of Henry George; Volume One. Volume one includes an introduction to the six-volume series that focuses on the social context for George’s political economy, as well as the public and private struggles that George faced. Tension between the dream of economic justice and different techniques to realize it proved a continuing challenge for the Georgist movement after its heady early years.
Volume 1 presents three major works by George and new essays to provide context. George wrote Our Land and Land Policy (1871) while still a journalist in California. Fred Foldvary shows that George, even as a neophyte economist, wrote with uncanny insight and analytical skill. In The Irish Land Question (1881), George dove into the maelstrom of Irish land policy. Jerome Heavey provides the essential clarification of the history and politics of Irish land law and explains why George’s remedy was not adopted. Property in Land (1885) incorporates the debate between George and the eighth Duke of Argyll. Brian Hodgkinson provides the historical and philosophical setting for this exchange between the Scottish aristocratic landowner and the American “Prophet of San Francisco.”
Other topics include, On Free Trade with Lindy Davies, Did Protectionism Help Cause the Civil War: an analysis of suppressed history with Dan Sullivan, Bill Batt on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and a regional coordinator for the Citizen’s Climate Lobby on how they are effectively campaigning for a carbon tax coupled with a citizens dividend.
The conference begins on the evening of Monday August 15 and ends with a farewell breakfast on Saturday, August 20, at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort at Disney World. The book launch sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
For further information contact Sue or Scott Walton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Birthday Henry!
In celebration of Henry George’s 176th birthday, Lawrence Bosek tried valiantly to get Google to feature Henry George on their website (Google Doodle), but alas they did not. You can help Lawrence by writing to Google (email@example.com) asking if they will feature George next year.
Ida B. Wells was featured on a Google Doodle recently. If you had clicked her Google Doodle that day, you would have seen that she was listed as a supporter of Henry George, with a link to his Wikipedia page. With so many people visiting Google, it greatly boosted the number of people visiting George’s Wikipedia page too. Imagine if everyone saw George’s face on Google next year!
What did you like about this year’s conference organized by the Council of Georgist Organizations and the International Union for Land Value Taxation? That’s what we asked this year’s attendees. Here are their responses, edited for brevity.
This is a response to “Space and the city,” an article in The Economist. More people than ever are seeking to move to cities, and rent is skyrocketing as a result. The problem has always been land speculation, under-using prime locations. In the late 19th century, it meant that there was artificially limited space available for housing, as many tenement dwellers …
In this great comic, Chris Tolworthy explains how politicians and technocrats use obfuscatory language to distract us from the real issues. He presents a reform that would naturally hold those in power accountable and solve many of the world’s seemingly intractable problems.
“At the end of this online course, you’ll be left with a comprehensive understanding of how the real estate market works, how it affects the economy, and most importantly, how to predict the next real estate crash and economic depression.”
Mike Curtis has compiled his many years of teaching material into a trenchant, bare-bones, step by step guide to Georgism. This clean, attractive and professional new website is a good place to point people who want to thoroughly understand the mechanics of Georgist economics “without having to read Progress and Poverty.”
CGO & IU Conference 2015 Schedule
This year’s joint Council of Georgist Organizations and International Union for Land Value Taxation conference will take place near Detroit (Southfield, Michigan) starting August 4th, 2015.
Tuesday, August 4th: Michigan Cities Day
- Samantha Harkins, director of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, and other Michigan leaders, will lay out the situation in Michigan.
- David Triggs (Thames Water) and Dave Wetzel (Transport for London) discuss Who should pay for water and transit?
- Mason Gaffney (University of California, Riverside) will explain how moving away from real estate tax has impeded Michigan’s recovery.
- Ted Gwartney, who implemented Georgist assessments in Southfield almost half a century ago, will show how ending the under-assessment of land made Southfield successful. Also, Gwartney summarizes paper by Mark Skidmore (University of Michigan and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) on Detroit’s financial problems.
- Joshua Vincent, (director of the Center for the Study of Economics) will show why Pennsylvania’s LVT cities bounced back from the collapse of Big Steel, and how Michigan cities could bounce back from the collapse of Big Automotive.
Wednesday, August 5th: Education and Movement Building
- Heather Wetzel, of London (UK), speaking on the myth that subsidies go to the poor
- Paul Martin of Managua, Nicaragua on education among indigenous peoples
- Education roundtable with Lindy Davies, Jacob Shwartz-Lucas, Edward Miller, Mike Curtis and Karl Fitzgerald
Thursday, August 6th: Field Trip
- Detroit’s Museum of History
- Belle Isle urban park on the river between the US and Canada
- Detroit’s blight and redevelopment
Friday, August 7th: International Focus
- Gordon Abiama of Nigeria on securing equal resource rights in the third world
- Karl Fitzgerald of Australia on determining total resource rents
- Bill Batt on deadweight losses
Saturday, August 8th: Socializing
- Alanna Hartzok on what she learned while running for Congress
- Ed Dodson speaking on Francis Neilson, a prominent Georgist during the 1st half of the 20th century, toasts and remembrances at our our annual Farewell lunch
This year’s conference is an usual length, but there is more time than ever for personal conversation over the hotel’s excellent full breakfast and manager’s reception, both of which are free to hotel guests.The full conference brochure will be out by the end of April. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Sue & Scott Walton, Conference Administrators at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry George Birthplace, Archive and Historical Research Center
The Henry George Birthplace has been busy adding more publications to their digital historical archives. Especially interesting are the “Tax Facts” which was an early Georgist California-based publication. Begun in May, 1922., William C. de Mille, wrote in the first issue . Wyn Achenbaum believes that the entire collection is now available via the birthplace website and Google Books. If you know of other issues not yet available, please let us know.
Ten Ways to Create a Sustainable New York City
Lindy Davies, writing for EarthSharing.org lays out a brillant plan to create a green NYC. Chief among the measures listed is a land value tax.
Recording: Winston Churchill -People’s Budget
In this recently posted recording of Winston Churchill, addressing his countrymen over radio in 1909, explains the benefits of the People’s Budget. The budget of course included a measure to heavily tax land value. Thanks goes to Peter Smith for making this recording available to all.
Sprawl costs US more than a trillion dollars a year.
Sprawl is an enormous problem, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy, it costs the US economy more than $1 trillion every year. Yet, as Georgists, we know that the infrastructure that is currently wasted on sprawl could, if spent in line with the Henry George Theorem, bring in more than the cost of that infrastructure. We could fund all kinds of environmentally friendly activities with that money or pay it out as a citizen’s dividend.
You can read more about the study here. The next time you’re in a discussion online and people don’t seem to understand how big of a deal sprawl is, or why the Georgist remedy would help so much, referencing this study may prove helpful.
THE GEORGIST NEWS
1. (2015 January-February) Conference: CGO
2. (2015 January-February) Book: Land – A New Paradigm
3. (2015 January-February) Good Press: Stiglitz Says Piketty is Wrong
4. (2015 January-February) Likeable Link: Economic Board Games
5. (2015 January-February) Likeable Link: They’ll pay you to live there.
6. (2015 January-February) At the Margin: #BlackLivesMatter & LVT
This year’s conference will be themed: “Sharing the Land and Water Commons.”
The joint IU/CGO programming team is pleased to announce the following topics:
- Education: The non-negotiable basics with Lindy Davies, Mike Curtis and others: what concepts are absolutely necessary for us to get across in order to build our movement?
- Mason Gaffney on “What’s the Matter with Michigan?”
- Heather Wetzel on “Welfare for the Rich”
For more information, please contact Sue Walton, CGO Administrator, at email@example.com.
Martin Adams has found a publisher and restructured many aspects of his previous book, Sharing the Earth. The new book is titled Land – A New Paradigm for a Thriving World. Below is the book’s press release:
What if we lived in a world where everyone had enough? A world where everyone mattered and where people lived in harmony with nature? What if the solution to our economic, social, and ecological problems was right underneath our feet?
Land has been sought after throughout history. Even today, people struggle to get onto the property ladder; most view real estate as an important way to build wealth. Yet, as readers of this book will discover, the act of owning land—and our urge to profit from it—causes economic booms and busts, social and cultural decline, and environmental devastation.
Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World introduces a radically new economic model that promises a sustainable and abundant world for all. This book is for those who dream of a better world for themselves and for future generations.
Land is available for pre-order on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Land-New-Paradigm-Thriving-World/dp/1583949208 or directly through the author’s website at: http://www.unitism.com
“A brilliant contribution from one of the most important voices of our time.”
—New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann
“With great clarity and care, this book takes economics to its proper foundation: the earth itself, the land and all that comes from it.”
—Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics
“If you want to truly understand the way out of our present economic challenges, read this book.”
—Peter Barnes, Capitalism 3.0
“Land deserves to be on the reading list of anyone who cares about the ways we can create a sustainable future.”
—Judah Freed, Making Global Sense
Thanks to Matt Leichter from the LVT Facebook group for sharing this story. Stiglitz explains that savings is not the real source of growing inequality in the world, the untaxed rising value of land is.
“There’s some debate about this, but I think most readers of Thomas Piketty’s book (Capital in the Twenty-First Century) get the impression that the accumulation of wealth — savings —is responsible for the rise in inequality and that there is, therefore, in a way,a link between the growth of the economy — the accumulation of capital— on the one hand and inequality and wealth. My paper begins with the observation that in fact, you cannot explain what has happened to the wealth/income ratio by that analysis. A closer look at what has gone on suggests that a large fraction of the increase in wealth is an increase in the value of land, not in the amount of capital goods.”
Monopoly illustrates Georgist principles explicitly. Take a look at some of the other games in this article and tell us what you think the more subtle Georgist connections are.
You can get paid to live in different areas of United States. “These areas are often suffering from low population or low economic growth, and they’re looking for people like you to help create vibrant communities. These areas often also have low costs of living, meaning you not only get paid to move, but you also save money once you settle in.” The article mentions Detroit (near this year’s CGO) and Alaska (Permanent Fund).