Alanna Hartzok, Mason Gaffney and many other prominent Georgists recently participated in a speaking tour of the United Kingdom. A number of papers were presented, at least one of which, by Mrs. Hartzok, will be printed in the next edition of GroundSwell, the newsletter of Common Ground USA. The theme was "Sharing Our Common Heritage: Ecotaxation, Land Value Taxation and Citizen Dividends." Alanna says it went extremely well! Good going, people!
Mr. McConnell put him in touch with like-minded GNS editor, yours truly, who referred him to the interview with John McConnell and article concerning the Earth Day controversy, available in the archives of The Progress Report. Mr. Shapiro and I then discussed the nature of Georgist reform, to which Mr. Shapiro has found himself quite receptive.
Now, he has decided to add Georgist links to his website, EarthGate, which has a strong emphasis on ecological activism and personal spiritual growth and exploration. Please, everyone, go check it out as soon as you get the chance. Though rather new and very much "under construction," it is a beautiful site with a powerful and "mystical" quality! In addition, Mr. Shapiro is assembling a special site for Earth Trustees, with an emphasis on facilitating them/us with, as Mr. McConnell has termed it, the "Earth Trustee Agenda." It is scheduled to include an "Earth Trustee Discussion Room" and links to all "Official Earth Trustee Web-Sites." Though it is also yet under construction, Mr. Shapiro urges as all to visit both sites and lend our comments and advice to help him make them the best he can. So, let's do it!
Congratulations, David Shapiro!
Similarly, while enjoying one of the best non-George-specific economics web- sites I've ever seen, Akamac_E-text_Links, I couldn't help but notice that "someone" was missing. So, I inquired as to the reason for the oversight and, to my great delight, that site's proprietor was thrilled with the information and in less than 24 hours, Henry George was there listed with a surprisingly accurate description of his life, his work and his philosophy and links to the on-line version of "Progress and Poverty and to several Georgist websites. Needless to say I thanked Prof. Akama and congratulated him on his excellently designed web-site and for, therewith, his diligent maintenance.
Take note, Georgists: not everyone is being misleading; many have just been misled. Take a chance when you find a website with conspicuous omissions. Little victories such as these can be pretty exciting and might even end up making a difference!
SUPPLICATIONS TO THE GEORGIST MOVEMENT
Speaking of corporate welfare in the professional sports industry and Field of Schemes, one of that book's co-authors, Neil deMause, asked me to inquire of local bookstores, whether they were currently offering the book or had any plans to do so, as there has been reticence to carry it. GNS hereby forwards this request to the entire Georgist Movement. This is an important book, well written, thoroughly documented, professionally bound and published by Common Courage Press. If you can, buy a copy and read it. Even Georgists will likely be enlightened regarding mainstream media's increasingly blatant participation in manipulating public awareness regarding such things. When authors and publishers summon the courage to go against the grain and to expose the big-money interests as deftly and thoroughly as these folks have, Georgists should do what we can to help.
You can find out more about the fascinating story of Freedman's Town and the current plight of its residents as well as other important local, national and international stories and issues at Ms. Nghiem's very well designed, informative and entertaining (she has there some hilarious political parody songs) web-site, Houston Progressive.
Saturday, June 27th, there will be an on-line stadium subsidy conference sponsored by the authors of the aforementioned book, Field of Schemes, to share ideas and tactics and generally see what we corporate welfare activists (especially those of us incensed over the grotesque opportunism being practiced by professional sports monopolies), can do to support each others' efforts. Georgists are asked also to spread the word to any other activists and groups we think would be interested in this event.
If all goes well, it will be followed by a second conference (sometime in July), open to the public and the media, which will be used to try to get some press coverage and drum up more interest in this cause.
The conference will be available to anyone with a simple telnet program; Neil says he'll try to have a web page up soon with links to the most popular free telnet software. And as soon as the on-line space is up and running, he'll let us know the address so we can drop by and see what it's like.
Somewhat coincidentally, Mr. deMause is a New York history enthusiast, fascinated with George and the American Single Tax Movement.
We have a last minute update to the piece you've just read. I've just received the following e-mail from Neil deMause:
Dear stadium activist:
Okay, here's the scoop on the online conference:
It will be held on Saturday, June 27, from noon Eastern time until around 5 pm or so, depending on how quickly people drift off. If you can only be there for part of it, a transcript will be made available shortly afterwards so you can see what you missed.
To register, send me (email@example.com) your preferred NAME and PASSWORD, and I'll create a login ID for you. Please send me this info as soon as possible, even if you're not positive you'll be attending.
Once that's done, you can visit the conference site by telnetting to:
Once there, you'll find directions for how to navigate the system. It's not difficult at all, but if you like you can log on before June 27 to familiarize yourself with how everything works.
You can log on using any telnet software. If you don't already have a telnet
program on your computer (and most of you probably do), there are many free
for download. If you're on Windows, you might try Pueblo (available at http://www.chaco.com/pueblo/); for
Macs, try BetterTelnet
(Note from Webmaster: Windows 95 comes with a telnet program too. It is called telnet.exe and resides in your c:\windows directory. You can make a copy of that file and put it on your desktop or in a menu, and it will work about as well as any other telnet program.)
Any questions? E-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
P.S. As always, please pass this along to anyone else you think might be interested.
Here's another last minute update regarding the above-mentioned Georgist Conference. Just received is the following e-mail from Jeffery J. Smith, aka, the geonomist.
Probably you saw the article about logging getting a subsidy from you and me last year to the tune of $88 million. (What if you chop down your own Xmas tree? Are you then entitled to a cut?) Anyway, Oregon Congressman Bob Smith says he's gonna do something about it. That remark has just earned him an invitation to our conference.
Yours for geo-justice, Jeffery J. Smith
Come to the Geonomic Conference in Portland, OR, July 30 - August 1, at the downtown DoubleTree. Meet local and global leaders. Enjoy!
(The article to which Mr. Smith is referring is currently on the front page at The Progress Report)
Ben Russell, of The Council for Economic Inquiry, has written in with a personal story and question for GNS editor, Adam Monroe, the answer to which may interest others, as well.
Ben writes: In 1943 I took the basic economics course in Chicago and started teaching in 1944 while taking the several advanced courses under Hiram B. Loomis. Later I worked as an associate director with John Monroe at the Henry George School, later, at The Council for Economic Inquiry. Bob Tideman and his father were both active during that time. Bob married a long-time friend of mine, Gracie Campbell, and moved to CA to work for the School there. I have continued teaching and promoting the Georgist ideas and philosophy to the present day. If you don't mind sharing similar information, I would like to know how you are related to John Monroe.
Adam responds: I am very proud of the fact that John Lawrence Monroe was my grandfather. When I was 5 years old, our house burned down, I was shipped off to my grandmother's in Texas and I spent most of my life travelling the US with my mother, a professional singer and songwriter. After graduating college, I returned to Chicago and had been there for a couple of years when my esteemed grandfather, who, having been robbed in his San Francisco hotel room by violent thieves of his ability to speak and to move and who had been wasting away in a California hospital, finally died. A wake was to be held for him at The Chicago Henry George School, which I was told he had founded many years previous. "Who was Henry George?" I asked. Now, like my grandfather, my life is dedicated to answering that question for the rest of this world's imperiled humanity.
Related facts you may find interesting: John Monroe's wife, Marian Tideman, was the daughter of Georgist activists, who were also descendants of Georgist activists going back to an immigrant couple who learned to speak English with a Swedish translation of Progress and Poverty. And, yes, Nic Tideman and I are cousins. My grandfather's father and, I think, his father before him were also very serious Georgists.
Unlike most descendants of Georgists, I wasn't raised on the single tax. The only economics discussion I ever had with my grandfather focused on the terms, "goo goo" and "ga ga." So, the answer to the question, "Is it in the genes?" is "Yes." Like many traits, however, it apparently often skips a generation, so, Georgists who can't seem to interest their children, fear not, theirs will likely seek you out and will, quite possibly, require very little prompting to take up the cause. 'Til the age of 23, I was constantly searching for the reason for social problems and found no idea, no philosophy, no political paradigm with which I could agree. In fact, when my non-Georgist father informed me that my grandfather thought taxing land only would solve all social problems, I laughed out loud and was, frankly, a little embarrassed. I responded, "It will take me about 3 minutes to figure out why that won't work." I had no one to explain it to me and within the week, I was scrounging the garbage can behind the HG School (it was closed that day) for more information. I couldn't disprove it and my attempt to do so only proved to me that my grandfather was, indeed, in possession of "the key," as now, am I; thank you, God and thank you, grandfather.
"This is a great idea!"
- Mason Gaffney
"It's great news that you start GNS. I agree with the objective and the
methods. I will be glad to be a volunteer correspondent in Korea."
- Yoon-Sang Kim
"Great idea, all power to you."
- Phil Anderson
"I believe your news service will become a valuable tool for strengthening
and promoting the Georgist ideas! It is something that has been needed for
some time. Our best wishes and congratulations as you start this great
- Ben Russell
- Bryan Kavanagh
"Good luck on your new adventure with the Georgist News Service!"
- Hanno Beck
"This is a great idea." "I look forward to what you do. Thanks for your
- Drew Harriss
"Good for you and good for us. We desperately need a professional publicity
generating service. I hope this will include reviews of some of the
excellent papers and presentations of our own top-notch economists and
political scientists and submission to journalists and publications around
the country. Some of this eye-opening work presently never sees the light of
day for the public at large and this needs to be addressed."
- Marion Sapiro
"Thank heavens you are doing this..."
- Sue Walton
The success of this program will, it seems to me, depend on our mutual cooperation on many levels and on the careful organization of that cooperation. To these ends, I have prepared a somewhat detailed description of my current efforts and some of the many ways I think others might assist The Georgist News Service.
Following is the current plan for our media assistance program. Any and all ideas, suggestions and so forth any of you have or come up with regarding this plan will be very appreciated.
First, I have been compiling information regarding input specifications for each media outlet. For example, many publications accept no articles from outside their staff, except in the case of letters to the editor. Staff writers, however, for some of these publications may be able to make use of some of the data our reports will contain, given the fact that much of it is not currently made available by any of the standard data sources of which those writers are already aware. Many publications do accept pieces by freelance journalists, though most desire advance notice of the nature of the piece, its author and so forth. Some publications are willing to print nearly anything they receive as long as it meets their particular content and word count requirements and many publications consider only those pieces sent by regular mail, presumably due to a fear of opening files from sources with which they are not familiar. Compilation of this data will enable us to determine when, where, how and to whom we may contribute most often and most successfully.
In researching this information, I have also been establishing personal contact with individuals at various publications. These people may be able to assist us with successful contribution to the media outlets with which they are associated.
These processes will remain ongoing, during which we may begin utilizing input specification data we have already compiled. With sufficient data on hand, we can begin mass e-mailings and/or "snail" mailings of each particular type of article or data to the particular categories of journalists and/or media outlets most likely to have a use for those reports.
I am also currently assembling a general announcement which I plan to send out to the first set of journalists and media agents whose contact information I compile and with whom I am able to establish relations. This announcement will explain the reasons we have begun The Georgist News Service and how we hope to be of use to those entities.
Ways in which Georgists of varying interest and ability may be of assistance to The Georgist News Service are many. Some are listed following this paragraph. Please take a look and consider how you might like to help. If there is something I've failed to include or if anything I have listed is unclear, insufficient or seems unworkable, please let me know.
1) Forward to us contact information for your local media outlets, whether they be newspapers, TV or radio stations or specific individuals and/or programs, sections or columns therein. While we have access via the Internet to most major newspapers and magazines, there are many, many more smaller outlets for which we yet require contact information.
2) Forward to us facts, quotes, statistics or entire articles found on-line or in the media you most often hear, view or read, which you think Georgist journalists may find of interest or use. It will be extremely helpful, if not essential, that, except in the case of on-line or printed articles, you include information which will enable us to independently verify those facts, quotes or statistics. The media agents to which we send reports almost certainly require the ability to independently verify any and everything they receive, so this is very important. We can't expect them to simply accept the verity of everything we tell them, so everything must be thoroughly documented and independently verifiable therewith.
3) Write or edit articles for The Georgist News Service. They may be in the form of news stories, features or editorials. If you are planning an article, please contact us. If you would like to write one, but aren't certain which topic or angle might be most desirable, we'll help. Also, if others are working on a similar article, we can let you know, that we don't duplicate our efforts. We intend to empower our journalists and their pieces to the greatest possible extent through not only the compilation of the above- mentioned data, but by the employment of the powerful literary and journalistic expertise of participating Georgist writers. Even if you are simply sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, you should feel free to run it by our team of experts. They will see to it your contribution is grammatically perfect in every way and may even be able to offer you additional support in the way of reference, statistics, quotations and the like. Even many life-long career journalists insist upon their work's careful scrutiny by others (which may speak to how they have become life-long career journalists)!
Most of the project details I have included in this report will probably not be soon repeated as I don't wish to weigh down "inter-Georgist" reports with the same information over and over. So, if you plan to involve yourself to any degree, please save this report and refer to it as needed. If you misplace your copy of this data, feel free to request another from The Georgist News Service.
Adam J. Monroe, Jr.
The Georgist News Service