Thanks to the ever-gracious benevolence and perseverance of Georgists the world over, the current installment of GNS's Inter- Georgist News will be much improved from the first in design, quality and, as always, when it comes to news of the Georgist Movement, content!
Specifically, for their kindly assistance in the areas of design and quality, I must thank Polly Cleveland, Mason Gaffney, Ed Dodson and John Massam. Content assistants are credited contextually.
Don't forget: if there is too much detail in these reports for you, we welcome requests to receive the condensed version of The Inter- Georgist News! Don't feel bad! We are aware some of you have very little time on hand; simply e- mail GNS and ask to be placed on the recipient list of our condensed IGN reports!
Thank you all! Now, enjoy!
Yours Truly, Adam J. Monroe, Jr. Editor, The Georgist News Service
GNS Inter-Georgist reports are now available on the world- wide web!
Yes! Scott Kroyer, the dedicated and generous young Minnesota Georgist whose well-constructed website hosts the Democratic Freedom Caucus Discussion List, as well as some other interesting pages has, out of the blue, voluntarily offered to assist GNS by furnishing a page on his site for the Inter-Georgist News, plus an archive list of all past reports!
Now, you will be able to access recent and previous reports at http://www.kroyer.com/gns/
Naturally, all Georgist websites are welcome and encouraged to establish hyper-links on their sites to GNS's Inter-Georgist Reports!
GNS is extremely grateful and indebted to this fine fellow. For this, as well as his other thoughtful endeavors, I urge all Georgists to e-mail him with appropriate commendation for his engaging generosity!
In addition, please, let him know we will all be thinking of him with the warmest and most hopeful regard when he will be undergoing major surgery July 13th and during his recovery thereafter. The Georgist Movement can't afford to lose someone like Scott Kroyer. His e-mail address is: email@example.com
Thank you, Scott and thank you, Georgists for expressing your support for our wonderful friend in his time of need.
Thank you, Brian!
From GNS correspondent, Mason Gaffney -
The main conference was at Oxford. Other Georgist speakers were Fred Harrison, James Robertson, and Tanya Roskoshnaya.
Nadine writes she is running my paper also in CG's Groundswell. It is "Red-light and Green-light Taxes." My paper, and Alanna's, will appear in James Robertson (ed.), 1998, Sharing Our Common Heritage. Oxford: The Oxford Council on Economics, Ethics and Society. James Robertson is a great new ally, who comes at Georgism from the "Green Party" perspective.
Another stop was the TOES (The Other Economic Summit) conference held in conjunction with the G7/G8 Summit in Birmingham (BERmingum to the Brits). Our meeting there was small and informal.
Then we spoke in the swellegant Grosvenor Hotel to a large, vigorous group assembled by Fred Harrison, with a luncheon lovingly catered by Josie Mernane's husband-the-French-chef. I elaborated there on the nine constructive reconciliations that HG offered the world in lieu of the dismal dilemmas and trade-offs of neo-classical economists (as outlined in Corruption of Economics, pp.40-44). I am happy to say I thought of about five more, and might have gone on, and on ... they had to carry me off the floor.
(Editor's note: You can order The Corruption of Economics from The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation)
Last, the School of Economic Science took me to dinner and a delightful dialogue at The Reform Club (shades of Gladstone and all that) on Pall Mall. These SES people are Georgists who support the movement, but with their own spin, and at arms' length. The group at dinner was an impressive lot, with influential connections. I see this in a totally positive light. We are all aware of differences among us: as to shades of doctrine, as to teaching methods, as to degrees of activism, levels of sophistication, etc. Let there be several organizations, so long as we remain in league, mutually supportive.
Now, a critic or cynic might be reminded of Stephen Butler Leacock's witty essay, "Worthy causes for which I have eaten dinners." Indeed, our intellectual fare might have gone over just as well with boiled potatoes and skim milk, and been better for my waistline in the bargain. But one puts up with these hardships for the cause.
In Fairfax City, Virginia (suburban DC), the Mayor, John Mason (who is also a bank president) and Tony Coughlan a member of the city council (who is also a tax lawyer) are vocal advocates of a land tax to encourage more efficient use of commercial land in Fairfax City. They are exploring the use of a city charter amendment to get around the state restrictions on taxes, to enable a land tax in their city.
State Senator John Gartland is also looking into the land tax issue, although it is yet unclear where his intentions lie.
1. Wylene Young Davies, daughter of long-time Georgist Rev. Wylie Young, has written CGUSA as follows. (Common Ground USA's Projects Program's annual awards, the Wylie Young awards, are named in his honor.)
"Dear Friends of Wylie Young, "On August 10, just weeks away, my father, Wylie, will turn 100! "I am planning a Centennial Party for him on Sunday afternoon, August 9th from 3 to 5 at the Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. "Most likely you will not be able to attend, but he would love to hear from you. His address is: Eastgate Village - Room #412 776 Old State Road, #74 Cincinnati, Ohio 45245 "Or if you have questions of me you can reach me at our summer place until Aug. 6:
PO Box 447 Chautauqua, NY 14722
(phone: 1-716-357-2088) "My dad is in remarkably good health, especially for one on the eve of a century of life. "I hope he will hear from you. "Absolutely no gifts, please.
Wylene Y. Davies"
2. Carl F. Shaw, CGUSA's Projects Program chairman, recently lost his wife, Helen Maxine Suthers Shaw, who had been in failing health. A Memorial Service was held May 28, 1998, at Mt. Zion (WV) United Methodist church. During Helen's and Carl's 41-year marriage, they lived in Michigan, Colorado, New York, Maryland, and Hur, WV Their three sons are Dale Shaw (a locksmith in Odessa, TX), David Shaw (a minister in Gaithersburg, MD) and Greg Shaw (a university professor in Bloomington, IL). Sympathy cards may be sent to:
Carl Shaw HC 65, Box 148 Mt. Zion, WV 26151.
Hooray for John! Welcome back, Tiger!
Lindy Davies, Director of The Henry George Institute and editor of The Georgist Journal is preparing a new on-line course entitled "Liberation Theology and Land Reform." Mr. Davies has kindly allowed me to review his progress and I'm excited to report that it's looking great! Sorry, I can't release the URL for it yet, but as soon as Lindy gives the go ahead, the Inter-Georgist News will forward that info to you all and the meek shall inherit the Earth!
Don Rittner, publisher of The MESH, a network of on-line sites and services (who also hosts an excellent website for John McConnell, renowned Georgist and founder of Earth Day, entitled Earth Day - The Real Story), is working on assembling musical artists to contribute to a compact disc, the sale of which will benefit Earth Trustees, Inc., John McConnell's non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Earth Day and the Earth Trustee agenda.
His current program allows for the production of only 5,000 copies of the CD, so GNS advises all who wish to obtain one, to contact Mr. Rittner and express to him this desire, that you may secure your copy of this historic musical tribute. His e-mail address is: Drittner@theMESH.com
GNS has learned from Mr. Rittner that more than 5,000 of the Earth Day CD can be produced if others are found to assist his effort. If possible, please consider what you or your organization might be able to do about this.
Authors of articles appearing in such publications are also urged to contact GNS to let us know if we may be allowed to have their articles reprinted in other publications. Your expressed permission is essential for this.
GNS currently plans to offer our service to other publications free of charge, but should any revenues derive, they will be shared appropriately with authors and/or publications having contributed to the pieces for which those revenues are received.
Thank you all very much for your help with this project.
It has been suggested that Georgist publications register with the US Library of Congress. This is probably a very good idea.
Ben Russell, of The Council for Economic Inquiry, has submitted many letters to the editor of one of his local newspapers, The Baxter Bulletin over the last fifteen years and all of them have always been published in their entirety and unedited. (Unfortunately, The Baxter Bulletin does not have a website, but their e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.) He has also contributed items to another local newspaper, The Daily News. Again, they have published them all, entire and unedited (again, unfortunately, no website). A few years ago, their name was changed from The North Arkansas View, in which Mr. Russell had a column entitled "Comments on Causes and Cures" and for which he wrote some 40 articles! He currently submits items to them by e-mail (www.mtnhome.com/daily/news).
Georgists frustrated with the lack of media attention our cause is getting can take heart from this. If we do our best, we can get our message through!
See? Every little bit counts!
Transcripts of the June 27th On- Line Stadium Subsidy Conference, hosted by Field of Schemes authors Neil deMause and Joanna Cagan are now available! I attended part of the conference and it was quite interesting and enjoyable. Click her to read the entire discussion: conference transcript (6/27/98).
- LAST MINUTE UPDATE TO THE PRECEDING REPORT:
Just prior to the release of this issue of The Inter-Georgist News, I received notice that the success of the On-Line Stadium Subsidy Conference has prompted its organizer, Neil deMause, to establish it as a weekly event! Beginning July 8th, it will be held every Wednesday evening from 4 PM 'til 10 PM EST. For instructions on how to participate, click here: On-Line Stadium Subsidy Conference Instructions or go to the Field of Schemes website.
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