I've no doubt this will be the best yet edition of the Inter-Georgist News, so, what do you say, this time, we just get straight to the goodies?!?
Adam J. Monroe, Jr.
The Inter-Georgist News
The annual conference of The Council of Georgist Organizations has concluded. Several IGN contacts have reported they had a magnificent time and that the usual "land-taxer-conclave-energy" was, once again, in abundance! (We have to figure out how to bottle that stuff!)
In an interview today with CGO Administrator, Sue Walton, IGN has learned that this year's conference, organized exclusively by Geonomy Society President, Jeff Smith, has reflected a continuing trend of increasingly well attended and highly rated Georgist conferences.
According to Mrs. Walton, Smith's particular talents also made the Portland conference, by far, the most successful in terms of media attention and public outreach, resulting in attendance of many events by interested locals and subsequent converts, a timely interview on NPR (National Public Radio), an Associated Press story, articles in local newspapers and even coverage on local TV news programs! Hello??? Mr. Smith goes to town!
Highlights included a presentation by Alan Durning, co-author of a new book, "Tax Shift" (See the related press release from Schalkenbach listed a few items below) and a surprise award presentation honoring one of the Georgist Movement's most revered gentleman (and one of my most favorite people in the entire world), George Collins, former Director of The New York Henry George School of Social Science.
Her imaginative suggestions, so carefully outlined and explicated in such a thoughtful and proficient manner are certain to spark a renaissance of inter- Georgist organization and cooperation, exactly what we need. You are going to appreciate this piece of work, I just know it. Robin has done a wonderful thing; completely unprompted, she has, over a three month time span, using her skills and talents as a career communications expert, come up with what anyone should be able to see is an essential piece of literature for the Georgist Movement.
We must follow up on her proposals in whatever way we can as soon as possible. If you have "Word 97," send requests to RobRob13@aol.com and she will e-mail you with an attached file containing the full document. Also still available are a very few hard copies. If you can, get one.
This site reflects a, heretofore, ubiquitously lacking perspective from our movement on the subject of "Christian economics." As you will see, Lindy has put a huge amount of time, research and consideration into this project, an on-line educational course from which even experts in economics and biblical studies will learn tremendously. IGN wholeheartedly salutes Mr. Davies' fine work on this much needed and well-prepared website.
(Way to go, Lindy! - Ed.)
Scheduled festivities included live musical performances, available food and beverages, a merry-go-round and various other memory-making activity. As of press time, however, IGN has not heard whether Mr. Moser received the required government permission for the event or how said event unfolded, but we plan a full account in our next issue.
Though not yet official, Mr. Moser plans, next, to, perhaps, pay a visit to Cuba, where he would like to offer his wise economic counsel to President Castro. Regardless, Bruno says he feels he needs a little break from Switzerland and vice-versa. Count on IGN for complete coverage of the future eco-justice missionary adventures of Neuland founder, Bruno Moser!
While you still can, get a peak at the hilarious and inspiring photos of Bruno and Neuland, the 4-wheeled Georgist nation, at his website, NEULAND 1998.
Mr. de Lange is very eager to know your thoughts on the inferences therein. You are encouraged, therefore, to, at your earliest possible convenience, send a request to email@example.com , for your copy of this unique document, which you will receive as a file attached to e-mail.
Help Mr. de Lange and the efforts of the SANE group in their worthy efforts to formulate an outline for economic and political progress in the RSA.
"TAX SHIFT" is an excellent presentation of what we often call "our" ideas: well-researched and documented, in a very pleasant-to-read format. According to all reports, it was a big hit at the Portland conference, where Durning spoke.
(Excellent news, eh? No doubt, we'll soon see a review of that book at Georgists' favorite cyberzine, The Progress Report and here in the IGN, as well! - Ed.)
Congratulations, Prof. Dodson! You are now a confirmed prophet!
Fred Foldvary, Professor of Global Economics at JFK University, Senior Editor of The Progress Report and premiere Georgist journalist, has written a "Dictionary of Free-Market Economics" for Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., due for release in October of this year.
The retail price will be $120.00, but, there is a chance either that The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation will purchase copies wholesale and sell them for less and/or that, after initial sales, it will be available at a similar discount in the Laissez-Faire Book Catalog.
Highly recommended is that all Georgists ask their local libraries to order it as a key reference book!
The ISBN for the book is: 1 85898 432 7
288 pages, hardback.
For details contact:
Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.
6 Market St.
Northampton MA 01060
413/584-5551 fax 413/584-9933
from Stefan Verchinski -
I am studying Community and Regional Planning as a graduate student at The University of New Mexico and I'm having difficulty getting into the program despite a 4.0 average in my graduate studies. I would like to ask if anyone knows of any planning schools out there that are accredited, that would take transfer credits and have great, challenging advisors working on land taxation and urban design and development that could take on a nontraditional student.
(With the plethora of high-powered professors in the Georgist Movement, I'd be surprised if someone hasn't some ideas for Mr. Verchinski, eh? Please, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org . - Ed.)
(This sounds like an excellent idea and if anyone out there has or is
planning such a list or has any related information, please forward that
info/ammo to Dr. Wagner's e-mail address:
Thanks! Let's help one another! - Ed.)
from IGN editor, Adam J. Monroe, Jr. -
Thorsten Bradsher was recently asked to speak at his mother's memorial service.
Dorothy Tideman Bradsher, ardent and well-loved Georgist, was the sister of my grandmother, Marian Tideman, who was married to well-known Georgist, the late, great John L. Monroe. Both the Tidemans and Monroes have a long history of Georgist advocacy and, yes, Nic Tideman, RSF President, is my cousin.
Regrettably, Mrs. Bradsher, after a long struggle with illness, died Friday, July 17. On Monday, July 20, at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, NC, Thorsten gave the following tribute. Please, forgive me for reprinting it in its entirety:
My mother, Dorothy Tideman Bradsher, was born in Chicago on January 14, 1918. All of the older members of her family who were there - parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents - had been there before her for about one generation. They came primarily from Sweden, which, at the time of their exodus, was a fairly rigid and tedious society, offering little economic opportunity to persons other than landlords. Of course, eventually, democracy and the labor movement transformed Sweden into the modern state it is today.
The areas where the Swedes landed, such as Chicago and Division Avenues in Chicago, Rockford in northwest Illinois, and many others, evolved quickly from places where only Swedish was spoken and written, into integral parts of cosmopolitan America. This heady process was, of course, greatly furthered by the strong American democratic tradition of free speech and open debate. Newspapers and other print media represented all sorts of political, social and religious points of view and speakers' halls filled to overflow almost nightly.
Under the circumstances, it should not surprise us that the Tidemans, after a few false starts, turned to the social philosophy of Henry George. Although I doubt that I can do much justice to Henry George, who offered such a thoughtful and eloquent call-to-action in his "Progress and Poverty," I'm willing to take a stab at it.
Human wealth is produced from a combination of three factors - land, labor, and capital. Labor and capital are properly the private property of individuals or groups of individuals, but land is our inheritance as a people, and should be common to all of us. The least impractical remedy would be the imposition of a land value based tax, as all others had the unfortunate effect of inhibiting initiative and enterprise, the inevitable result being a boom-and-bust economy. That's all I can do with this here. I'm sure many of you who knew my mother have heard plenty about this from her.
By the way, this philosophy is probably true! Some of you may have noticed in this morning's newspaper that a land value based tax was just installed in Russia.
Back to the Tidemans - having embraced Henry Georgism, they promoted it vigorously - directing social studies programs, writing books and articles, giving speeches over the radio, engaging in informal and impromptu debates and so on. Many of them are still doing it today.
My grandfather, Henry Tideman, maintained his home at 2011 Bradley Place partly as a base for Georgist activities and it is still a well-known landmark for Georgists today. People with all sorts of ideas trooped into the parlor at 2011 to be educated by or to match wits with the Tidemans. (The Georgists were patient educators who used well-reasoned arguments, not slogans or sound-bites - which fact probably explains why there are so few of them today.)
My mother came of age with this ferment all about her, and more than pulled her own weight as an advocate for Georgism throughout her life. In addition, she furthered her own initiative and enterprises. She was, at one time, a member and, then, President of the Durham Chapter of the League of Women Voters. I'm told she was the second woman to be admitted to the Durham Board of Realtors. I remember an import store at one time.
My mother was also a vital partner to my father in his work as a Duke University Professor of Chemistry. She worked hard to prepare many charts and diagrams for his professorial articles, loyally fulfilling the often challenging role of faculty wife, and accompanied him on journeys national and international, including a year in Holland, where she became practically a national celebrity. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but she made a powerful impression on a lot of people there.
To my own experience - my mother was, to me, so supportive and loving that I cannot hear the word "mother" without immediately thinking of her. Her teaching about democracy, fair play and enterprise made a lifelong impact, but the land-value tax never really caught on with me. I was more concerned with thermonuclear weapons. The fair play stuff contributed, somewhat, to my being something of a misfit, as I grew into a time in which authority in our country was hardening into a "just shut up and do what you're told" attitude. We live in a new time today - where business is more important than politics. Or maybe I've just matured - but I doubt it.
In the last year or so of my mother's life, she fought her disease with a courage and tenacity which astonished her caretakers and inspired those who were close to her. Even though she was fairly well along in years, she volunteered for all sorts of difficult therapies and ordeals. She summarily and unceremoniously dropped her lifelong habit of smoking without benefit of any support groups, nicotine patches or any of the rest of it. And she never gave up, even in her last hours.
I believe my mother and I certainly agreed on one thing - that life is sweet. We all tend to be distracted by our daily problems. But if we look at life less deeply, we find an overabundance of truth and beauty that is hardly describable. So much comes because we had each other, and many other family and friends besides. Her we have lost, but the rest truly remains for us. And our reaffirmation is for us to love and offer kindly support for one another, as she did for all of us. In doing so, she will live with us and through us forever.
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