Many Earth Trustees have begun receiving this newsletter. If you are one of them and wondering, "What is The Georgist News and why am I receiving it?" it is because John McConnell, the Founder of Earth Day, is a Georgist and wants Earth Trustees to be aware of our efforts. He has, therefore, been forwarding lists of e-mail addresses of Earth Trustees to be placed on the recipient list for The Georgist News.
The Georgist News is honored to be collaborating so closely with the great John McConnell in his profoundly vital efforts and we welcome all new recipients of this biweekly address into our world-wide Georgist family!
For those of you yet unacquainted with Henry George, he was a late 19th Century American economist and social scientist who, by explaining the real science of economics, demonstrated its crucial significance as the study of the relationship between nature and society, not just the relationship between people and money!
If you've access to the Internet, you can learn more about this amazing man and his inspiring philosophy at (among many others) the following websites:
Hopefully, this new arrangement will enable us to undo the wasteful and impoverishing effects that have resulted from the monopolization of Earth's natural resources.
The World-Wide Earth Day Concert being organized by Georgist and Earth Trustee groups and individuals may be gaining a powerful new partner, GlobaLink TV Corp.!
Laurien Towers Gatlin, President of GLTV and Adam Jon Monroe, GN Editor and coordinator for the World-Wide Earth Day Concert have agreed to try to combine their efforts, since both have similar aims and both are scheduled to occur March 20-21, 1999.
Ms. Gatlin and other directors of GlobaLink TV were instrumental in the organization and presentation of the famous "Live-Aid" concert which helped so many hungry people in Africa. Their upcoming event is titled "Rockin' for Freedom" and will involve of 21-hour video feed to and from nations around our planet with live music and messages from the likes of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama!
Ms. Gatlin may also soon be assisting Don Rittner, Publisher of The Mesh (a terrific cyber-mag), in his production of a benefit CD for Earth Trustees, Inc.
As some of you may already know, Adam Monroe has been invited by Earth Society Administrators to perform his "hip-hop" arrangement of Earth Day Founder, John McConnell's, musical composition, "Earth Day," at the March 20 UN ceremony in New York City. He has been attempting to persuade several celebrated musical artists to assist him in his performance and to garner a greater share of media attention than is usually paid this significant international observance. He is also attempting to convince them to help him produce a recording of the song, the sale of which would benefit Earth Trustees, Inc. Now, it appears he may have a quite able ally for these efforts!
Recipients of this newsletter may be among the first to hear Adam's version of Mr. McConnell's beautiful song since he intends to release the rough draft on Georgist and Earth Trustee websites in the coming weeks!
Earth Day: http://www.earthsite.org
Laurien Towers Gatlin's website,
GlobaLink TV: http://www.globalinktv.net
Don Rittner's website,
The MESH: http://www.themesh.com
Washington, DC - On September 23, representatives from several eco-justice action groups convened to discuss strategy for a new coalition formed to lobby for economically fair and ecologically efficient tax reform for Washington, DC.
Organizations involved so far include the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities, the Center for the Study of Economics, the Center for Public Dialogue, the Pennsylvania Fair Tax Coalition and the Banneker Center for Economic Justice.
Thus far, their proposal consists primarily of a shift in property taxes from buildings and other improvements toward land values and possibly a tax on parking, charges for water consumption, etc., accompanied by cuts in iniquitous taxes such as on income and sales.
Other organizations may yet be joining this lobby and recipients of this newsletter are invited to share their ideas for promoting this effort in the Washington, DC area. To become involved, contact Hanno Beck at:
A more detailed account of this story is currently on the front page of The Progress Report. Read it here:
Montreal, Quebec - The CRCT (Canadian Research Committee on Taxation) has just submitted a brief to the Quebec Commission on Municipal Taxation. It is an impact study on the City of Montreal were it to adopt a "two-rate" property tax such as is increasingly being utilized by cities in the US and around the world. Look for more on this story in upcoming editions of this newsletter.
The CRCT's website:
Carmen Colombo of WOW and Mr. McConnell both found inspiration for their efforts in the "Prayer of St. Francis." The Feast Day of St. Francis, coincidentally, is only a few days away, traditionally celebrated October 4.
The Prayer of St. Francis states: "Make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love" It has been credited with helping resolve conflicts in various parts of the world.
The Wish Only Well website:
KEEPING IN STEP WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE
San Francisco, Ca. - The newest but already the most popular education program of the Henry George School of San Francisco is a walking tour of San Francisco's downtown. This two and half hour promenade introduces the public to land value taxation as a dynamic expression of social justice.
Since early August, an average of ten persons, twice a week, have joined the mile long stride through Henry George's San Francisco. The juxtaposition of wealth and poverty, of human needs (housing) and bizarre deprivation (speculatively maintained empty lots) is achingly apparent in San Francisco.
The tour concludes with a short bout of "Anti-monopoly" (using the "Monopoly" board) which captures the walkers' imagination. Judging from the eagerness with which George's pamphlet, "The Land for the People & Justice the Object-Taxation the Means," are snatched up by participants, the cat is out of the bag!
David Giesen's e-mail: email@example.com
>From GN correspondent, Al Date -
In the Spring 98 issue of "Deep Democracy," published by the Alliance for Democracy, the lead article, written by Alfred F. Andersen, the founder of the Tom Paine Institute, has some very positive commentary on Henry George.
The article is entitled "Let's Claim and Share the Income from Our Common Heritage Capital."
Read more of the article here:
Alfred F. Andersen's website:
Wow! How often are Georgists awarded such high praise from mainstream activism groups? Maybe the world is finally coming around!
Jeffery J. Smith's website, The Geonomy Society:
In response, Prof. Ben Russell of the Council for Economic Inquiry, earlier this month, had another excellent letter to the editor published in "The Daily News" of Mountain Home, Arkansas.
It appeared September 12 and is a veritable model of activist literature. One of his counterpoints to their regressive proposal is the "Pro-Enterprise Act" suggested for Arkansas by the American Legislative Exchange Council. It would give all jurisdictions in Arkansas the "two-rate" option enjoyed by Pennsylvania cities that allows them to raise the tax rate on land and lower it on improvements, resulting in lower home prices and reduced urban sprawl. Lay it on 'em, Ben!
Read his letter to the editor here:
Ben Russell's website,
The Council for Economic Inquiry:
> From GN correspondent, Mary Lehmann -
A seminar on ecotaxation, also called the "Green Tax
Shift," will be occurring in a couple of weeks. Interested
parties should send e-mail to Douglas Hinrichs at:
He promises the entire December issue of "Land & Liberty," published by The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, will be devoted to land reform in Russia!
The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation's website:
If you want to help organize activities for this upcoming event, you must submit your proposal right away!
Stay tuned to The Georgist News for the inside scoop on the 1999 & 2000 conferences!
The Council of Georgist Organizations' website:
Can you imagine? Perhaps people are finally waking up to the crucial nature of understanding the real science of economics and that this information isn't ubiquitous!
The Henry George Institute's website:
Upon returning from vacation in England a couple of weeks from now, Mr. Moser plans to file another suit, this one against the State Governor for robbing, causing a major public bankruptcy and generally not doing his job very well. Mr. Moser tells GN, the State Prosecutor kept him on hold for a year, saying he had to some Swiss economics professors to prove his case.
Nobel Prize Laureates and American professors were not satisfactory, apparently, so, after a while, Mr. Moser finally got two Swiss economics professors to validate his case against the State Governor. Then, after more internal discussion, it was decided that external experts were not necessary after all. The State Prosecutor, then, made a list of reasons why the single tax on land wouldn't work, "proving," states Mr. Moser, "that they have no clue about economics or that they actually wish to hinder the solving of economic problems."
Mr. Moser reports he is considering a move to Cuba, where he would be filing for residence as a political refugee, whereupon, he would attempt to move President Castro to adopt Georgist reform, beginning a world-wide economic revolution.
What, ... hey, it could happen!
Bruno Moser's website, NEULAND:
Hungary - Prime Minister Orban of Hungary is scheduled to visit President Clinton Oct. 7. The USA currently favors the addition of Hungary into NATO and the EU.
Two articles about Hungary which may interest activists:
It has been reported a US Post Office in Illinois is offering its customers the opportunity to help create new stamps. If this is a national phenomenon, Georgists should submit our recommendation! Please, contact The Georgist News with information you may have about this.
The Georgist News' e-mail: GNSreport@aol.com
>From GN Editor, Adam Jon Monroe, Jr. -
Georgist and Earth Trustee organizations and individuals who have not yet contacted me regarding interest in organizing an event in your part of the world for the World-Wide Earth Day Concert should do so soon.
As I've stated, it's far easier than you probably imagine and I promise that whatever you are thinking which makes you feel you can't or shouldn't do it, you're wrong!
A lot of you are going to say to yourselves later, "Well, if I had known..." so, don't miss the boat! Contact me; I'll tell you how to do it.
Relevant Pop Quiz: What is the most powerful and moving tool of persuasive communication?
Were you going to say "words"? If so, you'd have been incorrect. The answer is "music." Let's get it on, people. Don't be superfluous.
Adam Monroe's e-mail: AdamMonroe@aol.com
Congratulations to the Harrises! Thanks to Prof. Harris, President of The Council of Georgist Organizations and his wife, the Eco-Justice Movement has recently been expanded by one more beautiful human being! She goes by the name of Ariana Rose Harris and doctors say it is likely she has the gene that causes Georgism! Hooray!
Thanks to everyone who helped our movement by submitting their reviews of this month's Georgist website, The School of Cooperative Individualism, maintained by Ed Dodson. Reviews generally applaud the huge amount of material there, much of which isn't found on other Georgist sites. The link list includes much more detailed site descriptions than usual and the list of quotes is very extensive. It was also noted for its interactive nature and for being extremely educational.
Complaints were most consistent regarding the small type size used in many parts and a few typos.
Mr. Dodson expresses his gratitude to all who have helped him to improve his website and invites everyone's further critique.
The next on our list of sites to review has been submitted by Henry George Institute Director, Lindy Davies. He invites everyone to provide some constructive criticism on, as he calls it, "an oldie, but goodie," the website of the Coalition for Universal Land Tenure and the SinglE taX, also known as C.U.L.T.S.E.X.
Obviously, it's not humorless site, so check it out! A compilation of reviews will appear in our November 1 issue. Send your reviews to The Georgist News at: