Many wonderful things are happening! Progress IS being made!
People the world over may soon be awakening to the hope that learning about Earth-based economics brings (in part, because I'm doing my best to put every single one of them on the recipient list for The Georgist News)!
I hope you will all enjoy this issue of GN and that you will remember to send in the news from your part of the world. The rest of our growing family is eager to hear how your efforts are going!
Adam Jon Monroe, Jr.
Editor, The Georgist News
Mr. Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow, profiled Sunday, Oct. 11 on popular prime-time news show, "60 Minutes," is said, by Georgist insiders, to be intent on financing government with land rent. Surprisingly significant mention of Luzhkov's civic methodology was made in the program's segment on him, where viewers learned that despite former Moscow Mayor Boris Yeltsin's massive corporate giveaways as President of Russia, Luzhkov has been systematically collecting land taxes while allowing private enterprise to keep their earnings. As a result, Moscow is one of the few bright spots in the otherwise horrible Russian economy.
Luzhkov's Chief of Staff, Kemer Norkin, said to have independently arrived at the efficacy of resource-based revenue collection, has met with Georgist emissaries to Moscow in the past and assures them Luzhkov is thoroughly like-minded.
Rumors are also circulating that Luzhkov is in a strong position to be the next President of Russia.
Get all the details on the possible rebirth of Russia from Fred Harrison, Georgist envoy there and Editor of "Land & Liberty," in their December issue!
"Land and Liberty" is available through
The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation:
149 Madison Ave, #601
New York, NY 10016-6713
Montreal, Quebec - On October 3, Dr. Frank Peddle, Research Director of the Canadian Research Committee on Taxation was invited to a personal hearing before the Province of Québec Commission inquiring into the financing of local municipalities. Its members were mainly high-level council administrators headed up by Urban Institute professors & a general tax specialist.
The CRCT earned this appearance through a brief prepared by Dr. Peddle, using the latest property value data obtained from area appraisers, demonstrating the effects of shifting tax rates from buildings to land in three proportional scenarios, 50:50; 40:60 & 0:100%.
Dr Peddle's personal presentation of his work was superbly slanted to this level of inquiry and, indeed, the Commission President acknowledged the professional quality of Dr. Peddle's careful study. This can be taken as more than lip-service since almost all other submissions were, to some degree or another, obviously self-serving; it must have been a breath of fresh air to hear a proposal to reform the tax system on the basis of fairness to everyone.
In short, our brief was very well received. This is, though, quite a political domain, so if our proposal is specifically recommended to the provincial government for serious investigation as a useful tool to improve urban administration and local economies, our effort will have been well worth it.
The same day, a press release on the matter, written by CRCT President, Ben Sevack, was sent to local papers.
You can read the Oct. 3, CRCT press
Read the full text of his piece here:
Georgists should find his well written and insightful
piece of much interest. The full text
is available at:
You can read the full text of that
In about 300 words, his recent letter to the editor of the Baxter Bulletin puts the whole thing in perspective. Too bad every US State doesn't have a Ben Russell, but, that's what we're trying to change, isn't it?
You can read Mr. Russell's latest letter
to the editor, "Alternative Proposed to Sales, Property Taxes," here:
In the past, HI has referenced articles by Dan Sullivan, the super-effective Pennsylvania land reform agitator and the important Georgist organization, American Institute for Economic Research.
It should be noted that "PolicyFax" is sent, free of charge, to many politicians and journalists.
Banneker Center for Economic Justice:
American Institute for Economic Research:
Meanwhile, arrangements for more and more of those events are underway. Currently, Georgists and Earth Trustees (redundant?) in Victoria, BC, Canada;
Budapest, Hungary; Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota;
Houston, Texas, the Big Apple and US West Coast are working toward "the big day." Others are also expected to come on board in the near future.
AOL users can access that site at Keyword
RNU or at:
Others can read it here:
Description: Urban Ecology will discuss the political, technical, social, economic, and poetic relationships that grow out of humans living in groups. We will examine not only cities' effects on the earth, but city living's effects on us as individuals and as communities, and how we can make urban living a positive process for ourselves, for our posterity, and for the earth.
You can read posts made so far by going
to this URL:
The Environmental News Network:
Try it out at: http://www.progress.org/books
On November 9 at the Assembly Local Government and Housing Committee Meeting, a bill will be heard that would permit urban areas to enact land value taxation.
The bill, which would amend New Jersey's State Constitution, is being introduced by District 12 Assemblyman, Michael Arnone.
New Jersey residents and Georgists with ideas for how to help Mr. Arnone promote reform there are urged to contact Joshua Vincent, Director of The Henry George Foundation of America, as soon as possible.
The Henry George Foundation of America:
The preregistration deadline is Dec. 2 at $50; one may register later at $75, full-time students with ID, $35. Headquarters will be at the New York Hilton & Towers.
For the program, see "http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AEA or the September issue
of the American Economic Review. Info and registration forms are available
ASSA Registration Office
2014 Broadway, Suite 305
Nashville, TN 37203-2419
Spanish speakers, too, get curious about geonomics. They also seek answers on the web. Who out there has Georgist materials in Spanish in their computer that they can e-mail (or snail mail on a disk) to Jeff Smith? He (with more than a little help from his friends) will make sure it is made available to the half-billion person Spanish speaking world. Muchas gracias!
Don't forget; October's site for review is the hilarious, yet informative C.U.L.T.S.E.X. (Coalition for Universal Land Tenure and The SinglE taX)! You still have about ten days to add your constructive criticism for how Henry George Institute Director, Lindy Davies, might be able to improve that web site.
Last month's site for review was Ed Dodson's "School of Cooperative Individualism."
School of Cooperative Individualism
Did you know that Daniel C. Beard, original founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was a Georgist? It's true!
Ever wonder how The Georgist News is able to find all this interesting stuff? Naturally, correspondents from around the world constantly relay notable tidbits they come across and this constitutes the bulk of our most relevant items. A lot of terrific stories, however, are also found through discussion lists and forums. If you'd like to participate in some of them yourself, contact The Georgist News and we'll help you locate the ones you might find most interesting.
Speaking of which, one such list has been trying to come up with the definitive response for "How many Georgists does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Several funny answers have been offered thus far; have you a good idea, too? Send it in! We'll list all the best ones in the next edition of The Georgist News!