I'm sorry this edition of The Georgist News is a bit late; there's just so much Georgist news! (Hope you missed it!)
Amazing things are happening! The Georgist News' recipient list is expanding by leaps and bounds! Events around the world are developing both in our favor and as challenges to our movement. I hope you will all continue to keep yourself and others updated through this project.
Editor, The Georgist News
Saturday, Oct. 31, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a major newspaper there, not only endorsed a Georgist candidate for office, but specifically mentioned the land tax as a replacement for the property tax in their article!
Harold Kyriazi is running for Pennsylvania's 38th District Senate seat on the Libertarian Party ticket. He is in an uphill battle challenging the 20-year incumbent, Leonard Bodack, a Democrat and the State's Minority Whip.
Kyriazi, though, has had the benefit of assistance with his efforts from the indomitable Georgist activist, Dan Sullivan, who prepared a clever promotional flyer for him.
Another Libertarian-turned-Georgist friend of Dan's, Ron Rosenberger, is running for Pennsylvania's 40th District Senatorial Seat. Both read "Groundswell," the terrific periodical from Common Ground-USA.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's endorsement:
Dan Sullivan's flyer for Harold Kyriazi:
For example, a new Home Depot is being built, and the entire property tax burden for 20 years is allocated for financing of its construction. Thus, they are paying property taxes to themselves. Naturally, a variety of specialty hardware shops in the area are furious; they've been paying the city's higher mercantile taxes for years and now the city is using those revenues to subsidize a corporate giant that will put them out of business.
In the bordering suburb of Brentwood, a $30 million TIF is going to the construction of a Giant Eagle Super Market.
This is an absolute sham in terms of development, since area residents will not eat more food just because we have a subsidized grocery. Instead, other grocers, who have been operating without subsidy, will be destroyed.
Meanwhile, there are two expansions of TIF in the state hopper. One allows TIF to be granted for 30 years instead of the current 20, and another allows any two taxing jurisdictions to force TIF participation on the third.
I want to make TIFs the focus of political action here. It dovetails nicely with the recent stadium tax campaigns and there is a great deal of attention being paid to it.
Dan Sullivan: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1957, with fear growing in the midst of the Cold War after Russia's launch of Sputnik, John McConnell, then Publisher of a North Carolina newspaper, proposed in an editorial, the "Star of Hope," a satellite visible from Earth, pulsing at the rate of an infant's heartbeat. It would contain progress reports from people around the world on their efforts to make Earth a better place to live.
The New York Times article by David Gonzales:
To request rebroadcast, contact NPR:
In the Ohio Governor's debate, aside from the two usuals, candidates from the Reform Party and Natural Law Party participated and according to several newspaper reports, NLP offering, Zanna Feitler, completely stole the show.
Chapman University, in Orange County, Ca., sponsored a debate among Gubernatorial candidates from the American Independent Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Natural Law Party and the Peace and Freedom Party. Candidates from the "big two" were invited, but declined to participate.
In her closing statement, Estela La Riva of the Peace and Freedom Party, made the most Georgist appeal. It was the only time audience members heard the terms 'landlords,' 'tenants,' 'private property' or a proposal that something be done about the fact that our planet's "natural resources are owned by a few people." In response, she was awarded the most spirited applause given to any of the debaters the entire evening!
Both debates were nationally broadcast live on C-SPAN and may be rebroadcast depending on public reaction. If you would like them to do so, call 202-626-7963 and record your programming suggestion.
The Peace and Freedom Party:
Amazon On-line: http://www.amazon.com
The Natural Law Party: http://www.natural-law.org
That's how The Georgist News can help! Ask and ye shall receive! FYI, Mr. Massam's site contains pages in Spanish, Italian and Esperanto. Mr. Massam describes the free on-line translation service from AltaVista he has been using as "excellent." Look into it!
Georgist Education Association:
The Geonomy Society:
Other Georgist web sites which have joined this campaign include Bryan Kavanagh's EarthSharing Homepage and The Georgist News' page hosted by Scott Kroyer's web site, which has also recently undergone a significant renovation.
The Henry George Institute: http://www.henrygeorge.org
EarthSharing Homepage: http://www.earthsharing.org.au
The Georgist News archives: http://www.kroyer.com/gns
Scott Kroyer's web site: http://www.kroyer.com
The School of Cooperative Individualism:
$145 MillionóWill it be spent to promote the single tax or to prevent it? A lawsuit scheduled to be filed soon by Georgist advocates could make the difference.
The Arizona based Lincoln Foundation has about $145 million in total assets and a $12 million net income, all of which their Articles of Incorporation mandate be spent "to teach and expound the ideas of Henry George as set forth in his book, Progress and Poverty." Incredibly, though, ever since John. C. Lincoln's death in 1959, the hundreds of millions of dollars he intended to promote Georgist reform seems to have been, instead, blatantly used for the exact opposite.
Apparently, while many Georgist organizations and individuals have been doing their best to educate leaders in such places as Russia, Estonia, South Africa and Jamaica on the benefits of Georgist reform, the Lincoln Foundation has been spending untold millions undoing their work! In books, articles and through extremely high paid emissaries to those countries and within the US, Henry George, his reform and its advocates have been consistently and maliciously maligned and disparaged by the Lincoln Foundation and/or its alter-ego the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Examples of this cited in the suit are detailed and extensive, but their brazen and offensive flavor is clear.
Just to describe one, in South Africa, where Georgists have had considerable success and where, in fact, Johannesburg and other major cities don't tax buildings at all, but only land, agents and officers paid for through the Lincoln Foundation told South Africans seeking information about the Single Tax that it would not work.
And, in a large meeting of academics, business people and professionals there, they, again, discouraged and derided Georgist reform as ill-advised and unworkable.
Within the next several weeks, six Georgist Arizona residents intend to bring a lawsuit, therefore, against the Lincoln Foundation (an Arizona corporation) to force it to comply with its Articles of Incorporation. They are joined by a great many Georgist organizations which are understandably furious at having their efforts scurrilously frustrated by the Foundation.
They include Common Ground-USA, Center for the Study of Economics, Henry George Foundation of America, Henry George School of Los Angeles, Henry George School of Northern California, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, Tax Reform Australia, New South Wales Henry George Foundation, Danish Henry George Society, Hungarian Henry George Society, Resource Rentals for Revenue Association, South African Constitutional Rights Trust, School of Economic Science and Social Philosophy of Canada, and the International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade.
The suit was prepared by Georgists Stanley Sapiro and Willis Frambach, California attorneys and W. David Slawson, a professor of law at the University of Southern California. They are serving on a pro-bono basis. It will be filed in Phoenix, Arizona by Gil Shaw, an experienced trial attorney in that state.
Georgists world-wide seem to be in mostly unanimous support of this bold initiative, praying for an unqualified victory and awaiting fair judgment in this case. Many, though, harbor trepidation, given the deep pockets of The Lincoln Foundation and interested parties. To allay their concerns, Sapiro has referred to several cases won against great odds and persons of great influence. For example, a case he had in Los Angeles County increased the land taxes of property owned by then Governor Ronald Reagan 660%. In a case very similar to that to be brought against the Lincoln Foundation, involving an organization headed by Walter Knott, a powerful California conservative, the Los Angeles Henry George School won a sizable judgment. And Sapiro's father, Aaron, a Chicago attorney, won the famous David and Goliath suit against Henry Ford, forcing him to cease publication of anti-Semitic "The Dearborn Independent," apologize to the Jewish population of the United States and pay sizable damages.
The Georgist News hopes to bring you further details and developments surrounding this issue in our next edition.
Hanno Beck: email@example.com
Banneker Center for Economic Justice:
If you have a web site that carries the "Official Earth Trustee Site" logo, contact Mr. McConnell with your URL and a description of your site (TrusteeOne@aol.com).
You can get the "Official Earth Trustee Site" logo from
The Georgist News (GNSreport@aol.com).
The Earth Day Web Site: http://www.earthsite.org
Mr. Moser's visit there will be brief, though, he reports, since, he also plans to take in Philadelphia on his way to Miami and, hopefully, Cuba, where he intends to while away the winter months discussing the benefits of Georgist reform with Castro over stogies and Cuba Libres.
Go on with your bad self, Bruno; show 'em how it's done!
Bruno Moser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Date: email@example.com
Mike O'Mara: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Alan Silverstein, Co-Director for the "One Day In Peace Campaign" (One Day Foundation), UN NGO Rep. for "Pathways To Peace" and Director of the organization, "People for Peace," makes the following supplication to Georgist organizations and individuals:
The UN declared 2000 as The International Year for a Culture of Peace. What better way to begin this year of education and transformation than with a day of peace.
So far, more than 20 world leaders have pledged their nations' support for One Day In Peace, January 1, 2000.
This is a simple campaign with a tangible goal, but when we live in peace for ONE DAY, we will see that peace on Earth IS possible (in our homes, in our communities, and between nations) if we work together, one day at a time.
With "peace on earth" as a priority for our global community, we will be able to properly address all of the injustices that endanger our world.
During the CountUP to 2000 (and Beyond...), we can make EVERY DAY COUNT and know that peace is more than the absence of war, it is finding peace within and learning to respect each other and the planet we share.
The World Peace 2000 campaign is being led by a network of nearly 600 organizations & institutions in 112 countries. Please join usóthere is no financial obligation for becoming a Co-Sponsor!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!
(The Georgist News fully endorses this exciting initiative and we encourage others to do so as well!)
Robert Alan Silverstein
PO Box 570
Roosevelt, NJ 08555-0570
Please, contact Adam Monroe (GNSreport@aol.com).
your memory and prepare to cast your vote for the Best Book of 1998! The winner will be announced in January.
1998's Best Book Candidates and Reviews:
ANN is a Los Angeles-based production company launching a new television network next year with original programming based on traditional American values.
If you have good research skills and a desire to help create positive value programming which can help put our country back on the path originally envisioned by our Founding Fathers, please, contact Bud Robertson.
Phone: (310) 820-7767, Fax: (310) 442-9850
The Georgist News needs full or part-time assistants to help compile and write for this bimonthly newsletter.
There is presently no salary available, but your help, even if only temporary, could enable current volunteer editor, Adam Monroe, to carry out the vital tasks involved with the other part of this project, The Georgist News Service, which is designed to establish and foster a link between Georgist journalists and the press, something we all know could make a big difference for our efforts. If there's any way you or your organization might be able to help, please contact us soon (GNSreport@aol.com). Thanks!
The Virtual Bleachers await you! The first Wednesday of every month (as in, tomorrow), from 4-10 PM EST, you can participate in lively and informative online discussion of the stadium swindle and what you can do about it.
Seats in the Virtual Bleachers are free and sponsored by the authors of the book, Field of Schemes. For more info, contact Neil de Mause (email@example.com).
With stadium votes in Denver and San Diego going down to the wire this today, it will be interesting to learn from activists in those cities how things turned out and why.
The Virtual Bleachers:
Field of Schemes Homepage: http://www.fieldofschemes.com
Remember our site review project? Well, unfortunately, due to lack of participation, it has been discontinued. :( Sorry. Hey, Georgists are busy people! Besides, it's hard to criticize a web site that promotes Georgist reform!
Did you know that Mark Twain was a Georgist? Even if you did, you probably didn't know there's a terrific article about Mark Twain and the Single Tax Movement, written by Jim Zwick, at the web site of The Mining Company. In addition, on his fabulously in-depth web site, "Anti-Imperialism in the US, 1898-1935," Mr. Zwick has a fascinating letter written by prominent early 20th Century Georgist, Joseph Fels, to Andrew Carnegie, on the crucial nature of Georgist reform. There are many other related documents on that site, too, since many early Georgists belonged to The Anti-Imperialist League.
And don't get jealous, but Mr. Zwick also possesses an 1898-1914 run of The Public, the single tax/political magazine edited by Louis F. Post in Chicago! He says it has been a virtual gold-mine for his research and that he has reprinted several pieces from it at his Anti-Imperialism web site, including parodies of Kipling's poem, "The White Man's Burden" and even some cartoons!
The Mining Company site also has an in-depth article by Mary Bellis on the history of the board game, Monopoly. Naturally, the author mentions Henry George and the Single Tax Movement several times.
Mr. Zwick's piece on Mark Twain and the Single Tax:
Joseph Fels' letter to Andrew Carnegie:
Mr. Zwick's Anti-Imperialism web site:
Article on the history of the game, Monopoly:
The Mining Company:http://www.miningco.com