I. EDITOR'S NOTES
Fewer US Political Candidates Reading Wall Street Journal?
Habitat II Geo-Alumni Coordinate Turkish Housing Relief
Land Tax Gaining Political Popularity in US
Conservative Press Threatens Dems With Henry George
NEWS-WATCH: Redirecting Blame for Death Toll in Turkey Quake
WATCH-WATCH: Liberty Magazine Derides Geo-Dictionary
GEO-WATCH: Georgist Media Update
Kerensky & Schwatzmann Important New Book About.com Henry George
Twain Historian Expands Online Geo-Library Geo-Education Conference
Papers Online Libertarian Party News Quotes Henry George
California Smart Growth Forum
Public Land Ownership Statistics in USA
Outside the US, where economies are less complex, the veil over peoples' eyes concerning the land question is much thinner. Reports have been not been rare, in this e-letter, about publicly geoist politicians in other nations. Reform in the US, though, is less predictable. It depends less on identification with Georgist philosophy (or any other political affiliations) than on what seems most politically expedient at the moment (in most politicians' cases). Recently, however, I've noticed a large amount of data piling up on my electronic desk about self-promotionally pro-land-tax-shift politicians in the US (see Sec. II).
As mentioned previously in this newsletter (but not in any other news periodicals I've come across), the supposedly extreme ends of American politics have found common ground, literally. Real environmentalists, even among huge, well-funded organizations like Sierra Club, promote shifting to land value taxation whenever they can while, politically, Geo-Libertarians and enlightened Republicans currently tend to carry the American geo-banner.
So far, American Liberals have been the political wing most resistant to systemic land ownership decentralization, though Green Parties of some nations, like Scotland and Wales make a land tax shift agenda the main plank in their economic/ecological platform (GN II-#6). Finally, a few of the US' more sincere democrats are in the process of assembling a free-enterprise caucus, some of whom recognize the efficacy of shifting to land value taxation, the http://www.progress.org/dfc/DFC (Democratic Freedom Caucus)
The Wall Street Journal reported Georgist theory "all-but-dead" recently in an article disparaging many Georgists' and Georgist organizations' pending lawsuit against The Lincoln Foundation. Yet, only last year, as reported in the http://www.progress.org/geonom49.htm (Spring '99 Geonomist), WSJ's George Melloan lamented that the International Monetary Fund's Russian bailout allowed some in the Duma (Russia's version of a parliamentary senate) to "sidetrack the very useful reform of giving private owners full title to land and subjecting it to taxation" (WSJ, 21 Jul '98). Sidetracked? Scandalous! Who would want to do such a thing? (The Geonomist thinks it might have been the IMF.)
The Georgist News is out to expose the information industries' (education and media) continuing suppression of the real science of economics. So if you've any doubt whether that's really occurring, compare the latest WSJ article (GNII-#9) - which dismisses Georgist reform as outdated, and the Georgist movement as a dinosaur - to what is occurring across the US today - more and more people running for office on a promise to shift property tax rates from improvements to land. Or, you could even compare it to policy prescriptions made during moments of temporary sanity within the pages of WSJ itself.
Sincerely George, Adam J. Monroe, Jr., Editor The Georgist News email@example.com http://www.georgist.com/gnhttp://www.georgist.com/gn/
1999 Aug 20 - GNS 1996 Habitat II Geo-NGOs to Aid Istanbul
Mary Rose Kaczarowski and Judith Vidaver are making use of reliable contacts in Istanbul* to organize a means for Georgists and others to direct relief money to help the most needy victims of death-trap construction exposed by last week's earthquake in Turkey. For more information, contact Mary Rose Kaczarowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith Vidaver at email@example.com.
*Mary Rose Kaczarowski and Judith Vidaver, like Alanna Hartzok, are known
among Georgists for, among other things, their success with the promotion of
real economic understanding among many national and organizational
representatives associated with the United Nations. In Istanbul, 1996, they
managed the inclusion of crucial text into the UN Habitat II Agenda on Human
Settlements. Some of the wording is sadly ironic given its, now, obvious
importance. (See Sec. III, below.)
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1999 Aug 3 (Mike O'Mara/GNS) More US Political Candidates Running On Land USA - Some Georgists say that if Henry George were around today, he would run for office and encourage others to do so. Some also say that running Georgist political candidates might be an extremely effective means of educating the public, whether or not they win.
Last year, many GN readers learned about Harold Kyriazi and Ron Rosenberger, a couple of candidates vying for office in Pennsylvania whose campaigns were assisted by the Pittsburgh anti-Pirate, Dan Sullivan. Project Vote-Smart documents the views of political candidates to make it easier for voters to determine who stands for what. Kyriazi and Rosenberger are listed there, at http://www.vote-smart.org/
Recently, we've discovered two more US candidates for office who strongly and very publicly support shifting taxes to land - Lorenzo Gaztanaga and Paul Gagnon. Gaztanaga is running for City Council in Baltimore, Maryland and Gagnon is running for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia.
It's difficult to predict what their chances of winning might be this year, but regardless of the outcome, each is getting out an important message to voters and will doubtless receive at least some media coverage, including their write-ups for voters' guides. Quite rightly, one might think, especially considering the current political climate across America, both seem confident that voters will approve whole-heartedly of such fair, efficient and logical reform as is the land tax shift.
Lorenzo Gaztanaga, geo-candidate for Baltimore's City Council, spoke at the - http://www.progress.org/cgo - CGO (Council of Georgist Organizations) annual conference this summer in Gaithersburg, Md. According to Gaztanaga's campaign literature, ... "Property owners should not be charged more for improving their property - this discourages owners from keeping their property up, particularly owners of rental units. Basing the property tax exclusively on site value would make more money available to individuals and communities, which they could use to provide needed services based on competition not monopoly."
And this is from his Web site:
"A property tax based on land value rather than structures and improvements would be a positive incentive for property owners that live on their property, as well as those who rent, to make it livable and viable on the market."
Lorenzo Gaztanaga's Web site: http://www.md.lp.org/gaztanaga.html
Paul Gagnon* seems even more explicitly geoist. One of his policy statements at the Web site for his Campaign for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Va, is titled "Lower Taxes to the Ground" and reads, in part: "There should be a dual-rate real estate tax and I intend to propose it. My plan is simple. It calls for taxing buildings at a lower rate than land. It's a concept borrowed from over 700 communities around the world and it isn't considered utopian or radical or unattainable by any of them.
"The upshot of this would be that the average taxpayer would get a whopping tax break and the big developer "we gotta raise taxes" crowd will get their chance to donate more to the public coffers. If indeed we "gotta raise taxes" then let's raise them in proportion to the use of the land by the owners of that land."
"This lower tax strategy will be the centerpiece of my campaign. As the campaign unfolds, every citizen will be able to see a real plan to lower their taxes overall fairly, responsibly and quickly." Paul Gagnon's campaign site is at http://www.freefairfax.com/
Lorenzo and Paul are both members of The Thomas Paine Network, a caucus within the Libertarian Party promoting land justice and reaching out to people, from all parts of the political map, to help them go "beyond left and right."
TPN's Web site is very new and, as yet, simply carries their mission
statement, but Georgist visitors probably won't be too dissapointed.
However, even while the quality of the information on TPN's fledgling site
definitely trumps its limited quantity at the moment, a few Georgists may
roll their eyes at being described as "on the left." Here's an excerpt:
"The Thomas Paine Network was started by libertarians who wish to engage in a dialogue with:
a) open-minded people in the Libertarian Party (in which there is a Thomas Paine Caucus);
b) open-minded people on the left, such as open-minded people in the Georgist movement (in which there is a geo-libertarian network), as well as open-minded people in the Democratic Party (wherein there is a Democratic Freedom Caucus); and
c) open-minded people on the right, including open-minded people in the Republican Party.
The Thomas Paine Network is at http://www.tpaine.org/
The Thomas Paine Caucus is at http://www.tpaine.org/tpc.htm
Mike O'Mara is the National Director for The Democratic Freedom Caucus. Their URL is http://www.progress.org/dfc/
*More information about Paul Gagnon and other pro-land tax political
candidates is online at http://www.progress.org/cg/pbrief.htm
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Fred Foldvary* has run for office in the past and is now considering a shot at the California State Assembly. It's said he stands a chance to represent his district, which includes San Francisco.
Mark Hilgenberg, an influential member of Los Angeles' Orange County LP, has expressed to The Georgist News, that everyday, he looks more and more favorably upon the Georgist proposition. He has noted that Libertarians and Green Party activists have already been finding "common ground" on the tax shift agenda, with both sides discovering much deeper respect for the others' perspective. Foldvary may soon speak before one of the OCLP's weekly congregations, which are said to regularly number 2,500 attendees.
*Fred Foldvary is the author of several books, a professor of economics at John F. Kennedy University and Senior Editor of the geo-popular online cyberzine, The Progress Report (http://www.progress.org/). His URL is http://geo.to/foldvary
An easier track to Georgist reform is if current office-holders will appreciate the Georgist perspective. One of the newest members of Common Ground-USA is already a member of the Palo Alto city council, Duane Bay. So far, Georgists are fairly impressed with this catch and his prospects for the future.
Right now, in fact, Duane Bay and the East Palo Alto City Council are in a battle with property owners over land tax compensation. Here's a URL for the latest on that: www.service.com/PAW/morgue/news/1998_Aug_12.BALLOT.html
Busey, by the way, with the help of like-minded son, Phillip, is beginning a better than ever version of The Intermountain Single Tax Association, which will now be called The International Single Tax Association. Busey the Younger is in charge of the site and asks Georgists who can spare a moment, to drop by and make any suggestions they'd like to offer. Their ultra-hep domain name is http://www.unitax.org/http://www.unitax.org
Thanksgiving, last year, Pennsylvania's Governor and an all but unanimous portion of both state legislative bodies voted to exponentially expand the number of taxing jurisdictions in Pennsylvania allowed to shift property tax rates from improvements to land.
Decades of land tax shift experimentation by many major Pa cities has gained the "two-rate" property tax more and more popularity among politicians and regular folk, including both home owners and home buyers. Now, neighboring states are taking a 2nd look at Georgist reform. Credit for moving this mountain goes, mostly, to the efforts of Steve Cord, Hanno Beck, Joshua Vincent and others associated with The Henry George Foundation of America and The Center for Study of Economics. CSE is developing a new Web site at http://www.smart.net/~hgeorge
The Geonomy Society, headed up by Jeff Smith and Kris Nelson, have managed to convert a large portion of Oregon lawmakers and activists to geonomics. Readers of "Groundswell," the Common Ground-USA magazine, learned in their recent issue how Smith and Nelson were able to have significant statements added to two amendments, to the effect that Portland's Legislative Revenue Office would study the likely effects if local taxing jurisdictions were to "lower tax rates on improvements and compensate for the reduced revenue by raising tax rates on sites, hereinafter called incentive taxation."
The whole exciting story is now online at
The Geonomy Society
1611, SE Nehalem St, #2,
Portland, Oregon 97202-6700,
firstname.lastname@example.org : email@example.com
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Europe 1999 Jul 26 - Tony Vickers/GNS Euro-Georgist News
Christopher Huhne, the first Georgist member of the European Parliament, has now been appointed the European Liberal Group's Spokesperson on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In this capacity, he will represent them in a Parliamentary Committee of the same name. He says his Strasbourg and Brussels offices will be available to Georgist researchers.
Mr. Huhne has agreed to write the Foreword for the first publication from the HGF-GB (Henry George Foundation of Great Britain) since the big management overhaul here. "Shifting the Burden," written by new Chief Executive, Tony Vickers, is a booklet directed toward influential thinkers with potential sympathy for the Georgist perspective. It explains why a shift to land value taxation is, more than ever before, worthy of consideration for use in the UK. The goal of the program is a "Progressive Forum," a network of professionals and academics concerned with poverty, environmental degradation and good government, to pursue broadly Georgist research here.
This autumn, Huhne is scheduled to chair a 'fringe' meeting on "Paying for Urban Renewal" at the main conference of his party, the Liberal Democrats, in the northern 'spa town' of Harrogate.
Earlier this summer, Lord Richard Rogers, the international architect friend of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, published his report, "Towards an Urban Renaissance." The goal is to define policies for the next quarter century, that will make British cities more attractive places in which to live.
On July 19, Lord Rogers' Urban Task Force held their first major seminar to discuss the report. The success of the 'split rate tax' was specifically mentioned in the report as a reason to revisit the oft-rubbished policy of site value rating. HGF-GB produced a short brief for the seminar, which will be made available on their Web site.
Despite a good deal of positive reference in the body of the report, however, its final conclusions exhibit very little enthusiasm toward the utility of a shift to land value taxation. Tony Vickers, the new head of the HGF-GB is currently preparing a response to Lord Rogers' findings. Vickers' document will be circulated among attendants of the upcoming Harrogate meeting, to which leaders of several northern cities with problems of dereliction are being invited.
[The above item was compiled from correspondence with Tony Vickers, the new
Chief Executive of The Henry George Foundation of Great Britain. Take a look
at their terrific new Web site at http://www.henrygeorgeuk.cjb.net/ ]
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USA 1999 Aug 13 - GNS R U Waiting 4 Your Kids 2 Talk 2 U About Henry George?
Background: Cato Institute, like think-tanks in every political camp, often smell, to Georgists, more like 'stink'-tanks, due to the huge cachet of obfuscation and public misdirection surrounding their products. With a better understanding of and appreciation for human nature than that with which society at large is programmed, we tend to attribute most (not all) of that scent to miseducation.
And judging from our expanding influence from the help of Internet geo-farmers like Hanno Beck, creator of the awesome Progress Report (http://www.progress.org/), it appears we're becoming just a little too difficult to ignore.
Much of the world must be aware by now, that Republicans and Democrats here are in a battle over what to do with a (not really) budget surplus. Republicans want to cut taxes. Democrats say the tax cuts will benefit the rich and hurt the poor, and besides, the government needs the money as emergency back-up funding for our unknown future.
Now, though, the issue has become "Georgist news," because it appears some American conservatives are saying 'give the rich people their tax cut or we'll start talking about a fellow named Henry George.'
Could This Work?
Many Georgists have said running political candidates isn't even necessary to enact Georgist reform and all that's required is to persuade enough of the right people in a rapid enough fashion to achieve the long-sought "critical mass." And, naturally, some say Georgist reform has to happen sooner or later because it's just plain better. Indeed, the worse things get due to the reigning neoclassical economic policies, the better common sense compares.
How about this scenario? Eventually, despite the burden of a hugely backwards economic incentive system, America's richest people will be actual producers of wealth, not, as traditionally, resource speculators. They begin to realize exactly how the majority of citizens are enslaved, and how society is thereby disastrously corrupted, but don't feel the need to defend the profits accruing to land speculation. As suggested by a few 18th Century single-taxers*, "enlightened despots" establish economic justice, setting humanity on course toward natural social evolution.
This is the scenario described by Cato's Director of Fiscal Policy Studies, Stephen Moore in an article yesterday, but only those aware of the info-war between aristocrats and physiocrats will notice the message at all without investigating the, otherwise, redundant conservative policy biscuit.
Cato Threatens to Let the Cat-Out of the Bag
In defense of Republicans' plan for the budget surplus**, Moore threatened to unleash the most powerful, and for the past 100 years, the most suppressed voice for social justice the world may ever know, that of Henry George.
One paragraph toward the end of his August 12 commentary, "How to Fight the
Greed-and-Envy Lobby," reads,
"One of the greatest economists and social philosophers of the past two [sic] centuries was Henry George. The world would be a vastly better place if those in Congress and the media called a "time out" from the verbal grenade lobbing against the tax bill and became familiar with George's writings."
Mr. Moore proceeds to quote a very lengthy (yet, sans mention of land) passage of George's, as always, "beautiful combination of artistic form and fervent love of justice." (Einstein) Read the entire piece at http://www.cato.org/dailys/08-12-99.html
*The Physiocrats, France's 18th C. intellectuals, are credited with the phrase, "laissez-faire," as being the first modern economists and the first modern advocates of the single tax (coincidence?). Though grappling with a landed aristocracy, they're, today, disgraced for advocating "enlightened despotism." The best Physiocrats Web site I know of: http://www.angelfire.com/az/physiocrat/
**Does the US have a budget surplus? Insights on that question are plentiful in this "Junk Economics" at The Progress Report: http://www.progress.org/archive/junk02.htm
NEWS-WATCH: The Party Line
At first, the news from Turkey was that corner-cutting by builders is why such a horrifying number of deaths resulted from last week's earthquake. Attention has, since, been focused on everything else.
Try as establishment media will to imply otherwise, there can be no doubt the size of the disaster is less related to the power of the earthquake than to the poverty of the Turkish people, most especially with regard to housing.
1999 - Turkey 7.4 magnitude quake death toll: 40,000 (projected)
1989 - San Francisco 7.1 magnitude quake death toll: 63
1939 - Turkey 8.0 magnitude quake death toll: 30,000
1906 - San Francisco 8.3 magnitude quake death toll: 700
[Source: TIME Aug 30, 1999.]
Blaming nature for the devastation wrought by such events becomes more difficult. And then, even more so ... The following is from the United Nations Habitat II Action Agenda, adopted in Istanbul, 1996 (at the particular urging of NGO representatives from Georgist organizations). "The failure to adopt, at all levels, appropriate rural and urban land policies and land management practices remains a primary cause of inequity and poverty. It is also the cause of increased living costs, the occupation of hazard-prone land, environmental degradation and the increased vulnerability of urban and rural habitats, affecting all people, especially disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, people living in poverty and low-income people."
The paragraph following that recommends the consideration of land value taxation as a means of decentralizing land access and improving housing quality: http://www.enviroweb.org/earthrights/docs/un_hab2.html
WATCH-WATCH: Exposing the Posing
USA 1999 Aug 8 - GNS Aims and Claims
The latest (September) edition of "Liberty" magazine contains a book review, by executive editor Timothy Virkkala, of Fred Foldvary's "Dictionary of Free-Market Economics." Under the title, "Isms and Schisms," Virkkala derides Georgists, the prefix "geo" and Foldvary's academic sincerity. [Source: Todd Altman / Land-Theory List]
GEO-WATCH: Meanwhile, Back in the Real World ...
See what you think about one of the newest Georgist Web sites, which is in Spanish, "Instituto de Capacitación Económica," at http://www.servicenet.com.ar/esalom/sandler.htm
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Our last issue of The Georgist News began with an article about the advancement of pro-Georgist social leaders in Russia (and the strategy mainstream news will apparently be using to justify their anticipated promotion of the "reformers" responsible for Russia's current mess). Our piece was titled "The New Kerensky?" because Alexander Kerensky, the first leader of Revolutionary Russia, intended to institute Georgist reform. Bolsheviks ran him out of the country in late 1917 after which, he continued to lobby Russian leaders for greater freedom among the Russian citizenry. One of the most controversial figures of the early 20th century, historians vary wildly in their accounts of his life and influence. Here are two very different short online bios of Alexander Kerensky: http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/interviews/figes5.html http://www.brisbane-stories.powerup.com.au/gabba/people/kerensky.htm
In 1967, Jack Schwartzman interviewed the original Kerensky for "Fragments,"
a highly intellectual, yet engrossing geo-periodical still in publication
under the editorial eye of venerable geo-journalist Schwartzman. Fragments
is available through Jack Schwartzman FRAGMNTS1@aol.com
PO Box 20038 Floral Park, NY 11002
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Thu, 29 Jul 1999 Important New Georgist Book Now Available! USA (Foldvary/GNS) - An important new book has just been published. Edited by Kenneth Wenzer, "Land-Value Taxation: The Equitable and Efficient Source of Public Finance"  is a collection of 20 essays, 4 of which are by William S. Vickrey, the 1996 Nobel laureate in economics.
Other writers include Robert V. Andelson, Herb Barry, Hanno Beck, Harry Gunnison Brown, Godfrey Dunkley, Fred Foldvary, Mason Gaffney, Drew Harris, Alanna Hartzok, Jerome Heavey, Nic Tideman and Kenneth Wenzer.
Other recent titles from Wenzer are "Anarchists Adrift" (Paperback, 1996) and an extensive study, "The Henry George Centennial Trilogy," published in 1997, 100 years after the death of Georgists' namesake. Each volume in that trilogy is an anthology; the first, "of Henry George's Thought," the second, "of Tolstoy's Spiritual Economics" and the third, "of Single Land Tax Thought."
"Land-Value Taxation: The Equitable and Efficient Source of Public Finance," Publisher: M.E. Sharpe (Armonk, NY) and Shepheard-Walwyn (London) ISBN 0 85683 181 6 (reference number)
All titles listed above are available through www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/home.html/002-8122042-0980008 and The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (Publishers of Henry George) firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.progress.org/books
The next time you go to Amazon.com, take a look at the large number of books
available on land tax there.
[Source: Fred Foldvary / Land-Theory List]
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New Feature at 19th C. History Site: Henry George!
Recently, The Mining Company, a unique Internet site, featuring human guides to all manner of interests, changed it's name to About.com and began a television ad campaign. Georgists have had luck in the past with About.com site guides and may wonder whether this transformation is indicative of any deeper changes there. As it seems so far, not in the least!
Georgists are acquainted with The Mining Co. (now, About.com) through Mark Twain guide, Jim Zwick, who is also an electronic education expert and research specialist on the Phillipine-American War and the (heavily-Georgist) American Anti-Imperialist League.
Then, last week, Joanne Reid, About.com's guide to 19th Century History, announced her new feature is on Henry George! Reid, like her counterpart, Jim Zwick, may be a real historian! The About.com 19th Century History Site's new feature, about Henry George, is at http://history1800s.about.com/
And speaking of geo-pal Jim Zwick, check out the latest geo-'must bookmark' new web page he has constructed in the expanded Friends & Associates section of the Net Links page. It's loaded with geo-texts most other Georgist Web sites don't even have! Links include a biographical sketch on "Henry George in California," several of his writings, info on Twain's interest, a debate between George and Edward Atkinson, and writings by other single-taxers that Jim has made available online at his Anti-Imperialism site. The URL for "Henry George and the Single Tax" is http://marktwain.about.com/msub_george_henry.htm
Jim's highly recommended home page is at a new URL, http://www.boondocksnet.com/ where you'll find his terrific http://www.boondocksnet.com/ail98-35.html Anti-Imperialism in the US, 1898-1935/A>, which documents, among other things, the pre-World Trade Organization origins of the Georgist movement's battle with the forces of international feudalism.
An intriguing advertisement at Jim's home page reads: "This site is supported
by 'Centennial Books,' your source for 'Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything
Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,' by James W. Loewen." Georgists
might question whether it actually covers "Everything," but it looks
interesting. To find out some of the lies in "Lies ...," take the quiz at
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A lot of reports from the Georgist Education Conference last month in the (locally) single-tax town, Arden, Delaware, are becoming available at the Web site of conference co-sponsor, The Henry George Institute. The URL for the fascinating new "Arden Papers" is http://www.henrygeorge.org/arden.htm
And while you're at the HGI site, check out the great new Land Rant by HGI
Director, Lindy Davies, one of the best Georgist articles so far this year,
http://www.henrygeorge.org/arden.htm Watersheds and Wars
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USA 1999 Jul 31 - GNS Libertarian Party News Quotes Henry George
The August issue of The Libertarian Party News, their official monthly
magazine, has a special feature, called "Liberty Quotes." One of them, sent
in by Todd Altman, is by Henry George:
"It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve."
Altman chose his submission well. This sentiment, expressed by George over 100 years ago, sounds exactly like today's official Libertarian credo. The irony is George's revival of Physiocratic economics is, nowadays, ignored or criticized by most self-styled Libertarians. [ Source: Todd Altman / Land-Theory List.]
Press Release from LandWatch (http://www.landwatch.org/): USA - A forum for dialogue and education on the concept of "smart growth," sponsored by the Monterey County Business Council, will be held Thursday, August 26 at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza, Monterey from 8:30 AM to 2 PM.
There will be speakers and a panel discussion, among representatives from
business, labor, political, agricultural and environmental sectors.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 AM. The admission
charge is $65.00. Further information is available through:
Corry Rucka, Executive Director Monterey County Business Council
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USA 1999 Jul 14
For a state-by-state listing of the percentage of US land area owned by the federal and state governments, try http://www.heartland.org/environment/jul99/table.htm
The numbers will probably surprise you. Data there is provided by the National Wilderness Institute. [Source: Fred Foldvary / Land-Theory List]
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