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* THIS JUST IN - A Georgist Film!
1. New Georgist Website
2. Hartzok and Davies: Georgist Chautauqua Lecturers
3. The CGO 2006 Conference
4. New Online Course in Economic Science
5. "Land Value Increment Tax" in China?
6. A Georgist Comeback
7. Fort Worth Natural Resource Bonanza
8. "Menace of Privilege" Relocates
9. Planning Gain Supplement
10. IULVTFT Newsletter
11. Upcoming Event
12. AT THE MARGIN: Quips and Quotes
13. About The Georgist News
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Stillman is seeking your help in assembling plausible film abstracts - short outlines, no more than a page long, of how a film might be done.
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GN Comments: Thanks to Cliff Cobb for circulating this important news. This is a very unusual opportunity; not since 1989, when Charles Ashira proposed a Georgist motion picture, has there been such a chance. Please contribute your ideas. Whether used directly or indirectly, your ideas can help to shape a successful Georgist production.
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GN Comments: Chautauqua, New York is the historical birthplace of all "Chautauqua" gatherings and lectures. This year, Georgists Lindy Davies and Alanna Hartzok were invited to Chautauqua itself to present views on Land and Justice. Here is a summary by Lindy Davies:
Our talks were hosted by the Department of Religion, a very large part of Chautauqua's academic establishment. It was founded as a Methodist retreat center in 1874, and since then has hosted an amazing list of prominent speakers, including nine Presidents. Now, it is ecumenical and welcoming - a bastion of progressive Christianity, reassuring us that the Robertsons and Dobsons in our society don't have the last word on faith. The main amphitheatre in the center of the grounds, a very impressive, open-air structure that seats some 10,000, displays three large flags: the United States, the Earth, and the United Nations.
Alanna and I spoke in the "Hall of Philosophy," a delightful open-air auditorium modeled after the Parthenon. Each of our presentations was before an audience of over 600. Chautauqua publishes a daily newspaper, which ran articles before each of our speeches, and lengthy reviews afterward.
Because of the high cost of programs there, Chautauqua's clientele tends toward advanced age. However, affordable access to programs is available through a number of "denominational houses" associated with various churches. Many people rent summer homes there, and there is a tremendous range of recreational and cultural activities for all ages. Truly an astounding place.
My remarks have been running as a three-part series in the Progress Report, called "Land and Justice."
GN Comments: People can order Hartzok's lecture on Earth Rights Democracy and Judeo-Christian Land Ethics on either cassette tape ($10) or CD ($15) from her at Earth Rights Institute, Box 328, Scotland, PA 17254. Copies of the Chautauqua newspaper review of her lecture will be sent with each order.
by Sue Walton
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by Lindy Davies
The course features a new domain name. Find us at: www.politicaleconomy.org
One of the strangest news briefs that we have seen this year appeared in something called "Asia Pulse News" on August 25, 2005. This little article is very awkwardly translated into English, leaving the reader with no clear sense of what is, in fact, happening. Can any Georgist News readers shed light on this "land value increment tax" and its fate in China?
Here is the text of the article:
BEIJING, Aug 25 Asia Pulse - It is unlikely China will resume levying land value increment tax countrywide, industry insiders say.
China's central bank has recently proposed to strengthen collection and management of land value increment tax.
China began to levy such tax in 1994. But not long after, many places stopped or simplified such tax collection in order to stimulate consumption and increase investment.
The state would draw 0.5 - 1 per cent of the proceeds of property developers from their sales of housing as land value increment tax. Ordinary housing would be free when transferred.
On June 1, 2005, Shanghai resumed levying progressive land value increment tax on detached villas. From October 1, Tianjing will begin to levy 0.5 per cent land value increment tax on ordinary housing and 1 per cent on other housing.
Experts say that, from a long-term point of view, the real estate tax would cover the whole process of development, trading and use of property.
John Massam of Australia reports, "After years of being untouched by those who ran the Perth operation since late 1998, the Western Australian Georgist website has been revived."
You can find the site at: www.multiline.com.au/~georgist
Massam notes that revisions are ongoing, and much remains to be done: "Many links on the other pages are not working. Report any problems or suggestions to me."
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by Ed Dodson of the School of Cooperative Individualism
It will be very interesting to watch to see what happens to property values in Ft. Worth and how this impacts the overall economy of the area.
Chuck Metalitz of the Henry George School of Chicago has moved his "Menace of Privilege" blog to: http://menace.bloghorn.com
Energetic Georgist Dave Wetzel was recently invited to submit a letter to Property Week, a UK magazine. See how smoothly and succinctly Wetzel manages to present land value taxation's benefits, and how LVT relates to current concerns about property values and taxation in the United Kingdom:
The Government's apparent keenness to consider the Planning Gain Supplement fails to recognise the failure of previous UK development land taxes, where they have increased land prices, frozen development and reduced GDP.
The Government would be better advised to consider the success of Harrisburg in the USA where the introduction of an annual Land Value Tax over 25 years ago means that land is taxed six times greater than the tax on buildings.
Since the introduction of LVT (they call it the two-tier tax), Harrisburg has seen increased inward investment, the use of empty sites, the growth of taxable businesses from 1,908 to 8,864, unemployment fallen by 19% and the crime rate dropped by a staggering 58%!
Stephen R Reed, the Mayor of Harrisburg, states that his policy rewards the productive use of land and tends to discourage real estate speculation by irresponsible absentee owners.
He further says, "Without hesitation we can commend the importance and benefit of the land value tax policy. It has worked in Harrisburg and in other communities where it has existed."
Why does the UK Government wish to only tax developers? With LVT they could collect a legitimate annual income from all sites. In Philadelphia, many businesses are calling for the benefits of LVT and one of the loudest voices is the organisation of realtors (estate agents) who clearly identify that LVT will bring prosperity not only for their profession but also for the whole community."
Are you a member of the International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade? The International Union's recent newsletter, Issue #19, was sent by postal mail, but Ole Lefmann has begun a new service also offering distribution of the newsletter by email.
We applaud this new service and encourage IU members to consider switching to email receipt of the newsletter. If you have not seen it and would like to consider joining the IU, request a copy. You can reach Ole Lefmann at: email@example.com
The Third North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade will take place November 30 - December 1, 2005, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This is a biennial event. For an agenda, list of presenters, etc., visit the symposium website at: www.cec.org/symposium
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