As household names bring up shifting some taxes, it creates an opening for us to insert shifting taxes the geoist way. Some active Georgists have been doing just that – and getting recognition. Also being recognized is the fizzling of the housing bubble. Near term, we can expect more attention to land economics. The info below can help you be ready to respond intelligently.
CONTENTS: (to return here just click the headline)
1. Al Gore would shift taxes
2. Cuba Proposal by Relative of Cuba's First President
3. Canadian campaigns on LVT
4. Georgist for State Senator In Alabama
5. Developments in Vietnam
6. The Free Liberal on rent dividends
7. Pensacola News Journal on Fairhope
8. Downtown Fairhope now a National Historic District
9. Hawaii Reporter quotes HG
10. Housing bubble's air leaking out
11. World Bank cites Hartzok paper
12. Empire State Report
13. A Severance Tax on California Oil?
14. New PowerPoint presentation on Henry George's life and influence
15. CGO 2006 conference
16. HG Teachers meet
17. J.W. Bengough on the wealthandwant website
18. What is African-American Land Ownership?
19. AMI Monetary Conference Speakers Schedule in living color
20. Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
21. Call for papers for International Conference
22. New 2007 Conference developments
23. Letter to Editor
24. Bill Judson
25. Next Month's Georgist News
26. AT THE MARGIN: Quips and Quotes
27. About The Georgist News
COMMENT: Taxes on CO2 emissions directly collect rent for one's overuse of the atmosphere's ability to absorb/remediate gasses. Compared to the amount of surface rent, doing this shift might not get tons of rent, but it would reduce a bothersome tax, which is the other half of HG's remedy.
An interview with Nic appeared in an online paper: www2.vietnamnet.vn/service/printversion.vnn?article_id=827302. These are widely read here.
We then met with the CEO of the publishing house. He is willing to push the issue by having more articles appear and organizing an online forum later this year. I am still working on getting some G'ist experts here. I was told this should not be a problem. And there is my dream to have the socially conscience music world to launch a land-is-all-peoples (live-aid) concert here.
"Illegal immigration, job outsourcing, trade deficits, budget deficits, workers in poverty, the welfare trap, an insanely complicated tax code... What do all these problems have in common? The answer: They could all be substantially fixed by implementing a citizen's dividend. Everyone is getting money (back) from the government, but they are receiving that money through dozens, if not hundreds, of different mechanisms. The result is a bureaucratic nightmare which makes our businesses less competitive, weakens our moral fiber, and makes life less pleasant generally. Followers of Henry George advocate a citizens' dividend based on ground rents. I personally prefer replacing income and labor taxes with a mix of excise, property (including copyright and corporate value), and possibly sales taxes, combined with a citizens' dividend."
COMMENT: If Carl Milsted realized how much rent is spent on other natural resources and privileges, would he still promote taxes on our efforts?
"Fairhope founder E.B. Gaston's utopian dream was based on social reformer Henry George's principles; the single-tax colony was founded by 29 Midwesterners on an Eastern Shore bluff known as Stapleton's pasture in 1894. The 'fair hope of success' idea hatched by Gaston and his colonizers in Des Moines today is an oasis, a colony for artists and writers with brick sidewalks and hanging flower baskets."
"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." – Henry George
Come November, we will be voting on a Severance Tax initiative, Prop. 87. I hope the attached (begun below) will give you some background info to help evaluate the issue. In any case, please note my new edress.
"California has long been and remains a major oil-extracting state. It is the largest gasoline consumer by far, and pays the highest prices. Its fields were yielding up hydrocarbons not long ago when oil was at $10/bbl or less, and natural gas was a drug on the market. There is much economic rent there. And yet, California is the only state, major or minor, with no severance tax. This November, voters will turn thumbs up or down on Prop. 87, a severance tax measure. Besides the usual suspects, its backers include some leading venture capitalists from Silicon Valley, with interests in greentech. Two of the leading contributors are Vinod Khosla (Sun Microsystems) and John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byer)."
COMMENT: Intrigued? For the rest, please contact the author.
Among the many highlights of the conference were a roundtable for Georgist writers moderated by author Heather Remoff, a stirring PowerPoint presentation on Biblical treatment of land ownership by Peoria, Illinois Georgist John Kelly, and a presentation on the history and future of the business cycle by Australian Georgist Phil Anderson; Anderson earns his living presenting seminars on the subject to investors.
The event that caused the most excitement at the conference was the release of a new, modernized edition of Progress and Poverty by Bob Drake, President of the board of the Henry George School in Chicago, with funding support by the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. Over one hundred copies of this new version of the book were sold during the conference. May all Georgists get the book and put it into the hands of people who will read it with good result.
At the conference banquet, we were treated to great food and great entertainment. The annual Henry George Lifetime Achievement awards went to two individuals and one organization: Jake Himmelstein, for his volunteer work; the Henry George School of Chicago, for educational excellence; and, to Jeff Smith of the Forum on Geonomics, for his accomplishments in the realm of activism. We thank everyone who attended and participated in the conference. Planning is already underway for the 2007 CGO conference to be held at the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The morning session was dedicated to the didactical method of "close reading." The text was the next to the last chapter of Henry George's Perplexed Philosopher called "Principal Brown," which may have been co-written or ghost-written by Mark Twain. We have found that the the more time we dedicate to reading texts of Henry George and related authors together in the classroom, taking turns reading, and discussing difficult or unfamiliar terms, the more positive the student response and the more consistent the retention rate. If the sensitive pocketbook nerve is touched, even the slowest learners seem to get smart really fast! After the "close reading" exercise, every attendee gave a brief summary of their philosophy and activities.
The afternoon session presided over by Lindy Davies, featured Paul Martin who gave an impression of the difficult yet promising situation in Nicaragua. Next Bob Drake offered the DESA attendees some vintage samples of his simplified and updated Progress and Poverty. Edward Dodson gave an accelerated Thomas Paine PowerPoint presentation. Finally, Lindy showed us some facts and figures developed by himself and Michael Curtis conveying George's insights to students.
Thanks to all, and especially Bob Drake and Chuck Metalitz, our Chicago hosts as well as the CGO organizers!
The new item is J.W. Bengough's The Up-To-Date Primer: A First Book of Lessons for Little Political Economists In Words of One Syllable. It was originally published in 1903 and was reprinted by Fels in the teens and Schalkenbach in the mid 30s. It consists of seventy lessons, each with a woodcut and some text. Rather than posting the woodcuts, I've described each one. I've scanned them all, but so far have not attempted to size them so they work efficiently online.
My query is about another of Bengough's works, On True Political Economy (The Whole-Hog Book), also written in words of one syllable. Here I'm working from a version on Ed Dodson's website. Unfortunately, a bit of text is missing from Chapter 8. Specifically, here's what I've got:
Do any of you have a copy of this one, from which you could provide points 4,
6 and 7?
The Isandla Institute and the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies at the
University of the Western Cape, in partnership with the Chronic Poverty
Research Centre, invite submissions for papers and presentations for a
conference exploring the issues facing those in informal employment and at the
margins of the formal economy in South Africa – the controversial idea
of a "second economy" existing alongside but disconnected from the formal
economy. The conference will bring together current knowledge and cutting-edge
research on the dynamics of economic marginalization and its implications, and
will question the adequacy of dominant accounts of marginalization. It will
encourage interdisciplinary debate and explore the power and adequacy of
competing or complementary explanations for the causes of chronic poverty and
continuing vulnerability. It will create a forum for critical debates and
creative discussions between researchers and practitioners (from government
and civil society) who are practically engaged in poverty reduction, pro-poor
policymaking and implementation and poverty alleviation.
Conference organizing committee: Armando Barrientos (CPRC/IDS), Andries du Toit (CPRC/University of the Western Cape), Sam Hickey (CPRC/IDPM), Uma Kothari (IDPM), Francie Lund (UKZN/WIEGO) and Mirjam van Donk (Isandla Institute).
Scranton is located on Interstates 81 and 84, just south of the central New York State border. It is a relatively easy drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and New England. Georgists living in New York City or its nearby suburbs can take either Greyhound or Trailways buses from the Port Authority terminal. The trip takes about three hours, and there are at least eight runs daily. The conference hotel has a shuttle that will pick people up at the bus station. AMTRAK train service is available from Philadelphia or New York City. For those flying, Avoco International Airport (AVP), which serves both Scranton and Wilkes Barre, has 75 direct flights and 450 one-stop connecting flights daily. From most airports, flights are very affordable. Again, our hotel offers a free airport shuttle. The planning committee does not recommend flying into the Newark, New Jersey airport because of the increased travel time. You would need to first take a shuttle into the New York City Port Authority and then take a bus to Scranton; this will add at least four hours to your travel time.
These peak oil grass roots groups are a growing potential of Georgism supporters. Many may feel attracted to its structural contribution to a re-balanced economy. Can you inform your many readers and encourage them to get involved in peak-oil thinking and action groups? I write about peak oil since 2001, and now it is getting serious. Are many Georgists indeed motivated by the Club of Rome and other "green" scenarios?
"Helping cities, towns, and municipalities adapt to Peak Oil"
By Randy White, The Energy Bulletin
The biggest issue facing the Task Force is how to help businesses and citizens make changes for a reality many of them are unaware of and unprepared for. With such a complex system oil-based system of interdependencies, small changes will not be enough to offset the anticipated devastating impacts of peak oil. The city can create assistance and learning programs catered to biointensive food growing practices appropriate for geographical areas. For citizens without land access, create bond measures or taxes for buy-back land/home programs and fund the growth of community gardens in the city and surrounding suburbs. Study and prepare plans to begin relying on food generated and transported within a 100-mile radius of the city. Adjust the radius depending on available farmland.
Randy White is a member of the Portland Peak Oil Task Force. He works as an advertising executive for AM620 KPOJ, Portland's Progressive Talk Station.
Thought for the day: never be afraid to try something new. Remember that amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
Elsewhere, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Bush listed a series of accomplishments of his administration, including that the United States is warmer than it has ever been.
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