This month marks the Old World meeting an even older one. Let's hope
that our old idea meeting even older attitudes has a happier outcome!
Could happen, judging by all the recent good press. Enjoy the read. If
you know anyone else who'd happily be a reader, please put them in
1. News: Party candidates; Leaders lead! & Colleges buy land
2. Good Press: The Spectator, Aussie Radio, County Star,
Matt Yglesias, Information Clearing House, Tribune-Democrat
3. Numbers: Millions find low-pay jobs
4. Movement Progress: China Needs LVT - first PLRG talk
5. Letter: 2011 CGO Conference, Latest Oz Newsletter
6. Correction: Labour & Land Tax
7. Likable link: LVTfan blog, George and Nock article,
Scott Sumner, Real Estate Prices in Manhattan
8. What You Can Do: Green Economics Retreat, Alodia Scrapbook,
Secret Life of Real Estate, Political Economy course material
9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News
1a. News: Libertarian candidate promotes LVT
by Mike O'Mara, romike at crosslink.net, September 23, 2010
Mik Robertson, Libertarian Party candidate for Representative in the
Pennsylvania General Assembly, 63rd District, who is also the
chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, endorses shifting
to LVT in his campaign statement, saying, "It is time for the
Commonwealth to utilize the benefits of this shift and allow this
option for all local governments...." Also, another Libertarian Party
candidate in Pennsylvania, Vernon Etzel, running for US Congress,
PA-5th, favorably mentions the land value tax shift in his campaign
flyer, as one of several alternatives to the income tax.
1b. News: Green Party candidate promotes LVT
by Justin Trottier, Media Relations, Frank de Jong Campaign, Ward 18
Davenport, justin.trottier at gmail.com; votefrankdejong,
September 24, 2010
Frank de Jong has just put out the following media release. Please
help us in disseminating it widely:
Media Release: Electrify Pearson Rail Link, says Frank de Jong, City
2. The rail link need not be financed by federal, provincial or city
taxes, but rather should be paid for by collecting the rise in land
values it generates along the route, especially around stations (Land
1c. News: Leaders lead! & Colleges buy land
Officials duty-bound to defend natural resources step up to the plate
in both Africa and America - hooray!
"Grabbing resources goes unchecked - 'til now"
Is there a link? Universities speculate in land. Academic economists
play down land's role in economies and in politics.
"Infrastructure - Another Obaman Gift to Bankers"
To keep up with the latest in the world of economic justice, visit the
daily news site, the Progress Report, where such articles appear.
To establish a shared frame of reference for a discussion about how to
solve economic issues with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers,
try sending them the progress.org link, see how it goes.
2a. Good Press: LVT & Labour By Fred Harrison, September 1, 2010
The original piece in The Guardian on Labour leader Burnham (cited
last month) was followed up at The Guardian website with a long
comment by Carol Wilcox (Sept 3). A Conservative publication, The
Spectator, discussed the proposal in depth and identified LVT as a
Tory "blue" policy - Burnham associated it with socialism!
2b. Good Press: Radio National's "Saturday Extra"
By Bryan Kavanagh, September 4, 2010
Did anyone catch Danny Woods interview with Dave Geisen from San
Francisco? Geisen gave a rundown on Henry George, including why he has
the answers on the current financial collapse. At the end, the
Australian announcer said anyone interested can look up the Australian
organisation at www.prosper.org.au! Where did that spring from - Are we
becoming mainstream? You can listen to it here.
2c. Good Press: Ventura County Star
By Gary M. Galles, economics professor at Pepperdine University
in Malibu, September 4, 2010 (via Wyn Achenbaum)
But 'labor' has not always been so hostile to the freedom that is, in
fact, the primary source of worker wellbeing. American economist Henry
George is an example. His 1886 work 'Protection or Free Trade'
demonstrated the case for free trade by demolishing protectionist
2d. Good Press: Matt Yglesias and LVT via Wyn Achenbaum,
wyn at achenbaum.com, September 25, 2010
An American political blogger at the Center for American Progress,
Matt Yglesias, is quoted in the comments at the Huffington Post via
twitter saying, "I'm always down for Land Value Tax advocacy":
2e. Good Press: Information Clearing House Newsletter
By ICHN (News You Won't Find On CNN), September 08, 2010
(via Phil Anderson)
"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 (1839-1897) American poliical economist
2f. Good Press: The [Pennsylvania] Tribune-Democrat
By Edward Smith, retired city and county manager, September 12, 2010
Taxing the gas drilling industry is not enough, why not a 'citizens
dividend'? If Alaska can view the leasing or sale of natural resources
as the common property of all citizens and distribute an ...
3. Numbers: Millions can find only part-time or lower-paying jobs
Recessions are a good time as any to make millions - as long as you
already have some millions to start with.
"Congressmen & CEOs prosper while others do without"
Want all the current indicators in one place' Periodically, The
Progress Report publishes just such a digest. To give readers greater
breadth, depth, and the most salient facts, many articles at the
Progress Report are not single articles but compilations on a
particular theme, offering a compendium of data on one sector.
4. Movement Progress: China Needs LVT - first PLRG talk
by Tony Vickers, tonyvickers at phonecoop.coop, September 10, 2010
The Professional Land Reform Group (PLRG) is pleased to announce that
London South Bank University has offered to host its bi-monthly
meetings, starting with a talk by PLRG Chairman Dave Wetzel.
Further (September 14, 2010), one of the Coalition parties (no prizes
for guessing which one!) will be debating Land Value Taxation at its
Conference, next week in Liverpool.
"LandValueScape News" is the newsletter of the Professional Land
5a. Letter: 2011 CGO Conference by Sue Walton, Administrator,
September 21, 2010
It is with deep regret the CGO Executive Committee has accepted the
resignation of its President Ed Dodson for personal reasons. Ed has
agreed to stay on as an Advisor. Ted Gwartney has resumed the role of
President. Long time CGO webmaster, Lindy Davies has agreed to assume
the role of Vice President. Rich Nymoen of St. Paul and Bill Batt of
Albany have agreed to serve as program advisers. Regarding our 2011
conference, The CGO finally has selected a hotel, the Sheraton South
in Bloomington, MN. The dates are 8/1-8/6 - Monday-Saturday. One of
the potential themes will be transportation. Bill Batt and Rich Nymoen
are working on getting local support from the Humphrey Institute. If
the Institute is interested, then we will be contacting you with more
5b. Letter: Latest Oz Newsletter by Karl Fitzgerald,
earth at earthsharing.org.au, September 28, 2010
In the recent Earthsharing Australia email newsletter, read about Geo
Index, Roots of Ownership, and more. To see it, write the e-ddress
6. Correction: Labour & Land Tax by Carol Wilcox,
carol.wilcox at labourland.org, September 20, 2010
Two of the five Labour Party leadership candidates support land value
tax. (Andy Burnham is only a candidate and not a leader, as I assumed
you meant in Georgist News; and he isn't likely to be successful,
unfortunately.) As a matter of fact the front-runner in the leadership
race is Ed Miliband, whom Dave Wetzel and I met at the Treasury a few
years back. Despite his LSE/Harvard PPE credentials he didn't 'get'
LVT at all and later I heard him boast as much on the platform of a
Labour Party meeting. In fact when we met him I couldn't help making a
very disparaging remark about his 'ignorance' and he remembers my name
to this day! That's better than being ignored, isn't it? :o)
7a. Likable Link: LVTfan blog
by Wyn Achenbaum, wyn at achenbaum.com, September 5, 2010
I keep meaning to post a few of the titles of the recent posts at the
LVTfan blog (http://lvtfan.typepad.com/). The full list of titles is
at Cumulative List of Posts, through August 31, 2010 and you might
appreciate the list of tags at the bottom of this page; each will take
you to a collection of posts related to that topic.
7b. Likable Link: George and Nock article
by Gene Denardo, September 10, 2010
Good article on Henry George and A.J. Nock on the Mises page!
7c. Likable Link: Scott Sumner (taught economics at Bentley University
for the past 27 years) via Michael Strong, CEO, FLOW, co-author of Be
the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve
All the World's Problems, with John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods Market,
Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
Laureate, and Hernando de Soto, Co-Chair of the UN Commission on the
Legal Empowerment of the Poor, September 19, 2010
Scott Sumner: "I wonder how much revenue Hong Kong and Singapore
raise from their government ownership of land. Very Ricardian, that!
Quite a bit I believe. I don't recall the amount, but I believe it
might be 10% to 20% of revenues. Hopefully someone will correct
me if I am wrong. Wasn't that Henry George's idea?"
Editor's Note: About how much ground rent Hong Kong recovers, see
7c. Likable Link: Commercial Real Estate Prices in Manhattan by
Richard L. Biddle, Director, Henry George School of Social Science,
Henry George Birthplace Museum, September 28, 2010
The paper mentions Homer Hoyt -
100 Years of Commercial Real Estate Prices in Manhattan
William C. Wheaton, Mark S. Baranski, and Cesarina A. Templeton
REAL ESTATE ECONOMICS, 2009 V37 1: pp.69-83
8a. What You Can Do: Green Economics Retreat
by Green Economics Institute Team, September 12, 2010
The 3rd Green Economics Retreat and Green Economics Well Being
Conference is on the weekend of November 5th, 6th and 7th 2010 at a
farm near Glastonbury in Somerset, in the UK. It includes interactive
sessions on understanding the human and natural and physical worlds in
Economics practice and theory, including 10,000 years of human energy
and uses of different kinds of intelligences and senses to explain
more fully what we mean by the economy; including Music, Dance,
Movement, Therapy, Art, Pottery, Inclusion, Walks, & Tai Chi. For
details and bookings please email greeneconomicsevents at yahoo.co.uk.
8b. What You Can Do: The Alodia Scrapbook
by Lindy Davies, September 20, 2010
A few years ago, the Georgist Journal had a special issue chronicling
the transformation-from-within of the West African nation of Alodia.
That issue of the GJ has sold out, and the story has been retold in a
new, expanded edition, published by the Henry George Institute.
They'll be ready to ship inside of two weeks - order your copy now!
They will soon be available on Amazon (where I Sure Hope that you will
post reader reviews!) - but if you order from the HGI, you'll get
them for 7.95, two dollars less than the list price. It is a powerful
and hopeful story! http://www.henrygeorge.org/alodia/
8c. What You Can Do: The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking
by Phil Anderson, September 24, 2010
Phil suggested you like The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking. To
see more details and confirm this invitation, follow the link below:
8d. What You Can Do: Political Economy course material
by Ed Dodson, ejdodson at comcast.net, September 27, 2010
I am now at the beginning of the third year teaching this course to
seniors at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University,
where the reception has been very positive. This program is
non-credit, so there is no testing and the seniors are (somewhat
surprisingly) not diligent about reading, even though quite a few have
purchased Progress and Poverty.
If anyone is interested in reviewing (or using) this material, I will
be happy to send you a CD version. You must have Powerpoint software
(or its open source equivalent) on your computer or you will not be
able to read the lecture notes. Just respond via email with your
I welcome any comments you might have.
9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights.
- J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), quoted in Robert Lenzner's 'The Great
We did not inherit the land from our fathers. We are borrowing it from
- Amish Proverb
A continent ages quickly once we come.
- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
10. Publication affairs: Contributing to this issue
Along with those acknowledged above with each blurb,
Editor: Jeffery J. Smith
Assistant Editor: Caspar Davis
Archivist: Stewart Goldwater
Owner: Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
Founder: Adam Monroe
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The Georgist News, Volume Thirteen, Number Four, October 1, 2010