THE GEORGIST NEWS

WEB EDITION
Volume Thirteen, Number Six, December 2010

Welcome to the last month of the year. The previous month saw a pleasing amount of mass media references to the reform we hold dear. If anyone knows anyone who'd happily be a reader, please put them in touch. Thanks. Enjoy the read!


CONTENTS: 1. Good Press: OECE, Cato, NPR, Financial Times, et al. 2. News: Combating Corrupt Land Hoarders & US Ruling on Gene Patents 3. Numbers: Wasteful Programs that Congress Could Cut 4. Movement Progress: LandValueScape Update, Website of Ahimsa Village 5. Letter: Humphrey Institute to Co-Sponsor, IU Newsletter, CNU, Ambrose Bierce, EarthSharing Australia, Policy Project Possibilities 6. Correction: Links not located 7. Obituary: Stanley Frederiksen, 1911-2010 8. Likable link: Harrison/Gaffney reprint 9. What You Can Do: Petition against the sale of Britain's forests, Help get the Alodia Story out, American Monetary Institute 9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes 10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News


1. Good Press: More last month than you can imagine! You might like to know the coverage that the conventional media grant to the radical (in the good sense - to the root) reform of tapping natural values for public benefit while de-taxing our efforts. To keep up to date with these positive citations, visit The Progress Report. Here are some of the latest articles in favor of reform: "The OECD and Independent writer For a Tax" http://www.progress.org/2010/downtown.htm Cato Institute, Oct 27, citing Henry George by Jim Powell. "Prosperous Places Trade A Lot" http://www.progress.org/2010/eastasia.htm (1) NPR's The Writer's Almanac, Nov 6, on MONOPOLY by Garrison Keiller (via reader Wyn Achenbaum); (2) Financial Times, Nov 8, on property benefit by John Read (via reader Carol Wilcox); and (3) OpEdNews, Nov 4, on rescuing the US economy by Scott Baker. "On NPR, Lizzie and the Landlord's Game" http://www.progress.org/2010/keillor.htm Land and the Ruling Class in Hong Kong, a book about real estate hegemony in that former British colonial port by Alice Poon from: (1) South China Morning Post, July 23; (2) the Amazon Review page by Gary Watson (Canada Book Review 2007 September and October; and (3) Asia Sentinel, Nov 4. "The Real State Is Real Estate" http://www.progress.org/2010/hongkong.htm


2. News: Combating Corrupt Land Hoarders & US Ruling on Gene Patents To keep up with the latest in the world of economic justice, visit the Progress Report daily, where articles such as these appear. Around the world, land hoarding and corruption are problems while geonomics -- sharing land by sharing land's value -- is a practical solution. "People Everywhere Combat Corrupt Land Hoarders" http://www.progress.org/2010/fiji.htm Two 2010 articles from the New York Times by Andrew Pollack on patenting genes, the first on Oct 29, the second on Nov 1 (via reader Heather Remoff). "US Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents" http://www.progress.org/2010/genes.htm 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.


3. Numbers: Wasteful Programs that Congress Could Cut Cut the budget of the war machine has become a phrase that even mainstream politicos have had the courage to utter. "US Congressmen Ask Colleagues to Cut War Waste" http://www.progress.org/2010/mccain.htm 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:


4a. Movement Progress: LandValueScape Update by Tony Vickers, tonyvickers at phonecoop.coop, November 23 & 24, 2010 "LandValueScape News" is the newsletter of the Professional Land Reform Group. http://tinyurl.com/347lhhs A project to help devise a methodology for calculating and demonstrating the tax yield for infrastructure projects from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) could become the first research originating within the Professional Land Reform Group. http://tinyurl.com/3ycogwr Among the "radical changes" recommended by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in its Review of the Tax System by Nobel Laureate Sir James Mirrlees is Land Value Taxation. (see Chapter 16 of the Interim Report for details). www.landvaluescape.org/archives/2010/11/mirrlees-calls-for-lvt.html


4b. Movement Progress: Website of Ahimsa Village The website of Ahimsa Village (Learning, Community, & Sustainability in Julian PA) announces "The Philosophy of Henry George", a mini-course in nine parts presented by Mike Curtis.


5a. Letter: Humphrey Institute to Co-Sponsor CGO Conference by Sue Walton, Administrator, November 17, 2010 The Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota has agreed to be a co-sponsor of the 2011 Council of Georgist Organizations Annual Conference. Confirmed early decision speakers include: Dave Wetzel, Jeff Smith, Frank DeJong, Lindy Davies, Cay Hehner, Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, and Bill Batt. What else can we tell people?


5b. Letter: Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) by John Norquist, President & CEO, CNU, October 24, 2010 Jeff, I support Land Value taxation. Is that what you are referring to?


5c. Letter: International Union Newsletter by Dave Wetzel, Acting General Secretary, Deputy Presiden, TheIU, davewetzel.theiu at gmail.com, November 1, 2010 Please contact us for the IU Newsletter for November. We want to raise the profile of the IU internationally. We would also welcome your contributions for future issues.


5d. Letter: Ambrose Bierce: To the Bartholdi Statue by Wyn Achenbaum, November 6, 2010 The poem, "To the Bartholdi Statue", by Ambrose Bierce ends: America salutes you Preparing to "disgorge." Take everything that suits you, And marry Henry George.


5e. Letter: If you ever wondered ... what the $600bn will do? by Karl Fitzgerald, earth at earthsharing.org.au, November 7, 2010 The current issue of the newsletter EarthSharing Australia is available. Contact Karl Fitzgerald (above).


5f. Letter: Land Rights and LVC Policy Project Possibilities by Alanna Hartzok, Online Course Administrator, alanna at earthrights.net, November 10, 2010 Earth Rights Institute, the online course sponsor of Land Rights and Land Value Capture, is now actively engaged in preparing grant requests for Land Rights and Land Value Capture Policy Research Projects. Course certificate holders now qualify for consideration of inclusion in our grant applications.


6. Correction: Links not located by Stewart Goldwater , November 2, 2010 Various links given in last months' GN went awry. Corrected versions, where found, are available in the html version (GN13-05) at the GN archive: http://www.georgist.com/archiv.htm


7. Obituary: Stanley Frederiksen, 1911-2010 by StLToday.com (via Nadine Stoner) Frederiksen, Stanley A. went home to be with Jesus on November 1, 2010. He was born 99 years ago on April 23, 1911... He was also a lifetime Board member for the Public Revenue Education Council. A 40 year employee of Mallinckrodt Chemical, he retired as Marketing manager for their specialty agricultural (turf products) division... In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan's name to the P.R.E.C., c/o Al Katzenberger, 6228 Pershing Ave., University City, MO 63130.


8a. Likable Link: Harrison/Gaffney reprint by Stewart Goldwater, November 3, 2010 The Corruption of Economics by Fred Harrison and Mason Gaffney explains the mystery of persistent economic failure. The authors accuse the founders of neo- classical economics - the paradigm taught in schools and universities of compromising the integrity of their discipline for political reasons. Paperback reprint available from 2nd December 2010. www.shepheard-walwyn.co.uk/book_details.asp?Bookid=230


9a. What You Can Do: Petition against the sale of Britain's forests by Stewart Goldwater, November 8, 2010 If Britain had substantial LVT and a Right of Public Access, there would be little need to be concerned about this. But once land is sold off, the Private Keep Out signs quickly go up and in any case forestry land is a nice tax dodge. http://tinyurl.com/27z4xf7


9b. What You Can Do: Help get the Alodia Story out by Lindy Davies, November 17, 2010 The new edition of The Alodia Scrapbook: Vol. 1: Creating a New Paradigm is out, ready for your order. A review and an author interview are now up at Feathered Quill Book Reviews. http://www.featheredquill.com for the review, and http://featheredquill.blogspot.com/ for the interview. Comments are invited on both pages. Stop by the book's page on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/2wq7azk and post a reader review. Buy it from the HGI directly and you'll save $2: http://www.henrygeorge.org/alodia In New York there'll be a launch/discussion/signing February 11th at the Henry George School. PS: Alas, the Feathered Quill reviewer mentioned some typos. These will be corrected before the Feb. 11 event.


9c. What You Can Do: American Monetary Institute by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, AMI, November 4, 2010 Videos of 2010 AMI Monetary Reform Conference are now available. Many are free at http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericanMonetaryInst All of the speakers are available online and on DVD http://www.monetary.org/2010videos.pdf Please come and meet us when we're in your area. Washington DC, December 1st thru 3rd


10. the Margin: Quips and Quotes To imply that we're flattening Appalachia is so untrue. We're creating level land for Appalachia. - Bill Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, which practices mountaintop removal Love to throw yourself on the earth and kiss it. Kiss the earth and love it with an unceasing, consuming love. - Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), The Brothers Karamazov, 1880 ch 41


11. 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 Send your news and other interesting material to the Georgist News, jjs at geonomics.org or gn at progress.org. The deadline for the next issue is the 25th of this month. The Georgist News, a project of Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, is an email newsletter brought to you free of charge. Its purpose is to keep you updated on the latest news, citations, events, and initiatives of relevance to people who, like Henry George, seek a world free from special privilege and the causes of poverty. Do you know someone who'd enjoy reading the GN? Please forward them an issue and ask them to subscribe, or send us their eddress. As always, it's free. Thanks. The Georgist News is also available online http://www.Georgist.com/


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