THE GEORGIST NEWS

WEB EDITION
Volume Thirteen, Number Seven, January 1, 2011

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CONTENTS: 1. Good Press: Joe Stiglitz advocates Henry George tax 2. News: Kucinich Bill; Outsiders re-claim Africa 3. Numbers: Farmland Outperforms S&P 500, Hightower on Jobs 4. Movement Progress: Pennsylvania's Altoona; Send off & Broadcast 5. Letter: Meeting with Majority Leader; Ebenezer Jones, 1849; Latest newsletters 6. Correction: Links located 7. Likable link: Public Trust Doctrine; Keiser Report 8. What You Can Do: Iowa Center for Fiscal Equity; PLRG Program 9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes 10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News


1. Good Press: Joe Stiglitz advocates Henry George tax by Polly Cleveland, Columbia U, December 1, 2010 I just watched a Washington DC press conference, on a live webcast, responding to the Deficit Commission. http://tinyurl.com/34opnck The webcast will be posted later for download. As part of the response to the crisis and deficit, Stiglitz proposed a "Henry George tax" on all natural resources, to collect 100% of the rent. I've known Stiglitz was sympathetic, but I've never heard him previously come out in public with a full endorsement of George. Editor's Note: This endorsement and others get republished at your movement's news site, Progress Report.


2a. News: Kucinich Bill Would Replace the Fed by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, American Monetary Institute, December 18, 2010 On December 17th Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D, Ohio) introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense Act of 2010, abbreviated NEED, HR6550. It would replace the US Federal Reserve with a truly public agency; it also recommends a Citizens Dividend. We expect this bill will also be re-introduced next year in the 112th Congress. To discuss this act visit http://moneyreform.wordpress.com/ Editor's Note: Kucinich's CD is not a rent share but social credit.


2b. News: Outsiders re-claim Africa but also stiffen the rules The conventional media does cover the reform of tapping natural values for public benefit while de-taxing our efforts. To keep up to date, visit The Progress Report daily. Here's one of the latest articles in favor of reform: Natural resources are so valuable that the rich and powerful, individuals and governments, abuse the rights of everyone. "Single trader holds 90% of LME copper" http://www.progress.org/2010/exchange.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: Farmland Outperforms S&P 500, Hightower on Jobs An Iowa farmland investment would have returned 4.68% per year from 1960 to 2009 compared to a 3.2% annual return to S&P 500 stocks. "7 Towns Where Land is Free" http://www.progress.org/2010/freeland.htm Americans act less violent, even if there are fewer homes, but at least the newspaper of record offers sound advice. "Despite more misery, less American crime" http://www.progress.org/2010/nytimes.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: Pennsylvania's Altoona by Josh Vincent, Center for the Study of Economics, joshua at urbantools.org, December 26, 2010 2011 marks the year that Altoona eliminates its tax on buildings [ed. note: thereby joining US port districts as jurisdictions with no property tax on improvements]. CSE worked to get small Pennsylvania cities to enact LVT, which has been noted worldwide. In Ireland, in 2003 small groups were interested in that effort and we know that we helped in our small way. Last month, one of our LVT allies, former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed, spoke to Irish officials about their plans for a nationwide Site Value Tax. SVT will be enacted in 2011 as a flat fee on land, then a full set of land values established in 2012 will be the basis for true SVT rates. Here is a link to several of our presentations: http://tinyurl.com/39vq7kf


4b. Movement Progress: Send off & Broadcast by Alanna Hartzok, Co-Director Earth Rights Institute, Author: "The Earth Belongs to Everyone", December 1, 2010 About 35 people came to the Henry George School in NY on Saturday, Nov. 13, for a wonderful warm send-off to Quisia Gonzalez who is now in Venezuela where she is launching a Land Tenure and LVT Policy Research Project in partnership with the Prout Research Institute. Quisia will be working in Caracas for two months. The Project is made possible by a partnership of the International Union for Land Value Taxation, the Robert Schalkenbach Fdn., Earth Rights Institute, the Latin America Georgists Working Group, and PRI. Two days before leaving for Venezuela Quisia and I were taped for an hour long cable TV program. This program was aired throughout Manhattan, and is now available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kxx1nVGdyU Harold Channer is definitely open to having Georgists on his show, well-known in NY especially among progressive circles (Harold keeps saying "I just don't understand it" even though he has three PhDs!). Previously on his show (these are also available for viewing, see his website) are interviews with Cay Hehner, Ed Dodson, and Lindy Davies.


5a. Letter: Meeting with the Majority Leader by Bill Batt, hwbatt at gmail.com, December 3, 2010 I had the opportunity for a one-on-one half hour with the NY State Assembly Majority Leader, Ron Canestrari. He listened carefully, and we were uninterrupted during my visit except for momentary phone messages. He asked few questions, but did want to know about other places in the US, and in the world, where land value taxation is employed. Contact me for a copy of my report on the discussion. Also, since NY State is now requiring us to get new registration plates, and since it might be a good conversation starter, I've now got the word "Georgist" on our car. To see a lovely photo of the plate, contact me (above). Sue Walton, CGO Administrator, adds (December 6, 2010): CGUSA-NY, RSF, and HGS-NY should take applications for plates as in Georgist 1, Georgist 2. Just like Illlinois's CUBS FAN; CUB FAN 2. Did you have to pay extra for all letters? Can we put your pictures on the CGO website? Too bad you will be flying to MN in August for the 2011 Council of Georgist Organizations conference because then we could tell people to look for your car.


5b. Letter: Ebenezer Jones, 1849: The Land Monopoly by Wyn Achenbaum, wyn at achenbaum.com, December 13, 2010 Well, it isn't news -- this is 160 years old -- but I thought some of you might find this short book -- about 30 pages -- of interest. I think it is something which might be placed with the contents of "The Precursors of Henry George" and some of the speeches of Gerrit Smith in Congress (1854). (If you'd like copies of them, let me know and I'll send you the files; I've also got a biography of Smith). I've taken to describing HG as the most eloquent and thorough in a long continuum of wise people who saw a truth. I'll be curious to hear your comments about this one. THE LAND MONOPOLY, The Suffering and Demoralization Caused by It; And The Justice & Expediency Of Its Abolition http://tinyurl.com/38b8vvj Also, one of my google alerts brought me to this page: www.truth-out.org/wiki-witch-hunt-reveals-true-face-government65915 where someone posting with the initials HG wrote: Everything is advancing Tue, 12/14/2010 - 04:01 - HG (not verified) Everything is advancing according to plan of natural law. The US is going down the same road of all empirical powers. Concentration of economic and political power creates a self-serving aristocracy- governmental structure which can only survive ending up as tyranny and then it gets overthrown, or withers away in its own corruption. And nobody knows why this is happening. Why, oh god, why?! And then God replies to those that would hear, "Read Progress and Poverty by Henry George, dammit!"


5c. Letter: School of Cooperative Individualism news by Ed Dodson, ejdodson at comcast.net, December 5, 2010 The current issue of the newsletter SCI is available. To see it, contact me (above).


5d. Letter: Earth Rights Institute End Year 2010 Newsletter by Annie Goeke, ajgoeke at igc.org, December 20, 2010 The annual newsletter of the Earth Rights Institute is available. To see it, contact me (above).


5e. Letter: Geonomy Society Annual Report The annual newsletter of the GeoSoc (AKA Forum on Geonomics) is available. To see it, contact Jeff Smith, jjs at geonomics.org.


6. Correction: Last Issue's Links Good or Bad? by Scott Baker, December 4, 2010 Why are my links cited as "no good"? They worked in this newsletter when I clicked on them. Editor's Note: Those mystery links worked for some, not for others. Go figure!


7a. Likable Link: Public Trust Doctrine by Willis A. (Bill) Frambach, November 28, 2010 Here is a link to an overview, entitled "Implementing The Public Trust Doctrine In British Columbia." http://tinyurl.com/34hmr9t (pdf)


7a. Likable Link: The Keiser Report by Stewart Goldwater, December 17, 2010 For a refreshing take on current econ. Go to http://maxkeiser.com/tag/keiser-report/ Max had Fred Harrison on a few months ago. Scott Baker adds (December 18, 2010): Yes, Max is great. Ellen Brown, a frequent guest, got me on his show a few months ago. http://tinyurl.com/32esg4c I should have taken it more seriously plus had a better wardrobe choice, but that's not Max's fault! I did get to talk about LVT, State Banking and Greenbacks as a "public option for money" as he put it.


9a. What You Can Do: Iowa Center for Fiscal Equity http://tinyurl.com/325xt35 This website above published "Variations on the Land Value Tax" and is asking for feedback.


9b. What You Can Do: Edge to open PLRG 2011 Program by Tony Vickers, tonyvickers at phonecoop.coop, December 21, 2010 Jeremy Edge, principal of Edge Planning & Development, will be the first speaker of 2011 in our series on aspects of land value capture. As usual, the talk will be given at London South Bank University. Jeremy was until earlier this year Partner and Head of Planning at Knight Frank and is now helping Volterra Consulting analyze the impact of taxation on the property industry for RICS. Prior to that, he was Director of Research for ATIS Weatherall -- in 2000, he was instrumental in associating that firm with the Progressive Forum, an initiative of the Henry George Foundation at the time PLRG Hon Sec Dr Tony Vickers was Chief Executive of HGF. http://tinyurl.com/2ug7okc "LandValueScape News" is the newsletter of the Professional Land Reform Group.


10. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes How can the expressions "What's going on?" and "What's coming off?" mean exactly the same thing?!? If button and unbutton and tie and untie are opposites, why are loosen and unloosen and ravel and unravel the same? - Richard Lederer, Crazy English Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. - Sidney Harris Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. - Mark Twain


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 on line www.Georgist.com/


The Georgist News, Volume Thirteen, Number Seven, January 1, 2011