Happy mid winter (or summer Down Under)! Had enough? We're only half
way through! Yet like the US mail carrier, neither rain nor hail nor
dark of night detours the movement. Just see how much good we've been
up to! And welcome aboard Chuck Huckaby, Tennessee pastor and blogger.
If anyone knows anyone who'd happily be a reader, please put them in
touch. Thanks. Enjoy the read!
1. Good Press: The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer,
Aussie Financial Review, Progress online
2. News: Judges and assessors assign values
3. Numbers: Wars Make Corporations Rich & All In the Family 1960s'
4. Movement Progress: Treasury Select Committee submissions &
Scottish Land Tax a step closer
5. Letter: Freedoms Edge, IU Newsletter, US BIG, Last Issue
6. Correction: Links located
7. Likable link: Radio interviews, Online videos, LVTfan,
Out of Victoria, BC, Digital Gallery
8. What You Can Do: Write Cuomo, Land rights project ideas,
Mission statement, Unify us all
9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News
Major Announcement: CGO Annual Conference this summer
by Sue Walton, Jan 18, 2011
Did you know that the CGO maintains two listserves, one COGO and
another Geo-Act. COGO publishes CGO business news such as conference
sites & business meeting minutes; it's open to CGO Organizational and
paying Supporting members; it is moderated by Sue Walton (sns at
swwalton.com) & Dan Sullivan (pimann at pobox.com). GEO-ACT is a blog
without the discussion; it is moderated by former CGO president,
Alanna Hartzok (earthrts at pa.net). If you would like more
information or would like to join either group, please contact Sue,
Dan or Alanna.
Are you on Facebook? Why not "friend" the CGO, Henry Geroge Institute
and Common Ground-USA?
The CGO is compiling a list of listserves and Facebook sites to place
on its website. Send send information to CGO's VP and Webmaster, Lindy
Davies by March 15th.
The CGO is please to announce that it has selected, The Henry George
Theorem at Work, as the theme for it's 2011 Conference to be held,
August 2-6, 2011 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Among the invited speakers
are: Dave Wetzel, Jeff Smith, Myron Ornfield and members of the Staff
of the Humphrey Institute. More details will follow next month.
1a. Good Press: British newspaper The Independent
via Carol Wilcox
The Independent article, 3 January:
There are ways that the state can curb prices. It could increase taxes
on housing, perhaps by imposing capital gains tax on first homes, or a
land value tax. This would reduce the profits from speculation in
housing. It could build (or encourage the building of) more houses.
Increasing the supply of housing would depress prices. It could reform
the rental laws to make long-term renting easier (as it is on the
Continent). Rent reform would reduce the profitability of being a
landlord, thus taking some air out of the buy-to-let market which has
contributed substantially to house price gains in recent years.
Letter by Michael J Hawes, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire,
January 6, 2011
Land-value tax is the way forward
... land-value tax should not be an additional tax but a replacement
for council tax, VAT and taxes on wages and capital. Land value is
created by the community and, by raising public revenue in this way,
it provides an essential component in a progressive tax policy that
encourages economic development and ensures sustainable growth...
Please see item 1b below - letter in today's Guardian and below it
the referenced article by Philippe Legrain. John L, note the
organisation Unitax to which Owen Ephraim belongs for the CEJ. I have
Owen's email address somewhere, I'm sure.
1b. Good Press: British newspaper The Guardian
via Carol Wilcox
The Guardian, January 7, published a letter by, Treasurer, The Unitax
Association, who said in part ...
... By taxing added value we are taxing the two financial incentives
that people have to encourage them to provide competitive goods and
services. Do we really want to tax the very thing that drives a
developing economy? As Legrain points out, we would do better to tax
the factors which remove value from goods and services. An RVT in the
form of a national rent on land values is just such a tax.
1c. Good Press: British newspaper The Observer runs letters
via Carol Wilcox
Well, things seem to be hotting up here, don't they? There was another
letter on LVT in yesterday's Guardian from Meg Howarth, who used to be
an LLC member. Last year I read numerous online comments supporting
LVT from people I've never heard of -- in previous years they have
generally been from known supporters. Yesterday I picked up an email
which had attached the manifesto of the UK Reform Party which has a
section on LVT.
David Reed (LLC member):
... What is needed is a massive increase in house building, or maybe
make capital gains tax apply also to homes or, better still, how about
a land tax related to the value of property?
What needs to be addressed is the absurd rate at which land prices
have risen. A land tax, which has been trailed many times in the past,
is one way to exercise some control on its price. In the past,
governments have shied away from this, but perhaps its time has come.
1d. Good Press: Aussie Financial Review
by John Passant, senior lecturer in law at the University of Canberra
and a former assistant commissioner of taxation, john.massam at
The Australian Financial Review, January 12, 2011, p.46
Economic rent ripe for tax
... the taxation of economic rent becomes a tool in addressing the
tendency to monopoly and at the same time raises revenues from profits
appropriated by monopolists from other parts of society. As the
current tax base slowly dries up, the demand to tax super profits will
grow louder and louder over time. I have seen the future. It is the
taxation of economic rent.
1e. Good Press: British website
Progress online, news and debate from the progressive community, ran
an article, "Taxing Land", January 6.
2. News: Judges and assessors assign values
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:
Landowning Eskimos score against BP, leaseholding Marylanders await
trial, while some assessors rate sites right.
"Winners and losers in the race for rent"
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: Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich & All In the Family
1960s' video clip
Fifty years ago Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans about the growing
power of the military/industrial complex.
"Why defense cuts can help America"
Martin Luther King is a hero to many but few know his suggestions
for reforming the economy, in line with geonomics.
"Equality, a True Soul Food"
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: Treasury Select Committee submissions by Carol
Wilcox, IU ExCom, carol.wilcox at labourland.org, January 26, 2011
On January 8, UK LVT groups and David Chester made individual
submissions to the Treasury Select Committee in response to their
inquiry into the fundamental principles of tax policy. The inquiry was
opened thus: In the last month, the OECD in Paris and the Institute
for Fiscal Studies in London have each published important reports
into the fundamentals of tax policy. The OECD reports that the tax
system should distort economic incentives as little as possible and
that "corporate taxes are the most harmful type of tax for economic
growth, followed by personal income taxes and then consumption taxes,
with recurrent taxes on immovable property being the least harmful
The Mirrlees Review, published by the IFS, argues that the tax system
should be considered as a whole with the benefit system, seek
neutrality, and achieve progressivity as efficiently as possible. The
Office of Tax Simplification has revealed that there are over 1,000
reliefs in the UK tax system. The Treasury Committee has decided to
launch its own inquiry into the principles which should underpin the
tax system, and invites written evidence on the following points:
* What are the key principles which should underlie tax policy?
* How can tax policy best support growth?
* To what extent should the tax system be structured to support
other specific policy goals?
* How much account should be taken of the ease and efficiency
with which a particular tax can be imposed and collected?
* Are there aspects of the current tax system which are particularly
4b. Movement Progress: Scottish Land Tax a step closer
by Tony Vickers, vickerst at lsbu.ac.uk, January 27, 2011
'Scottish Land Tax a step closer' has been published to
Reminder: Jeremy Edge to speak at PLRG meeting 3 Feb LSBU, details at
5a. Letter: Freedoms Edge
by David Brooks, davidsb1 at bigpond.com, January 11, 2011
The current issue of the magazine Freedoms Edge is available.
To see it, contact me (above).
5b. Letter: IU e-Newsletter January 2011
by Dave Wetzel, Acting General Secretary, Deputy President, TheIU,
davewetzel.theiu at gmail.com, January 24, 2011
We live in interesting times and I do hope we all enjoy a successful
New Year raising the profile of the land issue. To read our latest
e-newsletter, please get in touch.
5c. Letter: Green Revolution Deadline
by Bob Flatley, January 29, 2011
Please submit any items for publication in the Winter edition of the
GR by Friday, Feb.4, 2011. Items appropriate for publication include
articles, poetry, short stories, book reviews, and pieces relating to
activities on School Of Living communities. Also if you have received
any funding from the SOL one of your obligations is to provide a
report to the GR documenting how you used the funds. Please make
submissions to solgreenrev at gmail.com
5d. Letter: book The Science of Economics
by Fred Foldvary, January 29, 2011
I have recently published a Georgist economics textbook, The Science
of Economics. Get it from the distributor for .95:
Step 1: Log on to https://students.universityreaders.com/store/
Step 2: Create an account or log in if you have an existing account.
Step 3: Instructions will then guide you.
The site is meant for students, so take on the role of a student. Use
Santa Clara University for the college. My class there is Economics 2,
Principles of Macroeconomics. Orders are typically processed within 24
hours. If you experience any difficulties, email orders at
universityreaders.com or call 800.200.3908 ext. 503.
5e. Letter: US BIG
by Karl Widerquist, January 5, 2011
The Georgist Newsletter is very well done. I'm emailing to remind you
that a lot of stuff in the USBIG newsletter overlaps with Georgist
stuff, and perhaps should be reported to the Georgist community. Like
for example that we have three sessions at the USBIG conference on the
book "Exporting the Alaska Model," and that meeting for the book in
Anchorage this spring.
Ed. Note: Karl's right. To receive the US BIG monthly e-newsletter,
please visit http://www.usbig.net/index.php
5f. Letter: The Georgist News for January, 2011
by Walter Horn, Jan 1, 2011
Nice issue, Jeff. Happy New Year!
6. Correction: Last Issue, GN13-7: Some Links Bad
by Stewart Goldwater, December 31, 2010
Happy New Year!
5b. Ebenezer Jones, 1849: The Land Monopoly
No link provided to Google Books page. The url:
is now posted in web version.
9b. What You Can Do: Edge to open PLRG 2011 Program
Incorrect link: Jeremy Edge
Correct url: http://tinyurl.com/2ug7okc
now posted in web version.
Also, footer should read:
The Georgist News, Volume Thirteen, Number Seven, January 1, 2011.
7a. Likable Link: Radio interviews
by Karl Fitzgerald, January 1, 2011
You may enjoy this highlights package of the Renegade Economists; they
all helped tell a compelling story. You can listen in weekly at a time
of your choosing by subscribing to the podcast.
Bryan Kavanagh recommends a listen to the collage of interviews for
the year. "Good year, Karl, and good going for 2011!"
7b. Likable Link: Online videos
YouTube - 1 Jubilee-Land Rent solves poverty.wmv
This video is a VERY brief overview of how we can solve many of the
gigantic economic problems we have at present.
1 Jubilee-land Rent Solves Povertywmv - from WN Network. WorldNews
delivers latest Breaking news including World News, U.S., politics,
business, ... www.wn.com/1_Jubilee-Land_Rent_solves_povertywmv
7c. Likable Link: LVTfan
by Wyn Achenbaum, January 8, 2011
If you haven't had occasion to check out the LVTfan blog recently, you
might want to take a look. I've dredged up some interesting (to me,
anyway!) material, and posted a bunch of things in the past few days.
(Google Books and some other similar resources are absolutely
amazing.) Comments welcome, of course! http://lvtfan.typepad.com/
Those who are interested in The Landlords Game, on which Monopoly is
based, might want to look at several new posts (January 23, 2011). One
of the links will take you to a page where you can create your own
board and materials for playing Brer Fox an' Brer Rabbit. And I've got
one more piece about Lizzie that I've chosen not to post. Will share
it with anyone who requests it.
Editor's Note: Wyn also circulated "A LESSON FROM JAPAN", from The
Arena, Volume 35, 1906, subtitled, "The Single-Tax For Centuries In
Practical Operation, and Its Result", which she may send you or may
have posted to her blog.
7d. Likable Link: Out of Victoria, BC by Glenn R Harrington, January
Please add this to the likeable links: http://tinyurl.com/4ebzj3b
7e. Likable Link: Digital Gallery by Tom Whelan (of Portland, ex-state
legislator), January 12, 2011
Stumbled upon the Henry George Collection: Illustrations and
8a. What You Can Do: Write NY Gov. Cuomo
by Scott Baker, President: Common Ground NYC, Writer & Senior Editor
for OpEdNews (a Technorati top 100 Blog site), ssbaker305 at
gmail.com, January 23, 2011
Common Ground-NYC is leading a letter-writing campaign to Governor
Cuomo about cap for the property tax and a second campaign to
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-AD67) to re-sponsor an LVT bill that
would create a new property class for vacant property, and tax it
accordingly. Please send letters to me. I will include them all - plus
the 22 we had hand-filled out at our most recent meeting, and mail or
deliver them to the Governor and the Assemblywoman respectively.
8b. What You Can Do: Land Rights Course News and Project Ideas by
Alanna Hartzok, Co-Director, Earth Rights Institute, January 22, 2011
Course students now more than 500 people from 80 countries. We invite
them to communicate as class groups. To date, country class groups
have been formed for Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Togo, Ethiopia, India,
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, South Africa, the US, and the UK. The
course is now translated into Spanish. Tell friends and colleagues
about the course, suggesting they enroll in the course. We encourage
you to create a project relevant to the contents of the course to be
held on or around the date of March 20, which is celebrated as Equinox
Earth Day. A project could be as simple as inviting a few friends to
for a discussion of land rights and what you are learning from the
course. Or you could organize a public forum; speak to a class;
arrange for a radio, TV or newspaper interview; distribute postcards
or flyers containing a relevant quote and the course website; or
create art, poetry, or music expressing your feelings about land
rights. Enroll in Land Rights and Land Value Capture at
8c. What You Can Do: Mission Sstatement
by Fred Harrison, fred.Harrison at talktalk.net, January 20, 2011
Following the response to my personal New Year Mission Statement, I
decided to write some follow-up reflections which may be of interest
to you. Contact me for a copy. Forward it to anyone you think may be
8d. What You Can Do: Intl Georgist Org to unify us all by Paul Martin,
Director, IHG Managua, ceihg at ceihg.org, January 24, 2011
I've a plan to create an intl. Georgist community that would in
practice demonstrate the idea of the public collection of rent for
comunal benefit, including the "citizens' dividend" while encouraging
an unprecedented and steady increase in the number of active georgists
in the world. It is kind of innovative and may be a great idea ... or
not? I'd really appreciate getting your considered feedback on it!
Write for a copy.
9. the Margin: Quips and Quotes
Education is nine-tenths of encouraging the student to learn.
- Anatole France
A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
Enjoy Life. This is not a dress rehearsal.
All three are from Fortune Cookies via Pia Francesca DeSilva,
sagemotherpds at hotmail.com, January 24, 2011.
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
Publisher: Hanno T. Beck
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