THE GEORGIST NEWS

WEB EDITION
Volume Thirteen, Number Nine, March 1, 2011

In like a lion and staying like a lion are our advocates. One of our
supporters has a book serialized in the UK's Guardian. And welcome
aboard Jason Bessey of Maine, member of the Democratic Freedom Caucus.
If anyone knows anyone who'd happily be a reader, please put them in
touch. Thanks. Enjoy the read.


CONTENTS: * Major Announcement 1. Good Press: Metroland, The Atlantic 2. News: Wealth gap widens between super rich and rest 3. Numbers: Uncounted food and energy inflation hurts retirees 4. Movement Progress: Treasure Islands, Land Rights Course 5. Letter: Peter Meakin, Neal Meyer, Wyn Achenbaum, Karl Fitzgerald 6. Likable link: IHG, Harrison video 7. What You Can Do: Christen, view, & sign; Buy book; Attend presentation, talk 8. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes 9. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News


* Major Announcement: CGO Annual Conference this summer by Sue Walton, February 20, 2011 Details are coming together for the CGO's 2011 Annual Conference. UK Georgist author and filmmaker, Fred Harrison, confirmed his attendance and will be part of a roundtable discussion on "Is the World's Financial System on the Verge of Collapse? A Critical Review of the 2010 Stiglitz Report." Frank De Jong of Canada will be our Banquet Speaker and a session presenter. Members from the Humphrey Institute will be making presentations. A session on the Henry George Theorem and Public Investment in Infrastructure will be held. The conference is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2 - 6, 2011. The conference brochure will be mailed in early/mid-April. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact Sue Walton at: Sns at swwalton.com


1a. Good Press: Albany's Metroland by Bill Batt, February 11, 2011 You'll see a good piece in the latest issue of our Alternative Albany newspaper, Metroland, on New York State's response to property tax caps: http://www.metroland.net/opinion.html


1b. Good Press: Monopoly's Open-Source Heritage by Edward Tenner, Feb 21 2011 (via Wyn Achenbaum) The game's history has an even more remarkable academic past. It started with a different anti-monopoly movement, the Single Tax program of the economist Henry George, as interpreted by his disciple Elizabeth Magie in The Landlord's Game, patented in 1904. http://tinyurl.com/4e9gle6


2. News: Wealth gap widens between super rich and rest The conventional media sometimes 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: Iran now pays citizens a share of oil revenue a la Alaska, meanwhile the global rich/poor gap yawns wider than ever. - Is Iran sleepwalking towards an extra income for all? http://www.progress.org/2011/heritage.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.


3. Numbers: Uncounted food and energy inflation hurts retirees & Feudalism in Pakistan, Communalism in Uganda Are needy geezers bankrupting Social Security? Or the wealthy elderly who run finance, whom the youth hope to copy? - The nest-egg myth? http://www.progress.org/2011/elderly.htm Owning lots of land is something only a few on Earth get to do. It makes them and keeps them very rich and powerful. - The New Biggest US Landowner Has How Much? http://www.progress.org/2011/maine.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: Treasure Islands by Carol Wilcox, IU ExCom, carol.wilcox at labourland.org, February 1, 2011 I've just heard that Nick Shaxson's book Treasure Islands (about tax havens), part serialized in The Guardian and receiving excellent reviews and sales, has a chapter on land value tax. Nick is the editor of the Tax Justice Network online journal Tax Justice Focus which commissioned me to guest edit one of their editions last year - Resource Rentals. The book makes reference to this and uses the example which Henry Law drew of a busker choosing his pitch - he actually credits Henry.


4b. Movement Progress: Land Rights Course Announcements by Alanna Hartzok, February 20, 2011 A Land Rights Conference on "Land Ownership, Housing Costs and the Prosperity Paradox" will be at Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Thursday, March 3rd starting 9:00 AM under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Thankgod Apere. This event is organized by the Director of Africa Centre for Geoclassical Economics and facilitator of the Nigeria class of our online Land Rights course, Mr. Gordon Abiama. Development Action Group, South Africa, working in partnership with UN-Habitat's Global Land Tool Network DAG completed the Land Value Capture/ Taxation (LVC/T) Scoping Study: http://tinyurl.com/667uhg2 Videos on Land Rights/Human Rights with focus on Land Value Capture/Tax for South Africa: http://www.youtube.com/geophilos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxsmNRZz5FM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zHLxqEfjEI


5a. Letter: PM's Occasional Paper by Peter Meakin, mea44kin at iafrica.com, January 31, 2011 I offer a one-page scoop on land prices: "WHY LAND PRICES BEAT SHARES and UNIT TRUSTS". For a copy, reach me above.


5b. Letter: Gaming & Bridging by Neil Meyer, January 31, 201 Thanks for "The Georgist News". I enjoy reading through it. Are there any replicas of (and experts at playing) The Landlord's Game? Is it worth pursuing as a tool in this day/age? I'm still keeping up with Frank Walker out here in California. You may remember me... we met once long ago in Columbia Missouri... Irene Hickman introduced us. Then, right before Irene died, I believe I wrote or posted something that you enjoyed reading. My partner and I spend all of our free time these days growing our own food, though we are both employed full-time as well. I am really interested in bridging some of the LVT concepts with some of Thomas Greco's work in alternative currency, as well as ways to incorporate externalities (environmental costs, etc.) in costs of goods/services. It seems that if we can get our fiscal and monetary policies and external costs incorporated into our "capitalist" system, we could still manage to put ourselves on a more hopeful path. Editor's Note: Good to hear from you. You make perfect sense to me. In case you haven't, another effort to make is signing up for the headlines at the Progress Report. Every bit helps. And thanks for the note.


5c. Letter: JOHN DEWEY ON A GREAT BOOK by Wyn Achenbaum, wyn at achenbaum.com, January 8, 2011 I'm reading a monthly California Single Tax Journal called Tax Facts, and came across this in the April, 1924 number. (The abridgment described in the blurb which follows it is for Anna George deMille and Louis Post's abridgment of P&P, a copy of which I recently bought on eBay, for the minimum bid of ?? or so -- signed by AGdM.) "Owing to the fact that certain extremists and fanatics have tried to read into Henry George's works ideas that he never intended to convey, a great many people who never read them have gotten the notion that he advocated Socialism, Communism, Bolshevism, or some other wild plan that would destroy private property. As a matter of fact Henry George was an individualist, a democrat, and believed most emphatically in private property. As an example of what men think who have studied George's works, and are therefore qualified to express an opinion, the following letter to Mr. E.B. Swinney by Prof. John Dewey of Columbia University, is offered. 'In reply to yours of the 28th, I would state that for many years, ever since first familiarizing myself with the principle of the Singletax, I have regarded it as both theoretically and practically sound, and an indispensable basis of much needed social reform. I may add that I am a great admirer of the general social philosophy of Henry George, whose contribution to intellectual thinking about social matters, even quite apart from his practical proposals, does not seem to me to have received the recognition it deserves among thinking people. Sincerely yours, (Signed) JOHN DEWEY.' As one cannot read everything, one must take many ideas on the judgment of others. But since the abridgement of "Progress and Poverty," Henry George's greatest work, from 563 pages to 211, there is no excuse for any thinking person to harbor a false notion through lack of time to read for himself. This little book, published by Harcourt, Brace & Co., which has all the charm of the unabridged edition, will be mailed from this office to any address at the publisher's price of ??. Or with Tax Facts for one year at .25." (Signed) J.B. Swinney" (February 11, 2011): I stumbled onto an excellent 3-part series on Hawaii, from 1912, in The American Magazine. It speaks directly to the land question. I am happy to send it to anyone who might be interested.


5d. Letter: Latest EarthSharing by Karl Fitzgerald, earth at earthsharing.org.au, February 14, 2011 The latest issue of the Australian newsletter EarthSharing is now available. Please get in touch to receive a copy.


7a. Likable Link: News from the IHG by Paul Martin, Director, Instituto Henry George, Managua, Nicaragua, February 26, 2011 The headlines of news stories are uploaded on the IHG Managua website at http://www.ceihg.org Enter and click on the "NEWS and Photos" link to get to the "IHG News as of Febrero 2011" page to see the news plus updated statistics of our popular "Comprender la Economia" course and some accompanying photos. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website!


7b. Likable Link: Harrison video by John Burns, February 24, 2011 A new video from Fred Harrison claims that capturing the economic value that trains create will make them self funding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47Jb-rlXJYg


8a. What You Can Do: Christen, View, & Sign by Scott Baker, President: Common Ground - NYC, Writer & Senior Editor for OpEdNews (a Technorati top 100 Blog site), ssbaker305 at gmail.com, February 1, 2011 Last issue, on Dr. Fred Foldvary's textbook, you can't look at it unless you create an account on the site first. Is the book on Amazon? It would be nice if the title of the book were more creative. Looking for "The Science of Economics" on Amazon gets you 157,000 hits. People might want to consider seeing/purchasing "Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly story" about the game of Monopoly. About 20 minutes of the film is devoted to its Georgist roots including Lizzie Magie. Finally, I have a new petition I'd like to publicize: www.change.org/petitions/replace-property-tax-with-ground-rent


8b. What You Can Do: Purchase new IU book by Fernando Scornik Gerstein, 1 Feb 2011 The International Union has just published in London a book that I wrote jointly with Fred Foldvary. The title of the book is "The Marginalists and the Special Status of Land as a Factor of Production" and the undertitle: "Herman-Heinrich Gossen, Friedrich von Wieser, Leon Walras, and Wilfredo Pareto - Resenblances and differences with Henry George. Authors: Fernando Scornik Gerstein and Fred E. Foldvary. The book contains a preface by Mason Gaffney and a foreword by Fred Harrison. It can be obtained at the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation: www.schalkenbach.org or directly by contacting Dave Wetzel at the International Union: davewetzel42 at gmail.com


8c. What You Can Do: Attend presentation by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, American Monetary Institute, ami at taconic.net, February 7, 2011 We're giving the following presentations on the monetary reforms in the National Employment Emergency Defense Act ("NEED," HR 6550, last session): End February/beginning March - The New York City Chapter of the American Monetary Institute End March - Kinderhook, NY Chapter of the AMI. (Birthplace of President Martin Van Buren, who focused his career on money and banking reforms- for starters he ended debtors prisons, and closed the 2nd Bank of the US) Cleveland, Ohio at the AMI Chapter in formation - End March/Early April Please email me for time and place details We have 8 trained and expert speakers ready to give "monetary reform" radio interviews and in person presentations to existing groups. If you can help us get on the air, or in front of such groups, please call me. Please Help us better communicate with you: These emails take hours to send out. You can help us reduce this to a click of one button, if you just sign up to receive messages from us, in the box at the bottom of our home page. It's free of course.


8d. What You Can Do: PLRG Diary date: 29th March by Tony Vickers, February 24, 2011 Stuart Adam, co-author of the Chapter in IFS' Mirrlees Review Volume 2 "Tax by Design" - Chapter 16 "The Taxation of Land & Property" - will be speaking about the Review Team's work in this area on Tuesday 29th, March 6pm. Entry is free at our usual venue: London South Bank University. The Mirrlees Review triggered an Inquiry by the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee into the fundamentals of tax policy, which has received some 36 written memoranda, of which at least 8 were largely about Land Value Taxation. http://tinyurl.com/4lzrl5k


9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes The truth 'will' set you free. But, first it's going to piss you off. - Solomon Short Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must ... undergo the fatigue of supporting it. - Thomas Paine (physiocrat) Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. - Woodrow Wilson (made a Georgist his Secretary of Labor)


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 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/


The Georgist News, Volume Thirteen, Number Nine, March 1, 2011