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.
* 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
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
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.
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
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?
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?
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?
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:
Videos on Land Rights/Human Rights with focus on Land Value
Capture/Tax for South Africa:
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
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
'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
(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
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
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.
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:
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
It can be obtained at the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation:
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
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
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
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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
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
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The Georgist News, Volume Thirteen, Number Nine, March 1, 2011