Time to gird yourself for that IRS audit. Actually, the news is so much
better than that: there's another real world example of public recovery
of socially-generated land value, an MP stood up for the reform in
Parliament, and a major paper cited it. With such tidings, welcome
aboard Mike Rouse of Oregon and Jacob Shwartz-Lucas, currently working
in South Africa. If anyone knows anyone who'd happily be a reader,
please put them in touch. Thanks. Enjoy the read.
* Major Announcement: Topics Announced for 2011 CGO Conference
1. News: City of Harare to tax land, not buildings
2. Movement Progress: Brit MP speech promotes LVT
3. Good Press: #1 Online News Story; NY Times op-ed
4. Numbers: Shining A Light On .2 Billion In Chicago TIFs
5. Letters: Bill Peirce, Kris Feder, Ed Dodson Karl Fitzgerald,
6. Likable link: LandValueScape Update, Public Trust
7. What You Can Do: Connect with Economic Indicators Services (EIS);
Be a Fan on Facebook; Check Out Ry-book
8. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
9. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News
Major Announcement: Topics Announced for 2011 CGO Conference
by Sue Walton, March 19, 2011
"The Henry George Theorem at Work" has been selected to be the theme of
the 2011 CGO Annual Conference, among the topics to be discussed will be
"Windfall Profits to Landowners: The Capitalization of Subsidies into
Land Prices with Jerry Zhao and Lee Munich of the Humphrey Institute and
Dave Wetzel, Communicating Georgist Principles Using Modern Media
Techniques with Erich Jacoby-Hawkins and Frank DeJong and Taking Land
Out of the Market: Economic Potential of Community Land Trusts with Mike
Curtis and Minnesota Experts: Greg Finzell, Janet A. Lindbo, Teresa
vanderBent and Jeff Washburne.
During the conference, there will also be a time and place for attendees
to play a new Geoist board game, WONKS. The object of the game is to
raise the maximum of public revenue for one's leader. Each player is a
powerful advisor, like a vizir to a sultan. It's a game of both skill
and luck (else Geoists would always beat non-Geoists), as chance plays a
strong role. That said, outcomes should still reveal Geonomic policy as
the soundest, vis-a-vis conventional policies.
The conference is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2-6,
2011. Conference brochures will be mailed no later than April 15th. If
you would like more information please check out our website:
www.cgocouncil.org or write us at: sns at swwalton.com
1. News: City of Harare to tax land, not buildings
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 are some of the latest
On the front of sharing Earth's worth, much progress. A Zimbabwen city
shifts its taxes as a US state considers a bill. "Connecticut bill takes
aim at vacant lots" http://www.progress.org/2011/zimbabwe.htm
The most Geonomic cities on Earth share their surplus with all
residents, even the least powerful citizens. "Hong Kong to Hand Out
Cash, Tax Rebates" http://www.progress.org/2011/kongidea.htm
James K. Galbraith quotes a Geonomist and promotes shifting taxes off
our efforts as we recover society's surplus. "Big-name economist tells
Congress to Geonomize" http://www.progress.org/2011/galbrait.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.
2a. Movement Progress: Brit MP speech promotes LVT
by Dave Wetzel, davewetzel42 at gmail.com, March 29, 2011
UK BUDGET DEBATE
John McDonnell MP in the House of Commons Thurs 24th March 2011:
"Thirdly, I think we should deal with land speculation. I believe that
now is the time for land value taxation. If we tax the wealth in land,
we will encourage development rather than preventing it."
John is a Left-wing Labour MP. He Chairs LEAP - the Left Economic
Advisory Council which I have recently been invited to join. John was a
member of the Greater London Council with me from 1981 until we were
abolished by Thatcher in 1986 for being too radical. His website
includes a link to the Labour Land Campaign's website www.LabourLand.org
The precipitating note by Carol Wilcox, carol.wilcox at labourland.org,
28 March 2011, re Paul Brandon:
I hope that at least some of you heard Paul Brandon's interview on BBC
24 following the TUC March, where he suggested Land Value Taxation as an
alternative policy. Paul, as well as being a member of the Labour Land
Campaign, is Chair of the Right to Work campaign, and held his ground
very well against the dreadful IEA guy he was pitted against. Hope to
see more of Paul on TV in the coming weeks.
2b. Movement Progress: Proyecto turistico
by Paul Martin, CEIHG Mga, Director at ceihg.org, March 17, 2011
I have just been formally invited by the Managua municipal government to
submit a proposal for the Tiscapa Lagoon development plan. This means to
me that we have a chance of making a powerful presentation for
multi-million dollar green Georgist-financed commercial zone in Managua
which would include collection of land value via long term concession
leases and tax exoneration for capital investment, commercial
activities, and maybe even wages.
If I were to have some key active support of the more prestigious intl.
Georgists, including those technically qualified with land value
assessment, that would be my resource to keep the project on track with
its Georgist emphasis.
I'll be sending out a more detailed announcement of the situation in a
2c. Movement Progress: Students' Equinox Earth Day Events
by Alanna Hartzok, ERI, alanna at earthrights.net, March 13, 2011
Land Rights Course Registrants organized events on Land Rights concerns
during the Equinox Earth Day celebration at the United Nations in New
York on March 20! To see the details about this global celebration,
please get in touch.
3a. Good Press: NY Times features economist proposing LVT
by Scott Baker, March 29, 2011
Prof. Pagano is only one of 11 economists weighing in on how to save
dying cities, and LVT is only one of his ideas. Still it is at least
3b. Good Press: #1 Online News Story
by Karl Fitzgerald, Projects Coordinator, earth at earthsharing.org.au
March 16, 2011
The latest issue of the Australian newsletter EarthSharing featuring
"Property Buyers Strike Called" and "Campaign Goes Viral" is now
available. Please get in touch to receive a copy.
(March 30, 2011): Our Don't Buy Now Home Buyers Strike was the no.1
online news story for much of the day. With SQM Research depicting
auction levels up 46% in Feb. '11 (y.o.y), and 2010 auction sales down
to its lowest level in a decade, we thought it time to warn those locked
out of the market that now is not the time to buy. The campaign has been
picked up by GetUp (similar to Avvaz) and has become the no.1 Campaign
suggestion with a staggering 3000 votes in 13 days. Over 500 people have
signed our Total Abstainers Pledge. Our campaigner David Collyer has
done a fantastic job with over 6 interviews today alone.
With UK local councils attempting to re-inflate the housing bubble with
£70,000 handouts, we must warn young people of the dangers of this ponzi
economy and the tunnel vision policy on offer.
Stay posted via www.prosper.org.au
3b. Good Press: Washington City Paper
by Cecil Adams, March 18, 2011 (via Wyn Achenbaum)
Monopoly's Anti-Capitalist Origins
When "Go" used to say "Labor upon Mother Earth produces wages"
3c. Good Press: Privatization and plunder - railroads and streetcars
by Dan Sullivan, March 27, 2011
Pittsburgh's most popular columnist featured me in an article on the
history of privatized transit in Pittsburgh.
He refers to my website.
This is what I will touch on at the conference in Minnesota, where
several transit experts will speak on funding transit through land value
4. Numbers: Shining A Light On .2 Billion In Chicago TIFs
Much tax money has gone to large corporations and other institutions
operating in thriving neighborhoods.
"Walmart Tax Avoidance Exceeds $400 Million Annually"
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:
5a. Letter: re Wilson quote in latest issue by Bill Peirce,
william.pierce at sbcglobal.net, March 1, 2011
Woodrow Wilson made a very prominent Georgist his Secretary of War.
Newton D. Baker was part of the Tom Johnson circle and later the
dominating force in the Cuyahoga County Democratic party. He was also
mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate before FDR was nominated
for the 1932 election. Baker was an old time Democrat, believing in the
single tax, free trade, small government, and world peace. It is
interesting to contemplate what the world would be like had Baker won
instead of Roosevelt.
5b. Letter: News site article by Bard speaker by Kris Feder
feder at bard.edu, 1 Mar 2011
James Boyce, who wrote one of the articles you linked ("The Environment
as Our Common Heritage" www.progress.org/2011/heritage.htm), spoke
recently at Bard. Admitted in questioning that he agrees with the
Georgist position on sharing ALL rents (but says to start with rents of
5c. Letter: Latest SCI newsletter
by Ed Dodson, ejdodson at comcast.net, March 7, 2011
The latest issue of the School of Cooperative Individualism newsletter
(7 March 2011) is now available. Please get in touch to receive a copy.
5d. Letter: Mohammed Mossadegh - Georgist?
by Bob Matter, March 26, 2011
I am reading "All the Shah's Men" by Stephen Kinzer right now. On page
140 I encountered the following passage which gives a little more detail
about Dr. Mossadegh's Georgist-like reforms: "Mossadegh had freed
peasants from forced labor on their landlords' estates, ordered factory
owners to pay benefits to sick and injured workers, established a system
of unemployment compensation, and taken 20 percent of the money
landlords received in rent and placed it in a fund to pay for
development projects like pest control, rural housing, and public
6a. Likable Link: LandValueScape Update
by Tony Vickers, March 23, 2011
A new Entry entitled 'Mirrlees/Adam/IFS: MPs ignore Land Tax proposals'
has been published to LandValueScape. Treasury Committee were able to
dismiss LVT out of hand with a quote from a 2001 OECD paper: "While such
a tax system would avoid distortions in economic behaviour, it would be
highly unlikely to yield sufficient revenues to fund socially useful
expenditure without producing substantial inequity."
Ironically, the day before Treasury Committee published their report, a
piece in the FT by David Pilling reported that Hong Kong's Government,
which relies on Land Rents accounting for about 40% of all its revenue,
was giving US$770 to every citizen because it has a surplus. One reader
commented: "Wow, a taxation system so efficient that the Government
can't spend all the revenue and is reduced to giving it back to the
citizens as cash payments! How quickly can we get such a system
implemented in Britain?"
6b. Likable Link: Public Trust
by Willis A. (Bill) Frambach, March 26, 2011
I respectfully invite you to click on the following hyperlink and then
to take notice that we would be well-served if we could figure out a way
to show environmentalists that, as implementation of LVT were to grow,
it would diminish the profit motive of their adversaries to exploit the
gifts of nature.
7a. What You Can Do: Connect with Economic Indicators Services (EIS)
by Phillip Anderson, February 28, 2011
Next presentation is in London, can tell you "Why the Recent Financial
Turmoil is Fading Fast Into History" April 19, to the London Cashflow
Group. Phil will illustrate how to understand - and profit from - the
economic system and why it's always possible to know what will happen
next. In three short new video's, EIS explains to you, why.
The latest videos can be viewed from the business cycles page:
Watch other videos on YouTube
Follow Phil on Facebook and Twitter!
...and keep up-do-date via the blog:
Subscribe to the EIS service at
7b. What You Can Do: Be a Fan on FaceBook
by Sue Walton, March 25, 2011
Common Ground-USA has established an organizational Strategic Planning
Committee. As part of the process CGUSA has initiated a FaceBook Fan
Page. Please consider becoming a Fan!
The CGO is compiling a list of FaceBook pages.
The CG-USA FB page is here:
So far, we know that Common Ground, Ed Dodson, HGI, HGS-Chicago, BCCI
and ourselves have pages, but who else. What other Georgist
Organizations have FB pages? Let's link-up! Please send your listings to
Sue Walton at: sns at swwalton.com.
For more information, please contact Scott Baker at: ssbaker305 at
yahoo.com. Scott Baker adds: CG -NYC has one too, here:
I have posted extensively to both, videos and useful links. Please feel
free to link to both of these pages extensively on your Georgist
7c. What You Can Do: Check Out Ry-book
by Fred Harrison, PhD, March 30, 2011
My guess is that you have been informed of Walt Rybeck's new book, which
is worth a plug. In case not, here's the link to the publisher's review:
8. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys
to teenage boys.
- P.J. O'Rourke
The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.
- Mark Skousen
Eight decades of amendments... to (the) code have produced a virtually
impenetrable maze... The rules are unintelligible to most citizens...
The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are
charged with administering and enforcing the law.
- Shirley Peterson, Former IRS Commissioner
9. 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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