THE GEORGIST NEWS

WEB EDITION
Volume Fourteen, Number One, July 1, 2011

Jolly July! And Happy Birthday, America. And kudos to every jurisdiction already recovering some socially-generated ground rent, as in LA of all places! Welcome aboard new subscribers Steve Barton and Luis T. Gutirrez, PhD, PE, of the Pelican Web of Solidarity and Sustainability and of Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development. If anyone knows anyone who'd happily be a reader, please put them in touch. Thanks. Enjoy.


CONTENTS: * Major Conference Announcement 1. News: Forbes and Cascadia use reason 2. Good Press: Silicon Valley prices & Big city stress 3. Numbers: Forget dollars. How about gold? 4. Movement Progress: Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development 5. Letters: The Georgist News ... forever? A historical document 6. Obituary: Morales, John and Karn, Fred Spies 7. Likable link: Latest Aussie Newsletter 8. What You Can Do: Purchase P&P, Economic essays wanted, Review books, & Hold Accountable Economists Who Facilitated the Crisis 9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes 10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News


* Major Announcement: Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Minneapolis South by Sue Walton The 2011 CGO Conference / August 2 - August 6 / on the Henry George Theorem at Work, at the Sheraton Hotel (becoming Doubletree), 7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, Minnesota (10 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport) July 15th is the EARLY BIRD deadline for 2011 CGO Conference. Register online at: cgocouncil.org. If mailing your payment, it must arrive BEFORE July 15th to PO Box 57, Evanston, IL 60204 The CGO 2011 Conference hotel knows we love cookies, so they're changing their name to DOUBLETREE HOTEL SOUTH from SHERATON SOUTH beginning in July, so please don't be surprised or alarmed. On Wednesday, July 13, 2011, the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis South will convert to DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South. Because of this conversion, as of Wednesday, June 15, 2011, the Starwood Central Reservations Center & Star Group Links stopped accepting ANY reservations for groups with outstanding room blocks at the soon-to-be former Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. Therefore, from today, Thursday, June 16, until Friday, June 24, to enable your guests to make reservations, we ask our future guests to contact our In House Reservations Coordinator, Ms. Tina Harpke, directly. She can be reached as follows: Tina.Harpke at sheratonbloomington.com, 952.893.8439 Then, after Friday, June 24th, Hilton will begin taking reservations for our groups, such as yours, that are arriving on July 20 and later. Contact Hilton Hotels at 1-800-HILTONS = 1-800-445-8667, to book your rooms. Hotel Shuttle info (from our hotel rep, Jada): "Currently we are running "On Demand" service. We have a driver available from 6:00am - 10:30pm to offer runs to the MOA and Mpls Airport. When a guest needs transportation from the airport to the hotel (or MOA) they may contact the hotel at 952.835.7800 to inform the Front Office of their needs. A driver will be sent and an estimated time of pick up will be provided." Ed Dodson adds (June 23, 2011): For the roundtable discussions, as each paper is submitted by the participants, we can upload these papers to the CGO site for anyone sufficiently interested to read ahead of time. Paul Justus, CGO Secretary (June 29, 2011): Dear Members and Affiliates, notice is hereby given that the Annual Business Meeting of the Council of the Georgist Organizations, Inc. will be on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 3:30-5:00 PM at the Doubletree South (formerly the Sheraton South) Hotel, Bloomington, MN. For a copy of the upcoming meeting's agenda, the minutes from the 2010 business meeting, as well as the treasurer's report, please get in touch, then bring these items with you to the meeting. The CGO Planning Team accepted the staff recommendation that Louisville would be their first choice for 2012. They requested that a special email notice be sent to all members and affiliates telling them about this tentative decision. The Team further requested that staff ask for other suggestions for 2012 and other future conferences. If members/affiliates would like to submit their ideas, please contact Sue & Scott Walton at: sns at swwalton.com no later than July 15th. For more information please contact: Sue and Scott Walton at: sns at swwalton.com or visit our website: www.cgocouncil.org.


1. News: Forbes and Cascadia use reason 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 is one of the latest articles: Major media commentators argue against greedy rent-seeking and misguided expenditures, as LA rents out public land. "Good move -- LA owns some oceanfront" http://www.progress.org/2011/marinade.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.


2. Good Press: Silicon Valley prices & Big city stress The returns from land should fund cities, says an Indian minister, but now enrich owners around the world. "India's Director in Ministry of Housing for a Land Rent" http://www.progress.org/2011/siliconv.htm City Survey -- From Asia to America, from big to little, cities suffer or prosper depending on how they treat land rents. "For quality growth, share rent, says Hong Kong prof" http://www.progress.org/2011/citylife.htm


3. Numbers: Utah -- Forget dollars. How about gold? Gold for money? Utah leads a dozen states back toward the yellow brick road -- which goes to where?_Ron Paul's Free Competition in Currency Act http://www.progress.org/2011/utah. Caspar Davis notes: Gold and silver are no replacement for money in the modern world. The new Money as Debt video (Momney as Debt 3) has a innovative suggestion for allowing anyone to create money with a one-year shelf life. It also endorses Georgist taxation. Its author, Paul Grignon lives nearby in the Puget Sound on Gabriola Island. 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, offering a compendium of data on a particular theme.


4. Movement Progress: In a book on global warming by Dan Sullivan, June 2, 2011 I was called to Ireland in the summer of 2009 to present my paper, "Why Pittsburgh Real Estate Never Crashes." It was incorporated into a book on global warming. The organization is a bit too alarmist for my taste, but otherwise very good, in that they see through cap-and-trade, preferring what they call "cap and share." They are also very good on money and debt. A reviewer called my chapter the best in the book. They are now putting one new chapter at a time online, and my chapter has just been uploaded. They are soliciting comments. http://tinyurl.com/3gjzbjr


5a. Letter: The Georgist News ... forever? by Adam Jon Monroe, adamjonmonroe at gmail.com, June 3, 2011 The Georgist News is so fantastic right now. This issue made me think: this is exactly what I had in mind. It's like saying "Pretty good, right? Guess what ... that's my boy!" I just feel like I have to tell you that I'm so happy just that it is such a kick-ass tool (I mean - just for my own personal USE), but the fact that I was in on it and EVERYONE can use and enjoy this is so very encouraging. Thanks! Hanno Beck (June 5, 2011): Hi Adam. Thanks for your note. You were a lot more than "in on it," you made the whole thing happen! You certainly should feel good and proud about that. Cheers. Editor's Note: Do enjoy while it lasts. The vote of the funders was to halt funding. While a majority may change their minds, they may not. Perhaps subscribers will now pay to subscribe. Perhaps The Georgist News will go the way of Henry George's The Standard. Time will tell. At least there're three more issues to go.


5b. Letter: Historical document by Stewart Goldwater, June 1, 2011 GERMANY TRIES A HENRY GEORGE PLAN AND LIKES IT The New York Times May 1, 1910 http://tinyurl.com/42qtsk4


6a. Obituary: Morales, John by Nadine Stoner, Common Ground - USA, June 7, 2011 An envelope to member John Morales was returned with a handwritten note: "Deceased 28 Mar 2011. Pls. remove from mail list." I believe I recall correspondence with Morales that at some time he worked in the Panama Canal zone. Editor's Note: John's career was indeed spent working for the US in Panama. He was a long-time Georgist, who made it to at least one conference late in life. He tried to recruit his family and for a private individual was very generous toward the Forum on Geonomics.


6b. Obituary: Karn, Fred Spies Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June 15 to June 17, 2011 Age 93, of Ohio Twp., entered Life Triumphant June 13, 2011. Among many other lifetime activities, he was also a member of the Center for the Study of Economics and a 50-year member of a Great Books discussion group. Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb


7. Likable Link: Latest Aussie Newsletter by Karl Fitzgerald, Projects Coordinator, earth at earthsharing.org.au, June 14, 2011 The latest issue of the Australian newsletter EarthSharing featuring "Dominoes of Monopoly Capitalism" is now available. To subscribe to our free monthly e-news, please visit http://www.earthsharing.org.au/


8a. What You Can Do: Purchase P&P by Mark A. Sullivan, Secretary & Administrative Director, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, June 30, 2011 It is my pleasure to report that Robert Schalkenbach Foundation has published its first e-book: Progress and Poverty abridged for modern readers by Bob Drake. It is available for $7.50 as an Amazon Kindle edition and a Barnes & Noble Nook edition. One can navigate to both editions from the following page on the RSF website: www.schalkenbach.org/store.php?crn=73&rn=555&action=show_detail Other RSF e-books will be forthcoming.


8a. What You Can Do: Economic essays wanted by Tully Fitzsimmons, benchpress59 at yahoo.com, June 13, 2011 This summer I am issuing new editions of my macro and microeconomics texts. If any of you have ready access to essays you may have written that relate to specific economic topics: LVT, market structure, the recent Tenancy-Chattel-Indenture discussion, unions, govt failure, etc., and would be interested in having your essay included in a college text book...please forward electronic copies to me imediatamente, along with copyright permission to use it, and, to the maximum extent possible, I will cut them into one of the above texts. Thank you.


8b. What You Can Do: Review books by Costas Panayotakis, Book Editor, Capitalism Nature Socialism, cpanayotakis at yahoo.com, June 21, 2011 Capitalism Nature Socialism, an international journal of socialist ecology, would like to have the following books reviewed: * Capital and its discontents: Conversations with radical thinkers in a time of Tumult by Sasha Lilley * Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance by David McNally * In and out of crisis: The Global financial meltdown and Left Alternatives by Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch If interested in reviewing any of these books, please send me your CV and a writing sample. Since CNS is a scholarly journal, you should have a doctoral degree or be in the final stages of getting one.


8c. What You Can Do: Hold Accountable Economists Who Facilitated the Crisis by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, American Monetary Institute, June 9, 2011 The first third of our talk to the Eastern Economic Association annual meeting is now up: http://tinyurl.com/6xau32u The 7th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference features some world renowned speakers including Professor Kaoru Yamaguchi, System Dynamics expert who has modeled the American Monetary Act, and Professor Joseph Huber of Germany who works with the great James Robertson. http://www.monetary.org/2011conference.html


9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes If you're going through hell, keep going. - Sir Winston Churchill (a Georgist early in his career) Our hearts and heads swole up with the possibilities of Reconstruction. Our men was citizens. We had the prospect of owning a piece of land for ourself. - Lalita Tademy, from her bestseller "Red River" (2007), in the Prologue, p.3. File beside the quote from Scarlett O'Hara. It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error: it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error. - Robert H Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. - Thomas Paine (a physiocrat throughout his career)


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 Fourteen, Number One, July 1, 2011