THE GEORGIST NEWS

WEB EDITION
Volume Fourteen, Number Four, November 1, 2011

Welcome back, readers. The funders-that-be have decided to resurrect this newsletter for a while, just in time for the Day of the Dead. See a double dose of good press from the past two months. Enjoy the read then later the turkey. If you know anyone else who'd enjoy the News, put them in touch. Thanks.


CONTENTS: 1. Good Press: New York Times, Financial Times, BBC, Orion, TruthOut, Public Power 2. News: Dean Baker on His Latest Book 3. Numbers: BofA Dumps Trillions of Dollars of Risk on Taxpayers 4. Movement Progress: Cross-Party progress on Tax Shifting 5. Letters: Georgist song, Various papers, Juvenilia 6. Obituary: Longtime Georgist Marvin Morris 7. Likable link: Global Job Shortage, Current Newsletters 8. What You Can Do: Distribute at your Occupation, Real Estate 4 Ransom goes global, Public comments for HUD research, Attend IU in BsAs 9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes 10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News


1a. Good Press: New York Times by Michael Kazin, September 24, 2011 Whatever Happened to the American Left? http://tinyurl.com/5u3blwy


1b. Good Press: Financial Times Mag. October 2, 2011, via Carol Wilcox Nick Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford says a Land Value Tax should be introduced: http://tinyurl.com/3nuyeny


1c. Good Press: British movie BBC, October 19, 2011 The launch of the film "The Killing Fields" at the 20th Century Fox studio in Soho was attended by about 70 people representing a broad cross section including Georgists, poverty campaigners, environmentalists and people in the arts. The event was supported by The IU who provided refreshments. The film was introduced by the British award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave whose son Carlo Nero co-produced the film with Fred Harrison. Following the showing, Fred Harrison, Peter Smith, Duncan Pickard and Polly Higgins who all appear in the film discussed annual Land Value Tax with the audience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zwdj9DGMHU


1d. Good Press: BBC Politics show October 10, 2011 Starring Dave Wetzel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucNXhRhCNIE


1e. Good Press: Orion Magazine & TruthOut by Chris Ketcham, October issue Article title: "Reign of One Percenters" Richard Biddle adds: Chris Ketcham is onto Henry George - and a great guy to boot! It also appeared at TruthOut: http://www.truth-out.org/reign-one-percenters/1317665855


1f. Good Press: News site T r u t h O u t TruthOut, the news site founded by best-selling authors and which has well over 100,000 daily subscribers, published my latest, "Three Rules for Radicals in an Era of Crisis". So far it has received hundreds of likes and tweets. To help it go viral, add your comments at the end of the article and link it to your social media (my previous article got over 2k FB shares and 100 tweets). http://www.truth-out.org/three-rules-radicals-era-crisis/1316533158 If you'd like to see my other TruthOut articles on sprawl, leisure, and employment, just let me know.


1g. Good Press: Public Power By Jeanne LaBella, Senior Vice President, Publishing, Oct.01, 2011 Article title: "Utopia on the Bay" http://tinyurl.com/3fk6qxp


1h. Good Press: Sudan Vision Daily by Alula Berhe Kidani, Issue #: 2468, Issue Date: Oct.13 2011 Resource Scarcity, Fair Shares and Development (1-3) http://news.sudanvisiondaily.com/details.html?rsnpid=200606


2. News: Dean Baker on His Latest Book 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: Is it progressive to rail against the market or misguided? Leftist Dean Baker, for one blind to the land, has a decent answer. "Free the Market to Work for the 99%" http://www.progress.org/2011/deanbake.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: BofA Dumps Trillions of Dollars of Risk on Taxpayers Big Banks amaze. They say they cause inflation and dump risk on taxpayers. Plus data show they rule the world. "Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technology shows banks do rule" http://www.progress.org/2011/plosser.htm


4. Movement Progress: Cross-Party progress on Tax Shifting by Tony Vickers, September 24, 2011 As the Party Conference season progresses, it is becoming clear that many see part of the solution to the stagnation in our economy lying in shifting taxes off earnings and profits onto wealth and land. LandValueScape Update: http://tinyurl.com/3pey9nk


5a. Letter: A Georgist song by Joe Johnston, whose slogan is, "More Jobs per Acre", Sep.6, 2011 Let me know what you think of it: http://tinyurl.com/3lj8srl


5b. Letter: Various papers via Wyn Achenbaum, September 21, 24, October 4, 6, 2011 Henry George's Revenge: The Steep Costs of Using Non-Cumulative Zoning to Preserve Land for Urban Manufacturing by Roderick Hills and David Schleicher http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/files/govt-hills.pdf Agrarian Justice beyond Henry George's Single Tax September 24, 2011 by Keith Gardner This article is still in rough draft form and will be edited. It is being published now for early feedback. http://tinyurl.com/43rs6vs Which will you tax? An up-to-date catechism (by Miss Frances E. Willard) and The Single Tax: What it is, and why we urge it http://tinyurl.com/3tplfek I've just posted two new items at the LVTfan blog that might intrigue Georgists with a particular interest in Thomas Shearman's writings. http://lvtfan.typepad.com/


5c. Letter: Juvenilia by Mason Gaffney, m.Gaffney at dslextreme.com, September 28, 2011 Funny how economics profs had their ways of signaling you that looking into land speculation was, well, just not done in elite circles. To see the article, contact Mason.


6. Obituary: Longtime Georgist Marvin Morris by Joshua Vincent, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Economics, September 15, 2011 Our colleague and friend Marvin Morris passed away on September 6, 2011 at the age of 91. He had been a Georgist since 1938, and never gave up his role as a fierce advocate and educator for a sane and just society. http://tinyurl.com/3knmjog


7a. Likable Links: "Global Job Shortage" by Glenn R Harrington, Articulate Consultants, September 8, 2011 1. Check out this Gallup article on the Global Job Shortage: http://tinyurl.com/3j5stk3 2. Check out my Georgist writing about BC's Harmonized Sales Tax: http://tinyurl.com/3zv9xgz


7b. Likable Links: Current Newsletter by Karl Fitzgerald, Projects Coordinator, Earthsharing Australia, September 20 and October 2 and 12, 2011 Our latest issues are out, highlighting our Real Estate 4 Ransom update and Bubble Monitor. http://tinyurl.com/3tclu4s


8a. What You Can Do: Distribute at your Occupation by Scott Baker, ssbaker305 at yahoo.com, October 5, 2011 3:42 PM At Occupy Wall Street (OWS), Mirella Landriscina and I handed out 250 fliers (funded by Schalkenbach) in under 2 hours. I had about 50 more fliers on State Banking and Greenbacking that went out in less than half an hour too. We met dozens of people and had stimulating conversations. Not everyone will be convinced, but, um, you should check your website hit rates over the next few days. They may spike! Also, the generous donations of books (by RSF) were happily accepted at the OWS library. I'm jazzed... Alanna Hartzok, Co-Director, Earth Rights Institute, October 25, 201, recommends: "I am Not Moving - Occupy Wall Street" http://tinyurl.com/3brasze and http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/page/5416.html To see her entire Land Rights Course Newsletter, write: alanna at earthrights.net


8b. What You Can Do: Real Estate 4 Ransom goes global by Karl Fitzgerald, Projects Coordinator, Earthsharing Australia, k2 at earthsharing.org.au, October 26, 2011 REAL ESTATE 4 RAN$OM is a new documentary about global property speculation and its impact on the economy. This home grown doco challenges the notion that the Global Financial Crisis was caused by bank lending alone. It features 40 minutes of fast paced insights into the economic structures that have allowed the boom-bust-bailout mentality to thrive. See more http://realestate4ransom.com/resources/ Are you interested in screening our film Real Estate 4 Ransom? We have had interest from Delhi, Denmark, British Columbia & Occupy London to name a few. We encourage Georgists to get this hot topic out there whilst the time is right. Due to the independent nature of the film we can offer the 40 min documentary for $A10 plus handling and hope that any door takings can be shared. "...anyone who is interested in property really should take the time to have a look at this doco." Chris Vedalagon, The Age


8c. What You Can Do: Public comments for HUD research due by Nov.4 by Paul Justice, October 27, 2011 The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is seeking public comments on its research agenda for the next 5-10 years. I am submitting my comments and think that those who understand the importance and connection of site value taxation and affordable housing should submit their ideas. The deadline for this is November 4, 2011. http://www.huduser.org/portal/research/agenda.html


8d. What You Can Do: Attend IU in BsAs by Hector Sandler, member of parliament and current President of the Instituto de Capacitacion Economica, hsandler at speedy.com.ar International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade will hold its biannual conference in Latin America: in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from the 15th until the 18th May 2012. An important lesson emerges from Argentina's history of land reform: the law is not sufficient to establish a good economic order. It needs to be sustained by the culture of society. Under General Juan Peron who won the Presidency in 1946, inflation pulverized rents that were frozen in favor of the tenants and this - together with social legislation - was one of the reasons of the extraordinary popular support to Peron's system. He did not collect rents as public revenue: he gave them to the tenants. Dr. Sandler has obtained the collaboration of ASAP (Argentine Association for Budget and Financial Administration) in organizing the International union 2012 Conference. ASAP has applied for membership to The IU. ASAP has more than 300 affiliates nationwide. Most of them are accountants and economists. ASAP is a member of ASIP (International Association of Public Budget and Finance) which brings together a large number of Latin American countries. It also decided to support the International Conference of the IU in Buenos Aires. All the Georgists of Argentina hope that a crowd of Georgists from around the world will join them in Buenos Aires. To register for the conference, please contact Hector Sandler hsandler at speedy.com.ar with copy to the accountant Gonzalo Lecuona (Secretary General of the ASAP) gonzalo_lecuona at me.com. Thank you.


9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes Never wear anything that panics the cat. - P.J. O'Rourke No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink. - Murray Banks God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. - Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien


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 Jon 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 on line http://www.Georgist.com/


The Georgist News, Volume Fourteen, Number Four, November 1, 2011