Merry April Fool's Day. Like Jack Handey said, "I hope life
isn't a big joke, because I don't get it." To get the latest in our
movement, read on. And read fast, as some exciting events are coming
up fast. And if you know anyone else who'd enjoy the News, put them
in touch. Thanks.
* Coming Soon: Rybeck Book Signing
* Coming Soon: 32nd N. American Conference of the CGO
* Coming Soon: Biannual IU in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 15-18
1. Good Press: In Great Britain; Matthew Yglesias; Efficient Govt.
2. Movement Progress: New Film; Community Land Auctions
3. News: Real estate makes riches and conflicts
4. Numbers: Banks Profit From Owning Homes They Foreclosed
5. Letters: Mr Market's Next Move
6. Obituaries: Barbara Sobrielo
7. Likable link: Gary Becker, P&P
8. What You Can Do: Read, discuss Paine; Place free ads;
Support Kucinich's HR 2990
9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News
Coming Soon: Rybeck Book Signing
by Walt Rybeck, Director, Center for Public Dialogue; 301-890-8578;
waltrybeck at aol.com, 23 Mar 2012
Busboys and Poets - a bookstore, restaurant, performing arts center.
and promoter of social change - has invited me to give a
talk-plus-booksigning at 6:30pm on Monday, April 2nd at their 5th
and K St. venue. My book is RE-SOLVING THE ECONOMIC PUZZLE which
came out half a year ago.
For those of you outside the D.C. area, you might alert your
Washington area friends, especially those interested in reviving
cities, saving the environment, affordable housing, fair taxation,
and how to generate prosperity for all (not just the 1 percent or
even the 50 percent).
The food is great if you want to eat first.
Specific Busboys and Poets address: 1025 5th St NW, between K and L.
Their Phone: 202-789-2227.
I'd be delighted to see you and your friends at the event.
Coming Soon: The 32nd North American Conference of the Council of
Georgist Organizations, July 30 - August 6, 2012, Next to
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Camp Hill Radisson by Sue Walton,
conference administrator, sns at swwalton.com, March 30, 2012
2012 Conference Brochures are at the Printer, as I type. I should
have them by 4/6/12. If you would like to receive more than one
brochure, please contact me.
Coming Soon: Biannual IU in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 15-18
by Dave Wetzel, CEO "Transforming Communities", March 5, 2012
The new General Secretary of The IU (The International Union for
Land Value Tax and Free Trade) is: Carol Wilcox, General Secretary,
The IU, International House, 480 Lymington Road, Highcliffe,
Christchurch, BH23 5HG, UK; carol.wilcox at labourland.org; (land)
+44 (0) 1425 279 307; (mobile) +44 (0) 791 203 8811
Our IU Conference this year is in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 15th
until the 18th of May 2012. All are welcome. See
or for further details contact Hector Sandler - hsandler at
speedy.com.ar - with copy to Gonzalo Lecuona (Secretary General of
the ASAP) - gonzalo_lecuona at me.com
1a. Good Press: Major Papers in Great Britain - still
The Guardian, the Financial Times, and the New Statesman are some of
the UK papers debating fundamental reform.
"Time to tax the fat of the land"
Dave Wetzel, General Secretary, The International Union, adds (March
18, 2012): I spoke to Liverpool Compass (nationally "Compass" is a
UK Labour Party pressure group) on 1st March. John Airs was in the
audience of only 11. He has since joined the Labour Land Campaign
and had two letters published in the national press.
Editor's Note: Dave is one of our best ambassadors, and the national
press of England has covered our fundamental reform quite thoroughly
lately. To keep up, you may ask the LLC put you on their mailing
list and/or check regularly at The Progress Report, where this good
press gets reposted.
1b. Good Press: Matthew Yglesias interviewed on Radio Times
by Ed Dodson, March 12, 2012
This interview is worth listening to for a number of reasons.
Matthew Yglesias is an influential writer and blogger. His current
book is on the shortage and high cost of rental housing. I called in
and asked him a question about the role of land markets. You will
find his response of interest. http://tinyurl.com/bnxrvjr
Reader Mike O'Mara notes: Your comment begins at 21:54 in the show.
Well done. In your phone call to the radio show, you made the point
succinctly, and got a good, accurate response from the author.
1c. Good Press: Efficient Government
by Barry Greenfield, Mar 19, 2012
Hi Jeffery. I'm covering your story [in the Progress Report] on
"Taxing the Tax Exempt" for my publication [EfficientGov], which is
read by more than 30,000 municipal officials in the US and overseas.
2a. Movement Progress: New Film Just Released
by Alanna Hartzok, March 15, 2012
RealEstate4Ransom is an excellent film about earth rights policies
of land value capture, green taxes, and resource rent for public
revenue. The film addresses root causes of the wealth divide and the
global financial crisis. Just released on the Internet, you can read
details in the nicely designed Earthsharing newsletter:
Karl Fitzgerald, Projects Coordinator, Earthsharing Australia, March
26, 2012: Real Estate 4 Ransom has been launched online with 11,900
views in 11 days. It is embedded on 120 websites. The comments have
been overwhelmingly positive with a number of teachers inspired to
show the 40-minute documentary to their classes. The physical DVD
copies will be arriving this week. Thanks to all those who have
assisted with promotion in the comments streams and via their email
databases. Forward www.realestate4ransom.com to your friends as we
step closer to the age of economic enlightenment. You can view REAL
ESTATE 4 RANSOM at: http://realestate4ransom.com
Please allow a minute or two for the film to buffer (to download the
stream). Additional viewability can be added by closing spare
programs and web browser tabs.
For the ultimate viewing experience, please feel free to purchase
the DVD disc for $15.
Please tell your friends, embed it in your website, tweet, facebook,
post relevant comments on other websites linking to our film, and
forward this information to others. Check the posters on our
resources page too.
The power of the internet is immense. To see 70 million people watch
Kony 2012 in barely 10 days is a sign of things to come.
2b. Movement Progress: Learn the latest on Community Land Auctions
by Tony Vickers, March 27, 2012
LandValueScape Update: The Professional Land Reform Group is pleased
to announce that the brain behind Community Land Auctions (promised
in Budget 2011) will be speaking at Liberal Democrat Party HQ about
them on Wednesday 11th April. He is Dr Tim Leunig, Chief Economist
at the thinktank CentreForum. Members of PLRG have first refusal on
the limited spaces for this free event ...
3. News: Real estate makes riches and conflicts
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
Do you live where others want to live, too? Others who're willing to
pay more to live there? How can this be resolved?
"Berlin squeezes renters, Sears squeezes land"
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.
4. Numbers: Banks Profit From Owning Homes They Foreclosed
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.
How can Wall St keep getting away with it? The US keeps doing
business with bad banks and won't prosecute robber brokers.
"MF Global's Corzine et al Still Not Behind Bars"
5. Letter: Mr Market's Next Move
by Phillip J. Anderson, Economic_Indicator_Services at hotmail.com,
March 30, 2012
From my subscriber email #28, "Notes and links, / Mr Market's next
move", posted to subscribers in early October of 2011 (last year),
where I noted in the pdf:
"...US markets will continue up from here. We can rightly expect a
recovery after the recent down moves, which came right on time I
might add, the recovery should run 150 degrees (days) till March 4,
2012, plus or minus a week. Minus one week on that combines with Feb
24, 2012, a key date to watch..." You can read the October 2011
email in full.
This forecast ran counter to just about every other forecast at the
time, most of which were suggesting Greece would default, banks
would collapse and the world was about to end.
In the latest forecasting class for subscribers, which we do each
February, we were discussing how bearish many people seemed to feel,
yet US, UK, and other world markets like Germany, Turkey, and Brazil
are consistently making higher lows on heaps of seemingly bad news
coming out of Europe.
In the Feb 2012 class I went thru why I continue to believe that the
next 20 years will see an astounding creation of wealth around the
world, which will bring yet another huge real estate boom, then
bust, the same as every other real estate cycle has in the past.
Since 1800 at least in the US.
6. Obituary: In memoriam the road with Barbara Sobrielo
by Fernando Scornik Gerstein, President of the International Union,
madrid at scornik-gerstein.com, March 1, 2012
"The vague chance or the precise laws that govern this dream, the
Universe ... "(as the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges said)
allowed me to share a short part of the road with Barbara Sobrielo.
She had two precious and rare gifts: ubiquity and sobriety, both at
the service of her deep Georgist passion and the defense of the
International Union to which she dedicated so many years of her
To be with her in the meetings of the Executive Committee was for me
always a motive for joy and calmness. Joy because I knew that her
positive character would show us the light in the most difficult
situations - that too often were there - and calmness because I also
knew that her careful and precise words would smooth the emotions in
moments of tension and personal confrontations that occasionally
occurred as is to be expected in an organization like ours.
We shared the view that the International Union should be the house
of all Georgists, overlooking political and personal differences and
I think we were successful in achieving that goal.
Barbara was a unique person and her absence leaves a vacuum
impossible to fill.
A letter I received from her only some days before she passed away,
written with tremulous hand but with very clear ideas, overwhelmed
me with sadness in the certitude that her light was to be
extinguished. She told me about her wishes to be at the Buenos Aires
Conference and her grief because that was not going to be there. She
asked me to apologize to Hector Sandler which of course I did. She
spoke also about other subjects of the Agenda of the Executive
Committee, whose conclusion she would not be able to see. With her
letter in my hands I remained a long while meditating on the
greatness of the soul that was leaving us.
Those who have the fortune to believe - and I am one of them - that
we may see Barbara now on an Eternal Committee with Henry George,
Leo Tolstoy, John Dewey, and many others debating our ideals, or
maybe discussing with Quesnay, Turgot, Mercier de la Riviere, and
Dupont de Nemours, looking to the lost example of the "Tableau
Economique" printed according to legend by the royal hand of Louis
XV, guarded by the intelligent smile of Mme. Pompadour, or maybe
speaking with John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx - fortune that is
closed to us - about the complicated "Tableau Economique" that Marx
drafted and sent to Engels and which is so difficult to decipher.
For the agnostics, for the non-believers, the legacy of her spirit
and of her vocation to fight for her ideals remain, as that peculiar
and temporal immortality of the spirit which Walt Whitman described
in powerful verses.
Nevertheless nobody would prevent us to say - with the Spanish poet
Jorge Manrique "that all past time (the time when Barbara was with
us) was better". We are more lonely since Barbara has gone.
7. Likable Links: Gary Becker, P&P
by Wyn Achenbaum, March 6, 2012
A few months ago, Becker wrote: "Henry George in his book Progress
and Poverty (1879) made a famous proposal for a wealth tax in the
form of a 100% tax on increases in the value of land. This single
tax, he believed, could replace all other taxes. George argued that
a land tax was a good tax because, so he claimed erroneously, the
value of land did not depend on what landowners did, but rather
depended only on forces like population growth that were beyond
their control." http://tinyurl.com/6mv73fm
He didn't say what he thought of P&P, but he bought a copy as a
8a. What You Can Do: Read, discuss Paine
by Ed Dodson, ejdodson at comcast.net, March 1, 2012
I hope many of our colleagues will make an effort to participate in
the project I am trying to pull off - to have a global reading and
discussion of Paine's essay 'Agrarian Justice' during January of
2013. Paine is a far more recognizable historical figure than is
Henry George; yet, they shared many of the same principles. The
readings and discussions ought to be of interest to high school
social studies teachers and to history professors at the college
level. Living in the Philadelphia area, I am slowing reaching out to
as many groups as I can to join in on this initiative.
8b. What You Can Do: Free ads and publicity in Heartland publications
by Chuck Metalitz, March 13, 2012
I received the following; I believe the invitation is open to all
geoist groups. Also note that Joe Bast cited HG positively in a
recent Heartland paper:
Dear Think Tank Allies:
I am writing to offer you a FREE ad in any or all of Heartland's
monthly newspapers. Heartland's publications are an excellent
vehicle for you to reach local, state, and federal elected
officials, both in your own state and nationwide. You can do this by
having members of your staff send news releases and articles to the
managing editors of the newspapers, or by sending us an ad.
You can use this opportunity to advertise all sorts of things:
- Books and policy studies
- Availability of speakers
- Memberships and contributions
- Web site
We expect to run a dozen or more of these ads each month, depending
on availability, so please contact me to start running your FREE ads
now. I have attached the ad spec sheet for your convenience. You may
choose any size ad you'd like and email it to me at Ncomerford at
heartland.org. Once the ad is received I will run it in the next
available issue, and I will continue to run it periodically on a
You can reach the managing editors of the newspapers by emailing
Budget & Tax News: Steve Stanek SStanek at heartland.org
FIRE Policy News: Steve Stanek SStanek at heartland.org
School Reform News: Joy Pullmann JPullmann at heartland.org
Environment & Climate News: James M. Taylor JTaylor at heartland.org
Health Care News: Benjamin Domenech BDomenech at heartland.org
InfoTech & Telecom News Bruce Edward Walker BWalker at heartland.org
Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. I can
be reached at 312/377-4000 ext 128. Or drop me an email at
Ncomerford at heartland.org
Nikki Comerford, Events Director
The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive #2740
Chicago, IL 60606
8c. What You Can Do: Kucinich's HR 2990
by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, American Monetary Institute
March 18, 2012
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
(Chicago area Local 126) has passed an important resolution
supporting passage of HR 2990 (the National Emergency Employment
Defense (NEED) Act).
The Machinists and Aerospace workers thereby join the Chicago
Teachers Union and the Quakers (Northeast Ohio) in supporting this
Save $110; register for the 8th annual AMI Monetary Reform
Conference, September 20-23 ($285 instead of $395). Really great
speakers coming. The deadline for postmarks is Monday, April 30th.
Registration form at: http://www.monetary.org/2012-conference
9. the Margin: Quips and Quotes
The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
- Will Rogers
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark, or the man afraid
of the light?
- Maurice Freehill
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
- Japanese Proverb
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
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The Georgist News, Volume Fourteen, Number Nine, April 1, 2012