Volume Fourteen, Number Ten, May 1, 2012

Merry May Day. Like Will Rogers said, "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for." But do be thankful for all the movement progress we're rooting for. And if you know anyone else who'd enjoy the News, put them in touch. Thanks.

CONTENTS: 1. News: Battle for Land; Firms Don't Pay Taxes 2. Numbers: Bailouts Have Started Pushing Up Prices 3. Good Press: People Make Sub-Optimal Choices 4. Movement Progress: Labour Land Campaign Report TIF Prospects; New Publication Online 5. Letters: Re: Place free ads; Not the Full Rent? Re: Obituary: Barbara Sobrielo 6. Obituaries: Sad News of John Kuchta 7. Likable link: Economania 8. What You Can Do: Join GCF 9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes 10. Publication affairs: Contributors, About the Georgist News

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 April 6, 2012 It's been mailed! The 2012 CGO Conference Brochure has been mailed! Among the featured presenters will be LVT's own Jake Shwartz-Lucas, Edward Miller and Dan Sullivan. It's also on our webpage: Register Early for our bus tour of Harrisburg and Hershey!

Coming Soon: Biannual IU in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 15-18 by Ole Lefmann, Assistant General Secretary and Membership Secretary, the International Union, April 9, 2012 There will not be a General Business Meeting at this conference so nominations for the Executive Committee or resolutions will not be considered in Buenos Aires. The next IU General Business Meeting will be held at the next Conference in London in 2013. Our new General Secretary is Carol Wilcox (carol.wilcox at Fred Harrison (fred.Harrison at has been appointed to our newly created post of Development Director to take the IU into a new era of fresh activity. Please keep an eye on our website ( for the latest IU news. In the future The IU-Executive Committee intends to publish the IU-Newsletter quarterly. Those interested in attending the International Conference must send an email to the following email addresses, in order to receive the application forms and any other information needed: ASAP: asap at and ICE: ice_argentina at

1. News: Battle for Land; Firms Don't Pay Taxes 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 articles: For tropical land people still kill and governments still fail to institute the basic reform which would work forever. "In Laos, Nigeria, Governments Give Deeds, Get Rents" US Tax Day is late this year, but waiting for tax reform is getting old, too. Ready for sharing common wealth instead? "Scottish Greens Hope to Shift Taxes to Site Values" 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 link.

2. Numbers: Bailouts Have Started Pushing Up Prices 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. Pay off your debt and your bank may still harass you, even as they profit from your taxes and Federal Reserve bailouts. "Banks Play Fast and Loose With Credit Card Debt"

3. Good Press: Taxes Force People to Make Sub-Optimal Choices Among the many supportive references in the media (almost always the British media), which you can find at the FB page LVT and at the news site The Progress Report, there's this: The US taxes Americans on income earned while living abroad and demands heavy paperwork that invades one's privacy. "US Expats Renounce their US Citizenship"

4a. Movement Progress: UK Labour Land Campaign President's Report for Jan to March by Dave Wetzel, CEO "Transforming Communities, davewetzel42 at, April 2, 2012 Together with Green Party member and my old friend Sean Thompson, I spoke at a public event organized by Hounslow Green Party with about 50 present. See report: In January, Heather and I met Greater London Assembly member Murad Qureshi who is a keen supporter for LVT and is raising the issue with Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for Mayor of London. In February, Heather and I visited South Africa where I spoke at The School of Practical Philosophy (Pretoria) and twice at the 2012 Africa Pipeline Summit. To see my PowerPoint presentation: I spoke at Liverpool Compass on 1st March. About 12 people were present and one has already joined the Labour Land Campaign and sent letters that have been published in The Guardian and The Observor. I met business people and local government people at a meeting organized by LLC member, Richard Robinson, at Broxtowe Borough Council near Nottingham. A number of issues regarding LVT were raised by a manager of Barretts housebuilders and the local Director of Planning which will be recorded in the notes of the meeting and which I'll be replying to in writing. Carol Wilcox arranged for me to speak to the Economics Group at Hertfordshires University on 21st March - budget day. I shared the platform with a founder of the Green Party who supports the Citizens Dividend but opposes the national minimum wage. As a result of this meeting I have already been asked to address Aylesbury CLP in the near future. I have also resigned as the General Secretary of The IU (The International Union for Land Value Tax and Free Trade) in order to concentrate on the activities (such as public speaking) which I enjoy and am better at.

4b. Movement Progress: TIF Prospects after Budget 2012 by Tony Vickers, April 13, 2012 PLRG's second free talk of 2012 was at UCL's Bartlett School of Planning (London) on the subject "Towards TIFs: Prospects and Pitfalls". The speaker was Nick Maltby.

4c. Movement Progress: Earth Rights Review - new publication online! by Alanna Hartzok, Earth Rights Institute, April 22, 2012 We are delighted to inform you that the first edition of EARTH RIGHTS REVIEW - News and Views from Africa is now online and ready for you to read! The intention of EARTH RIGHTS REVIEW is to provide information and analysis that will help liberate production from taxation, the earth from monopoly and humanity from poverty. Our congratulations to Editor Gordon Abiama and Assistant Editor Audu Liberty Oseni for creating such a fine and informative publication. We look forward to many more! Gordon and Liberty welcome your submission of articles to future issues. Please tell your friends and colleagues to land there, too!

5a. Letters: Re: Place free ads By Scott Baker, ssbaker305 at, April 1, 2012: Is promoting climate-wrecker-enabler Joe Bast an April Fool's joke? The offer of free advertising for our little group, Common Ground-NYC, and its various activities is tempting, but I feel any such ad would result in mass exodus of all our members if they came to know about it. We want to tax the pollution. Even Exxon-Mobil says they'd like to see a carbon tax, instead of cap n' trade. BTW, in a past debate with Ed Dodson, Bast made the point he was NOT a Georgist, despite having taken the courses. Otherwise, good issue. Sorry we couldn't promote the CGNYC-sponsored Pace University Left Forum panel with Dr. Michael Hudson, Andy Mazzone, Dave Kelley (adviser to Dennis Kucinich) and moderated by Cay Hehner earlier. By Paul Metz (Holland), April 1, 2012: Hi Jeff; Again a pleasure to read your monthly pamphlet. I wish you have some influence and make progress as this crisis offers so many opportunities ... they say. A question: do you have any articles discussing the land grabbing, that takes place worldwide, not only in Africa ? It should have the interest of LVT promotors, so I wonder ... And I was surprised by this offer, without any reference that the Heartland Inst is under fire for its corporate sponsored global warming denial. Are you aware ? They could be hoping to improve their own public image by having ads of credible organizations ... and might affect ours negatively. All best By Chuck Metalitz, April 3, 2012: It would have been good had you included in GN the link (or a reference) to my blog which was in the message I sent you. Not that it would have made any difference to climate-saviour Scott. It appears HGI will be placing ads. As a worldwide organization, they are more appropriate to Heartland's publications than local groups such as Scott's or HGS/Chicago. I respect and appreciate your policy of not carrying debates in GN. There are plenty of discussion lists for that. I can't see any possibility here of making Scott happy (and I am already happy but that has nothing to do with Joe Bast). Run the emails as letters if you want. Editor's Note: As you all know, so far, TGNews has not been a place for debate. I ran these letters (trimmed slightly) but I'll let it go at that.

5b. Letters: Not the Full Rent? by Godfrey Dunkley, godfrey.Dunkley at, April 29, 2012 AIRR Newsletter No 17 gives a case against trying to collect the full Rent, but to settle for about 80%,thus leaving enough for a free market to operate and establish realistic land values. This would be far more likely to be achieved than the mythical full Rent that has failed to be achieved in over a hundred years. Let us try the "Art Of The Possible". For a copy of our newsletter, please get in touch.

5c. Letters: Re: Obituary: Barbara Sobrielo by Dave Wetzel, davewetzel42 at, 2 Apr 2012 Hi Jeff, Keep up your valuable work for the Georgist Movement. I was particularly moved by Fernando's obit for Barbara Sobrielo who I knew for over 40 years. Perhaps the only irony was that talking to Barbara during her last few days she confirmed that she did not believe in life after death.

6. Obituary: Sad News of John Kuchta by Chuck Metalitz, April 20, 2012 Please note the passing of HGS Instructor and Board member John Kuchta. Information is in the obit and the legacy messages: John attended the CGO Philadelphia conference in 2005, and I think one or two others, tho' memory fails.

7. Likable Links: Economania by Stewart Goldwater, April 2, 2012 Economania carry a link to Shalkenbach:

8. What You Can Do: Join GCF by Paul Martin, Director, Henry George International Education Center, USA / Managua Nicaragua, April 14, 2012 You can find updated Georgist Community Fund membership and Land Rent Common Fund stats, info, and action interfaces on the main page of the GCF at Despite a couple of new international members, GCF membership took a dive at the end of March from 46 to 36. That was due to non-renewal of many of our older Nicaraguan members who needed to requalify their membership but who didn't make the effort to do so. We now have 9 international members. We have a way to channel net positive land rent to support individual georgists all over the world by practicing land rent collection and distribution among ourselves.

9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes Taxation with representation ain't so hot either. - Gerald Barzan I'm proud to pay taxes; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money. - Arthur Godfrey We must care for each other more, and tax each other less. - Bill Archer

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 or gn at 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

The Georgist News, Volume Fourteen, Number Ten, May 1, 2012