THE GEORGIST NEWS

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Volume Fourteen, Number Eleven, June 1, 2012

Joyous June, the birth month of Smith, Keynes, and quasi-geoists F.L. Wright and Rousseau, and the anti-geoist Prop 13. As a British colony, Hong Kong (existing on public land) began and ended, as did World War I, which ended the land tax in the British budget and the actual levy in some German towns. But we're making a comeback. Note below what your cohorts are achieving - and what your intended audience would like to hear. "My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view." - H. Fred Dale. And if you know anyone else who'd enjoy the News, put them in touch. Thanks.


CONTENTS: * Coming Soon 1. News: Where Is the Housing Market? Could a Tax Fix It? 2. Numbers: The Battle Over CEO Pay 3. Good Press: Caught Cheating on the Property Tax 4. Movement Progress: One Man Movement! HGIEC Admin and Operations 5. Correction: Re: Labour Land Campaign President's Report 6. Letters: Planning Magazine 7. Likable link: LandValueScape Update 8. What You Can Do: International Conference; Political Philosophy of Henry George 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 Dan Sullivan, May 31, 2012 On Tuesday, July 31, at the Harrisburg Radisson Hotel, we intend to debate ANY responsible leader of the anti-property-tax movement. If nobody has the courage to support their claims in a debate format, we will analyze video clips made by David Baldinger, head of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, and other opponents of property tax reduction and show why their statements are mostly misleading and sometimes simply false. Don't miss the deadline to register; be included in our bus tour of Harrisburg and Hershey! www.cgocouncil.org


1. News: Where Is the Housing Market? Could a Tax Fix It? 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. A movie location goes for millions as home sites still fall, yet one candidate calls for a sure-fire solution. "Hunger Games Village, District 12, Up For Sale" http://www.progress.org/2012/wagnerro.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. Numbers: The Battle Over CEO Pay 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. Rich stockholders resent even richer CEOs who, in cahoots with the board of directors, get to loot the company's profits. "When the Top 1% Take on the Top 0.01%" http://www.progress.org/2012/doddfran.htm


3. Good Press: Caught Cheating on the Property Tax Among the many supportive references in the media (almost always the British media), which you can find at the FaceBook page LVT and at the news site The Progress Report, there's this: A chorus around the world sings out against hoarding Earth's worth, for sharing such value as our common wealth. "Yet Even an English Lord Gets the Power In the Land" http://www.progress.org/2012/quinlan.htm


4a. Movement Progress: One Man Movement! by Dan Sullivan, Saving Communities, April 30, May 8 & 31, 2012 I did a seminar at Pittsburgh's Black & White Reunion in January. https://vimeo.com/41211772 I was on American Freedom Radio during the second hour. Once the program has loaded, you can go to the middle of the time-bar and catch me. http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/archive/Truth-Jihad-32k-050412.mp3 More LVT testimony at Pittsburgh City Council May 29 "Noblesse Oblige": go to 1:21:50 into the video http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=787 May 30 "Visualize your worst and best properties" go to 09:04 http://pittsburgh.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=789


4b. Movement Progress: HGIEC Admin and Operations by Paul Martin, HGIEC President, May 11, 2012 HGIEC has been determined by the IRS to be a public charity. HGIEC reported to the Mass Secr. of Commonwealth on Nov. 2011 and to the Attorney General in March, as required. Surreal bureaucracy requirements in Nicaragua have prevented the opening of an HGIEC bank account for the moment. Our attempt at a March CE course failed as we only got 11 students and so decided to postpone the course. The next course has not been scheduled, yet, but will be offered when the HGC officially opens after construction is completed. The Tiscapa Georgist development project went back to zero as the Managua government moved supervision of the Laguna de Tiscapa to a new office which means we have to start over making contacts and redo the initial proposal all over again. The Georgist Community Fund has been stagnant, as we have not put any energy into promotion and have no new members, and have lost some who haven't taken the qualification exam to renew. Current stats are always available on the GCF webpage http://www.ceihg.org/FCG.htm. We are currently needing professional help from a CPA in the USA to help us set up bookkeeping, etc. I hope that you and many other intl. Georgists find the opportunity to come down and visit to see and feel the reality we are creating here.


5. Correction: Re: Labour Land Campaign President's Report by Dave Wetzel, davewetzel42 at gmail.com, 2 May 2012 See my PowerPoint presentation to the Africa 2012 Pipelines Conference held in South Africa, February, 2012, at: http://www.iqpc.com/presentations/login.aspx Enter the user name: PipelineSA Enter the password: Pipeline02 Open presentation No. 3


6. Letters: Planning Magazine by Chuck Metalitz, AICP, Henry George School, Chicago, May 7, 2012 I did get a letter published in May/June 2012 Planning Magazine. Stuck behind a paywall, as is (I think) the article to which it responds. As published it says: 'Economic rent' beats taxes McCarron asserts that state and local governments "had better broaden their tax base to include services - from dog grooming to food catering to movie-going - that require a physical presence." Since catering and movie-going are already subject to serious taxes in Chicago and many other places, I wonder whether he sees dog grooming as the solution to our fiscal woes. According to the graph accompanying the article, consumer spending on services has risen to nearly twice that for goods. But Bureau of Economic Analysis figures show that more than half of "services" expenditure is for housing, utilities, and medical care. Two of these are already taxed. Does the author propose to increase the cost of the third? Cities will prosper not by expanding taxation, but by focusing on the advantages the community offers and collecting economic rent accordingly.


7. Likable Links: LandValueScape Update by Tony Vickers, May 3, 2012 Future Money: breakdown or breakthrough James Robertson's new book Future Money: breakdown or breakthrough? appears just as the whole way we finance home-building and regeneration is under scrutiny. A series of 12 seminars in London facilitated by James Quilligan looks at a "Commons-based Economy" much like Robertson's thinking. "There can be few books more worthy of our time of crisis than this" says reviewer Dr Tony Vickers. "It sets out how reform of the money supply system links to reform of taxation, taking taxes "off income, profits, value added..." and onto "value subtracted ... for private profit from common resources..." and reform of public expenditure priorities, off "perverse subsidies" and instead into a "Citizens Dividend" that would replace welfare payments." http://tinyurl.com/7pmjmon


8a. What You Can Do: International Conference - Land Divided 2013 by Godfrey Dunkley, May 12, 2012 This could be a very important conference and should draw participation from many Georgists / Land Value Taxers. On Land and South African Society, scheduled to take place in 2013, March 24 - 27, Cape Town, South Africa. This inter-disciplinary conference aims to provide a platform for current scholarship across the social, human and environmental sciences on land issues in South Africa, within a regional and comparative frame. The organisers are calling for initial expressions of interest, to assist in the planning at www.landdivided2013.org.za or by e-mail to Obiozo Ukpabi, oukpabi at plaas.org.za On e-mails, please use the subject heading: Land conference 2013


8b. What You Can Do: The Political Philosophy of Henry George by Stewart Goldwater, May 26, 2012 Henry George Foundation Book Proposal: The Political Philosophy of Henry George Contributions are invited for a book on Henry George which draws out the ethical, philosophical, religious, social and political implications of his work. While George's proposal for the reform of the tax system has been widely discussed, many other equally significant elements of his work are often neglected. This book is intended to correct this imbalance and draw out aspects and themes of Henry George's writings which are generally passed over. http://tinyurl.com/83zqakp


9. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. - Orson Scott Card God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. - Author Unknown Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees. - Anne Raver


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 online: http://www.Georgist.com/


The Georgist News, Volume Fourteen, Number Eleven, June 1, 2012