A Five Part Teleseminar Series Now Available for Replay Co-Hosts: Alanna Hartzok and Wendell Fitzgerald
“Consciousness in its fulfilled, developed state will bring the ‘dismal science’ of economics to an evolved and higher level — to the status of Enlightened Economics.” ~Ron Robins
Teleseminar keywords: commons trusts, the wealth divide, earth rights, jubilee laws, the end of poverty, earned versus unearned income, cooperatives, sharing the world’s resources, new land ethic, person/planet finance, ethical markets, new economics, PROUT, resource rent and land value taxation, environmental justice, common assets funds, from war to peace, from crisis to transformation.
Session One: Economics and Conscious Evolution
· Exploring the relationship of economics to physical, mental and spiritual health. · What is “political economics”? · Land rights and the person/planet relationship. · PROUT’s social psychology and evolution of the social cycle. · Guest Presenters: Michael Towsey (Australia) and Acharya Santoshananda (India)
· Current realities of poverty and economic inequality, both within the US and worldwide. · Focus on Africa, enclosures, the “resource curse.” · The corruption of economics. · The land problem and the “law of rent.” · Cooperatives. · Guest Presenters: Acharya Maheshvarananda (Venezuela) and Gordon Abiama (Nigeria)
· Separative consciousness and genocide. · Unity consciousness and commoning. · Land value capture and commons trusts. · Jubilee justice public finance policies. · Guest Presenters: Kevin Annett (Canada) Lisinka Ulatowska (USA)
· Land and resource wars. · Financial domination. · From “full spectrum dominance” to “full spectrum sharing.” · The money question. · Resource rent for public revenue. · Geo-confederation. · Earth rights democracy. · Guest Presenters: S. Brian Willson, Frank Dorrell, Fred Foldvary (all USA)
Session Five: Sustainable Economics Local to Global
· Financing the green economy – the Green Transition Scoreboard. · Holistic integrated green tax shift – Vermont Commons Assets for Public Finance. · The false housing shortage and what to do about it – Real Estate 4 Ransom. · The NINJA generation and new economics. · From the grand chessboard to the greatest game on earth. · Guest Presenters: Hazel Henderson (USA), Gary Flo (USA), Karl Fitzgerald (Australia)
Jeff Smith is soliciting donations on behalf of The Geonomy Society for a much-needed new computer. Below you’ll find his request along with information on how to help:
Georgist advocate in the Pacific Northwest, Jeff Smith, head of The Geonomy Society, had to put down his 8-yr old computer (88 years in chip years), leaving the Georgist movement without a computer in one of the states most receptive to Georgist reform. Donations are urgently needed to replace this ex-hardworking computer. To keep our movement, our proselytizer, and our cyberspace presence alive in this cutting-edge part of the world, please contribute whatever you can. Use the PayPal button at:
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
December 12, 2012
Dear Friends of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation,
After the presidential election in the United States, the daily news cycle switched instantly to the looming “fiscal cliff.” The media industry needs an incessant supply of dramatic events to retain audience attention, so the switch was predictable. Notably, the fiscal cliff was rarely mentioned during the election campaign. There now seems to be a general assumption that the matter will be resolved one way or another. Which taxes may be raised and which programs scaled back will come in a histrionic cliffhanger of a deal. For most Americans the normal routine will continue.
Once again those seeking substantial fiscal and economic reforms will have their hopes dashed on the rocks of political expediency and narrow interest-based horse trading. No matter what kind of resolution is eventually crafted to the fiscal cliff, no one assumes that it will somehow magically transform a landscape of extreme inequality, poverty, unemployment and loss of hope.
Henry George wrote Progress and Poverty (1879) at a time of great economic dislocation. Towards the end of his life, in 1897, there was yet another terrible depression, which was historical confirmation that his theory of business cycles, rooted in the sequestering of economic rent by privileged interests in society, was the principal cause of deepening unemployment, poverty and economic turmoil. Our current evils would no doubt dismay, but not surprise, him.
The Foundation continues, in its modest way, to advance the Georgist vision of economic justice. We recently launched a hub website, www.workandwealth.com, to address issues around unemployment, poverty and income inequality. This is an example of our more aggressive foray into social media in the last six months. The use of short videos, blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other social media will enable us to reach broader audiences as well as enhance communication with a younger age demographic. We expect our latest video production, “On Solid Ground”, to be accessible on-line in early 2013, and to promote the message of the new website. Another website has been created that is devoted to Henry George’s newspaper The Standard. This is a long- range project that involves transforming PDF files into corrected and searchable OCR documents. We’d like to do more of these types of projects, but we have considerable resource constraints, so your donation will go far in helping us expand our vital internet and social media presence.
In 2012 the Foundation financially participated in the conferences sponsored by the Council of Georgist Organizations (held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and by the International Union for Land Value Taxation (held in Buenos Aires, Argentina). As a result, individual and organizational contacts were renewed and new ones were established.
The Foundation continues with its ongoing program of publishing the works of Henry George and also distributing scholarly commentary on his ideas. Our latest example is Two Views of Social Justice: A Catholic/Georgist Dialogue. This volume brings to fruition the conference RSF co-sponsored with CGO and Scranton University in 2007. Published by Wiley-Blackwell for The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, it is an example of what RSF can accomplish in cooperation with other institutions. Please see the attached materials about this and other notable publications.
The Foundation, like many other non-profits, has had to restrict its discretionary expending in this difficult investment environment. We have a dedicated staff in New York City and an active board of volunteer directors from all over North America. We are, however, stretched to the limit with available resources. If you are able, please make a generous contribution to the work of the Foundation. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Sincerely, Francis K. Peddle President Robert Schalkenbach Foundation 90 John Street, Suite 501 New York, NY 10038-3202 Tel: 212-683-6424
Two Views of Social Justice The Other Law of Moses + Study Guide The Traumatised Society The Fair Tax
Donations may also be made by sending a check in US funds or credit card details (Visa or MasterCard) to: Robert Schalkenbach Foundation 90 John Street, Suite 501 New York, NY 10038
NOTE: Donations dated & postmarked or electronically transmitted by 12-31-2012 will be credited to 2012 for tax purposes.
Books from RSF 2012
Two Views of Social Justice
Sixteen scholars have come together in this issue to examine eight social-justice themes from the perspectives of Catholic social thought and the philosophy of Henry George. The themes they address are natural law, human nature, the nature of work, the nineteenth-century papal encyclical Rerum Novarum, causes of war, immigration, development, and neighborhood revitalization. While they sometimes wrangle with each other, their common aspiration is the same as their nineteenth-century predecessors: to find solutions to the human suffering caused by injustice.
Editor: Kenneth R. Lord Paperback 240 pp ISBN: 9781118450048 RSF: AB5004 2012 Wiley-Blackwell Regular Price: $40.00 Sale Price: $20.00
The Other Law of Moses + Study Guide (Special Combo Offer)
By John L. Kelly
The Other Law of Moses takes the reader on an epic journey, illuminating a plan for universal freedom and prosperity. The ancient Israelites were among the most prosperous people of their time and became the world’s first middle class nation, enjoying freedom and justice.
Using lively narrative and familiar stories from the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Other Law of Moses traces the genesis, observance and success of the Land Law. By the end of the book, readers will likely conclude that many of today’s economic precepts are flawed and counterproductive. The accompanying Study Guide is a useful tool for anyone who wishes to explore and discuss in greater depth the key points and implications of Kelly’s fascinating book.
The Other Law of Moses Paperback 256 pp RSF: N6186 ISBN: 9781469961866 2012 Regular Price: $20Special Offer $15
The Traumatised Society
How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation
By Fred Harrison
Fred Harrison was one of the first to forecast the events that ruptured the global economy in 2008 by applying an analysis that exposes the fault lines in the structure of the market economy. His new book extends that same analysis to the future of the West, evaluating fears from distinguished commentators who claim that European civilisation is in danger of being eclipsed. Harrison concludes that the West is at a dangerous tipping point and provides empirical and theoretical evidence to warrant such an alarming conclusion. But he also explains why it is not too late to prevent the looming social catastrophe. He introduces “organic finance”, which prescribes reforms to deliver sustainable growth, more equitable wealth distribution, and respect for other life forms.
Supported by History … Agreed by Economists … Feared by the 1%
Edited by Emer Ó Siochrú
The tax regime in Ireland, Colm McCarthy points out in his Preface, has been very favourable to property developers who, together with their banks, took maximum advantage. It fuelled the disastrous property boom with the huge development-site debts and led directly to the Irish state having to shore up the collapsing banks. The Fair Tax shows how a second massive transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% can happen again. The authors also clearly explain the real advantages of a site value tax over a conventional property tax and convincingly show how easy it is to assess and implement.
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