(2012 October) Contents


Volume Fifteen, Number Three, October 15, 2012

1. News: Henry George Lecture at Scranton University
2. News: Save the Date for CGO 2013
3. Likeable Link: LVT in the UK
4. Likeable Link: LVT in Ireland
5. Likeable Link: LVT in New Zealand
6. Likeable Link: Jill Stein Meets Henry George
7. What Can You Do: Update from CGO Social Media Community Manager
8. What Can You Do: 2012 Earthsharing Canada Conference
9. What Can You Do: Screening of ‘The Vanishing City’
10. Requests: Geonomy Society Appeal for New Computer
11. RSF News: Special Book Offers
12. RSF News: Jobs USA Website Goes Live
13. At the Margin: Quips and Quotes
14. Publication Affairs: About The Georgist News

1. (2012 October) News: Henry George Lecture at Scranton University

Glaeser to Speak at Henry George Lecture Oct. 22

The 27th Annual Henry George Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Economics and Finance, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, will take place on Monday, Oct. 22. The lecture will feature Edward Glaeser, Ph.D., Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will discuss “Economics of the City.” It will be held in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

For more information, contact Janice Mecadon, administrative assistant, Department of Economics and Finance, at 570-941-4048 or janice.mecadon@scranton.edu.

2. (2012 October) News: Save the Date for CGO 2013

On August 6-10, 2013, the Council of Georgist Organizations will present its 2013 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The theme will be 100 YEARS OF LVT IN PENNSYLVANIA.

The CGO is actively seeking ideas for potential programs. Among the ideas currently under consideration is a bus tour of Alliquippa and Clairton. If you have ideas or would like to present, please contact CGO president Dan Sullivan at director@savingcommunities.org as soon as possible.

7. (2012 October) What Can You Do: Update from CGO Social Media Community Manager

Jacob Shwartz-Lucas, Social Media Community Manager for the Council of Georgist Organizations, reports:

The following are ways you can help promote LVT by collaborating with others on the LVT Task Force page. Click on the the links to email the named individuals.

1. Lindy Davies via The Henry George Institute offers college credit for their courses…well, sort of. HGI offers courses that are recommended for college credit. They have secured a certification that makes it very likely that thousands of colleges will offer credit for their courses but they don’t give out those credits directly. To get college credit for HGI courses, the student has to be enrolled in an accredited college and sign up via correspondence.

We have been discussing how to involve the Henry George Schools, Alanna Hartzok’s Earth Rights Institute, and other groups that may be interested in attracting those interested in gaining college credit for learning about how to end poverty. This is an opportunity to mutually benefit all organizations. You can help by expressing your thoughts on how to collaborate, going to local colleges and giving them information about the HGI program.

2. Partner with the CGO for “CGO buddies” an opportunity for older more experienced Georgists act as mentors for younger Georgists, talking with them at scheduled times on a regular basis to pass on our intellectual heritage and enliven it with fresh perspectives. To help out write to Sue at sns@swwalton.com and sign up here.

3. Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, Edward Miller, and I would like to create a tag team for wikipedia editing, in which we will track our progress and pledge 20 minutes a week to attack, with proper citations of course, various pages on wikipedia, connecting popular topics back to Georgism. This is important becuase wikipedia pages get millions of views a day. Simply having a relevant reference and link will direct an immense amount of traffic to our websites.

4. Daniel Syddall and I are very interested in creating infographics demonstrating the validity of Georgist arguments . So far, Ted Gwartney, Joshua Vincent, and Bill Batt have been very helpful in amassing our best material. We are aware that the Australian Georgists (eg Karl Fitzgerald) may have very useful stats demonstrating the positive effects of LVT. We need help finding this data as do two students doing Georgist research for their college programs: Christina Vialpando and Pádraig Lam. These two students are good candidates for the CGO buddy program, and we should actively pester them to get involved in the movement. That starts with them buddying up with those who know the ropes.

5. As a recently elected board member at the Henry George School of Chicago, I’ve been looking into creating a logo or hiring someone to create a logo for the school with the intention that this might serve as a good branding tool for the Council of Organizations in general. It’s not something that would necessarily replace the existing logos but could serve at least as an add on for branding purposes. Something abstract may serve our interests best since the point is just to establish a symbol that makes people think of a body of ideas related to LVT. Different Georgists prefer different symbolism. We may be able to get around this problem by picking a logo that has no inherent meaning as a shape. However it will acquire a meaning of its own depending on how we continue to shape our movement.

Another idea is to offer a cash prize which will inspire interest in the underlying ideals in order to create a fitting logo, this may or may not be an abstract logo.

You can help by finding someone with graphic design capabilities or who is just generally artistic, and by weighing in on the discussion about how to craft such an image.

6. If you are interested in the idea of self perpetuating land trusts: Dan Sullivan, Ed Miller, Daniel Syddal, Nate Blair, and others have been partnering to lay down a written plan for doing so. Dan’s article on land trusts is a link at the top of the document. We are planning to integrate it with the rest of the constitution. Remember this is an overall plan that seeks to give colonies broad abilities to run themselves according to what they think will work. The precise rules of each community are detailed in the colonies’ charters.

7. Random 5: Hold weekly online meetings between randomized groups of five in which each participant explains to the group what they are doing to support LVT, and the ways in which they can help and be helped by others. This is a way to involve newcomers to the pages and seek new routes of collaboration. Sign up using this link.

8. Quotes from illustrious people: We are trying to find all the sources of the quotes floating around the internet from famous people endorsing LVT. This is very important for establishing legitimacy. Please help us cite all of these quotes by filling in this excel sheet.

9. Jonathan Pendelton, Ed Miller, Daniel Syddal, Nate Blair, Martin Adams, myself and others are laying down a plan for a very sleek new website we hope to use to aggregate all or most of the Georgist material from around the Internet in a coherent and easy to find manner. We have been meeting weekly via Google Hangout, a video conference website—the prototype of “Random 5”. We have hopes of giving all LVT proponents a stake in it so that we can present a very polished product to the public. The website will seek to integrate well with all of our individual websites and social networking opportunities.. We need to open a line of communication with all those interested in combining materials so that we can take some pressure off those with comparative advantages in other important aspects of promoting LVT, to liberate their energies for the activities they are best at. We have the aim of using the logo (item 5) for this website as well. .

For further information, please contact Jake at jacobshwartzlucas@gmail.com  or via his facebook page.

8. (2012 October) What Can You Do: 2012 Earthsharing Canada Conference

2012 Earthsharing Canada Conference
October 27-28, 2012

Open Source Economics means economics free of moribund academic bias, free from powerful interest groups, and beyond today’s prevailing dysfunctional conventional wisdom.

Ideas like:
– Business-friendly, job-friendly, innovation-friendly, planet-friendly taxation;
– Impotence of central bank monetary policy exposed;
– Amnesia-free academic rediscovery of basic laws of economics;
– Self-financing public infrastructure through land value taxation (LVT);
– Green economics to conserve resources, rebuild the Global Commons;
– Economics to stop sprawl, incent walkable communities, build affordable housing;
– Economic rent capture to break boom/bust cycle, reduce speculation, underground economy;
– Equitable wealth distribution, less re-distribution, reduced welfare state.

Saturday, October 27, 1PM – 5PM
Speakers, workshops, Q & A,…
“Economics as if the Economy Mattered” — Frank de Jong – President, Earthsharing Canada
“What is Economics?” — Paraic Lally, teacher, School of Philosophy
“Council of Georgist Organizations, Schalkenback Foundation” — Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, Green Party of Canada
“An Economic Snapshot of our Times” — Dr. Frank Peddle, President, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
“Tips on Making Effective Videos and Podcasts” — Brendan Hennigan, videographer and producer

Sunday, October 28, 10AM – 1PM
Earthsharing Canada business meeting (open to members and guests)

School of Philosophy, 29 Madison Avenue, Toronto

Registration: no charge, all welcome
Please pre-register: fdejong@earthsharing.ca, 416-559-6941

9. (2012 October) What Can You Do: Screening of ‘The Vanishing City’

On October 30 there will be a special screening of the award-winning film The Vanishing City that documents the changing landscape of New York City and features powerful interviews with community leaders and concerned public officials. There will be a post-screening dialgoue with the directors. The Halloween-themed event will also feature costumes and a screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

What: The Vanishing City documentary film
When: Tuesday, October 30, 6-9pm
Where: Matthews-Palmer Playground (West 45th St. btwn 9th & 10th Ave) Manhattan, NYC