10. (2012 October) Requests: Geonomy Society Appeal for New Computer

Last month our friend Jeff Smith solicited donations on behalf of The Geonomy Society for a much-needed new computer. While a few people heeded his call, funds are still needed. Below you’ll find the original request 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:

http://www.progress.org/geonomy/Donate.html

Or send a check to:
The Geonomy Society
5805 SE 41st Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 USA

If you have any difficulty, please email Jeff at jjs@geonomics.org.

 

11. (2012 October) RSF News: Special Book Offers

The Great American Land Bubble

The Amazing Story Of Land-Grabbing, Speculations, and Booms from Colonial Days to the Present Time
By A. M. Sakolski

Originally published in 1932, Sakolski’s book is the first general history of land speculation in the American colonies and the United States. It begins with the Pre-Revolutionary War Ohio Companies, and thereafter its chapters cover most of the land booms and bubbles up to the twentieth century. Two hundred years of get-rich quick schemes give the reader a concentrated exposure to the gamble and promoting aspect of the American character.
Paperback 373 pp. List Price: $20 SALE:$18
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The Fair Tax
Supported by History…Agreed by Economists…Feared by the 1%
By Emer Ó Siochrú

The tax regime in Ireland, Colm McCarthy points out in his Preface, has been very favourable to property owners, but especially to developers who, together with their banks, took maximum advantage. It fuelled the disastrous property boom with the huge development-site debts racked up by a handful of avaricious developers, and led directly to the Irish state having to shore up the collapsing banks. The Fair Tax explains how a second massive transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% can happen again due to the ignorance of politicians, the hubris of the Department of Finance, and the continuing backroom influence of the developers and bankers. The authors 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.
Paperback 170 pp. List Price: $19 SALE:$15
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Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle
By Walter Rybeck

In the “Land of the Free”, the richest nation in the world, people are mired in poverty. Food is produced on a vast scale yet families go hungry. Homeless men and women huddle in doorways of boarded-up housing. Walter Rybeck provides evidence that one of the deep-rooted causes of thie inequality lies in an injustice that permeates the economic system of America and other developed nations. Rybeck offers a remedy.
Paperback 238 pp. List Price: $30 SALE:$20
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12. (2012 October) RSF News: Jobs USA Website Goes Live

RSF is debuting a new website (www.workandwealth.com) that will tackle current issues around employment and job growth from a Georgist perspective. For an idea of what you’ll find, see the description below. In the meantime, check out the new site!

More than a decade into the 21st century American politics is more polarized than ever and yet both sides agree on one thing: WE MUST CREATE MORE JOBS! But is our current political system up to the task?

We’re coming from the “radical center” . Not the Right — though we agree with them when they say that production shouldn’t be penalized by taxation. And not the Left — though we agree that we need a strongly funded public sector to provide for the needs of our communities.

Our job is to dig deeper than buzzwords, to discover the roots of unemployment. Why do land, factories and buildings sit idle, while workers are unemployed and families are losing their homes? Why cannot willing, able workers find a way to earn a living?

Using key insights from classical political economy, ideas championed by thinkers such as Henry George but neglected by many economists today, a way forward is possible. Today, more than ever, we need a radical center that is up to the task of solving our world’s complex problems.

14. (2012 October) Publication Affairs: About The Georgist News

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