(2013 April) Contents

THE GEORGIST NEWS
Volume Fifteen, Number Nine
April 18, 2013

CONTENTS
1. Announcement: 2013 CGO Conference
2. Opinion: Giving Consideration to a Just Tax
3. Opinion: How an Anti-Rentier Agenda Might Bring Liberals, Conservatives Together
4. Opinion: Communism, Welfare State — What’s the Next Big Idea?
5. Research: Socializing Land Rent, Untaxing Production
6. Letters: An Offer You Cannot Refuse
7. Likeable Link: Ghost Malls of the Instant Cities
8. Likeable Link: Jesuit Justice and the Pope
9. Video: On Solid Ground
10. Video: A New Story of the People
11. What You Can Do: 39th Annual EEA Conference
12. What You Can Do: Reminder of AMI Cooper Union Event
13. What You Can Do: Left Forum 2013 — Mobilizing for EcologicalEconomic Justice
14. What You Can Do: Seventh Biennial USSEE Conference
15. What You Can Do: 28th IU Conference
16. At the Margins: Quips and Quotes

About The Georgist News

1. (2013 April) Announcement: 2013 CGO Conference

The 33rd North American Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations will be held from Tuesday, August 6 to Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport. For information, go to http://www.cgocouncil.org/conf13.htm

Or click below:
CGO 2013

2. (2013 April) Opinion: Giving Consideration to a Just Tax

Giving consideration to a just tax
Why is it so hard to understand the justice and benefits of capturing the community created value of land for the community?
By John Fisher

http://freeport.nassauguardian.net/editorial/307852125169490.php

3. (2013 April) Opinion: How an Anti-Rentier Agenda Might Bring Liberals, Conservatives Together

How an anti-rentier agenda might bring liberals, conservatives together
Throughout the late 19th century, the political economist Henry George argued that a main reason there was so much poverty amidst prosperity was the large presence of people collecting unearned income, or what he called “rents”. His particular focus was on land, and his solution was taxes. [Editor’s note: more accurately than “taxes”, George advocated a “single tax”.] It’s difficult to overstate his influence on turn-of-century reform movements, providing both the theoretical basis for those looking at other problems in the new industrial era and a concrete set of solutions for organizers building new mass political movements.
By Mike Konczal (Washignton Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/30/ow-an-anti-rentier-agenda-might-bring-liberals-conservatives-together/

4. (2013 April) Opinion: Communism, Welfare State — What’s the Next Big Idea?

Communism, welfare state – what’s the next big idea?
Any attempt to challenge the elite needs courage, inspiration and a truly groundbreaking proposal. Here are two to set us off
By George Monbiot (The Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/01/alternative-to-war-on-britains-poor

5. (2013 April) Research: Socializing Land Rent, Untaxing Production

Alanna Hartzok recently delivered a paper at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, held in Washington, DC from April 8 to 11.

Click below to read her presentation:
World Bank 2013: Socializing Rent

6. (2013 April) Letters: An Offer You Cannot Refuse

Godfrey Dunkley issues an open letter to the residents of Perth, Australia, regarding land value tax and financing public works.

Click below to read:
Perth Rail Financing

7. (2013 April) Likeable Link: Ghost Malls of the Instant Cities

Ghost Malls of the Instant Cities
The failure of the New South China Mall can be attributed to problems of speculation and overdevelopment, poor urban planning, as well as the absence of organic growth in these “instant” cities.
By Tong Lam (LA Review of Books)

http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/post/45859024733/ghost-malls-of-the-instant-cities-by-tong-lam

8. (2013 April) Likeable Link: Jesuit Justice and the Pope

Jesuit Justice and the Pope
The good Jesuits at SCU and elsewhere have yet to confront the core of ethics, just as economists have not confronted the core question of what is the optimal division between what is personal and what is social.
By Fred E. Foldvary (The Progress Report)

http://www.progress.org/2013/fold813.htm

9. (2013 April) Video: On Solid Ground

Check out the newest RSF video on the Work and Wealth site, entitled On Solid Ground


On Solid Ground from Robert Schalkenbach Foundation on Vimeo.