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
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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
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)
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)
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.
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World Bank 2013: Socializing Rent
Godfrey Dunkley issues an open letter to the residents of Perth, Australia, regarding land value tax and financing public works.
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Perth Rail Financing
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)
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)