(2013 December) Contents

(2013 December) Contents

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1. (2013 December) Obituary: Albert S. Hartheimer
2. (2013 December) Announcements: Annual RSF Fund Appeal
3. (2013 December) Publication Affairs: The Mason Gaffney Reader
4. (2013 December) Conference: CGO
5. (2013 December) Announcements: HGS NYC December Seminar Series
6. (2013 December) Video: Fred Harrison Asks “Can We Really Scrap Taxes?”
7. (2013 December) News: Connecticut Land Value Tax Pilot Program
8. (2013 December) Research: Total Resource Rents Report -Australia

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1. (2013 December) Obituary: Albert S. Hartheimer

Albert S. Hartheimer, 87 of Greylock Estates Road in Lanesborough, MA died on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He was born in Jersey City, NJ December 11, 1925 son of Felix and Julia (Levy) Hartheimer. He graduated from Dickinson High School in 1943, and attended  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York from 1943–1944. He then entered the US Navy until 1946. He returned to RPI and in 1949 graduated from the School of Architecture.

He established and directed an architectural practice in Albany, NY, from 1953 to 1976. In 1976, he and his former wife, Marion, established a domestic and international tour company.  In 1968, he had taken an economics course taught by Manny Choper from the Henry George School of Social Science based on Progress and Poverty a book by political economist  Henry George, which heavily influenced him. The following year he ran as a progressive candidate for mayor of Albany, opposing an entrenched Democratic machine.  For the remainder of his life, he worked tirelessly on behalf of tax policies which would promote social justice and help to eliminate poverty. He was a passionate participant in politics, both national and local.

He served as a board member on several foundations, including the Center for the Study of Economics and Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. During his retirement in Lanesborough, from 1997 to 2013, he created and published a free weekly newsletter to inform citizens on town issues.

Al’s life was marked by joie de vivre, optimism, and generosity.  To quote him:  “The highlight of my life is waking up each morning and enjoying every day. Every day is special. I have so many things that are special; I can’t count them all…”  He enjoyed genealogy (for his family and many others!), learning and speaking foreign languages, traveling, cycling, hiking and skiing. He skied and cycled until age 84. Family was always of paramount importance. He was the de facto patriarch of his large extended family, working to keep connections alive including organizing family reunions.

Survivors include his wife the former Doris DeCenso Vincent, whom he married in 1995, daughter Anne Hartheimer of Corvallis Oregon, son, Robert Hartheimer (Nancy Golding), of Washington DC, daughters Julia Hartman (Shelley Hartman) and Laura Allen of New York City and his stepchildren Joshua Vincent (Christine Simiriglia) of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Maria Vincent,  of Troy New York.. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Adam, Jesse, and Benjamin Hartheimer, Jedediah Clinger, Amanda and Max Hartman, and Daniel Allen as well as his sister Ernestine Goodman of Columbia Maryland, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Louis Hartheimer. A memorial service for Al will be held in early spring.

Al served 12 years as Vice-President of the Henry George/Center for the Study of Economics in Philadelphia, PA. Deductible gifts in his name may be made by contributing on the Center’s web page www.urbantoolsconsult.org or to 7488 Oxford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Center for the Study of Economics
413 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147

2. (2013 December) Announcements: Annual RSF Fund Appeal

December 12, 2013

Dear Friends of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation,

When I sent out this letter last December the main issues in the mainstream media were the fiscal cliff and whether the debt ceiling would be raised. This year the spreading minimum wage strikes in the fast food industry are a prominent news item. Barely livable wages for the working poor and stagnant wages for the middle class are issues that are at the core of the economic philosophy of Henry George. The privatization of economic rent is a key factor in the suppression of wages. This fact is recognized only at the margins of public discourse.

Nonetheless, George’s name does appear in some mainstream publications such as the following recent statement by the Harvard political economist, Benjamin Friedman, in The New York Review of Books:

“It is nearly a century and a half since the American economist Henry George wrote Progress and Poverty. Much of his analysis no longer fits but the contradiction highlighted in his title resonates today as much as then.”

For Friedman the contradiction is increasing productivity amid rising unemployment. The privileging of economic rent by a few is the ultimate source of that contradiction. We must redouble our efforts to persuade gatekeepers like Friedman that George’s analysis of the modern paradox does fit.

The Foundation has recently made some significant decisions that require your support. In partnership with Fairleigh Dickinsen University Press and publisher Rowman & Littlefield, RSF has entered into an agreement to produce the critical, collected works of Henry George under the general editorship of Dr. Ken Wenzer. This hitherto undone task is central to the mission of the Foundation. It is a multi-year effort that is a significant financial commitment of the Foundation and for which we ask your financial support.

We are also continuing our more aggressive move into the realm of social media with greater use of short videos, blogging, Facebook, Google Hangouts, and recent upgrades to our website www.workandwealth.com. We have considerable human resource constraints, so your donation will go far in helping us expand our vital social media presence.

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.


Francis K. Peddle
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

Special Thank You Gifts for our supporters:
At no charge, we will send you:

For donations of $100 or more, one gift:

♦ The American Journal of Economics and Sociology (AJES):
Latest issue, November 2013, with “An Essay on Distributive Justice and the Equal Ownership of Natural Resources” by John Pullen

For donations of $250 or more, two gifts:

♦ AJES November 2013 (see above)

♦ AJES April 2001, 60th Anniversary Issue, including:
Introduction by Laurence S. Moss, Editor.
On the Origins of the AJES by Will Lissner, Founding Editor
A Symposium on Land and Rent with contributions by John Pullen,
John K. Whitaker, Kris Feder, and Robert V. Andelson.

For donations of $500 or more, three gifts:

♦ AJES November 2013 (see above)

♦ AJES April 2001, 60th Anniversary Issue (see above)

♦ Sharing the Earth by Martin Adams
First Edition, 2013.  Perhaps the first Georgist book written and edited via social media.  An exciting new presentation for a new generation.

Purchase Books

AJES November 2013:  $10

AJES April 2001: $10

Sharing the Earth: $14.95

The Mason Gaffney Reader: Essays on Solving the “Unsolvable”: $12.95

*Note: RSF will not be processing orders, including donation orders, between December 17th and January 7th.

Donation Link: http://bit.ly/1bDEXss


3. (2013 December) Publication Affairs: The Mason Gaffney Reader

One of Gaffney’s worthiest contributions in recent years has been to make his lifetime of groundbreaking economic analysis accessible to general readers in a series of essays. In this work, Gaffney tackles the toughest questions, from the reconciliation of economics and environmentalism, to the challenges of postcolonial development in the Philippines and post-Katrina rebuilding in New Orleans. The essays have been edited for general readers by Lindy Davies. Thus relieved of their lengthy mathematical and theoretical passages, they are far from dry, academic reads!

The Mason Gaffney Reader, published by the Henry George Institute, is available at its own website, www.masongaffneyreader.com (where you find much more information about the book and its author) — in softcover, $12.95, hardcover, $21.95 (an Ebook edition is in process).

“A crisp cocktail of geography, history and economics, chilled by crackling-clear prose. In these sparkling essays on rent, land and taxes, Mason Gaffney gives us Henry George in his time and for our own.”

— James Galbraith

Mason Gaffney is a national treasure. He boldly treads where few other economists even dare to peek: at the extraction of rent from the many by the few. Such rent extraction is now massive and threatens to destroy our democracy. To those who wonder how to stop it, my advice is simple: read Gaffney.

— Peter Barnes, author of Capitalism 3.0 and The Sky Trust

“One of the most important but underappreciated ideas in economics is the Henry George principle of taxing the economic rent of land, and more generally, natural resources. This wonderful set of essays, written over a long and productive scholarly career, should be compulsory reading. An inveterate optimist, Mason Gaffney makes an excellent case that, by applying the Henry George principle, we can reduce inequality, and raise ample public revenues to be directed at any one of a multitude of society’s ills. Gaffney also offers plausible solutions to problems of urban renewal and finance, environmental protection, the cycle of boom and bust, and conflict generated by rent-seeking multinational corporations.”

— Joseph Stiglitz

Order from HGI: http://bit.ly/1jMCeRO
Order from RSF (Same price): http://bit.ly/1dbOQwV

4. (2013 December) Conference: CGO

Nominations Needed by New Year’s

The Executive committee of the Council of Georgist Organizations is seeking nominations for its Economic Justice Award.  Prior winners include: Mason Gaffney, Lindy Davies, RSF, Center for the Study of Economics, Mike Curtis, Herb Barry, Al Katzenberger, Gil Herman, Nic Rosen, Nadine Stoner, Walt Rybeck, Alanna Hartzok, Dan Sullivan, Ted Gwartney, Herb Barry and Steve Cord to name a few.

Please send your nominations to: sns@swwalton.com as follows:

I’d like to nominate____________________ for the CGO’s 2014 Economic Justice Award. Deadline for nominations is January 1, 2014.

Importance of the CGO Conference- Sue Walton

The CGO conference is the primary conference in the US that strengthens our cohesion by bringing us together face-to-face. As hotel and travel costs have risen, we have worked hard to choose locations that are both accessible and affordable.

Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and The Henry George School of Social Science have steadfastly supported the conference for many years, despite their own budgetary challenges in difficult times. If the CGO is to continue to maintain its present practices, we need other funders to come forward. Do you know of any other organizations that have an interest in our cause that might be willing to contribute? If so, please let us know.

Scholarship Fund

We try to fund conference expenses for those who do the necessary conference work and could not otherwise attend. This also helps us bring people into the movement who do good work but cannot afford to attend on their own. Donations to our scholarship fund also help us contain conference costs for everyone by relying on these volunteers instead of paid staff. Please contribute if you are able, and consider nominating those whom you think we should help with conference costs. We depend entirely on conference fees, membership dues, donations and contracts.

Please send donations to: CGO, PO Box 57, Evanston, IL 60204.  All donors will be listed in the onsite conference program.

5. (2013 December) Announcements: HGS NYC December Seminar Series

Henry George School of Social Science
Open to all and tuition-free

Friday, December 6 at 6:30 PM
Lots of Luxuries, Lack of Necessities
The free market system does wonderful work providing luxury goods and services of all kinds. When it comes to the day-to-day necessities of life though, the free market often does not deliver the goods and services needed by society. Why? This seminar explores the range of scenarios where free markets fail and evaluates the actions typically taken to correct market failure.

Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 PM
Documentary Film and Discussion “The Killing Fields”

Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 PM
Henry George for the Twenty-First Century
Ron Rubin explores how modern day economists, including Leon MacLaren, Herman Daly and Charles Eisenstein, have built upon Henry George’s framework of economic justice.

Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM
Making Room for a Planet of Cities
Esteban Rodriguez outlines measures of urban growth, and the steps necessary to ensure and finance sustainable growth of urban areas.

Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 PM
Cheap Products, Human Misery
The relentless drive to produce cheap consumer goods has human and social costs, often for those in developing countries. This detailed case study of apparel manufacturing in Bangladesh examines various mechanisms to raise workers’ wages and standard of living.

Friday, December 20 at 6:30 PM
College Education: Certain Debt, Uncertain Income

Soaring costs for education, together with limited job opportunities and stagnant wage growth, place substantial financial and psychological burdens on students. Noted columnist and researcher Matt Leichter reviews tuition inflation, cuts in public funding and the business of lending to students. Mr. Leichter will also propose reforms to the system of financing college education.

Henry George School of Social Science
121 East 30th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-889-8020 Email: hengeoschool@att.net
Online: www.henrygeorgeschool.org
Meetup group: www.meetup.com/Progress-and-Prosperity-Land-and-Liberty-New-York-City/

7. (2013 December) News: Connecticut Land Value Tax Pilot Program

Connecticut is allowing the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to create pilot land value taxation programs in as many as three municipalities in the state.

“Selected municipalities shall develop a plan for implementation of land value taxation that (1) classifies real estate included in the taxable grand list as (A) land or land exclusive of buildings, or (B) buildings on land; and (2) establishes a different mill rate for property tax purposes for each class, provided the higher mill rate shall apply to land or land exclusive of buildings.”

Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1aUkImZ

8. (2013 December) Research: Total Resource Rents Report -Australia

Fellow Georgist Karl Fitzgerald in Melbourne, Australia recently released Total Resource Rents Report. He writes:

“The Total Resource Rents of Australia report finds monopoly rents are capable of replacing taxation at all levels of government. In 2011-12, local, state and federal governments required $390.067 billion in operating revenue. The most efficient form of government revenue-raising, the taxation of economic rents, can raise 87% ($340.719 billion) of revenue needed. By including ‘sin taxes’ and non taxation revenue, a fairer, more equitable tax base is possible.“

Read more: http://bit.ly/1co9U1n