10. (2013 February) Likable Link: The Problem of Plutocrats

What a 19th-Century Economist Can Teach Us About Today’s Capitalism
By Chrystia Freeland

Henry George is the most famous American popular economist you’ve never heard of, a 19th century cross between Michael Lewis, Howard Dean and Ron Paul. Progress and Poverty, George’s most important book, sold three million copies and was translated into German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Russian, Hungarian, Hebrew and Mandarin. During his lifetime, George was probably the third best-known American, eclipsed only by Thomas Edison and Mark Twain. He was admired by the foreign luminaries of the age, too — Leo Tolstoy, Sun-Yat Sen and Albert Einstein, who wrote that “men like Henry George are unfortunately rare. One cannot image a more beautiful combination of intellectual keenness, artistic form and fervent love of justice.” George Bernard Shaw described his own thinking about the political economy as a continuation of the ideas of George, whom he had once heard deliver a speech.


For a review of Freeland’s recent book, see the previous item in this month’s The Georgist News.

11. (2013 February) Likable Link: Why LVT Cannot Be a Local Tax

A new report on trends in house prices in Britain has just been released by Savilles. According to its annual “Valuing Britain” analysis, “The total value of the UK’s housing stock has risen slightly to £5 trillion over the past year, but housing wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated in London and the South East.”


12. (2013 February) What You Can Do: Screening of DIRT! The Movie

DIRT! The Movie – directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow – takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

Date: February 23, 2013
Venue: Queens Library at Broadway
Address: 40-20 Broadway, Astoria (New York, NY)
Time: 3:15pm – 5:15pm


13. (2013 February) What You Can Do: A Theology of Land and Its Implications for Contemporary Economics


God and the Good Life
This will be the first of three interrogations that specify the terms of the economic covenant with God that would create the Good Life on Earth. We remember this covenant gave rise to the three Abrahamic religions. The speakers will explore the relevance of a theology of covenant in today’s contemporary economic and spiritual context.

Planned speakers include Alastair Macintosh (Author of Soil and Soul), Jonathan Tame (Director of the Jubilee Centre Cambridge), Canon Peter Challen (Christian Council for Monetary Justice) and Fred Harrison (Author of The Traumatised Society).

This event is being held as partnership between the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St. Mary Aldermary, the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and the Land Research Trust.

The aim of the day conferences is to inspire and enable participants to understand and affirm the need for united action concerning social, economic justice and structural change.

There is a series of three, one day conferences and gatherings.

Honouring the Theology of the Land
1. April 6th – God & the Good Life: The Audit at The Guild Church of St. Mary
2. May 4th – Great Awakenings: The Application at Christ Church North Southwark
3. June 1st – Holy Land: The Affirmation at St. James Piccadily

14. (2013 February) At the Margins: Quips and Quotes

“Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds.”
~Thomas Paine

“The fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to no one.”
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.