THE GEORGIST NEWS
– Serving the Earth Sharing Community
1. (2014 February) EarthSharing.org: Launch
2. (2014 February) Conference: CGO Updates
3. (2014 February) Book: Land: A Humanitarian Perspective
4. (2014 February) Facebook Posts: Malthusianism Visualized
5. (2014 February) Good Press: Ending San Francisco’s Class War
6. (2014 February) Numbers: The Return of Land Prices
7. (2014 February) Good Press: Tax land, not buildings, to help cities thrive.
8. (2014 February) Likeable Link: Housing Costs Double the Rise in Salary
9. (2014 February) Likeable Link: Michael Hudson Podcast
On Tuesday, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation released earthsharing.org with an accompanying video “Why is the rent so high?”.
The site includes an economic history timeline (click right side of timeline to progress), an online forum, opportunities for collaboration and volunteering, as well as an easy to search library system.
Using this new library system, RSF intends to archive a large amount of appropriate Georgist literature, videos, and other content. We’re calling on fellow Georgists to help grow the library. If you have content you’d like to add, email email@example.com. Special thanks to Edward Miller for coding the library and creating an accompanying demonstrational video.
How to use the library: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y9FD63-Ddf8
Also, be sure to sign up for Earth Sharing’s newsletter.
The Council of Georgist Organizations 2014 conference is less than 5 months away. We thought you’d like to know about some of the 20+ talks and panels.
- Alex Wagner Lough will be speaking on California land history.
- Ed Dodson will be leading a round table discussion on land markets and the general economy with economists from both coasts.
- There will be a discussion on mal-assessment of land under Prop 13 and its options with former Santa Monica Mayor Mike Feinstein & Lenny Goldberg of California Rax Reform Association. Lenny Goldberg has proposed a proposition to remove commercial property from the pro 13 assessment freeze. He uses high-tech land value maps, with evidence of mal-assessment of commercial lands.
- LGBT activists John Lewis & Stuart Gaffney will discuss how the LBGT movement rocketed from the fringe to the mainstream in 25 years. They will then compare and contrast the Georgist & LBGT movements.
For more information, please contact Council Administrators, Sue & Scott Walton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Adams has found a nationwide publisher for his new book Land: A Humanitarian Perspective. In the following article, Martin explains the rationale behind the book.
“In theory, capitalism ought to provide a competitive free market. But we don’t have a free market because land is monopolized: the ownership of land creates what is called an entry monopoly. An entry monopoly occurs whenever a market is closed to new participants because overall supply can’t be increased; and since land is naturally limited for each location, the ownership of land creates an entry monopoly.”
“Those who say we need to depopulate in order to conserve precious resources and save the environment are looking at things from only one side of the fence.”
Tech companies continue to pour into the San Francisco bay area, pushing up housing prices. This has sparked many aggressive protests. Noah Smith, an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, understands how LVT would accommodate existing residents and the wave of incoming entrepreneurs alike.
“What San Francisco needs now is a Henry George Tax. The policy would bring rents down, and thus encourage tech companies and their brilliant employees to keep moving into the city, to keep interacting and mixing and generating the ideas that make the tech world go. At the same time, it would raise the money the city needs to build better trains, run more bus lines, and build more public housing that will benefit the poor and middle class of San Francisco. And it would do it all in a way that seems much more fair than other kinds of taxation.”
Matthew Yglesias is at it again with a new Georgist inclined article in Slate magazine.
“Classical economics had three factors of production—labor, capital, and land. Contemporary economists normally treat land as simply a form of capital. This is mostly the pattern Thomas Piketty follows in his important new book Capital in the 21st Century. But as Karl Smith writes, many of Piketty’s findings about “capital” seem like they may mostly be findings about land.”
Harvard professor Edward Glaeser has written an article praising New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for implementing a higher tax on vacant land. Glaeser also discusses the significance of Henry George.
“The average worker would earn more than double their current salary if wages had increased as fast as house prices since 1997, a report reveals today. The research highlights the impact of the combination of huge house price rises but minimal, or non-existent, pay rises. Shortages in affordable housing have led to 4.1 million of adults abandoning the dream of having the keys to their own property, according to a new survey – with 1.8 million of these aged 25 to 44.”
Michael Hudson sits down with an Irish podcast to talk about Ireland’s economic crisis. He says:
“Just read Henry George on The Land Question and you’ll get everything you need to know…”
(Listen in around 4:00 minutes)