(2014 January) Contents

(2014 January) Contents

Posted on January

THE GEORGIST NEWS
– Serving the Earth Sharing Community

CONTENTS

1. (2014 January) Announcements: 2014 CGO Conference, Newport Beach
2. (2014 January) Announcements: NYC Seminars, January 18th
3. (2014 January) Good Press: Five Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For
4. (2014 January) Likeable Link: Street + Road = Stroad
5. (2014 January) Video: The Landlord Who’s Kicking Out 200 Families
6. (2014 January) At the Margin: Foldvary, Growth & Distribution
7. (2014 January) Numbers: What’s All the Land in America Worth?

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1. (2014 January) Announcements: 2014 CGO Conference, Newport Beach

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Please join Mason Gaffney for his first book signing of The Mason Gaffney Reader, Monday, July 7th at 7:00 PM at the Newport Beach Radisson Hotel.  This is our first event for the opening of the 2014 CGO Conference.

We have just confirmed  Lenny Goldberg who will give a presentation entitled: “Land economics in action:  Where we’re going in California, how finally a Georgist policy is going to prevail, and how you can help.” Later that day, Lenny will debate someone from the Pro-Prop 13 movement.

“I expect to talk about what we’re doing in California to change Prop. 13, and it turns out that the politically feasible direction we’re taking involves restoring the taxation of land (and potentially taking it off new investment buildings).  The approach is only partial, but informed directly by land economics.” -Lenny Goldberg

A quick reminder, The Council of Georgist Organizations’ dues for both organizational and affiliate members must be paid ASAP either via our website www.cgocouncil.org or by mail: PO box 57, Evanston, IL 60204.

For more information, please contact Sue & Scott Walton, CGO Administrators at sns@swwalton.com

2. (2014 January) Announcements: NYC Seminars, January 18th

MORNING

Women, Earth and Economic Power

Sponsored by: Earth Rights Institute, Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations, and The Henry George School of Social Science

Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
At the Chapel of Peace, Community Church
40 East 35th Street, New York City
(between Park & Madison Avenues in Manhattan)
Take the #6 Train to 33rd Street

RSVP and information: hiddenfromhistory1@gmail.com, alanna@earthrights.net and cccun@optonline.net

Speakers will describe the connection of women with the earth from their professional perspective and personal experiences, and elaborate on how this translates into a sense of “economic power”.  There will be time for group discussion following the presentations.

Moderator:  Alanna Hartzok, co-director, Earth Rights Institute

Presenters:

  • Lucy Webster, economist, board member & UN Rep, Economists for Peace and Security
  • Elizabeth Carll, PhD, psychologist and President, Communications Coordinating Committee for the UN
  • Stephanie Rosenberg, producer, New York
  • Amy Parekh Mehta, JD, LLM, Programme Management Officer, Permanent Observer Mission of  International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Quisia Gonzalez, MD, medical doctor & Associate, Henry George School of Social Science
  • Teckla Negga Melchior, Development Officer, International Union for Land Value Taxation
  • Yolanda Brown, Christian minister, International Economic Development Council

AFTERNOON

Land Rights and Human Rights on Trial

Turning the Tables on Genocide and Ecocide

The Case of the Ahousaht People, Weyerhauser, and the United Church of Canada
A First hand Account and Dialogue with Rev. Kevin Annett
With respondents Quisia Gonzalez and Teckla Negga Melchior

Sponsored by The Henry George School of Social Science & Earth Rights Institute

 Saturday, January 18, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
At the Chapel of Peace, Community Church
40 East 35th Street, New York City
(between Park & Madison Avenues in Manhattan)
Take the #6 Train to 33rd Street

RSVP and information: hiddenfromhistory1@gmail.com and alanna@earthrights.net

3. (2014 January) Good Press: Five Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For

Jesse Myerson makes the case for five reforms that young people should be fighting for. His description of land value taxation was among the top five reforms and was quite well done.

“The most mainstream way of flipping the script is a simple land-value tax. By targeting wealthy real estate owners and their free rides, we can fight inequality and poverty directly, make disastrous asset price bubbles impossible and curb Wall Street’s hideous bloat. There are cooler ideas out there, too: Municipalities themselves can be big-time landowners, and groups can even create large-scale community land trusts so that the land is held in common. In any case, we have to stop letting rich people pretend they privately own what nature provided everyone.”

Little to say, the article went viral when Charles Cooke of the National Review tweeted the article, inspiring a slew of  vitriol. This was a case in which negative attention for Myerson may have been positive attention for Georgists. Feel free to judge the other reforms for yourself.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/five-economic-reforms-millennials-should-be-fighting-for-20140103

4. (2014 January) Likeable Link: Street + Road = Stroad

Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns has come out with another video emphasizing the importance of making good use of space. In this video, he uses the neologism “stroad”.

“The STROAD design — a street/road hybrid — is the futon of transportation alternatives. Where a futon is a piece of furniture that serves both as an uncomfortable couch and an uncomfortable bed, a STROAD moves cars at speeds too slow to get around efficiently but too fast to support productive private sector investment. The result is an expensive highway and a declining tax base.”

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/01/dangerous-street-design-spreading-through-suburbs/8033/

5. (2014 January) Video: The Landlord Who’s Kicking Out 200 Families

“After the wealthy landlord Fergus Wilson says he would throw out abused wives if they can’t afford the rent, Siobhan Kennedy, business correspondent, visits some of his tenants to see what they think.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNpebZF2Sg

 

6. (2014 January) At the Margin: Foldvary, Growth & Distribution

In this article, fellow Georgist Fred Foldvary asks the reader to do some drawing exercises meant to demystify aspects of Ricardo’s Law of Rent.

“Labor benefits from the greater productivity, but landowners benefit more.”

http://www.progress.org/views/editorials/economic-growth-income-distribution/

7. (2014 January) Numbers: What’s All the Land in America Worth?

Matthew Yglesias, from Slate.com writes that land, pollution, and congestion pricing provide a large enough tax base to fund a welfare state.

“Add it all up and you get $14.488 trillion in land value…This number is high enough that it tends to confirm that view that taxation of land and other natural resources, supplemented by pollution fees and things like congestion charges could replace all taxes on labor and investment and still fund an ample welfare state and public sector.”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/12/20/value_of_all_land_in_the_united_states.html

It’s interesting to note that Mason Gaffney has done a more thorough analysis, revealing that official reports of total land value are far below their actual value. You can find Gaffney’s treatment in his new book, The Mason Gaffney Reader, in a chapter entitled “Revenue Potential of Land.”

The Mason Gaffney Reader is available for purchase on RSF’s website.