Georgists will team up with representatives from land trusts, intentional communities, and other activist groups to discuss how current models of real estate speculation, gentrification, and taxation aren’t working to create the prosperous and green communities we need. They will further discuss how change can be created from the ground up, through community.
This is a great opportunity to connect with enthusiastic young Georgists as they collaborate with other groups towards shared wins! The combination of breakout sessions and team building exercises will ensure a fun, engaging, and productive experience. This conference is open to all ages.
Starting two days later (July 7th-11th), the annual conference for the Council of Georgist Organizations will take place in Newport Beach for the 175th Celebration of Henry George’s legacy (1839-2014). Attendees will explore ways to deal with our seemingly intractable economic problems: financial instability and corruption, unaffordable housing, inequities with Proposition 13, corporate privilege and deepening poverty.
Note, there was a typo in the CGO conference brochure. The correct phone number for Sue Walton is (847) 475-0391. She asks that folks register ($300) before the end of today June 13th in order to pay the reduced room rate ($105/night).
RSF staff will be attending both conferences. Book orders can still be placed online during the conferences. However, orders received after June 25th will be processed after July 15th in the order received.
San Francisco seems to be a factory for overnight millionaires. Much of the surplus income has surfaced as exorbitantly high land prices, causing a great deal of displacement and hostility between renters and the tech sector. Apparently, San Francisco is more unequal now than Rwanda. These issues serve as much of the impetus for the young Georgist conference taking place in San Francisco next month.
“…the nation with the rich world’s greatest concentration of land ownership remains as inequitable as ever… You begin to grasp the problem when you try to discover who owns them. Fifty per cent of the private land in Scotland is in the hands of 432 people.”
“The cartel counts illegal mining, logging and extortion as its biggest moneymakers, said Alfredo Castillo, the Mexican government’s special envoy sent to restore the rule of law in Michoacan, the state controlled by the Knights Templar the last several years.”
In a recent report entitled “Reforming Taxation to Promote Equity and Growth” Nobelist Joseph Stiglitz outlines a resolution to the US budgetary impasse. The first reform he calls for is the “Generalized Henry George Principle”. Next on his list are pollution taxes.
“What’s that? Never heard of George or his treatise on the causes of inequality? It sold 3 million copies. Perhaps you missed “Progress and Poverty’s” anniversary while perusing this year’s equally improbable bestseller, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by French economist Thomas Piketty.”- Charles Lane, Washington Post