(2015 January-February) Contents


1. (2015 January-February) Conference: CGO
2. (2015 January-February) Book: Land – A New Paradigm
3. (2015 January-February) Good Press: Stiglitz Says Piketty is Wrong
4. (2015 January-February) Likeable Link: Economic Board Games
5. (2015 January-February) Likeable Link: They’ll pay you to live there.
6. (2015 January-February) At the Margin: #BlackLivesMatter & LVT

1. (2015 January-February) Conference: CGO

This year’s conference will be themed: “Sharing the Land and Water Commons.”

The joint IU/CGO programming team is pleased to announce the following topics:

  • Education: The non-negotiable basics with Lindy Davies, Mike Curtis and others: what concepts are absolutely necessary for us to get across in order to build our movement?
  • Mason Gaffney on “What’s the Matter with Michigan?”
  • Heather Wetzel on “Welfare for the Rich”

For more information, please contact Sue Walton, CGO Administrator, at sns@swwalton.com.

2. (2015 January-February) Book: Land – A New Paradigm

Martin Adams has found a publisher and restructured many aspects of his previous book, Sharing the Earth. The new book is titled Land – A New Paradigm for a Thriving World. Below is the book’s press release:

What if we lived in a world where everyone had enough? A world where everyone mattered and where people lived in harmony with nature? What if the solution to our economic, social, and ecological problems was right underneath our feet?

Land has been sought after throughout history. Even today, people struggle to get onto the property ladder; most view real estate as an important way to build wealth. Yet, as readers of this book will discover, the act of owning land—and our urge to profit from it—causes economic booms and busts, social and cultural decline, and environmental devastation.

Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World introduces a radically new economic model that promises a sustainable and abundant world for all. This book is for those who dream of a better world for themselves and for future generations.

Land is available for pre-order on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Land-New-Paradigm-Thriving-World/dp/1583949208 or directly through the author’s website at: http://www.unitism.com


“A brilliant contribution from one of the most important voices of our time.”

—New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann

“With great clarity and care, this book takes economics to its proper foundation: the earth itself, the land and all that comes from it.”

Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics

“If you want to truly understand the way out of our present economic challenges, read this book.”

Peter Barnes, Capitalism 3.0

“Land deserves to be on the reading list of anyone who cares about the ways we can create a sustainable future.”

Judah Freed, Making Global Sense

3. (2015 January-February) Good Press: Stiglitz Says Piketty is Wrong.

Thanks to Matt Leichter from the LVT Facebook group for sharing this story. Stiglitz explains that savings is not the real source of growing inequality in the world, the untaxed rising value of land is.


“There’s some debate about this, but I think most readers of Thomas Piketty’s book (Capital in the Twenty-First Century) get the impression that the accumulation of wealth — savings —is responsible for the rise in inequality and that there is, therefore, in a way,a link between the growth of the economy — the accumulation of capital— on the one hand and inequality and wealth. My paper begins with the observation that in fact, you cannot explain what has happened to the wealth/income ratio by that analysis. A closer look at what has gone on suggests that a large fraction of the increase in wealth is an increase in the value of land, not in the amount of capital goods.”


5. (2015 January-February) Likeable Link: They’ll pay you to live there.

You can get paid to live in different areas of United States. “These areas are often suffering from low population or low economic growth, and they’re looking for people like you to help create vibrant communities. These areas often also have low costs of living, meaning you not only get paid to move, but you also save money once you settle in.” The article mentions Detroit (near this year’s CGO) and Alaska (Permanent Fund).


6. (2015 January-February) At the Margin: #BlackLivesMatter & LVT

Here’s more good press from Jesse Myerson, who wrote a very popular article last year about the economic reforms that millennials should support. Land value taxation is listed as such a reform in both articles. Myerson discusses racially discriminatory land policies and then posits that the Georgist remedy would help lift black people out of poverty.

“…we must shift from taxing labor and toward taxing monopoly and land rents. The American political economist Henry George, whom [Martin Luther] King cited in his economic advocacy, famously proposed a 100 percent land-value tax as the only tax capable of ensuring equality amid economic development. As the board game Monopoly (invented by George devotees) makes clear, even when everyone starts with equal money, private rent extraction inevitably directs all funds into a few hands. George saw taxing the full rental value of land as the only way to develop an economy equitably—that is to say, without producing poverty constantly. “