14. (2013. March) RSF News: Special Book Offer

The Science of Economics

Science of Economics Maclaren

Leon MacLaren (1910–1994) was a barrister, politician, philosopher and the founder of the School of Economic Science. He considered the true goal of Economics to be the discovery of the conditions which allow every individual to find a fulfilling life. In his view, science was a study of laws that exist in nature, whilst economics was a study of the humanities, with the interaction of human nature and the natural universe at its heart.

MacLaren defined economics as ‘the study of the natural laws which govern the relationships between people in society’.

This book is based on a three-year course prepared by MacLaren for the School of Economic Science in London in the late 1960s. The editor, Raymond Makewell, presents the original subject matter revised with more recent examples and statistics from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA.

Instead of making supply and demand the starting point, it begins with the simple observation that all material wealth is ultimately derived from land, and, where goods are exchanged the first requirement is trust, or a system of credit. From this starting point the major characteristics of the modern economy such as banking, companies or corporations, international trade, taxation and trade cycles are examined in terms of the conditions that govern how and why they evolved and how they operate today.

The framework in which the economy operates is examined in terms of how the system of land tenure and the concepts of property evolved in the English-speaking world, the role of government in economic affairs, and the degree of economic freedom. This reveals how the current economic situation denies people access to all that they need to work and produce wealth for themselves.

Injustice is the inevitable result and poverty its inseparable companion.

Editor: Raymond Makewell
Paperback 368pp
ISBN: 9780856832918
RSF: S3291
2013 Shepheard-Walwyn
List Price: $23.00
SPECIAL OFFER $20.00

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9. RSF News: Special Offers on Alaska Permanent Fund Books

Exporting Alaska Model

Exporting the Alaska Model
Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform around the World

Every year, every Alaskan gets paid. They receive a small dividend financed by returns on a fund created from the state’s resource revenues – what the authors have called the ‘Alaska model.’ This timely book examines how the model can be adapted for use elsewhere, examining issues of implementation and showing that this model can be employed even in resource-poor areas in the industrialized and in the industrializing world.

Edited by Karl Widerquist and Michael W. Howard
Series: Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee
Hardcover 312 pp
ISBN: 9781137006592
RSF: N0659
2012 Palgrave Macmillan
List Price: $100 Special Offer: $65.00

 

Alaska Permanent

Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend
Examining its Suitability as a Model

Discussing the Alaska Permanent Fund (APF) and Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) as a model both for resource policy and for social policy, contributors explore whether other states, nations, or regions would benefit from an Alaskan-style dividend. Many other jurisdictions could create similar funds and dividends, but most of them under-tax resources, giving resources away to corporations who sell them back to the people. Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend looks back at the success of the APF and PFD, and it looks forward (using theory and empirical investigation) to see how the Alaska model can be of use in other places and how the model might be altered and improved.

Edited by Karl Widerquist and Michael W. Howard
Series: Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee
Hardcover 286 pp
ISBN: 9780230112070
RSF: N1207
2012 Palgrave Macmillan
List Price: $100 Special Offer: $65.00


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12. (2012 December) RSF News: Annual Letter from the President and New Books

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Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

December 12, 2012

Dear Friends of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation,

After the presidential election in the United States, the daily news cycle switched instantly to the looming “fiscal cliff.” The media industry needs an incessant supply of dramatic events to retain audience attention, so the switch was predictable. Notably, the fiscal cliff was rarely mentioned during the election campaign. There now seems to be a general assumption that the matter will be resolved one way or another. Which taxes may be raised and which programs scaled back will come in a histrionic cliffhanger of a deal. For most Americans the normal routine will continue.

Once again those seeking substantial fiscal and economic reforms will have their hopes dashed on the rocks of political expediency and narrow interest-based horse trading. No matter what kind of resolution is eventually crafted to the fiscal cliff, no one assumes that it will somehow magically transform a landscape of extreme inequality, poverty, unemployment and loss of hope.

Henry George wrote Progress and Poverty (1879) at a time of great economic dislocation. Towards the end of his life, in 1897, there was yet another terrible depression, which was historical confirmation that his theory of business cycles, rooted in the sequestering of economic rent by privileged interests in society, was the principal cause of deepening unemployment, poverty and economic turmoil. Our current evils would no doubt dismay, but not surprise, him.

The Foundation continues, in its modest way, to advance the Georgist vision of economic justice. We recently launched a hub website, www.workandwealth.com, to address issues around unemployment, poverty and income inequality. This is an example of our more aggressive foray into social media in the last six months. The use of short videos, blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other social media will enable us to reach broader audiences as well as enhance communication with a younger age demographic. We expect our latest video production, “On Solid Ground”, to be accessible on-line in early 2013, and to promote the message of the new website. Another website has been created that is devoted to Henry George’s newspaper The Standard. This is a long- range project that involves transforming PDF files into corrected and searchable OCR documents. We’d like to do more of these types of projects, but we have considerable resource constraints, so your donation will go far in helping us expand our vital internet and social media presence.

In 2012 the Foundation financially participated in the conferences sponsored by the Council of Georgist Organizations (held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and by the International Union for Land Value Taxation (held in Buenos Aires, Argentina). As a result, individual and organizational contacts were renewed and new ones were established.

The Foundation continues with its ongoing program of publishing the works of Henry George and also distributing scholarly commentary on his ideas. Our latest example is Two Views of Social Justice: A Catholic/Georgist Dialogue. This volume brings to fruition the conference RSF co-sponsored with CGO and Scranton University in 2007. Published by Wiley-Blackwell for The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, it is an example of what RSF can accomplish in cooperation with other institutions. Please see the attached materials about this and other notable publications.

The Foundation, like many other non-profits, has had to restrict its discretionary expending in this difficult investment environment. We have a dedicated staff in New York City and an active board of volunteer directors from all over North America. We are, however, stretched to the limit with available resources. If you are able, please make a generous contribution to the work of the Foundation. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Sincerely,
Francis K. Peddle
President
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
90 John Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10038-3202
Tel: 212-683-6424

Address correspondence to the Secretary & Administrative Director:
Mark Sullivan
msullivan@schalkenbach.org


We welcome your on line donation to support the work of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. Please select an amount and follow the link.

For a donation of $1000, you may choose four items from the list below.
For a donation of $500, you may choose three items from the list below.
For a donation of $250, you may choose two items from the list below.
For a donation of $100, you may choose one item from the list below.
Donation of $50
Donation of $25

Two Views of Social Justice
The Other Law of Moses + Study Guide
The Traumatised Society
The Fair Tax

Donations may also be made by sending a check in US funds or
credit card details (Visa or MasterCard) to:
Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
90 John Street, Suite 501
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NOTE:
Donations dated & postmarked or electronically transmitted by 12-31-2012
will be credited to 2012 for tax purposes.


Books from RSF 2012

Special Offers


 

Two Views of Social Justice

Two Views of Social Justice

Sixteen scholars have come together in this issue to examine eight social-justice themes from the perspectives of Catholic social thought and the philosophy of Henry George. The themes they address are natural law, human nature, the nature of work, the nineteenth-century papal encyclical Rerum Novarum, causes of war, immigration, development, and neighborhood revitalization. While they sometimes wrangle with each other, their common aspiration is the same as their nineteenth-century predecessors: to find solutions to the human suffering caused by injustice.

Editor: Kenneth R. Lord
Paperback 240 pp
ISBN: 9781118450048
RSF: AB5004
2012 Wiley-Blackwell
Regular Price: $40.00 Sale Price: $20.00


The Other Law of Moses

The Other Law of Moses + Study Guide (Special Combo Offer)

By John L. Kelly

The Other Law of Moses takes the reader on an epic journey, illuminating a plan for universal freedom and prosperity. The ancient Israelites were among the most prosperous people of their time and became the world’s first middle class nation, enjoying freedom and justice.

Using lively narrative and familiar stories from the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Other Law of Moses traces the genesis, observance and success of the Land Law. By the end of the book, readers will likely conclude that many of today’s economic precepts are flawed and counterproductive. The accompanying Study Guide is a useful tool for anyone who wishes to explore and discuss in greater depth the key points and implications of Kelly’s fascinating book.

The Other Law of Moses
Paperback 256 pp
RSF: N6186
ISBN: 9781469961866
2012
Regular Price: $20 Special Offer $15

 


The Traumatised Society

The Traumatised Society

How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation

By Fred Harrison

Fred Harrison was one of the first to forecast the events that ruptured the global economy in 2008 by applying an analysis that exposes the fault lines in the structure of the market economy. His new book extends that same analysis to the future of the West, evaluating fears from distinguished commentators who claim that European civilisation is in danger of being eclipsed. Harrison concludes that the West is at a dangerous tipping point and provides empirical and theoretical evidence to warrant such an alarming conclusion. But he also explains why it is not too late to prevent the looming social catastrophe. He introduces “organic finance”, which prescribes reforms to deliver sustainable growth, more equitable wealth distribution, and respect for other life forms.

Paperback 256 pp
ISBN: 9780856832871
RSF: S3287
2012 Shepheard-Walwyn
Regular Price: $30 Special Offer $17

 


The Fair Tax

The Fair Tax

Supported by History … Agreed by Economists … Feared by the 1%

Edited by Emer Ó Siochrú

The tax regime in Ireland, Colm McCarthy points out in his Preface, has been very favourable to property developers who, together with their banks, took maximum advantage. It fuelled the disastrous property boom with the huge development-site debts and led directly to the Irish state having to shore up the collapsing banks. The Fair Tax shows how a second massive transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% can happen again. The authors also clearly explain the real advantages of a site value tax over a conventional property tax and convincingly show how easy it is to assess and implement.

Paperback 170 pp
ISBN: 9780856832901
RSF: S3290
2012 Shepheard-Walwyn
Regular Price: $19 Special Offer $15

 


PDF version of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation Presidents Letter 
PDF of the RSF Donation Form 
PDF of the 2012 Special Offers 

12. (2012 November) RSF News: Special Book Offers

Two Views of Social Justice
A Catholic/Georgist Dialogue
Edited by Kenneth R. Lord

Sixteen scholars have come together in this issue to examine eight social-justice themes from the perspectives of Catholic social thought and the philosophy of Henry George. The themes they address are natural law, human nature, the nature of work, the nineteenth-century papal encyclical Rerum Novarum, causes of war, immigration, development, and neighborhood revitalization. While they sometimes wrangle with each other, their common aspiration is the same as their nineteenth-century predecessors: to find solutions to the human suffering caused by injustice.

Paperback 240 pp. List Price: $40 SALE:$20
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The Traumatised Society
How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation
By Fred Harrison

Fred Harrison was one of the first to forecast the events that ruptured the global economy in 2008 by applying an analysis that exposes the fault lines in the structure of the market economy. His new book extends that same analysis to the future of the West, evaluating fears from distinguished commentators who claim that European civilisation is in danger of being eclipsed. Harrison concludes that the West is at a dangerous tipping point and provides empirical and theoretical evidence to warrant such an alarming conclusion. But he also explains why it is not too late to prevent the looming social catastrophe.

Paperback 256 pp. List Price: $30 SALE:$17
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13. (2012 November) RSF News: Free Books!

We would like to offer you some books for free! For a limited time and while supplies last, we are offering select titles to our friends, patrons, and supporters as part of an excess inventory reduction program. Please browse through our offerings — perhaps there are a few books that interest you personally, some that might make an excellent gift for a friend or relative, or others that would be a nice addition to the collection of a local library, school, or college. Click here for details.

11. (2012 October) RSF News: Special Book Offers

The Great American Land Bubble

The Amazing Story Of Land-Grabbing, Speculations, and Booms from Colonial Days to the Present Time
By A. M. Sakolski

Originally published in 1932, Sakolski’s book is the first general history of land speculation in the American colonies and the United States. It begins with the Pre-Revolutionary War Ohio Companies, and thereafter its chapters cover most of the land booms and bubbles up to the twentieth century. Two hundred years of get-rich quick schemes give the reader a concentrated exposure to the gamble and promoting aspect of the American character.
Paperback 373 pp. List Price: $20 SALE:$18
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The Fair Tax
Supported by History…Agreed by Economists…Feared by the 1%
By Emer Ó Siochrú

The tax regime in Ireland, Colm McCarthy points out in his Preface, has been very favourable to property owners, but especially to developers who, together with their banks, took maximum advantage. It fuelled the disastrous property boom with the huge development-site debts racked up by a handful of avaricious developers, and led directly to the Irish state having to shore up the collapsing banks. The Fair Tax explains how a second massive transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1% can happen again due to the ignorance of politicians, the hubris of the Department of Finance, and the continuing backroom influence of the developers and bankers. The authors clearly explain the real advantages of a Site Value Tax over a conventional property tax and convincingly show how easy it is to assess and implement.
Paperback 170 pp. List Price: $19 SALE:$15
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Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle
By Walter Rybeck

In the “Land of the Free”, the richest nation in the world, people are mired in poverty. Food is produced on a vast scale yet families go hungry. Homeless men and women huddle in doorways of boarded-up housing. Walter Rybeck provides evidence that one of the deep-rooted causes of thie inequality lies in an injustice that permeates the economic system of America and other developed nations. Rybeck offers a remedy.
Paperback 238 pp. List Price: $30 SALE:$20
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12. (2012 October) RSF News: Jobs USA Website Goes Live

RSF is debuting a new website (www.workandwealth.com) that will tackle current issues around employment and job growth from a Georgist perspective. For an idea of what you’ll find, see the description below. In the meantime, check out the new site!

More than a decade into the 21st century American politics is more polarized than ever and yet both sides agree on one thing: WE MUST CREATE MORE JOBS! But is our current political system up to the task?

We’re coming from the “radical center” . Not the Right — though we agree with them when they say that production shouldn’t be penalized by taxation. And not the Left — though we agree that we need a strongly funded public sector to provide for the needs of our communities.

Our job is to dig deeper than buzzwords, to discover the roots of unemployment. Why do land, factories and buildings sit idle, while workers are unemployed and families are losing their homes? Why cannot willing, able workers find a way to earn a living?

Using key insights from classical political economy, ideas championed by thinkers such as Henry George but neglected by many economists today, a way forward is possible. Today, more than ever, we need a radical center that is up to the task of solving our world’s complex problems.

9. (2012 September) RSF News: Special Book Offers

The Economics of Henry George

History’s Rehabilitation of America’s Greatest Early Economist

By Phillip J. Bryson

Henry George was the greatest, most famous and most rejected of early American economists. Without formal education he trained himself in classical economics and developed a theory of a “single tax” suggestive of the work of the earlier French économistes. Academic economists of his day rejected his work, but it enjoyed great public popularity in the United States, Europe, Australia and other places. He was more widely read than any other early American economist. History has seen his rehabilitation at the hand of modern economists who have reviewed and analyzed his work in great detail. There is much specialized literature on many specific facets and aspects of George’s work, but we lack a book which provides an overview of George’s economics and of this historic rehabilitation. This brief book attempts to fill that gap. Hardcover 250 pp. List Price: $95 SALE:$65.00

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The Killing Fields DVD

By Fred Harrison and Carlo Nero

This film documents how the introduction of Land Value Tax would give greater value to wildlife and ensure its protection. It is the untold story fo how landowners are making a killing while while species are being wiped out in the fields of Britain and Europe and the work of wildlife conservationists is being undermined in a desperate race to prevent the obliteration of ecosystems. Presented by Fred Harrison and the Wildlife Trust, the film is directed by Carlo Nero, son of renowned film actors Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. DVD 25 min. List Price: $10.00 SALE: $7.00

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The Other Law of Moses

By John L. Kelly

The Other Law of Moses takes the reader on an epic journey, illuminating a plan for universal freedom and prosperity. The ancient Israelites were among the most prosperous people of their time and became the world’s first middle class nation, enjoying freedom and justice. This book ascribes Israel’s exceptional prosperity to the “Land Law” within the Law of Moses. Virtually unknown in the modern world, this unique and potent collection of economic rules is well laid out in scripture. By his time, Jesus railed against their near destruction, making statements that confuse us today, even though his hearers understood them well.

 

Using lively narrative and familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments, The Other Law of Moses traces the genesis, observance and success of the Land Law. It opens in about 1200 BC with the beginning of Israel’s centuries-long prosperity and continues through the Law’s gradual corruption; it helps explain the famous anger of the prophets. The ending highlights the uncommon prosperity some modern day cities, regions, and countries enjoy where parts of the Law are practiced. By the end of the book, readers will likely conclude that many of today’s economic precepts are flawed and counterproductive. Paperback 256 pp. List Price: $15.00 SALE: $12.00

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The Other Law of Moses Study Guide

By John L. Kelly

This Study Guide companion to The Other Law of Moses contains four to six questions for each chapter of the book, with space to write responses. The Study Guide is an indispensable tool for groups or individuals wishing to explore and discuss the key points and inferences in The Other Law of Moses. Paperback 38 pp. List Price: $5.00 SALE: $4.00

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Progreso y Pobreza (versión moderna)

Por Henry George, Editado por Bob Drake

Porqué hay recesiones y probreza en medio de tanta riqueza — y qué se puede hacer para evitarlas. Uno de los libros de economía políticas más leídos en el mundo. Editado y abreviado para lectores modernos por Bob Drake. Traducido al español por Germán Lema. Libro de bolsillo 294 pp. List Price: $13.00 SALE: $10.00

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Stolen Land — Stolen Lives

And the Great Con Trick of Debt!

By  Shirley-Anne Hardy

Shirley-Anne Hardy’s new book has woven the land question into an entire tapestry of how we deal with the earth environmentally and spiritually, as well as economically — and shows how they all go together. An outgrowth of a lifetime of writing and work for environmental, economic and social reform, the book pays careful attention to the demands of scholarship, yet offers enchanting poetry, quotes and charming stories. Paperback 346 pp. List Price: $15.00 SALE: $12.00

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