March & April 2015

CGO & IU Conference 2015 Schedule

This year’s joint Council of Georgist Organizations and International Union for Land Value Taxation conference will take place near Detroit (Southfield, Michigan) starting August 4th, 2015.

Tuesday, August 4th: Michigan Cities Day

  • Samantha Harkins, director of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, and other Michigan leaders, will lay out the situation in Michigan.
  • David Triggs (Thames Water) and Dave Wetzel (Transport for London) discuss Who should pay for water and transit?
  • Mason Gaffney (University of California, Riverside) will explain how moving away from real estate tax has impeded Michigan’s recovery.
  • Ted Gwartney, who implemented Georgist assessments in Southfield almost half a century ago, will show how ending the under-assessment of land made Southfield successful. Also, Gwartney summarizes paper by Mark Skidmore (University of Michigan and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) on Detroit’s financial problems.
  • Joshua Vincent, (director of the Center for the Study of Economics) will show why Pennsylvania’s LVT cities bounced back from the collapse of Big Steel, and how Michigan cities could bounce back from the collapse of Big Automotive.

Wednesday, August 5th: Education and Movement Building

  • Heather Wetzel, of London (UK), speaking on the myth that subsidies go to the poor
  • Paul Martin of Managua, Nicaragua on education among indigenous peoples
  • Education roundtable with Lindy Davies, Jacob Shwartz-Lucas, Edward Miller, Mike Curtis and Karl Fitzgerald

Thursday, August 6th: Field Trip

  • Detroit’s Museum of History
  • Belle Isle urban park on the river between the US and Canada
  • Detroit’s blight and redevelopment

Friday, August 7th: International Focus

  • Gordon Abiama of Nigeria on securing equal resource rights in the third world
  • Karl Fitzgerald of Australia on determining total resource rents
  • Bill Batt on deadweight losses

Saturday, August 8th: Socializing

  • Alanna Hartzok on what she learned while running for Congress
  • Ed Dodson speaking on Francis Neilson, a prominent Georgist during the 1st half of the 20th century, toasts and remembrances at our our annual Farewell lunch

This year’s conference is an usual length, but there is more time than ever for personal conversation over the hotel’s excellent full breakfast and manager’s reception, both of which are free to hotel guests.The full conference brochure will be out by the end of April. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Sue & Scott Walton, Conference Administrators



Henry George Birthplace, Archive and Historical Research Center

The Henry George Birthplace has been busy adding more publications to their digital historical archives. Especially interesting are the “Tax Facts” which was an early Georgist California-based publication. Begun in May, 1922., William C. de Mille, wrote in the first issue . Wyn Achenbaum believes that the entire collection is now available via the birthplace website and Google Books. If you know of other issues not yet available, please let us know.

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Ten Ways to Create a Sustainable New York City

Lindy Davies, writing for lays out a brillant plan to create a green NYC. Chief among the measures listed is a land value tax.



Recording: Winston Churchill -People’s Budget

In this recently posted recording of Winston Churchill, addressing his countrymen over radio in 1909, explains the benefits of the People’s Budget. The budget of course included a measure to heavily tax land value. Thanks goes to Peter Smith for making this recording available to all.


Sprawl costs US more than a trillion dollars a year.

Sprawl is an enormous problem, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy, it costs the US economy more than $1 trillion every year. Yet, as Georgists, we know that the infrastructure that is currently wasted on sprawl could, if spent in line with the Henry George Theorem, bring in more than the cost of that infrastructure. We could fund all kinds of environmentally friendly activities with that money or pay it out as a citizen’s dividend.

You can read more about the study here. The next time you’re in a discussion online and people don’t seem to understand how big of a deal sprawl is, or why the Georgist remedy would help so much, referencing this study may prove helpful.

1 thought on “March & April 2015

  1. Delighted to see that there is now a connection between our Georgist activities and the Real World Economics Review (RWER), to which I have been commenting for some little time. The real world is something else from what most economists do!

    My newly published book: “Consequential Macroeconomics–Rationalizing About How Our Social System Works” is now available and it is a revelation! Georgist friends who write to me can get a review e-book for their perusal.

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