May 2017

THE HENRY GEORGE PROGRAM
STANFORD UNIVERSITY RADIO

EarthSharing.org has been collaborating with KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM to create a weekly radio show. The Henry George Program is a platform for interviews, roundtable discussions, and debates on economic justice and policy.

Tune in for challenging content on housing, economic stagnation, wealth inequality, and environmental degradation ― can Henry George’s ideas offer a path forward that unfettered capitalism and incremental socialism lack?

Listen to a growing list of shows with exciting and influential guests!

 

 IN THE NEWS

Corbyn opens door to wealth taxes with attack on elites

Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s general election campaign with an impassioned attack on the “establishment” and a focus on wealth inequality. He also repeatedly attacked the distribution of wealth in Britain, pursuing a line that suggests Labour’s manifesto may seek to tax the accumulated wealth of landowners rather than simply their income. Wealth taxes would mark a significant shift in the nature of taxation in Britain.

Corbyn recently said the party was considering a Land Value Tax (LVT) to replace business rates, which caused problems for the government this year when small businesses in London and the South East found they would be hit by sharp increases in tax.

An LVT would hit landowners rather than tenants, based on the value of land rather than the income drawn from it. Andy Burnham has previously given his backing to the policy, while many left-wing economists argue that taxing wealth is required in order to reduce inequality.

Google’s controversial groundwater withdrawal sparks question of who owns South Carolina water

Google wants to draw 1.5 million gallons per day from an aquifer under the coastal region to help cool the servers after a planned expansion — a volume that would make it the third largest aquifer user in the three counties around Charleston, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control records.

The price of tap water has risen faster than gold or real estate since the 1990s, according to Datacenter Dynamics, an industry analyst. The water drawn from aquifers, on the other hand, is free. Current state regulations of aquifer use are almost non-existent.

A Google spokesman in 2008 cited the access to cheap electricity and water in South Carolina as among biggest reasons why the company chose Goose Creek for its plant. The company apparently pays about $250,000 per year for its tap water, according to a Post and Courier estimate from a report by Berkeley County Water and Sanitation.

VIDEO: They’re not making it anymore

Land is a necessity for human existence and remains the original source of all wealth. Yet bankers, economists, and politicians have simplistically lumped land and capital together, so apparently now they mean the same thing. So why, as a society, have we chosen to eliminate land from the economic calculus? The consequences have been far reaching. Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by writers and economists Laurie MacFarlane and Josh Ryan-Collins.

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax: Activists riled as federal review recommends no royalties, industry relieved

The Tax Justice Network says it is dismayed that the Federal Government’s review of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) will not include a new royalties regime.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison initiated the review in November 2016 and said its outcomes would be considered as part of the upcoming budget.

However, Mr Morrison now says it was not part of budget deliberations and gave Treasury and PRRT review chief Michael Callaghan until September to offer up a final report.

Of concern to the Tax Justice Network (TJN) is the recommendation that existing royalty regimes will not be changed.

Royalties are generally paid to the state in which mining or gas extraction is taking place as state governments, and the people of the states, own the resources.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) commissioned independent modelling on the proposal for the 10 per cent royalty on projects that currently only come under the PRRT and corporate tax.

NEW BOOKS

The Annotated Works of Henry George Vol 2

Volume II of The Annotated Works of Henry George presents the unabridged text of Progress and Poverty, the most influential work. The original text is supplemented by a new index and by notes that explain textual changes George made during his lifetime, as well as his many references to history, literature, and economics.

Young George and the Dragon: An Economic Fairy Tale

Have you ever wondered why the rich get richer and the middle class and poor keep falling behind? The fault lies not in the stars but in our human created economic system!

This simple fairy tale introduces readers to an economic philosophy that, if implemented, could reverse this trend toward growing poverty and, instead, create a win-win-win economic and political system that promotes free enterprise prosperity, economic justice, AND an ecologically sustainable future.

The story of Young George and the Dragon should be read not only by young adults but by aging politicians too! It is about time that everyone should discover the “Holy Grail of Economics”.

Perfect Timing

Accidentally transported to the future, caterer Crik escapes house arrest with Tepper, his possible distant descendant. While pursued by volunteer vigilante Voltak, goofball Crik explores Geotopia—where buildings grow, people incorporate animal powers, smartphones know it all, and vehicles defy gravity—seeking clues.

If he can discover, understand, and articulate the future’s public policy that works right for everybody, he can prove he was their founder, the lone agent of change who put society on its path toward universal prosperity and harmony with nature. If he fails to convince the Futurite Authorities, they wouldn’t return their unexpected visitor to the exact second he left—something their law requires—to the moment when a hail of gunfire was bearing down on the luckless caterer and college dropout…would they?

 GLOBAL EVENTS

July 27-31, 2017  |  O’Fallon, Illinois

Bridging the Right-Left Divide
The 37th Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations

Hilton Garden Inn

The 37th Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations is sure to be an unmissable event. The conference is focused on networking, meeting old friends, recharging and enriching understanding. Speakers include Don Killoren, Andrew Theising, Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, Ted Gwartney, Gordon Abiama, Jeff Graubart, Nic Tideman, Karl Widerquist, Vitnarae Kang, Anthony Werner, Bill Batt, Brendan Hennigan, Dan Sullivan, John Kelly, Mike Curtis, Josh Vincent and Lindy Davies.

September 27-29, 2017  |  Tucson, Arizona

The Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET)18
Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law invites you to submit abstracts for the 18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET18).

Every Sunday  |  San Francisco, California

Land, villains, and revolutionaries: a social movement history
A walking tour by the Henry George School of San Francisco

312 Mason Street @ 9:30am 

Every Sunday  | San Francisco, California

Tales to Wrest your Soul Free
A walking tour by the Henry George School of San Francisco

San Francisco Civic Center, 685 Ellis St @ noon

 EARTH SHARING ARTICLES


Reversing Sprawl

Why is it that, every year, the average American spends almost an entire work week stuck in traffic? We are wasting so much time, money, and resources making our daily rounds, but when exploring better ways of doing things, conversations tend to be dominated by improvements to public transportation and more fuel-efficient cars. But to focus solely on…

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The Cause of Global Inequality:
Comparing Jared Diamond and Henry George

 

Can inequality within and between societies be explained in terms of merit and intelligence, or are the most important determinants of inequality beyond individual control? Both economist Henry George and geographer Jared Diamond essentially asked this same question, examining the fundamental forces that have shaped human history. They come to startlingly similar conclusions. These similarities have not, until now, been …

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Who Owns Geosynchronous Orbital Pathways?

Who owns outer space? Our most idealistic visions of the future require us to transcend our narrow personal or nationalistic interests, but increasingly, space seems likely to be divvied up among the powerful, as has so often happened with the Earth. Can space be managed to serve the common interest? Managing a Commons Space is generally thought of as a …Read more.

Won’t Somebody Think of the Family Farmer?

My father’s side of the family were peanut farmers and Angus ranchers in west Texas and east New Mexico. I grew up riding horses, and was active in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America. I even took part in junior bull riding. I thought that Willie Nelson was just about the greatest guy ever. Ok, let’s admit it, Willie …Read more.

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