Many people have a difficult time imagining a Georgist city. EarthSharing.org has produced the image below as a learning tool. It is part of an article which includes other interesting graphics entitled: Visualizing Earth Sharing.
Allen Smith, at the Henry George School of New York, is teaching a basic economic literary course for all concerned citizens who still have hope fore a just society. A $1,000 prize is being offered for any student who can logically and substantially refute any major point in the course text.
The course dates are November 10 to Dec 19, 2014,
Mon-Wed-Fri 3:00pm – 5:30pm (Thanksgiving week off).
Special thanks to Gil Herman for the heads-up about a prize that Georgist researchers are primed to win:
“The congregation of Bay Ridge United Methodist Church (BRUMC) in Brooklyn, N.Y., is offering an award of $33,000 to an economist, or group of economists, who identify the factors associated with the stronger economy in the period from 1946 to 1971, and the factors associated with the weaker economy in the period from 1972 to 2012.”
Congratulations to Georgist Alanna Hartzok on a hard fought run for the US Federal Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 9th district. She was the democratic candidate against republican incumbent Bill Shuster. Although Alanna did not win, she did amazingly well. Alanna was able to win 37% of the popular vote with only $17,000 against Shuster’s $4.5 million.
The 7th Speculative Vacancies report (Melbourne, Australia) has again generated Georgist news in over a dozen news outlets. The report found 64,386 vacant homes during what conservatives in Australia call a housing supply crisis. This crisis is manufactured as a cover story for the bureaucratic golden pen tick – for land-bankers to have their land re-zoned on the sprawl. This is enabled by a published vacancy rate only including property advertised to rent, or worse by a voluntary survey filled out by real estate agents. With investors now numbering over 50% of housing loans, and capital gains outstripping rents by 3 to 1, there is less incentive to rent property out.
The report was written by property analyst Catherine Cashmore with extensive investigation into the wider housing pressures Australia is facing.
THE GEORGIST NEWS
– Serving the Earth Sharing Community
- (2014 September-October) Conference: CGO Request for Submissions
- (2014 September-October) Social Media: Peter Thiel on Henry George
- (2014 September-October) Good Press: Henry George and Modern Ireland
- (2014 September-October) Likeable Link: China Rolling Out Property Taxes
- (2014 September-October) Social Media: Libertarians Battle… Citizen’s Dividend
- (2014 September-October) Earth Sharing: Gaffney on Piketty (Abridged)
The CGO & IU will be hosting a joint conference next August in Southfield, Michigan (suburb of Detroit). We need to know in advance who the speakers are and what they will present. To submit presentation proposals, please contact Dan Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for US topics and Dave Wetzel (email@example.com) for international topics.
*The deadline for submissions is October 10th.
The following is a response from the controversial Peter Thiel, the cofounder of PayPal and Facebook’s angel investor. Thiel was asked by one of Fred Foldvary’s students, “rromanchuk”, what he thought of Henry George:
[–]rromanchuk 31 points 10 days ago
Have you ever read anything from Henry George? If you have, any thoughts? I think he gets an unfair treatment from almost every school of economic thought, including the Austrians, no, especially the Austrians.
When it comes to the three factors of production, it bothers me how lazy academia is when it comes to land. The fact this guy induces so much rage from every political faction and almost all schools of economic thought (from fringe to keynesian) seems like a signal he might be on to something.
[–]PeterThiel[S] 56 points 10 days ago
Yes, I think George is a really interesting thinker. The idea that we should tax land heavily (and perhaps not tax anything else at all) is very interesting, since many of the bad monopolies in our society involve the unholy coalition of urban slumlords and pseudo-environmentalists.
Thanks to Wyn Achenbaum for sending this article to the Georgist News. It details the enduring effect Henry George had on Ireland. There is also an interesting discussion of how Joseph Fels improved employment opportunities for Dubliners with his campaign to use vacant lots for urban farming. We think you’ll find it thorough and informative.
“Now Chinese authorities say they are moving to rapidly roll out property taxes nationwide, in a bid to reshape the country’s financial structure and curb some of the incentives for local governments to trammel the rights of farmers and others left behind by China’s extraordinary wealth gains.”