1. (2014 May-June) From the Editor: California Conferences and Book Orders

Next month, two Georgist conferences will convene in California.

On July 5th, an exciting and affordable young Georgist conference will take place in San Francisco ($49 before Sunday June 15th). We’re calling it “Community Gone Viral”.

Georgists will team up with representatives from land trusts, intentional communities, and other activist groups to discuss how current models of real estate speculation, gentrification, and taxation aren’t working to create the prosperous and green communities we need. They will further discuss how change can be created from the ground up, through community.

This is a great opportunity to connect with enthusiastic young Georgists as they collaborate with other groups towards shared wins! The combination of breakout sessions and team building exercises will ensure a fun, engaging, and productive experience. This conference is open to all ages.


Young Georgist Conference, July 5, 2014: http://www.communitygoneviral.com/#!register/c1h6a

Starting two days later (July 7th-11th), the annual conference for the Council of Georgist Organizations will take place in Newport Beach for the 175th Celebration of Henry George’s legacy (1839-2014). Attendees will explore ways to deal with our seemingly intractable economic problems: financial instability and corruption, unaffordable housing, inequities with Proposition 13, corporate privilege and deepening poverty.

Note, there was a typo in the CGO conference brochure. The correct phone number for Sue Walton is (847) 475-0391. She asks that folks register ($300) before the end of today June 13th in order to pay the reduced room rate ($105/night).


Council of Georgist Organizations, July 7-11, 2014: http://cgocouncil.org/

RSF staff will be attending both conferences. Book orders can still be placed online during the conferences. However, orders received after June 25th will be processed after July 15th in the order received.

2. (2014 May-June) Likeable Link: San Francisco Inequality Rivals Developing Nations

San Francisco seems to be a factory for overnight millionaires. Much of the surplus income has surfaced as exorbitantly high land prices, causing a great deal of displacement and hostility between renters and the tech sector. Apparently, San Francisco is more unequal now than Rwanda. These issues serve as much of the impetus for the young Georgist conference taking place in San Francisco next month.


4. (2014 May-June) At the Margin: Mexican Cartel, More Money in Rents than Drugs

“The cartel counts illegal mining, logging and extortion as its biggest moneymakers, said Alfredo Castillo, the Mexican government’s special envoy sent to restore the rule of law in Michoacan, the state controlled by the Knights Templar the last several years.”


6. (2014 May-June) Good Press: Picketty & George

“What’s that? Never heard of George or his treatise on the causes of inequality? It sold 3 million copies. Perhaps you missed “Progress and Poverty’s” anniversary while perusing this year’s equally improbable bestseller, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by French economist Thomas Piketty.”- Charles Lane, Washington Post


(2014 April) Contents

(2014 March) Contents

Posted on April

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1. (2014 April) Conference: Disneyland Tickets
2. (2014 April) Conference: Young Georgist Conference
3. (2014 April) At the Margin: Race and the Land Value Tax
4. (2014 April) Interview: Ross Ashcroft on the Keiser Report
5. (2014 April) Huffing and Puffing: How to Tax the Rich
6. (2014 April) Video: Monopoly’s Origins
7. (2014 April) Requests: Can you tell us the source of this limerick?
8. (2014 April) Research: Did Georgist economics fail during Reconstruction?
9. (2014 April) Obituary: Philadelphia Loses Two Beloved Georgists


1. (2014 April) Conference: Disneyland Tickets

Don’t forget about the CGO Conference (July 7-11) in Newport beach! For all those young at heart, our hotel rate is valid 3 days before and after our conference, so plan on coming early to see the sites.

[Editor’s note: If attendees would like to come to the Young Georgists Conference in San Francisco (see story below) on July 5th, they may still travel to Newport together and stay three extra nights at the CGO hotel.]

The CGO recently signed up for a program which allows our participants to get discounted admission to Disneyland. Here is the link for the Council of Georgist Organizations ticket store.


Tickets are valid from Friday, July 4, 2014 through Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The ticket store closes at 9:00pm PST on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Click here to purchase specially-priced Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets. These special ticket prices are not available once you arrive at the resort. Our ticket store closes at 9:00 PM PST on Saturday, July 05, 2014. Don’t delay! Prices are subject to change without notice.

These specially priced tickets are intended only for guests that are participating in this event. Only the registered attendee is allowed to purchase tickets from this discounted ticket store link and they can purchase up to 8 tickets maximum. We reserve the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation. If it is discovered that the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending this event, it will be considered a misuse of this offer and ticket and the ticket(s) will be blocked and made ineligible for refund. In addition, these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.

2. (2014 April) Conference: Young Georgist Conference

On July 5th, Georgists, young and old, will gather in San Francisco for the Community Gone Viral Conference.

Georgists attending the CGO conference on July 7th will have the opportunity to carpool or bus with Community Gone Viral attendees down to Newport Beach. One might decide to travel along California’s beautiful coastline via Highway 101.

This conference grew out of LVT Facebook group teleconferences, where young Georgists expressed the desire to learn from the experiences of the old Georgist single tax colonies and assess the possibility of starting a new community together, a community with the ability to virally replicate itself and thus the Georgist model.

At the conference, these young Georgists and their older Georgist mentors will attain advice from a wide range of community experts from Single Tax colonies, co-housing communities, land trusts, co-working spaces and other organizations. This will foster an open and engaging two way conversation about how to create a greater sense of community, end poverty, and alleviate environmental destruction among folks who understand the importance of land.

Admission is $49 and includes food. Register at: http://www.communitygoneviral.com/