The 33rd North American Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations will be held from Tuesday, August 6 to Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport. For information, go to http://www.cgocouncil.org/conf13.htm
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Giving consideration to a just tax
Why is it so hard to understand the justice and benefits of capturing the community created value of land for the community?
By John Fisher
How an anti-rentier agenda might bring liberals, conservatives together
Throughout the late 19th century, the political economist Henry George argued that a main reason there was so much poverty amidst prosperity was the large presence of people collecting unearned income, or what he called “rents”. His particular focus was on land, and his solution was taxes. [Editor's note: more accurately than "taxes", George advocated a "single tax".] It’s difficult to overstate his influence on turn-of-century reform movements, providing both the theoretical basis for those looking at other problems in the new industrial era and a concrete set of solutions for organizers building new mass political movements.
By Mike Konczal (Washignton Post)
Communism, welfare state – what’s the next big idea?
Any attempt to challenge the elite needs courage, inspiration and a truly groundbreaking proposal. Here are two to set us off
By George Monbiot (The Guardian)
Alanna Hartzok recently delivered a paper at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, held in Washington, DC from April 8 to 11.
Click below to read her presentation:
World Bank 2013: Socializing Rent
Godfrey Dunkley issues an open letter to the residents of Perth, Australia, regarding land value tax and financing public works.
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Perth Rail Financing
Ghost Malls of the Instant Cities
The failure of the New South China Mall can be attributed to problems of speculation and overdevelopment, poor urban planning, as well as the absence of organic growth in these “instant” cities.
By Tong Lam (LA Review of Books)
Jesuit Justice and the Pope
The good Jesuits at SCU and elsewhere have yet to confront the core of ethics, just as economists have not confronted the core question of what is the optimal division between what is personal and what is social.
By Fred E. Foldvary (The Progress Report)
A New Story of the People: Charles Eisenstein at TEDxWhitechapel
“Our hearts know that a more beautiful world is possible; but our minds do not know how it’s possible”. In this intelligent and inspiring talk, writer and visionary Charles Eisenstein explores how we can make the transition from the old story of separation, competition and self-interest to a new Story of the People.
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His books (The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts on web magazines have generated a vast online following. He speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.
The 39th Annual Eastern Economics Association conference will take place in New York City from May 9 through 11. RSF will sponsor a Georgist information table and several well-known Georgists will be featured speakers, including RSF President Francis K. Peddle.
To register or for more information, go to http://www.ramapo.edu/eea/2013-2/
Just a reminder that the American Monetary Institute is holding a special conference at Cooper Union in New York City. Fixing our Broken Money System: Achieving Justice, Avoiding Austerity, Reducing Debt and Creating Jobs will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 1–6pm. Among the featured speakers are Nic Tideman and Bill Batt.
For information, click here and here. To register, click here.
The 2013 Left Forum will be held at Pace University, June 7 to 9. To see the list of speakers and session, or to sign up, go to http://www.leftforum.org/
RSF will sponsor a Georgist information table, as well as a panel discussion featuring Cay Hehner, Andrew Mazzone, and Michael Hudson.
4/22/2013 This post mistakenly identified RSF as the sponsor of the panel discussion; Common Ground NYC is actually the sponsor. For details about the panel, click here.
The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. This meeting is organized around the theme of Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability and will aim to research and catalog sustainability lessons learned at local, regional, and state levels and identifying solutions that can be scaled up.
RSF is one of the official co-sponsors and will be represented by RSF Board Member Brian Kelly.
For information and to register, go to http://www.ussee.org/
The theme for this year’s International Union for Land Value Taxation conference is Economics for Conscious Evolution. The conference will convene July 24 – 28 at The School of Economic Science in London. Click here for information or see the items below.
IU Conference Program
“When we tug at a single thing in Nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.”
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. (…) We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words ‘Too late.’ ”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
Georgist Education Sessions to be Featured at 2013 CGO Conference
This year’s education sessions are going to be a real part of the conference, to which all are invited. The sessions, sponsored by the Henry George Institute, will run from 2 to 6pm on Tuesday, August 6. The official opening reception is that evening at 7pm — so if conference participants wish to make these important sessions, all they have to do is arrive earlier on the first day of the conference.
Five presentations are scheduled:
—Mike Curtis on a practical method for determining true rental-value assessments in Arden, Delaware.
—Bob Jene on the practice of preserving farmland through “farm heritage trusts,” and opportunities for alliance with Georgists on this key issue.
—Ed Dodson will demonstrate his PowerPoint presentations expanding on the vital, yet oft-ignored, influence of land policy in the US history.
—Mike Curtis and Lindy Davies will engage in dialogue between Henry George’s theory of the boom/bust cycle and recent enhancements that help to explain current phenomena.
—Lindy Davies will explain some key changes in economic definitions that the Henry George Institute has adopted to make Georgist curricula more compatible with mainstream economics — without compromising its main ideas.
These sessions are part of the conference; registrants are free to attend them at no extra charge.
Why all progressives should support a land value tax
Through no effort of their own, landowners reap a £100bn annual windfall. Caroline Lucas’s bill shows the way towards a moral capitalism.
By David Cooper (New Statesman)
Churchill knew that landowners cannot change the value of a plot of land. Its value depends only on location and size. Is it near a station? A park? Good schooling? All of these factors are determined by the community, not the landowner.