Monopoly illustrates Georgist principles explicitly. Take a look at some of the other games in this article and tell us what you think the more subtle Georgist connections are.
You can get paid to live in different areas of United States. “These areas are often suffering from low population or low economic growth, and they’re looking for people like you to help create vibrant communities. These areas often also have low costs of living, meaning you not only get paid to move, but you also save money once you settle in.” The article mentions Detroit (near this year’s CGO) and Alaska (Permanent Fund).
Here’s more good press from Jesse Myerson, who wrote a very popular article last year about the economic reforms that millennials should support. Land value taxation is listed as such a reform in both articles. Myerson discusses racially discriminatory land policies and then posits that the Georgist remedy would help lift black people out of poverty.
“…we must shift from taxing labor and toward taxing monopoly and land rents. The American political economist Henry George, whom [Martin Luther] King cited in his economic advocacy, famously proposed a 100 percent land-value tax as the only tax capable of ensuring equality amid economic development. As the board game Monopoly (invented by George devotees) makes clear, even when everyone starts with equal money, private rent extraction inevitably directs all funds into a few hands. George saw taxing the full rental value of land as the only way to develop an economy equitably—that is to say, without producing poverty constantly. “
THE GEORGIST NEWS
- (2014 November-December) Conference: CGO Annual Membership Letter
- (2014 November-December) Visualizing Earth Sharing
- (2014 November-December) Announcements: Basic Economic Literacy Course
- (2014 November-December) Announcements: $33,000 Economic Analysis Prize
- (2014 November-December) Alanna’s Run for Congress
- (2014 November-December) Numbers: Speculative Vacancies Report
The Council of Georgist Organizations annual membership letter is out. It contains information about the conference this year and next.
“2015 will be the first time in many years that the CGO and the International Union have held a joint conference, and we got a great deal on an amazing hotel – so amazing that this conference will have far more discussion than any we have had.”
Read the full letter: http://cgocouncil.org/member_letter.htm
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.