Other Honourable Mentions
Many other places we’ve been to on the Net (and these parts of the notes will always be a developing):
We have mentioned how we’ve said little about agriculture, the very foundation of civilisation.
The College of Enlightened Agriculture say:
‘Real Farming” is shorthand for “Enlightened Agriculture”: informally but adequately defined as:
Farming that is expressly designed to provide everyone everywhere with food of the highest quality, forever, without wrecking the rest of the world.
The stated goal is of convivial societies within a flourishing biosphere. There is nothing to add to that, that’s where we want to be.
Love the word convivial; we are firmly of the mind that convivial societies cannot be achieved without implementation of the Remedy. This would provide the conditions for the aims being set out here.
Co-founder Colin Tudge’s books set out how the world could easily feed everybody, feed everybody very well, and represents crucial views of agriculture that have been suppressed by corporate interests. A raft of key articles here.
Tudge, as mentioned, is calling for a renaissance and argues that:
we, people at large, Ordinary Joes, need to take the world’s affairs in hand and start all over again.
The Renaissance the world needs should be across the board: education, medicine, transport, manufacture, housing, science, the banking system – everything needs rescuing and humanizing.
It’s certainly so.
In this article Tudge sees the same processes that hushed up Henry George, routinely used now to subvert science that doesn’t fit the message, the same compliance of scholars, supposed seekers of truth, to serve the interests of the biggest payers.
These seem like grim and challenging days we live in, but the darkest hour is just before dawn, surely. Come on!
This is the Henry George Society of Devon (Since October, 2012), who say:
In accordance with the philosophy of Henry George, the Henry George Society of Devon holds that all people have a right to the use of the earth and that all have a right to the fruits of their labour. To implement these rights it is proposed that the rent of land be taken by the community as public revenue, and that all taxes on labour and the fruits of labour be abolished. The HGSD endorses George’s statement that “liberty means justice and justice is the natural law,” and that the social and economic ills besetting the world today are the result of non-conformance to natural law. The Society pledges itself to bring this philosophy to the attention of the public by all suitable means.
And that’s very well put, and that’s how we like to think of the band. And when we returned to this link, the site has developed wonderfully, and they’ve raised money for a film, which we’ll report back on. The society was co-founded by Jonty Williams, and links to another co-founding of his, The Husbandry School
The Forum on Geonomics say:
The Forum on Geonomics (previously the Geonomy Society) is an IRS 501c3 nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of “the money we spend for the earth we use” (technically, “rent”).
Everywhere, this flow of money is immense (trillions annually in the US, the largest sector in the GDP) and drives the business cycle. Under the laws and customs of most societies, the lion’s share of this spending collects in very few pockets, and rewards those few for making choices that can make the lives of others tougher and the fate of the ecosystem more precarious.
progress.org are: Tracking the spread of a transformative idea: geonomics
This is their list of the various translations of Progress and Poverty:
For some languages, the translated texts are downloadable. And, heck! None of these links work anymore. We should have saved this page, at least. We’ll repair this.
We visited LVTfan’s blog, which is very informative and says:
Land Value Taxation will solve many of the 21st century's most serious social, economic and environmental problems, and promote justice, fairness and sustainability. We CAN have a world in which all can prosper.
This is a very important collection of articles. And also here.
The Georgist News: It archives its issues and, alas, it seems to stop in 2008 (as a lot of things did.) More about it.
Association for Georgist Studies
The International Single Tax Association
‘UNITAX represents the International Single Tax Association (ISTA). The purposes of ISTA are to (1) join with other groups in their efforts to get the views of Henry George (1839-1897) back into the public forum, and (2) preserve the expression "single tax" as the best and most comprehensible name that can be assigned to his proposal.’
As we said, we agree about the single tax being the best and most comprehensible. It’s a curious site, interesting, it intrigued us by being in Spanish, as well. It just intrigued us, with such a grand title.
The Earthrights Institute,
– Pennsylvania Fair Tax Coalition
The Earth Rights Institute have a very nice website, in 12 languages, with international links, and translations into many languages, including Chinese.
One of its programme coordinators is Gordon Abiama, from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Gordon is the Director of the Africa Centre for Geoclassical Economics, an associate member of the IU, and they are partnered with African Network for Economic and Environmental Justice (ANEEJ), based in Benin City, Nigeria
The Campaign Against Arms Trade
The Land Value Taxation Campaign
Earthsharing is a very nice site. They put this well:
The legacy of colonialism is one in which we treat natural resources merely as spoils of conquest, resources to be exploited without regard for people or the environment. Consider Africa for example. Every year, $50 billion USD in aid and $40 billion in remittances go in to the continent. That’s generous, isn’t it? However, $400 billion is sucked out in resource profits. Africa, like most low income areas of the world, is not poor -it’s being looted.
Some excellent reading here. Some interesting debate here. And this article about leapfrog development.
NEW ECONOMICS FOUNDATION They say:
NEF is the UK's leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our purpose is to bring about a Great Transition – to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet.
James Robertson founded NEF in the 80s. He’s a very important writer who we’ll be returning to when we look at money. His works, once again, are available freely to the world, on his website.
Speaking for those on the brunt end of the systemic failures of our age.
Herman Daly writes here and here for the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Three Acres and a Cow hold events around A History of Land Rights and Protest In Folk Song and Story which we’re keen to go to.
Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Tax Justice Network are another places we visited, nothing to do with Georgism per se, but about fairness and unfairness, which is very much related in terms of the effects of the distortions in our societies. They say:
The Tax Justice Network is led by economists, tax and financial professionals, accountants, lawyers, academics and writers, and we are driven by original research and ideas . . .
. . . As a result, tax havens are heightening inequality and poverty, corroding democracy, distorting markets, undermining financial and other regulation and curbing economic growth, accelerating capital flight from poor countries, and promoting corruption and crime around the world.
And from those in this country bearing the brunt of its socio-economic dysfunction.
As a blog on the site says, in this article:
Not for the speculators, of course, but for the unfortunate underclass known as generation rent. The UK’s housing & rental market is providing an increasingly disingenuous and lost generation with two insurmountable challenges. A lack of social mobility an d a discriminatory wealth distribution system which, potentially, has catastrophic and far-reaching consequences for everyone’s future – and that even includes the speculators themselves.
There’s almost countless bodies aiming for a better world in their own way, all reaching for a solution to one of this world’s maladies, some part of the great malady. There’s surely a stupendous constituency for change in the world.
There’s obviously volumes of places and people we haven’t mentioned, but these are the places we’ve found ourselves around over the last year. That’s surely plenty to start with for anyone who is interested to the degree that they’re still reading this.
It wouldn’t be possible for us to do anything anywhere near comprehensive here, and we’ve pointed to much more comprehensive places. We saw this paragraph from the late Professor Robert V Andelson:
For a long time, it was the fashion among academic economists to ignore or patronize Henry George — whether for his lack of formal credentials, for his propensity to mingle moral arguments with economic ones, or for other perceived intellectual crimes even more monstrous. Today, this is becoming less and less the case, although, of course, there were honorable exceptions from the outset. But now we find economists of every stripe, including at least four Nobel Laureates, united in agreement that George has much to say that is of vital contemporary importance. The list is far too long to read in its entirety, but it includes such names as Gary Becker, Kenneth Boulding, James Buchanan, Milton Friedman, Mason Gaffney, Lowell Harriss, Alfred Kahn, Arthur Laffer, Franco Modigliani, Warren Samuels, Robert Solow, James Tobin, and William Vickrey — the last of whom served recently as president of the American Economic Association.
We haven’t a clue who most of these people are, but thought we’d mention them. We haven’t looked all these people up, we’ve amazed ourselves with just how many people we have looked up and read about. We may get around to them. We certainly have no ground to claim them as Single Taxers. James Tobin is he of the Tobin Tax, AKA the Robin Hood Tax, the tiny fraction of a percentage tax on financial transactions which would raise billions internationally, though we gather he disowns it himself; don’t really know. Lots still to learn; the end of a beginning.