GEONOMIST, #56 — 2008 Summer (Vol. 16, No. 3)
|June 24, 2008||Posted by Jeffery J. Smith under The Geonomist|
This newsletter replaced by daily e-version
Inside the website
See world events that show how the flow of rents influences all else daily at www.progress.org
See US events that illustrate the key role of natural rent daily at www.progress.org
FROM OP-ED PAGES
See journalists from around the world cover our efforts and proposals farily at www.progress.org
FROM THE ARCHIVES
See famous thinkers on the ideas of fair ownership and sharing Earth at geonomics.org
See reviews and excerpts at www.progress.org
See op-eds from the mainstream and alternative press on revenue reform at www.progress.org
See letters and replies at www.progress.org
Geonomics is …
more than a kind of economics; “Earth-yield” is a whole new field in place of economics, as different as astronomy from astrology, as chemistry from alchemy. How does it differ? It reveals the potent role of land and rent as more germane than the labor/capital tug-of-war
Our swan song
Looks like we’ve finally moved into the 21st century. What you’re reading may be the last paper Geonomist, at least for a while; and it’s already been a while since the last hard copy issue. For over a year, we’ve been publishing geonomic news online.
We decided to go to the web for several reasons:
First, a quarterly can not be timely; reporting an event three months later means it’s no longer news, just maybe interesting.
Second, copying and postage is more expensive and more time consuming then pressing a button on a keyboard and uploading.
Third, doing it daily – researching, selecting, trimming, blending various articles into one, writing explanative commentary, formatting, editing – takes a lot of time, leaving none for a quarterly publication.
And fourth, personal changes have cursed me with insomnia and reduced my time and energy.
(Geonomics is … cont’d)
in politics, history, and class-formation. It notes the state’s interference in markets with its taxes and subsidies and expects a freed market, one in which rent is recovered and shared, to work right for everyone. Noting most debt is mortgage, it reclassifies much “interest” payment as rent. It shows when spending on stuff not produced (land, oil, etc) expands, spending on stuff that is produced contracts, until recession is reached. Unlike conventional economics, it times cycles accurately. It uses math when official data are at all reliable, but not as a crutch or cover. It’s not superstition but a science. That’s geonomics.
FROM THIS PEN’S PERCH
The world is sobering
One thing about finding and passing on news – you learn a lot. I’m grateful to all readers who sent in news clippings. I couldn’t have done it without you.
One of the funner tasks in packaging it all into a dozen pages has been selecting relevant cartoons. Many came from Lowell Harriss, emeritus at Columbia; I’ll miss his contributions. If you liked the humor too, you can still enjoy cartoons in our publications. The website progress.org publishes a new one every day from professional cartoonist Randy Glasbergen.
Despite the wars and recession, the world does give me hope. Governments around the world are starting to implement a “citizens dividend”, even using the phrase (which yours truly coined). New Zealand is on the verge of and British Columbia already has passed a bill to tax carbon and split the proceeds with citizens. It’s not full-on geonomics but it is a start.
Such developments should cheer you; they do me, tho’ not as much as in the past. If you’ve ever lost a loved one or read about the Plains Indians losing their children to meddlesome outsiders, you know how draining it can be both materially and emotionally to try to rectify the situation and recreate a new center in one’s life. We all have our crosses to bear; last year and a half, that’s been mine.
Highlights of last year
Drawing on a few items from our annual report, which is available to anyone who asks, the Christian Science Monitor printed one of our letters on collecting and sharing oil rent. We visited legislators to bring them up to speed on the benefits of shifting taxes landward. Locally the Humanists – a large and vigorous group in Portland – featured your editor as a speaker. Thru-out its paper existence, each issue of The Geonomist recruited one new reader into the ranks of members from the ranks of the uninitiated. Thanks to you all.
Dues and donors
Each issue for over 14 years, readers sent back enough money to cover the costs of copying and postage but not really enough for a livable wage, tho’ pretty good for a labor of love. Since we haven’t sent an issue lately, we haven’t gotten many dues lately. What we have gotten are a couple of contracts from the astute Robert Schalkenbach Foundation to put out the daily electronic geonomic news and the monthly Georgist News on movement progress. Now. that income does, thankfully, come closer to a livable wage.
WHERE FROM HERE?
What you can do
You still can be a member. You can enjoy the electronic versions with your morning coffee. There still is no other source of news covering taxes, subsidies, rents, and the environment, and how humanity is inching toward a harmonic geonomy. You can still contribute dues. The money does make it possible to research, package reports, organize classes and workshops, attend conferences, give interviews, and pitch the movers-and-shakers. Money makes the world go round and roll around to justice. Thanks.
Dear Forum on Geonomics (an educational IRS 501[c]3);
Here’s my tax-deductible yearly donation:
Bottom line: Secure Earnings, Share Earth
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