Henry George School
Jan
21
Wed
A smart way to meet transit needs: The CTA Gray Line @ Henry George School suite 1207
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 metra electric and south shore lines at roosevelt road

CTA Gray Line could fit here. Image credit: Anthony N via flickr(cc)

We sometimes describe Henry George’s fiscal proposal as a “smart tax,” unlike the inefficient anti-prosperity taxes that fund most government programs today.  Similarly, there can be “smart” transit facilities, which are distinguished from dumb ones because they are cost less and provide more service. Perhaps the most prominent recent smart transit proposal is the CTA Gray Line, whose creator, Mike Payne, will be our speaker tonight.

From the CTA Gray Line web page:

Launching the Gray Line would provide a brand new CTA Rapid Transit (‘L’) service (on EXISTING facilities) to Grant Park, the Museum Campus, the newly renovated Soldier Field, and McCormick Place (with a connected station under the McCormick Place South Bldg.)

Also service to Bronzeville, Hyde Park, the Museum of Science & Industry (with an ADA compliant station 1 1/2 blocks away), the University of Chicago, Woodlawn, South Shore, South Chicago, Chatham, Chicago State University, Pullman, Roseland, Blue Island, and Hegewisch; again almost all Gray Line facilities are in place, and operating RIGHT NOW TODAY.

. . .

There is  N O  need for costly and time consuming design and engineering, right-of-way acquistion, condemnation, demolition, clearing, materials acquisition, delivery, and major construction; the CTA Gray Line ‘L’ System could be up and providing CTA ‘L’ service to the Far South Side WITHIN  O N E  YEAR, rather than waiting until 2016 for completion of the Red Line Extension.

Come to this free presentation to meet and question a prominent transit activist, and think about what could be done with all the public money saved by smart projects like the CTA Gray Line.

Jan
26
Mon
Will the Real Fiscal Stimulus Please Stand Up? @ Henry George School suite 1207
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm
image credit: FullyFunctnlPhil (cc) via flockr

image credit: FullyFunctnlPhil (cc) via flockr

An evening with Bob Jene to compare the Georgist fiscal reform to the TARP bailout, “Fair Tax,” Flat Tax, Bush tax cuts and government money creation.  A gist of each proposed or attempted solution to the “great recession” will be given including QE I, QE II and QE III. Attendees will rank the proposed remedies on a scale of 1 to 10 based on 8 criteria.

Feb
7
Sat
One Hour Henry George @ Henry George School suite 1207
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm

Approaching Henry George’s ideas from a moral and practical perspective as the right way to do away with poverty.  Conceived and presented by Henry George School instructor George Menninger.

Feb
9
Mon
One Hour Henry George @ Henry George School suite 1207
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm

Approaching Henry George’s ideas from a moral and practical perspective as the right way to do away with poverty.  Conceived and presented by Henry George School instructor George Menninger.

Feb
11
Wed
Wealth of Nations Book V discussed by Political Economy Book Club @ Henry George School suite 1207
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Picking up where we left off last meeting, the Political Economy Book Club will complete its discussion of Book V of Adam Smith’s classic Wealth of Nations. This section focuses on taxes. RSVP appreciated to rjmatter@gmail.com

Feb
14
Sat
Film: In Old Chicago @ Henry George School suite 1207
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm
film poster from Wikimedia

film poster from Wikimedia

This fictionalized account about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 stars Alice Brady as Mrs. O’Leary, the owner of the cow which started the fire, and Tyrone Power and Don Ameche as her sons. It also stars Alice Faye and Andy Devine. We get to follow Tyrone to all the dives that made old Chicago so interesting.

The film features political corruption, land speculation, fights, fire, dynamite, gangs, and lots of other Chicago traditions. At the time of its release, it was one of the most expensive movies ever made.

Directed by Henry King — USA — 1938 — 115 minutes

Feb
18
Wed
Dirt Rich: How we Allow Farmland Owners to Take our Wealth @ Henry George School suite 1207
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm
image by J W Bengough

image by J W Bengough

With state and local governments in financial disarray, they might want to evaluate the big tax breaks given to owners of Illinois farmland. Chuck Metalitz will present a [forthcoming] HGS Research Note discussing the potential benefits of a realistic tax rate on farmland, including an estimate the amount of land which would move out of state as a result of higher taxes.

Mar
4
Wed
No Farms No Food @ Henry George School suite 1207
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm
image credit: Joel Dinda (cc) via flickr

image credit: Joel Dinda (cc) via flickr

As farmland yields to “higher-value” uses, how (and how well and how inexpensively) will we eat? Bob Jene reviews data from a leading agricultural preservation organization, the American Farmland Trust (AFT). Among other things they buy development rights from landowners to insure continued farming use, and attempt to facilitate community supported agriculture which makes family farms more viable. A Georgist fiscal reform encourages more conservative and productive use of all land and reduces sprawl, thus preventing encroachment on farmland.  An alliance with AFT would benefit us both.

Mar
14
Sat
Film: The Man with the Golden Arm @ Henry George School #1207
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm
film poster via Wikipedia

film poster via Wikipedia

Otto Preminger’s adaptation of Nelson Algren’s psychological portrait of a drug addict (Frank Sinatra)  trying to go straight in his pre-gentrification Division Street neighborhood. Released from prison, he faces the challenge of making a living and staying clear of heroin. Variety said  “Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm is a feature that focuses on addiction to narcotics. Clinical in its probing of the agonies, this is a gripping, fascinating film, expertly produced and directed and performed with marked conviction by Frank Sinatra as the drug slave.”

Initially the movie was denied certification by the MPAA because it showed drug addiction.  Nonetheless, it was nominated for three Academy Awards as well as other honors.

There’s more information at Wikipedia and Amazon’s imdb.

Otto Preminger — USA — 1955 — 119 minutes

 

Mar
18
Wed
Voltaire’s Candide discussed by Political Economy Book Club @ Henry George School suite 1207
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), known as Voltaire

America’s only Political Economy Book Club discusses Candide, Voltaire’s 1759 masterpiece that ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies and philosophers through allegory.  As Jean Starobinski notes,”The fast-paced and improbable plot—in which characters narrowly escape death repeatedly, for instance—allows for compounding tragedies to befall the same characters over and over again.”

It’s only a hundred pages or so depending on the translation and format, and is available in English translation free from Project Gutenberg  (in several formats) as well as from the Internet Archive, where there is also an audiobook. 

PEBC coordinator Bob Matter would appreciate an RSVP, if possible, from those planning to attend.

 

"It is not kings nor aristocracies, nor landowners nor capitalists, that anywhere really enslave the people. It is their own ignorance."
- Henry George