Henry George Day is September 2; Introducing Progress and Poverty September 17

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We’re told that the economy has recovered and prosperity reigns. It may be easier to find work, but getting a decent wage that pays for housing, health care, and other necessities of life is as tough as ever for many. The problem isn’t new, and the cause isn’t difficult to find. Nor is the remedy obscure, once you understand how the economy works.

Henry George’s classic work, Progress and Poverty, is a superb guide in this endeavor. It draws on ideas of the great classical econo­mists, historians, and philoso­phers. Thoughtful academics, acti­vists and others in subsequent de­cades have brought the ideas up to date and showed how they’re even more applicable in the 21st century.

In less than two hours, Introducing Progress and Poverty provides an overview of the course and the ideas therein. Even if you have no intention of enrolling in the ten-session course, this first session will change your understanding of where the economy is headed, why, and how it might go elsewhere.  There’s no obligation but preregistration is required.

Also, we’ll wish HG a happy 180th birthday at our customary Henry George Day celebration in Evanston on September 2 (labor day).  This is a potluck and all friends of the School are welcome. Information here.

Coming up: Book Club and CGO Conference

The Political Economy Book Club is back in action with a new meeting place, Bridgeport Coffeehouse’s Loop location (73 E Jackson Blvd). The June/July selection is Jack London’s The Iron Heel, which looks back on the 20th century from the 27th. This Tuesday evening group will cover the first half of this book on June 25, and the rest on July 23. Details on our events page.

Also, the Council of Georgist Organizations will hold its 2019 conference in Pittsburgh on July 23-27.  Full details are on the CGO site.


Lindy Davies died this week

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A big loss for Georgist education.  Lindy Davies, head of the Henry George Institute, died Tuesday.  Thru HGI or otherwise, Lindy was the source of much of the material used in our classes, including a helpful series of videos.  He also oversaw online and paper correspondence courses for HGI, and was Editor of the Georgist Journal.

Unfortunately, the family are left with serious medical bills.  Donations are welcome at their gofundme page.

Illinois Pension Solutions

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Mike Belskey (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

Free presentation at 6:15 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019

Michael Belsky, executive director Center for Municipal Finance at Harris School University of Chicago, will discuss ongoing research into the state and local pension crisis in Illinois.

When: 6:15 pm Thursday April 11, 2019

Where: Signature Office
333 S Wabash Ave #2700
Chicago, IL 60604

Registration is required for this free presentation.
email events@hgchicago.org or call 312 362-9302

Progress & Poverty Tuesday March 19 in Evanston

We’ll present Introducing Progress & Poverty at the Levy Center in Evanston, 6 PM on Tuesday, March 19.  The session is complete in itself, but it also comprises the first class of the Progress & Poverty course for those interested in a more complete exploration. Details in the links.


6 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Levy Center
300 Dodge Ave
Evanston, IL 60202


Chuck Metalitz
phone 312 362-9302
email chuck@hgchicago.org

Creating Dollars to Fund the Green New Deal: Taxing Rentiers to Prevent Inflation

Ron Baiman
Ron Baiman

Free presentation at 6:15 pm on Wednesday March 13, 2019.

Ron Baiman will speak on taxing the rentier sectors to achieve the necessary reallocation of economic resources and investment. Mr. Baiman is an economics professor at Benedictine University,

When: 6:15 pm Wednesday March 13, 2019

Signature Office
333 S Wabash Ave #2700
Chicago, IL 60604

Registration is required for this free presentation.
email events@hgchicago.org or call 312 362-9302.

PRESENTATION RESCHEDULED The Battle of Lincoln Park by Daniel Kay Hertz

photograph of Daniel Kay Hertz
Daniel Kay Hertz, author of The Battle of Lincoln Park

This presentation has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 6:15 pm.

Daniel Kay Hertz will speak on his new book The Battle of Lincoln Park: Urban Renewal and Gentrification in Chicago. The book tells the intriguing tale of conflict between long-time residents that gave the area its characters and newly arrived young professionals renovating homes, and developers using Chicago-style clout to get what they want.

When: 6:15 PM
Thursday March 7, 2019

Where: Signature Office
333 S Wabash Ave #2700
Chicago IL 60604

Registration is required for this free event.
email events@hgchicago.org or call 312 362-9302

We Know What Causes Poverty. You don’t.

But you could.

Because it’s important for concerned people to understand the basis of Henry George’s proposal, we have a special offer for college and graduate students in economics, public policy, and related fields. A generous supporter of the Henry George School will pay you $40 to participate in this two-hour program (90 minute presentation plus 30 minutes of discussion and questionnaire).  You must bring your school identification card. If you are concerned about the causes of poverty you will find this presentation to be of interest. The session is also open to faculty. Checks will be mailed.

At the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, 6:00 PM on Tuesday February 19.  Pre-registration is not required, but if you want more information please email or call 312/471-7925. Henry George School reserves the right to limit the number of attendees.