Earn $25 in one hour to learn economic principles

Paid one hour focus group 6:15 pm 2/15/2018 to listen to and comment on presentation of the economic philosophy of Henry George When: 6:15 pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018 Where: Signature Office, 333 S Wabash Ave Ste 2700, Chicago, IL  60604 Instructor: George Menninger You can learn fundamental economic principles in an hour. The Henry …

Henry George School seeks new location; can you help?

We were notified recently that the old building at 30 E Adams where we have been based for the past three years is being remodeled, apparently into apartments.  So our classroom/office space needs a new location. We currently have about 720 square feet, but could squeeze that down a bit if it makes a space …

PEBC Discussion of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, June 17, 2014, 6-8pm

The Political Economy Book Club discusses The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. The Jungle is a 1906 book written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. The book depicts working class poverty, the absence of social …

Wed Feb 19 6 PM PEBC discusses Social Statics (Parts 3 & 4)

The Political Economy Book Club discusses Parts 3 & 4 of “Social Statics” by Herbert Spencer (1851 edition). Economist Murray Rothbard called Social Statics “the greatest single work of libertarian political philosophy ever written.” Spencer argued that the state was not an “essential” institution and that it would “decay” as voluntary market organization would replace …

Feb 11 Mon 6PM: No Farms, No Food

Since earliest civilizations, humans have recognized that food is a product of farmland (and, yes, pastureland, fisheries, etc) and have managed to cultivate enough land to feed themselves.  Yet today we routinely convert farmland to urban use. American Farmland Trust (AFT) seek to ensure continued agricultural use of some land by buying development rights from …

Jan 16 Wed 6 PM: Stephen Zarlenga on Henry George’s Concept of Money

Living in the 19th century, Henry George had a first-hand view of “hard money” throwing the economy into disarray.  While George always asserted that the fundamental reform needed was public collection of land rent, tonight’s speaker will show that he also held “quite advanced” views of money, seeing its control as a legitimate function of …

Nov 12 Mon 6 PM: High Cost of Government Revenue

Whether we go over the “fiscal cliff” or muddle through in a less dramatic way, one thing that seems certain to survive is the Federal Income Tax. This power point presentation by HGS instructor and Administrative Director Bob Jene looks at the actual cost of collecting that tax. The IRS overhead itself represents the direct …

Oct 4 Thurs 6 PM: How I made $1,000,000 in Chicago real estate: I $tole it from you!

Successful land speculation is really a matter of capturing for yourself the gains that belong to the community.  George Menninger is one of many who have done it.  Far beyond any need to earn a living, George now spends some of his time explaining how the bad public policy he exploited not only made him …

Oct 1 Monday: The American Monetary Act

Which is more important, fiscal reform as proposed by Henry George, or monetary reform as represented in the the proposed American Monetary Act? Or are they both necessary to achieve fundamental economic justice? Bob Jene will examine the American Monetary Institute’s proposed Constitutional amendment, using AMI chief Steve Zarlenga’s speech on the subject to analyze …