Henry George School
P O Box A3603 Chicago 60690 | (312) 450-2906
Nov
24
Tue
Progress & Poverty Classic Edition
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Henry George’s masterpiece of Political Economy. Unravel the secrets behind inequality and prosperity.

More info here

Dec
1
Tue
Progress & Poverty Classic Edition
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Henry George’s masterpiece of Political Economy. Unravel the secrets behind inequality and prosperity.

More info here

Dec
8
Tue
Georgist Video Fest @ Henry George School
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In recent years, Georgists have created a large amount of video material about fundamental economic concepts, their basis and their application. Some are brief, some extended.  All are helpful in understanding what we teach, why it’s important, and how it can be used.   Producers include Earthsharing, Earthsharing Australia, Council of Georgist Organizations, and others. We’ll be watching a bunch of these during a four hour period Tuesday evening.  Feel free to drop by for as long (or short) as you’d like. A list of the videos, with links, will be provided, as will some light refreshments.

The event is free, altho donations to help pay our rent and other expenses are appreciated.

Dec
29
Tue
Jim Frederiksen: Discussion with Georgist dignitary
Dec 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Come visit with Jim Frederiksen, one of our more innovative thinkers in presenting Georgist ideas in a modern context. You’ll be able to hear Jim’s thoughts on both ongoing and historical research, and his criticisms of modern economic thought.

Jan
18
Mon
South Connect planning meeting
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

to discuss South Connect Metra Electric/Pace South planning fare coordination and service integration proposal. The Transit Riders’ Authority is the proponent.

Jan
19
Tue
Introduction to Progress & Poverty (classic version of the course begins) @ Henry George School #1207
Jan 19 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

This session introduces Progress & Poverty, including an overview of what we cover in the course. Even if you don’t plan to take the full course, you can expect this introductory session to help you gain a new and useful perspective on today’s problems of wealth concentration, poverty, and lack of opportunity.

America in the 1870s faced increasing poverty, rising unemployment, rule by an elite and their corporations– many of the same problems we’re experiencing today.  Henry George described the cause of these problems and proposed a remedy which is even more applicable today than it was in his time. His book Progress & Poverty, perhaps the best-selling nonfiction book of the 19th century, presented his analysis and solution.

In this “classic” version of the course, students are encouraged to read the original 1879 text, and/or modern summaries and supplements, and to evaluate what George says against their own experience and understanding. You’ll gain a new understanding of how the economy works, which public policies promote liberty and prosperity, and which don’t.

Class meets every Tuesday, beginning 6:15PM on January 19, ending March 22.  More information about the course is here and here. Pre-registration is helpful but not required.

Feb
11
Thu
Introduction to Progress & Poverty course (modern version) @ Henry George School #1207
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

America in the 1870s faced increasing poverty, rising unemployment, rule by an elite and their corporations– many of the same problems we’re experiencing today.  Henry George described the cause of these problems and proposed a remedy which is even more applicable today than it was in his time. His book Progress & Poverty, perhaps the best-selling nonfiction book of the 19th century, presented his analysis and solution.

This “modern” version of the course uses Bob Drake’s “abridgement for modern readers” of Henry George’s original text.  You’ll gain a new understanding of how the economy works, which public policies promote liberty and prosperity, and which don’t.

Class meets every Thursday, beginning 6PM on February 11,  ending March 17.  Even if you don’t sign up for the course, you’ll find this free introductory session insightful.  More information about the course is here and here.

Feb
20
Sat
Georgist Video Festival @ Henry George School
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Real Tragedy of the Commons, (cc by nc nd) by Frits Ahlefeldt, HikingArtist.com

The Real Tragedy of the Commons, (cc by nc nd) by Frits Ahlefeldt, HikingArtist.com

We didn’t have time for all the videos he wanted to show last time, so Chuck Metalitz is doing it again: A marathon (well, four hours or so) of animations, lectures, documentaries, and other formats, from America, Canada, Australia, Britain, and maybe a few others, including people we do not necessarily identify as Georgists. Most of these are about three to fifteen minutes, with longer ones represented by extracts.  You’re welcome to stop by any time during the show; do not feel obligated to attend the entire session. 

Just about all of these videos are intended for an audience not familiar with Henry George or, in many cases, not even conscious of political economy.  That probably describes some of your friends or professional colleagues, so bring them along.

We will have some sort of light refreshments.  The event is free, with donations welcome. Also welcome are suggestions for relevant videos which we might not be aware of.

Mar
7
Mon
HGS board meeting 3-7-2016
Mar 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Mar
29
Tue
PEBC Discusses Democracy in America (volume 1) @ Henry George School
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
image credit: Wikimedia Commons

image credit: Wikimedia Commons

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system. In his later letters Tocqueville indicates that he and Beaumont used their official business as a pretext to study American society instead. They arrived in New York City in May of that year and spent nine months traveling the United States, studying the prisons, and collecting information on American society, including its religious, political, and economic character.

Wikipedia

Democracy in America was one of the products of this trip. It’s available in several translations, some free such as this one and this one, also free in audio format.  On March 29, the Political Economy Book Club will discuss volume 1.

PEBC meetings are free and open to everyone who has read and wishes to talk about the book under discussion. Convenor Bob Matter appreciates an RSVP if possible.

A subsequent meeting will discuss volume 2

"Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied."
- Henry George