We are moving to 30 E Adams Street #1207

Image from State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr Commons

Please be aware that Henry George School is moving, to 30 E Adams #1207,  just a short walk away from our current location.  We will of course put a sign at our old 28 E Jackson location, and publish the new address here at hgchicago.org just as soon as the lease is signed. The actual moving date is planned for the second week of July, with the first event at the new location to be the movie, Gangs of New York.

 

June 23, Sat, Economic (bi)Cycle Tour

Image credit: Oscar Ruiz Cervera via flickr (cc)

Ride with HGS insiders Bob Jene and Bob Matter thru the Museum Campus and Central Station development areas.  Your guides will discuss various appropriate and inappropriate land uses, public amenities that enhance land values, some underused and prematurely developed spaces. Bring your own bike, and be ready to cycle 10-15 miles over two hours. Meet at 28 E Jackson (lobby) at 1 PM.

This tour is free, donations of course are welcome, and participants required to sign a waiver.  You can let us know you’re coming, or just show up.

June 19 6PM Tuesday: Sam Venturella Memorial Library open house

 

Library honors the memory of Sam Venturella

Probably the largest collection of Georgist and geoist documents west of Philadelphia, our Sam Venturella Memorial Library is routinely available by appointment for reference use, with borrowing privileges (except a few works) offered to Henry George School graduates and supporting members (pdf). On the occasion of this open house we invite everyone to see our resources and meet the staff.

JUNE 10 UPDATE: HGS Librarian Irene Marmi will raffle off a free Progress & Poverty course during the open house.

JUNE 18 UPDATE:

  • We will celebrate new library shelving and the many book donations received in the past year.
  • Farewell to John Kuchta.
  • Please invite someone new. All new guests and friends who have not attended a HGS class are eligible to win the complete HG Core classes to be started within the next year.
  • 7pm – Real Estate 4 Ransom– movie by Australian geoists
  • happy birthday Sandra Lamberger
  • decide what book reviews to type up for new location
  • a Monopoly board will be set up and refreshments will be served.

hosted by:
Irene Marmi, Librarian and hgs board secretary
Sandra Lamberger, distribution director

Tuesday, June 19, 6 to 8 PM. Free, of course, donations welcome. Futher information at 312 362 9302 or info@hgchicago.org.

June 09 2PM Saturday: Real Estate 4 Ransom

What role did real estate play in the crashing of the global economy? Bigger and different than you might think, says this new Australian documentary by Karl Fitzgerald and Gavin Emmanuel. Shot over 5 years, it focuses an economics lens on many of the big picture issues world politics are grappling to deal with. The 40 minute documentary looks at whether genuine freedom has been delivered by the democratic system.

We’ll show the film at 2 PM on Saturday, June 9, at 28 E Jackson #1004.  There will be time for questions and discussion, and of course refreshments.  The event is free, but our landlord insists on being paid so donations are welcome.

For information call 312 362 9302 or email bobj@hgchicago.org

June 16 1 PM Invisible Robbery Tour

image credit: MIchael Kappel via flickr (cc)

Right on the streets of every American community, robbery takes place every day.  How can local, state, and national governments claim they need to tax our labor, when there is so much real value that the community creates but fails to collect? On this walk through central Chicago, we’ll see some of this value, understand who takes it and what it costs us all. Along the way we’ll discuss what a free market is, and how it could make the city a better place.

HGS President Chuck Metalitz is your guide for this tour, which departs 1 PM on June 16 from 28 E. Jackson #1004. Hardcopy sourced notes will be provided. A donation of $10 (cash or check, please) is requested, but this is waived for anyone who was enrolled at the School during 2011 or 2012, as  well as contributing members.

This tour was earlier scheduled for June 13, but due to a conflict is now set for Saturday, June 16, leaving 28 E Jackson #1004 at 1 PM.

 

June 6, Wed, 6 PM: No Farms, No Food

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Urban sprawl threatens destruction of much valuable farm land.  Bob Jene will look at data from one of the leading national organizations seeking to mitigate this damage, the American Farmland Trust (AFT).  Among other things, they buy development rights from farmers to insure  the land’s continued use in agriculture and facilitate community supported agriculture which makes family farms more viable.  The Georgist fiscal reform encourages more conservative and productive use of all land.  Bob concludes that an alliance with AFT would benefit us both.

Free presentation at the Henry George School, 28 E Jackson #1004, 6 PM on Wednesday, June 6.  Further information at 312/362-9302, or bobj@hgchicago.org.

May 23 Wed Real Estate 4 Ransom

What role did real estate play in the crashing of the global economy? Bigger and different than you might think, says this new Australian documentary by Karl Fitzgerald and Gavin Emmanuel. Shot over 5 years, it focuses an economics lens on many of the big picture issues world politics are grappling to deal with. The 40 minute documentary looks at whether genuine freedom has been delivered by the democratic system.

We’ll show the film at 6 PM on May 23, at 28 E Jackson #1004.  There will be time for questions and discussion, and of course refreshments.  The event is free, and donations are welcome.

 

May 16, Wed, Political Economy Book Club discusses Bastiat’s “Essays on Political Economy”

Image of Frédéric Bastiat from Wikimedia

This work was selected to coincide with the G8 meetings the subsequent weekend (which were to have been in Chicago but have been relocated).  Bastiat was “indeed a lucid and superb writer, whose brilliant and witty essays and fables to this day are remarkable demolitions of protectionism and all forms of government subsidy and control,” according to economist Murray Rothbard.  The work being discussed, Essays on Political Economy, is freely available in various written and audio formats.

At 6 PM on Wednesday, May 16.  Optional RSVP to convenor Bob Matter by email or phone 312 362 9302.  The event, at 28 E Jackson #1004, is free (donations welcome) and open to all.

May 12 2PM Saturday: Admirable Crichton (free movie)

from the 1902 stage play
source: Wikimedia

 

Kenneth More stars as William Crichton, the highly knowledgeable and efficient butler in the London household of the Earl of Loam (Cecil Parker) and his family. Though Crichton is the true master of the household, he knows his place, honouring the tightly regulated social structure of late-nineteenth century England.

On a trip on the Earl’s steam yacht to the South Seas, the family and its servants are shipwrecked. The family become marooned on a desert island, and only Crichton proves to have the skills and resourcefulness to keep everyone alive.  Within a few months, the social order has been reversed: Crichton, who becomes affectionately known as ‘Guv’, takes control of affairs, while his former employers become his willing and eager servants. [from Wikipedia]

Based on J M Barrie’s 1902 stage play of the same name. The U. S. release was titled “Paradise Lagoon.” Lewis Gilbert — UK– 1957 — 94 minutes

Presented at 2 PM on Saturday May 12,  in our Curious Georgists go to the Movies series. free (donations welcome) with refreshments and discussion following the film.

April 19: Corruption of Economics/History of Capital starts tonight!

This course investigates the systematic efforts of the economics profession to marginalize the ideas of Henry George — even at the cost of changing fundamental concepts of classical economics.  Taught by Bob Jene, and based on important work by Mason Gaffney. This advanced course requires prior completion of Progress & Poverty. Starts tonight, April 19, at 6 PM.  More information here.