Adam Schuster will present “Diagnosing Illinois’ Fiscal Sickness and Prescribing a Cure” to the Henry George School. He is working on a 5-year fiscal plan to save the state and pay off its debt. This is a free presentation.
6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019
333 S Wabash Ave #2700
Chicago, IL 60604
Adam is budget and tax research director at Illinois Policy Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked in the Illinois Department of Labor to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and on an initiative to tie state spending to measurable outcomes.
Registration is required for this free event. Those attending will be required to pick up a badge from building security to come upstairs. Please tell us you’re coming by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 312 362-9302.
Effective November 24, 2018, the phone number of the Henry George School shall be 312 362-9302. If the phone number sounds familiar, it was the School’s business number when we were at 417 S Dearborn and 28 E Jackson. At 30 E Adams, the School used a phone number prepaid for five years that was assigned by the VoIP carrier. When the period was up, it was ported to the School’s new VoIP carrier. Unfortunately, the old carrier failed to complete all proper procedures for porting out. So that we’re not subject to the vagaries of a VoIP carrier we no longer subscribe to, we have reverted to using the previous phone number.
We’ll present Introducing Progress & Poverty thrice in January, followed by the full Progress & Poverty course.
Introducing Progress & Poverty outlines the way the economy works, including the main causes of persistent poverty, and proposes a remedy that seems to have worked wherever it has been even partially tried. It’s also an overview of our ten-session Progress & Poverty course, which provides a lot more detail and begins January 22.
This initial session is free. If you choose to enroll for the remaining nine sessions, you’ll be asked for a $25 registration fee and given course materials.
Our session on Friday January 11 will be offered at Levy Center Evanston. 1:00 PM, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
Our session on Saturday January 12 will be offered in the Irving Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. 2:00 PM, 3330 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618
If you plan to attend our Tuesday January 15 session (6:15 PM at 333 S Wabash Ave #2700, Chicago, IL 60604), please note that building management REQUIRES THAT YOU SIGN UP IN ADVANCE SO THEIR SECURITY GUARD WILL HAVE YOUR NAME ON THE ADMISSION LIST. You can do that by emailing us, or phoning 312 362-9302. Send email to email@example.com, subject Introducing Progpov Jan 15.
2018 has brought us two new Georgist books, one being a repackaging and update of the traditional Henry George School courses, and the other a guide to implementing Georgist ideas to benefit people in today’s world.
Understanding Economics: To Fix What’s Wrong (published by the Henry George Institute) is the newest evolution of the material traditionally taught in the School’s Progress & Poverty course, with some concepts of current interest taken from other courses. Most of the content is adapted from existing course materials, also with extended selections (some abridged) from the Progress & Poverty text. Those of us who took the courses years ago will appreciate the updates, particularly discussing actual experience with land value taxation and the expected effects of its widespread adoption.
To Fix What’s Wrong is a great way to learn the causes of poverty, George’s proposed remedy, its feasibility and likely effects. It’s not the same as having an actual instructor and fellow students, but for many folks it’s the most practical way to learn.
Rent as Public Revenue: Issues & Methods (a joint publication of the Institute and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation) is presented in its introduction as a continuation and expansion of the Committee on Land Taxation, to
…assist Georgists in demonstrating how the theory can be put into real world implementation and also show non-Georgists how practical [George’s] theory is…[as well as to show] the relevance of George’s ideas to broader applications…such as air rights, franchises, easements, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
The main body of the book opens with Lindy Davies’ presentation of the “Loads of Challenges” facing implementation of the remedy. In the next chapter, Ted Gwartney disposes of one of these, practical methods of appraising the land values in the real world. Other Georgist luminaries address the land value impacts of transit improvements (David Wetzel), municipal experience with land value taxation (Josh Vincent), community land trusts (Gary Flomenhoft), taxation of forests (Mason Gaffney), Alaska Permanent Fund and the potential worldwide sharing of resource rents (Alanna Hartzok), problems with treatment of land income under current laws (Gaffney again), climate change and its relationship to economic justice (Davies again). An appendix presents the original Committee on Land Taxation manual, which includes a number of Chicago-focused examples.
Although much of the material in both these books is freely accessible on the internet, the full text of neither book is posted as such. Both are offered for sale by the Henry George Institute, and Rent as Public Revenue can also be purchased from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
This class meets Friday afternoons, 1 to 2:30, September 7 thru October 12. Bob will teach the “modern” version of the course, which uses a text revised and abridged for 21st-century readers (all the important ideas from Henry George’s 19th-century book are there, and you can use the original 1879 text if you prefer).
Evanston’s Levy Center is at 300 Dodge Av., served by CTA routes 93(California/Dodge) and 97(Skokie). For more about why you might want to take this course, review comments from our previous students.
You can sign up for this course our Eventbrite link, or by phoning or emailing us. By special arrangement with the Levy Center, the normal $25 registration fee is waived for this section.
Dorothy Venturella, widow of longtime HGS head Sam Venturella, passed away Monday (April 30). Dorothy was active in and for a time President of the Henry George Women’s Club (which later admitted men and appropriately retitled itself), while raising four children with Sam. An obituary is here.
Donations to the School in memory of Dorothy Venturella have been received from colleagues of her son, Vincent, from CGO and the Better Cities Committee, from Scott and Sue Walton and from Heather and David Wetzel.
Henry George’s masterwork Progress & Poverty has long been available free on-line, as text or audiobook, also in most public libraries. The “Resources” tab above will take you to various editions. Also, everyone who registers for our Progress & Poverty course is given a copy.
Now, for what we suppose is a limited time, a hardcopy of the modernized & abridged edition will be mailed to you, free on request. Just use this form. The offer comes from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, publishers of Henry George’s works (and a lot more). They’re good guys, they won’t spam you, and if you really don’t want to be on their list they’ll take you off quick.
We’ve done a number of presentations under the names Introducing Progress & Poverty and Illinois is not Broke during the past year or so. Each one is updated to reflect current conditions as well as the expected interests of the likely audience.
Our March schedule includes three of each, a total of six presentations, at three locations including one which is new to us. Details are on our Events page. We hope also to begin one or more courses this spring but schedules haven’t been set.
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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 George School has developed a “One Hour Henry George” presentation. We need a diverse focus group of college students and graduate students to give us feedback. High school students are also welcome.
After this hour, you will understand:
How both liberty and justice are essential to the success of any economic system which works for everybody.
Why poverty worsens for some despite opportunity and prosperity for others.
A better way to lessen poverty and bring prosperity to all.
Why existing programs to alleviate poverty are unsuccessful.
The failure of “economic development” programs.
A method of public finance likely to end poverty and prevent economic collapse.
How some people (including George, and maybe you) have become wealthy by exploiting unfairness in the way we organize our economy.
The presentation will take an hour, plus we will ask 30 additional minutes of your time for discussion. At the conclusion, you’ll receive $25, plus a voucher good for a free Henry George School course should you wish to learn more.
The size of this focus group is limited. Please let us know you’ll attend by sending an email message with your name and address, college, academic level, and course of study to
Or, you may call us on 312 450-2906. Please leave your name and telephone number and a good time to call you back.