Every month, second Tuesday

Join us for an open introductory discussion about wealth, poverty, justice, and community, the second Tuesday of every month.  Our initial time and location will be  6:15PM, at the Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 S. State. The first topic, February 14, will be No Wall, No Privilege: How True Free Trade Can Raise American Wages and End Poverty. Subsequent programs (subject to change) will cover:

March 14: America’s #1 Problem: Low Wages.

April 11: How the Personal Income Tax Differs from Slavery. Introducing Progress & Poverty

May 9: Introducing Progress & Poverty Illinois is not Broke

June 13: to be announced

July 11: to be announced

To receive updates on these and other scheduled events, join our Henry George School announce list.




Coming down to earth by moving into the cloud

Based in the cloud but active on the ground. Image credit: Mr. Shane Lear
Based in the cloud but active on the ground. Image credit: Mr. Shane Lear

Having lost our space at 30 E Adams, we spent the summer looking around for a new location.  It was a big distraction from our main mission of education, but had to be done.  HGS VP Scott Walton suggested that, rather than enriching another landlord, perhaps we should try a virtual operation, “in the cloud” if you will.  This doesn’t mean going on-line, tho we may do some of that.  Rather, we will operate without a dedicated office/classroom space, instead borrowing or renting locations as needed.  Not only can this save money, but it allows us to more easily offer classes and events in various neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, this required that the Sam Venturella Memorial Library be moved, at least temporarily, to a private location.  Also, several cabinets of archival paper files have been relocated separately.  In both cases, HGS volunteer Board members secured space at no cost to the School.

Our postal address has changed, but the phone and email remain the same, all as shown on the contacts page. As always, our coming events are listed on the events page.


Celebrate Henry George Day with us on Sept 5, new mailing list, and HGS at NCSL

Jim Frederiksen, Al Katzenberger, and David Harrell work the booth at NCSL, August 9, 2016. HGS photo by Chuck Metalitz
Jim Frederiksen, Al Katzenberger, and David Harrell work the booth at NCSL, August 9, 2016. HGS photo by Chuck Metalitz

We still don’t now where the School is moving (expect classes to be in several locations), but that doesn’t keep us from progressing with smart revenue ideas, our traditional Henry George Day observance, and a much improved mailing list.

ITEM 1: Henry George Day. As is our custom, we celebrate the first Monday in September as Henry George Day, gathering in a rustic Evanston back yard for food and drink, conversation, and a chance to meet other Georgists.  Everyone who has ever completed any Henry George School course is welcome, and should feel free to bring a significant other and/or minor dependent(s).  THERE IS NO CHARGE.  It’s great if you can bring a dish to share, or money to contribute toward expenses, but neither is required.

What is required is that you let us know you’re coming, preferably by email to info@hgchicago.org no later than Friday September 2 noon Sunday September 4. You’ll get a response including the street address (which is near bus routes 97, 49B, 215, and a mile from Howard Red Line terminal.) Festivities start around 3PM (which is when we get some shade in the yard) and conclude at dusk or later.

ITEM 2: Join our new email list.  Unlike the haphazard emails we’ve sent before, this is to be an organized endeavor, with a somewhat automated process for joining and leaving.  You can join the list by clicking here, filling out your name and email address. This will generate a confirmation email; when you respond to that you’ll be on the list.

The list will carry messages about class schedules and other events, no more than one message per week.  If you have any trouble getting on [or off] the list, let us know

ITEM 3: Useful things we have been doing. The photo shows Jim Frederiksen (wearing a tie, of course), Al Katzenberger (back to camera), and David Harrell (on the right, behind the table) explaining land value tax to attendees at the National Council of State Legislatures conference earlier this month. Public Revenue Education Council, of which Al is the chief, has done this work for twenty years, aided by local Georgists around the country.  Jim is a surgeon and medical researcher who was formerly on the HGS Board until his relocation to North Carolina. David is a current HGS Board member.  Adam Kerman, John Kelly, and Bob Jene also helped out during the three-day conference. In 2017 the conference will be in Boston, and volunteers are needed.


Henry George School seeks new location; can you help?

image credit: Louis Vest (cc) via flickr
image credit: Louis Vest (cc) via flickr

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 affordable. We do need access and HVAC evenings and Saturdays, safe pedestrian and transit connections  (preferably but not necessarily near the Chicago loop).

We think our current and prior landlords would concur that we are a reliable tenant and good neighbor. If you know of space available (or have space you would like to rent), Let us know

Another read for the PEBC, and Intro to P&P this Friday

Political Economy Book Club convenor Bob Matter has announced the next book, which will be discussed Wednesday, June 1. And our next section of Progress & Poverty begins with an introductory session this Friday.  Even tho it’s the traditional (not actual) “tax day,” the focus will be on Henry George’s goal: extirpation of poverty.

Read Democracy in America– and more videos at the Henry George School

Tocqueville toured North America in 1831, but he didn't come to Chicago. Ft. Dearborn in 1831 from Wikimedia.
Tocqueville toured North America in 1831. Had he come to what is now Chicago, he would have seen Fort Dearborn.

Political Economy Book Club convenor Bob Matter reminds us to start reading Democracy in America volume 1, in order to participate in the PEBC discussion Tuesday, March 29, 6 to 8 PM. Or, if you don’t care to read it, you can listen to a free audiobook version.

Democracy in America is arguably a great work of modern democratic literature, a highly engaging and thought-provoking text that markedly stands at right angles to the dull-witted science of politics that is today dominant in the American academy, and elsewhere.

John Keane

More info about the Book Club, including free text and audio downloads, is here.

from: Introducing the Land Value Tax
from: Introducing the Land Value Tax

No preparation at all is needed for this Saturday (February 20 2016)’s  Georgist Video Festival, comprising shorts (and extracts from longer works) by Georgist and nonGeorgist luminaries including Fred Harrison, Paul Justus, and Paula Gloria. These videos do not presuppose any familiarity with political economy as we teach it, and require only an interest in the problems Henry George addressed: Why, despite the great increase in productive power, does the problem of poverty worsen?  And what could be the remedy?

Specifics about the Saturday afternoon Video Festival are here.

Both events are entirely free of charge, tho donations to help fund rent and refreshments are welcome.

Take one hour to improve your understanding of economic fundamentals

Get a firm grounding at the Henry George School (image credit: Ingrid Metalitz)

You can learn the basic concepts of political economy in about an hour.  George Menninger, one of our instructors who has used the principles we teach to build his personal fortune, will cover this on Thursday, February 11, in the scope of his “Introduction to Progress & Poverty” session.  You might not want to enroll in the five-session course, but as a citizen, worker or student, and taxpayer you need to understand the basics that George will make accessible. Take a look at what you will and won’t learn in this course, and stop by our classroom (30 E. Adams St, #1207) at 6PM on Thursday to find out what we have to say.

It’s free, there’s no obligation, and some light refreshments will be available. For information call 312 450 2906 or email us.

How you can join the 1% in 2016

image credit: The Simple Good (cc) via flickr
image credit: The Simple Good (cc) via flickr

We guess that less than 1% of people understand the main cause of poverty, which remedies might work and which can’t, and why. Our mission is to increase that number, and we’d like to welcome you to the group.

The basic Progress & Poverty course provides the information you need.  This term we’ll have a Tuesday section, starting January 19, and a Thursday section starting February 11. For each, you’re welcome to attend the first session without obligation.  If you choose to enroll, the fee is only $25 for the entire course and it can be waived in exchange for labor.   A summary of what you will learn and what you won’t learn is here, course description here, schedule herePre-registration is optional.

Questions? Just email us or phone 312 450 2906.


“Nothing will fully interest men unless it also interests women.”

– Henry George

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Georgist Video Festival! Tuesday!


Fed Harrison
Fred Harrison in Revolution, Danish Style

As previously announced, we’re screening a bunch of the best and most interesting videos presenting Georgist messages.  Not all by Georgists, but all saying things people need to know if they’re to figure out where the economy is, where it’s going and why.  We’ll be there for four hours, 5 to 9 PM Tuesday December 8, but you’re welcome to stop by our space at 30 E Adams #1207 for as long (or brief) a time as you find convenient.  Free and open to everybody. A bit more information is on the events page.