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CURRICULUM OF FREE COURSES


Even a cursory look reveals a world now gripped by numerous wars over territory, and bedeviled by economic depression and growing social inequality.�� Towards the end of the nineteenth-century a book was written which analysed these enormous social problems and provided a remedy.

This book was Progress and Poverty.� Its author was an American, Henry George.


Twenty-five years after its publication it had sold over two million copies making it easily among the most widely-read book on economics ever written.� In this book George pointed to a weakness in our most basic economic institution, private property in land.Since it was written its teaching has been endorsed by so many famous men and women that it is hard to imagine why both the book and its author are now all-but forgotten.� The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy offered this reason.�� Those who profit from landed property �use all possible means to conceal from themselves and others the truth � and to crush, extinguish and distort it, or, if these do not succeed, to hush it up� (A Great Iniquity). The object of the Association for Good Government is to get the principles enunciated in Progress and Poverty and in George�s other works given the public discussion that they deserve. These teachings fall easily into three kinds:

  • A philosophy of natural rights, notably the inalienable right to use land;
  • A political economy developed from the Ricardian theory of rent; and
  • Public policies directed against monopoly, notably a �single tax� on the value of land.

The progression of courses, from introductory, intermediate, through to several advanced courses allow time for discussion and revision.

The course is broken down as follows:

Georgist Economic Philosophy: An Introductory Course for Those Seeking Social Justice

  • Principles for Social Justice
  • Economics for Social Justice
  • Public Policy for Social Justice

Georgist Political Economy: An Intermediate Course for Those Seeking Social Justice

  • A Free and Open Society
  • Enclosed Society
  • An Enslaved Society
  • Overview: Seeing the Cat

The following is the TENTATIVE schedule of Introductory and Intermediate courses set down for 2018 to to be held at the 1F Henry George House, 122 Lt. Eveleigh St. Redfern (50 meters west of the Redfern Station).


FIRST OFFERING (on April, between school terms) from 2:00  - 5:00 pm; repeated the following day. Students may attend courses on the dates successively or interchangeably.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.
Principles & Economics 1. Monday 16th & repeat Tuesday 17th April

Economics 2 & Public Policy. Thursday 19th & repeat Friday 20th April

Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice
A Free & Open Society; An Enclosed Society: Monday 23rd  & Tuesday 24th April (repeat)

An Enslaved Society & Overview: Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April (repeat)

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READING COURSE ON PROGRESS AND POVERTY
BOOK III: THE LAWS OF DISTRIBUTION


Progress and Poverty opens with a dedication "To those who, seeing the vice and misery that spring from the unequal distribution of wealth and privilege, feel the possibility of a higher social state and would strive for its attainment."

The reading courses will be held on a weekend on the following TENTATIVE dates covering the cited chapters:

1) The inquiry narrowed to the laws of distribution -- necessary relationship of these laws
2) Rent and the law of rent
at 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, 9 February.

3)  Interest & the cause of interest
4) Of spurious capital & of profits often mistaken for interest
at 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, 16 March.

5) The law of interest
6) Wages & the law of wages
at 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday 18 May.

7) Correlation & coordination of these laws
8) The statics of the problem thus explained.
at 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday 1 June.

Writing for Social Justice Workshop:
at 2:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday 30 June.


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SECOND OFFERING on July, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably or repeatedly.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.
Principles: Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th July (repeat).
Economics: Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th July (repeat).
Public Policy: Friday 7th & Saturday 8th July (repeat).

Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice
Free & Open Society; Enclosed Society: Monday 10th July & Tuesday 11th July (repeat)
An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat": Thursday 13th July & Friday 14th July (repeat)

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THIRD OFFERING (on October, between school terms) from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably or repeatedly.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.

Principles & Economics 1: Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd October (repeat).

Economics 2 & Public Policy:. Thursday 4th & Friday 5th October (repeat).


Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice

Free & Open Society; Enclosed Society: Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th October (repeat)

An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat": Thursday 11th October & Friday 12th October (repeat).

 


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