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COMING EVENTS IN
SEPTEMBER 2017
AT
Henry George House
122 Little Eveleigh Street REDFERN
(unless otherwise stated in the event)
Free Admission, Refreshments Served


The First International Conference
In commemoration of the 116th Year
since the Founding of the
Association for Good Government
and in cooperation with the

Sekiguchi Global Research Association

 



Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar #24

PROGRESS WITHOUT
POVERTY OF PEOPLE AND NATURE
Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000


In September 1901, the Darlington Single Tax League was founded and it eventually evolved into the Association for Good Government today, 116 years later. Henry George, a self-educated journalist, economist, politican and social philosopher was at the time the most influential economist, with his magnum opus, Progress and Poverty, having sold over two million copies. Social justice was the remedy and the single tax on land was the policy prescription then. At the time in Australia, a Land Tax in the form of Municipal fees was applied, a remnant of its Georgist days when the Antipodes had the highest per capita incomes at the turn of the 20th century.While over a century has passed and the teachings of Henry George have been neglected in universities, traces of his policies and the fruits of its application are visible in Japan, Singapore, Germany, Scandinavia and Taiwan. 

We have taken the occasion to gather speakers from various countries and backgrounds to gather and share their research and insights for those who would express interest in pursuing and enriching the framework in the present context.

8:00 - 900  Program Registration
9:00 - 9:15  Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00 
"The Social Philosophy of Henry George" by Richard Giles, President

10:00 - 10:30
"Land Value Taxation: A Survey of the Theory, Evidence and Practice. by Dr. Max Maquito, SGRA/University of the Philippines, Los Baños (UPLB) & Prof. Cesar Luna, UPLB
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 11:30  
"Actual Benefits of Land Value Tax: Case Studies from Selected Cities in Metro Manila" by Eng. Grace Sapuay, Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines
12:00 - 1:00  Light Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 
"On Equal access to Land and the Global Migration Problem" by
Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, University of Technology, Sydney.
1:30 - 2:00 
"Exploring the Implications of Georgism to Indigenous People's Land Rights" by Dr. Yogeswaram Subramainam, Faculty of Law, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
2:00 -2
:30  Open Forum/End/Photo Opps
2:30 - 3:00  Tea Break
3:00 - 5:00
Workshop: Vision and updates followed by a roundtable discussion. Facilitator, Dr. Max Maquito, UPLB/SGRA

 

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PAST EVENTS IN AUGUST

READING COURSE: "Land and Taxation"
Friday, August 11 · 2:00 - 4:00 PM



A Conversation Between David Dudley Field And Henry George. This exchange of views between economic reformer Henry George (1839-1897) and legal reformer David Dudley Field (1805-1894) was published in the "North American Review," July, 1885. It circulated in tract form in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

 

PRIVATE SCREENING & DISCUSSION: PYRAMMMID
Saturday, August 12 · 2:00 PM

 

Russia, early 90s. A fictional MOVIE story inspired by financier Sergey Mavrodi, his securities company "MMM", and the pyramid scheme he ran that left upwards of fifteen million investors with nothing when it crashed.

PAST EVENTS IN JULY

PRIVATE SCREENING & DISCUSSION

Saturday, 1 July. 2:00 - 5:00pm



The movie is about Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), a 59-year-old widowed carpenter struck by a heart attack but denied welfare, despite his doctor's diagnosis as unfit, & told to return to work.  In the maze of red tape of appealing his case, he bonds with a poor, single mother (Hayley Squires) struggling to care for her two children.

FREE CERTIFICATE COURSES
from 10:00 am - 12:00 nn.
Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably.


Introductory: Economic Philosophy
for Those Seeking Social Justice.

Principles: Monday 3rd July & Tuesday 4th July (repeat).
Economics: Wednesday 5th July & Thursday 6th July (repeat).
Public Policy: Friday 7th July & Saturday 8th July (repeat).

Intermediate: Political Economy
for Those Seeking Social Justice

Free & Open Society vs. Enclosed Society:
Monday 10th July & Tuesday 11th July (repeat)

An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat":
Thursday 13th July & Friday 14th July (repeat)


GEORGIST FORUM
In Pursuit of Social Justice: What Australia & the Philippines can Learn from Each Other.
Tuesday. 11 July 2017. 6:00 for a 6:15 pm start.


Ken Canning, aboriginal leader & Socialist Alliance lead candidate in the last elections  and Atty. Bruce Rivera, criminal lawyer, law professor & civil rights crusader  exchange views on social justice & social reform in their respective countries. Moderated by Joffre Balce, Secretary.

SEMINAR
The Recent UK Elections: Implications & Lessons for Australia
Speaker: Dr. Keith Suter

Saturday, 15 July. 2:00 - 4:00


The UK election results caught the right flatfooted & surprised even the left. What does this mean for the future, not only in the UK but in Australia? Come listen & engage Dr Keith Suter, strategic planner, futurist & opinion leader.

ADVANCED COURSE:
History of Economic Thought & Development: Civilisation & Conquest
Saturday, 22 July. 2:00 - 4:30 pm.

This course aims to widen our gaze to explore political economy as a science of generating synergy and upholding self-determination. This session focuses on the dynamics and encounters of civilisations & culture, as well as the religious & philosophical beginnings of political economy until the era of mercantilism. Discussions will attempt an approach towards liberation and the mutual service of individual and the community.

READING COURSE:
Our Land and Land Policy
. Review & Highlights.
28 July. 1:30 - 4:30 pm.


Our Land and and Policy
was Henry George’s first book published. Even before the publication of Progress and Poverty in 1879, San Francisco political economist and publisher Henry George (1839-1897) had written extensively about what he considered to be the causes of economic inequity but his attacks on these evils were coupled with a plan for a brighter future. When he died in 1897, his assessments of liberal 19th-century economic theory were critically acclaimed in Europe, Australia and the USA.

SYMPOSIUM
Georgist Influence in Continental Europe
Saturday, 29 July. 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Published in 1879, Progress and Poverty became one of the world’s most popular books, translated into dozens of languages with millions of copies distributed around the world, making Henry George famous the world over. His principles were appreciated & applied in social justice programs dealing with land, labour & currency, in continental Europe in the late 19th & early 20th Centuries

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EVENTS IN JUNE 2017

Private Screening and Discussion.
Saturday. 3 June 2017.
2:00-5:00 pm


1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British  dystopian drama film written for the screen and directed by Michael Radford, based upon George Orwell's novel of the same name. Starring John Hurt, Richard Burton (in his last cinematic role), Suzanna Hamilton, and Cyril Cusack, the film follows the life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government.

The film, which features Burton's last screen appearance, is dedicated to him "With love and admiration." (from Wikipedia). Open discussion follows.



Advanced Course:
History of Economic Thought -- Conflict, Survival & the Dawn of Civilizations
Saturday. 10 June 2017
2:00 - 4:30 pm



Economics has been taught as a science of scarcity and choice. It has been used as a lever of control in society. This course aims to widen our gaze to explore synergy and self-determination. Discussions will attempt an approach towards liberation and the mutual service of individual and the community.

The history of economic thought begins with the history of civilization itself. Hence, the course will start on reflecting on its very primal beginnings. How did civilization begin as a response to the evolution of human consciousness and cooperation? What were the roles of government, religion & philosophy?


Symposium:
Influence of Henry George in England
Saturday. 17 June 2017
2:00 - 4:30 pm


Although Henry George's thought was born from his experiences and observations in California and the Unites States, his ideas achieved a global impact in his lifetime. His works were translated and read in Europe, Australasia and South America as well. Traces of his influence can be seen in policies of the fastest growing economies today.

This month's symposium will discuss the influence George had in England, the thinkers who supported and opposed him and the repercussions of his teachings after his death.

Tutor: Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government. Former lecturer in the History of Economic Thought & Development in the Institute for Industrial Economics at the  University of Asia Pacific and on Special Topics on Finance and Development in the Masters of Public Management Program of the Development Academy of the Philippines.


Seminar:
When Is Health Services a Right?

Sunday. 25 June 2017
2:00 - 4:00 pm


Visiting Speaker from the Philippines:
Elmer Soriano, MD, MDM, MPA.
Senior Consultant, Civika

Central to the debate in health services is whether it is a public good which government is obliged to provide or a personal option which is the private sector's realm to provide. Many say it is somewhere in between. Join us with Dr. Elmer Soriano who will share his experiences in providing health services to the unserved and under-served in the Philippines.

Dr. Soriano has over 15 years of experience in public health and development management. He was actively involved in a governance innovations program in the Philippines. He has written a number of papers on health governance and has published works under the ILO, GTZ, WHO, and World Bank. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Masters in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, and a doctor of medicine degree from the Philippines. He is currently the senior consultant of www.civika.com, an internet based educational portal and is exploring a joint endeavour in promoting Georgist education on the internet.

Reading Course on
Our Land and Land Policy
:
"What Our Land Policy Should Be"

Friday. 30 June 2017
2:00 - 5:00 pm



After the criticisms of the land policy of the United States and its unjust and economically inefficient effects, the final chapter of Henry George's first book presents his proposal for a land policy that restores economic efficiency and justice.

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PAST EVENTS IN MAY

Symposium.

"Reviewing the Meiji Era & Henry George's Influence."
Presenter: Joffre Balce, Secretary.

Saturday, 13 May 2017. 2:00 – 4:30.

An update of the current ongoing research on the influence of Henry George’s literature in the ascent of the Japanese economy from medieval levels to membership in the G-7 after the war.


Reading Course.
"Chapter Four: The Tendency of
Our Present Land Policy."

Friday. 19 May 2017. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.


Our Land and and Policy was Henry George’s first book published by Even before the publication of Progress and Poverty in 1879, San Francisco political economist and publisher Henry George (1839-1897) had written extensively about what he considered to be the causes for worldwide economic inequity—land monopolization and speculation by wealthy entrepreneurs and corrupt politicians.

Public Film Viewing and Discussion


Syriana.

Saturday. 20 May 2017. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

A  2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's screenplay is loosely adapted from Robert Baer's memoir See No Evil. The film focuses on petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry and their political, economic, legal, and social effects.

SEMINARS

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
SYDNEY'S SICKNESS: THE REMEDY

SPEAKER: RICHARD GILES, PRESIDENT
ASSOCIATION FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT

Sunday. 21 May 2017.
2:00 - 4:00 pm




An economic condundrum is happening in Australia. There are two unoccupied units for every homeless person. Yet developments continue as real estate prices and rents rise alongside a low occupancy. What caused the situation & how can we solve the problem of rising unaffordability in housing?


"Is Australia Prone to a Financial Crisis? What Can We Do About It"
SPEAKERS: JOE NAGY AND JOFFRE BALCE
Sunday. 28 May 2017.
2:00 - 4:00 pm





Speakers: Joe Nagy, Retired international banker and personal and institutional investment coach. Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government. Both are co-convenors of the Politics in the Pub at the Gaelic Club.

Housing prices and rents are at record levels and still rising. Buildings continue and investor interest continues, to the detriment of local residents unable to buy their first home.  How long will it last? Is it following a pattern similar to a financial bubble or not? What options does the Australian economy face?

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PAST EVENTS
IN APRIL

ADVANCED COURSES:
MANAGING THE COMMONS II AND III

Sunday, 9 & 29 April
10:00 - 12:00 nn
Delivered by Richard Giles, President.


The third course in the series will examine the way commons are managed to ensure equal rights of access.  It will also further discuss examples George gives of the management of ‘commons’ in the larger sense of productive land. Recommended reading is The Theory of Common Charges on Common Land: From Georgism to Geoism. by Richard Giles (copies available for $25). Additional notes to be provided for free.


FREE CERTIFICATE COURSES: FIRST OFFERING
(on April, between school terms) from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; repeated at 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably or repeatedly.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.
Principles. Monday 10th April
Economics:. Tuesday 11th April
Public Policy. Wednesday 12th April

Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice
A Free & Open Society; An Enclosed Society: Tuesday 18th April
An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat": Wednesday 19th April


PRIVATE VIEWING AND DISCUSSION:
Sunday, 23 April. 2:00 – 5:00 pm.


This film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

READING COURSE:
Our Land and Land Policy.
Henry George's first book.
Chapter Three. "Land and Labour."

Friday, 28 April. 1:30 -4:30 pm

The relationship between land and labour discussion has been sorely neglected in mainstream economics. How does access to land determine wages? How does the application of labour and capital on land affect its value? Join us at the reading course to seek the answers.

SEMINAR

5 March 2017
2:00 - 4:00


How can areas struck by major calamities recover expeditiously and efficiently? By applying Georgist political economy, Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government presents and discusses his case for the Visayas, Philippines that was struck by Typhoon Haian/Yolanda in 2013 but is still in need of assistance.


READING COURSE:
Our Land and and Policy

Henry George’s first book.

10 March.. 1:30 - 4:30 pm.
Chapter Two. The Lands of California.


Our Land and and Policy was Henry George’s first book published. Even before the publication of Progress and Poverty in 1879, San Francisco political economist and publisher Henry George (1839-1897) had written extensively about what he considered to be the causes for worldwide economic inequity—land monopolization and speculation by wealthy entrepreneurs and corrupt politicians. But his attacks on these evils were coupled with a plan for a possible brighter future, for a world in which disparities between people of different classes could be adjusted. By the time he died in 1897, his assessments of liberal 19th-century economic theory were critically acclaimed in Europe and the United States.

GEORGIST SYMPOSIUM.
Georgist Inspirations in Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Economic Thought
Saturday, 11 March. 4:00 - 6:00 pm


Join us in discussing Sun Yat Sen’s Economic Philosophy & Influence on Modern China. In commemoration of the 92nd Death Anniversary of the Father of the Chinese Republic whose economic policies were inspireds by Henry George’s literature.


Advanced Course: Managing the Commons
Delivered by Richard Giles
12 March 2016
10:30 - 12:30 nn





The course continues to examine the way urban commons are managed to ensure equal rights of access.  It will also discuss examples George gives of the management of ‘commons’ in the larger sense of productive land. Recommended reading is The Theory of Common Charges on Common Land: From Georgism to Geoism. by Richard Giles (copies available for $25). Additional notes to be provided for free.


 

FEBRUARY

Georgist Symposium: Examining Botswana

Saturday 4 February 2017
2:00 - 4:30 pm




Unknown to many, Botswana is one of the fastest growing economies since the mid sixties, matching even Singapore's. It is a leading diamond producer that has overcome what Jeffrey Sachs calls "the commodity curse" that plagues mineral rich nations in the Third World with massive poverty & inequality.

How has it bucked the trend of Sub Saharan nations? Was it a fluke? Is it sustainable?

Join us for an afternoon of viewing a few video documentaries & discussing them.

https://www.meetup.com/Association-for-Good-Government/events/237354620/

Reading Course: Our Land & Land Policy
First Session

Friday 10 February 2017
1:30 - 4:30 pm



Our Land and and Policy was Henry George’s first book published. Even before the publication of Progress and Poverty in 1879, San Francisco political economist and publisher Henry George (1839-1897) had written extensively about what he considered to be the causes for worldwide economic inequity—land monopolization and speculation by wealthy entrepreneurs and corrupt politicians. But his attacks on these evils were coupled with a plan for a possible brighter future, for a world in which disparities between people of different classes could be adjusted. By the time he died in 1897, his assessments of liberal 19th-century economic theory were critically acclaimed in Europe and the United States.

The first session covers the First Chapter on "The Lands of the United States" where he tackles the question on what is now known as the carrying capacity of a country.


Advanced Course: Managing the Commons
12 February 2016
10:30 - 12:00 nn

Delivered by Richard Giles, President.



The course will examine the way urban commons are managed to ensure equal rights of access.  It will also discuss examples George gives of the management of ‘commons’ in the larger sense of productive land. Recommended reading is The Theory of Common Charges on Common Land: From Georgism to Geoism. by Richard Giles (copies available for $25). Additional notes to be provided for free.


IN JANUARY

Georgist Symposium:
Cafeteria Georgism &
the Missing Ingredients

27 January 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Secretary Joffre Balce shares his observation and insights on the partial applications of Georgist public policy and results from his recent travel to Asia, the US & Europe.

Free admission. Refreshments Served.


Private Viewing & Discussion:

Sunday 29 January 2017
2:00 - 5:00 pm


A Lunar New Year event.

Empire of Silver is a 2009 historical epic film written and directed by Christina Yao, based on the novel The Silver Valley by Cheng Yi. It focuses on a wealthy banking clan in Pingyao, Shanxi and its fortunes during the turn-of-the-century Chinese economic and political turmoil. The film stars Aaron Kwok and Jennifer Tilly. (Wikipedia)

Visually stunning and dramatically surprising, Christina Yao’s Empire of Silver is a self-assured debut film that manages to be epic in scale and intimate in focus.

Based on true stories about China during the Qing Dynasty in the late 19th century, Empire of Silver tells a story of banking intrigue informed by family values. But they’re unlike values or business practices that you’ll find in contemporary banking.

You only have to compare the morality of the characters in Empire of Silver with that of the bankers in the film adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail on HBO. On the one hand, there’s a fear of failing the customer; on the other, it’s a “what’s in it for me?” mentality. (HuffPost Review)

Free admission. Refreshments served.

 


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