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NSW Government regulations & COVID-19 risks have required us to suspend meetings at Redfern for the time being. 
We have been conducting  "Zoom-posiums" and at your request, you will be notified by email when these are happening, and how to log into them.

It’s not at all complicated, and when you’ve done it once, you’ll be ‘Zooming’ with everyone. Course and Seminar material will be posted on our Facebook page.

Everyone is welcome to view, post questions and importantly give feedback.
Take care everyone, and looking forward to seeing you soon


EVENTS IN
NOVEMBER

Weekend Evening at the Movies
Private Viewing & Discussion

ANON

6:00-9:00 am. Friday. 27th November 2020.

In the near future, private memories are recorded and crime has almost ceased to exist. But in trying to solve a series of murders, troubled detective Sal Frieland stumbles upon a young woman known only as "The Girl." She has no identity, no history and is invisible to the cops. Sal realizes this may not be the end of crime, and it could be the beginning of it. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, and financed by Sky Cinema Original Films. The film stars Amanda Seyfried and Clive Owen, with Colm Feore, Mark O'Brien, Sonya Walger, Joe Pingue, and Iddo Goldberg appearing in supporting roles.

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Economic History IV:
From the Progressive Era to the Time of Pandemic
The Rise & Wobble of Consumption-Driven Economics

(1900 – the Present)




2:00 – 5:00 pm. Saturday. 28th November 2020.


The concluding session begins at the turn of the 20th CE where  a political consciousness against market bullying was inspired and how the vested interests dug their heels and introduced laws in fiscal and monetary policy as well as shift the focus of economy from aggregate supply to aggregate demand. It will also discuss the role of global conflicts in the discourse as well as the acceleration of knowledge-based technologies around the world.

Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government will facilitate the learning process of deepening the conversation.

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Private Viewing & Discussion
Documentaries
China: A Century of Humiliation &
Sun Yat-sen’s Legacy in China

Friday. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 20th November 2020

This first documentary explores the fundamental differences between Western and Chinese culture from early on. The film debates how Christianity and Confucianism were translated into political thought and social systems. Next, the film investigates why the industrial revolution didn’t take place in China, despite its many early inventions, but in Europe. China's century of Humiliation sheds light on the first economic and military encounters between the British and Chinese Empires through the eyes of Asian and Western historians. Trade deficits, war threats and reprisals have marked the 19th century as one of the bloodiest and most shameful in Chinese history. Today, these past lessons can serve as an powerful insight for what the future might bring for China and the rest of the world.

The second film discusses the life & legacy of Sun Yat-sen, who was inspired by Henry George, and gave him credit for his economic blueprint for a modern China. In this discussion we hope to open avenues for building a more constructive & peaceful strategy in dealing with an emerging world power.

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Policy Discussion
The NSW Proposal for an Opt-Out of Stamp Duties & an Opt-In for Land Value Taxation

Saturday. 2:00 pm. 21st November 2020.


Last year, the Association for Good Government submitted its comments on a proposal to replace stamp duties with a real estate property tax.

We asserted the Georgist perspective that such a policy, would be less burdensome to homebuyers, and encourage owners of underdeveloped land to sell out to developers.

They in turn, would pass on the costs of taxation to the purchasers, who would over time upgrade their properties & even encourage the further improvement of properties without fear of increasing the taxes they would have to pay. Apparently, our advice was heeded.

Join us this Saturday afternoon to discuss what this means to the economy from the perspective of a highly experienced developer, George Favotto engaged in conversation with the Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government. Members are invited to join in as well.  

Please refer to the media releases on the policy by clicking on the following links.
https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/property-tax-proposal
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-18/property-tax-vs-stamp-duty-explainer/12892974
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/how-nsw-s-proposed-property-tax-would-work-20201117-p56faq.html

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Weekend Night at the Movies:
Minority Report
Friday 6:00pm. 13th November 2020

A 2002 American science fiction action film] directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the 1956 short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where PreCrime, a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by psychics called "precogs". 

After the movie is a discussion on the importance of civil liberties and human rights in the face of politicians, governments & even experts who assert greater authority based on prescience and ascendancy over ordinary citizens, hat they know better what is for the people’s own good.

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READING COURSE:
Politics That Mean Something
by Henry George
Saturday. 2:00-4:00 pm. 1
4th November 2020



Over a century ago, The Standard, in 11 February, 1888 published Henry George’s essay that declared that “There is no legitimate connection between the functions of government and the business of banking!” but lamented how the focus on the growing comfortable relationship between politicians and bankers has distracted attention away from the discussion on the merits of the single tax as a remedy. Even that issue continues to nag at the movement today. Is there a way to resolve this impasse?

Join us on Saturday afternoon for a reading course on this landmark essay & discuss possible strategies of Georgist thought engaging with the mainstream discussions on monetary & fiscal policy.


Access the material for a copy by clicking https://www.cooperative-individualism.org/george-henry_politics-that-mean-something-1888.htm

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PAST EVENTS in

OCTOBER




WEEKEND NIGHT@THE MOVIES
Private Viewing and Discussion
KISS THE GROUND




SUNDAY 6:00pm. 1st November 2020

Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that directly responds to contentious issues of climate, sustainability and economic development.

The movie illustrates the science of regenerating the world’s soils which can completely and rapidly stabilize atmospheric stability, renew damaged ecosystems and produce abundant food for the populace. Through state of the art technologies accompanied by NASA and NOAA footage, the film carefully explains how sequestering carbon by farming techniques that work with natural cycles, that nurturing the soil is essential in sustaining the 21st Century economy and beyond.


This movie has the potential to deepen the conversation of transcending debates and working at concrete solutions of enhancing rather than depleting nature's bounties.

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Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos | FRONTLINE

6:00pm 24 October 2020



An inside look at how Amazon founder and CEO built one of the

largest and most influential economic forces in the world — and the cost of Amazon’s convenience.

Jeff Bezos is not only the richest man in the world, he has built a business that is without precedent and at the fastest growth rate in the history of American corporate capitalism. His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology is so far unrivalled. As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

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American Experience: Henry Ford

6:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday 17th October 2020

While he praised Henry George and read Progress and Poverty, how much of a Georgist was Henry Ford? Join us this Saturday evening at the movies to view and discuss this PBS documentary that serves as a character analysis of Ford. Examining the motives of his actions, as often as remembering those acts. Yes, Ford changed America, but his later years were full of actions which conflicted with the promise shown from his earlier years. As noted in a historian`s comment in the film, in no way would we stand for what he did in today`s world - and we`re better for it.”

A much recommended viewing for the fourth & final instalment of the Economic History Course in November.

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SATURDAY NIGHT @ THE MOVIES
Private Film Viewing & Discussion



Saturday 10th October 2020

6:00PM - 9:00PM (SYDNEY & MELBOURNE)

5:00PM - 8:00 PM (TOKYO)

4:00 PM -7:30 PM (MANILA)


Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind two Brazilian presidencies -- Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. With accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, 2012) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation & unravels Brazil's latest political developments and corruption scandals as it shows the power of people's pressure on Congress, making them impeach one of the most powerful and corrupt governments Brazil has ever faced.


The movie is about 120 minutes long & an hour discussion follows. So get your drinks and popcorn ready and join me in watching this film and joining in the discussion afterwards.

Joffre Balce

Secretary

Please click on the link below.

Joffre Balce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday Night at the Movies
Time: Oct 10, 2020 06:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Friday Night at the Movies ...
Private Film Viewing & Discussion

The Social Dilemma (Take Two)

Friday 4th October 2020

7:00PM - 9:30PM (SYDNEY & MELBOURNE)

6:00PM - 8:30 PM (TOKYO)

5:00 PM -8:30 PM (MANILA)


Set in the dark underbelly of Silicon Valley, The Social Dilemma fuses investigative documentary with enlightening narrative drama. Expert testimony from tech whistle-blowers exposes our disturbing predicament: the services Big Tech provides-search engines, networks, instant information, etc.-are merely the candy that lures us to bite. Once we're hooked and coming back for more, the real commodity they sell is their prowess to influence and manipulate us.

The movie is about 90 minutes long & an hour discussion follows. So get your drinks and popcorn ready and join in watching this film and joining in the discussion afterwards.

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ECONOMIC HISTORY III:
THE GILDED AGE TO THE PROGRESSIVE ERA
2:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday 19th September



From the overthrow of French monarchy and the invention of the  Spinning Jenny  to the eve of WWI and the first wireless transmission by Marconi, in this eriod the economic scales began to shift in favour of the West, which struggled among its nations in the conflict for colonial acquisition and preservation of newfound wealth and power and the virtue of noblesse oblige to the weak, marginalized and oppressed who, in turn, grew in the awareness of their own humanity, dignity and fundamental equality. Thus will this session discuss the drastic turn from classical political economy to neoclassical economics that reduced natural resources to capital in general, derogated wages into an expense aid by advances by capital and a conflict between classes, countries and empires. It was at this exciting time that Henry George's ideas took shape and spread like wildfire and influenced economic reforms around the world.

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FAIRNESS & FREEDOM: A ZOOM-POSIUM ON
TRADE AS A PATH TO PEACE & PROSPERITY

2:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturday, 12th September



Trade that is free and just is perhaps the most brilliant economic invention since the birth of civilisation. Imagine, people   exchanging what is less valuable to themselves for something more valuable for the other?  It is the essence of relationship and fruitful encounter, that each other's time is so well spent that they come out better after.

Examine how such simple principles are can and have been applied to policy and strategies by countries that have led to their prosperity and development and how ignoring or treating them with content has led to poverty and stark inequality.

Join Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government this Saturday afternoon (12nn Manila, 1PM Tokyo & 2 PM Sydney time). Prepare  your snacks & drinks as it will be a light discussion & a belated celebration of Henry George's 141st Birth Anniversary last 2nd of September.
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Joffre Balce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Freedom and Fairness Zoom-posium.
Time: Sep 12, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Joffre Balce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Freedom and Fairness Zoom-posium.
Time: Sep 12, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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PAST EVENTS IN AUGUST
WEBINAR. ANALYZING COVID-19 RESPONSES & THE CHALLENGES TO GOVERNMENT

10 AM - 12 NN, SUNDAY 30th AUGUST


The CoViD-19 pandemic has posed as this century’s greatest challenge so far as it has infected nearly 23 million around the world and responsible for over a three-quarters of a million deaths at this time. How have countries responded? What have been the outcomes? Are we out of the woods yet? What are the implications of the responses been to the political questions of forms of government, civil liberties and human rights? How are economies affected & how can they recover?

Join the Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government as he discusses he offers facts & opinions on the questions raised for consideration & further discussion.

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FACULTY DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR. THE THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: EXPLORING HENRY GEORGE’S PEDAGOGY
3:00 – 5:00 pm, SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST

A thought experiment considers a hypothesis, theory, or principle for the purpose of thinking through its consequences. Johann Witt-Hansen established that Hans Christian Ørsted was the first to use the German term Gedankenexperiment circa 1812. Not only have philosophers treated them topically, but also historians, cognitive scientists, psychologists and mathematicians. Henry George made use of them to deduce a principle in political economy and apply them to policy to explain outcomes. The seminar conducted by Joffre Balce, Secretary, will examine the methodology, discuss George’s use of it and explore its relevance and applications to the contemporary problems.

To join, click on the link below on the date and time.

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WEBINAR ON
MODERN MONETARY THEORY: FRIEND OR FOE TO STATUS QUO?
Saturday, 8th August. 2:00 - 4:00 pm


Modern Monetary Theory is the latest buzz word on the airwaves that is challenging the conventional notion that fiscal deficits are bad and balanced budgets and surpluses are good, that governments first have to collect taxes before it can spend and that the linchpin of economic power lies in the creation of money.

Join Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government as he discusses a brief history of the development of the idea, the current policy implications & extent of influence and any agreements and disagreements when juxtaposed against other schools of thought, including the ideas of Henry George who once exclaimed, “I am a Greenbacker but I am not a fool.”

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PAST ACTIVITIES
JULY
SEMINAR:
HOW TO HAVE CHEAPER HOUSING

SUNDAY, 26TH JULY
11:00AM - 12:30PM




SPEAKER: RICHARD L. GILES,

PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT

Endless enquiries have failed to make housing cheaper.  This talk shows how it is possible, and why it is so difficult.

Richard Giles has been the editor of the Good Government for almost 40 years and was the Secretary of the Association for good Government for 25 years. He writes and lectures on a wide range of topics from philosophy and history to political economy and social justice

IN LIGHT OF THE NSW GOV’T COVID-19 GUIDELINES ON RISK, WE ARE LIMITING ATTENDANCE TO THE PRESCRIBED LIMITS, AND SO REQUEST YOUR RSVP ASAP. FURTHERMORE, WE ARE UNABLE TO SERVE REFRESHMENTS AFTERWARDS, BUT ENCOURAGE ATTENDEES TO PERHAPS MEET AT A NEARBY VENUE AND CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS.

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INVITATION TO ZOOM

ECONOMIC HISTORY II:
FROM RENAISSANCE TO REVOLUTION
Saturday, 18th July. 2:00 - 5:00



The  second of a series of four sessions to help familiarise Georgists with the history of economic ideas as a response to the socio-political milieu. The session covers the timeline of events simultaneous with the end of the Crusades to the American and French Revolutions in the West as well as the rise and fall of Asian Empires It also discusses the  schools of political economic thought of the times from the ascent of the Salamanca School and Ibn Khaldun to the Mercantilist and Physiocrat debate.

The tutorials are delivered by Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government and concurrent head of the Australia School of Social Science who has handled the subject for over 30 years.


To join the meeting, click on the link below on the time & date

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EXAMINING BOTSWANA
Saturday, 11th July. 2:00 - 4:00 pm

While Georgists have debated over the doctrines in Henry George’s literature, some have dared taken steps further in their application. Arguably, Botswana has been one of them in their fiscal and trade policies to keep the common wealth in the service of the people of the country.

Join Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government as he discusses a brief economic history of Botswana and the words of the incumbent President Ian Khama, son of the founding father of the Independent Resublic of Botswana, the last King and first President Seretse Khama (See website for recommended backgound viewing)




Society in Pandemic: Reflecting on the Right to Life & the Duty of Living

Saturday, 4th July 2:00 - 4:00 pm



Different countries have had different responses to the pandemic, ranging from to lockdown in homes to surgical mask wearing & social distancing – with varied outcomes. Balancing public health concerns with the political and economic consequences has become controversial and divisive. However, does the issue have to be?

This discussion will explore two approaches: balancing rights and questioning the values that guide us in upholding them. Can we revert to principles that unite us rather than stick to interests that divide us?

Are the principles of association in equality in rights and the mutual respect for individual agency relevant to the discussion? This focus question is a challenge to Georgists.

Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference with the Secretary, Joffre Balce, by clicking at the link below

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Sunday, 4th July, 2020. 2:00 – 4:00 PM Sydney, ACT, Melbourne, Brisbane

1:00 – 3:00 PM Adelaide, Darwin, Tokyo

12:00– 2:00 PM Manila, Perth

Friday 3rd July.2020. 6:00 – 8:00 PM Honolulu

7:00 – 9:00 PM Anchorage

8:00 – 10:00 PM USA West Coast

9:00 – 11:00 PM USA Mountain

10:00 – 12: 00 PM (4th July) USA Central

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM (4th July) USA East Coast

Recommended materials to deepen the conversation.

YouTube videos:

Dignity of Risk & Duty of Care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf4Y7v-SLtc&t=66s

Dignity in Care Social Inclusion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCk9hGY_76E

Dignity in Care: Choice & Control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrImwgBFMYE&t=673s

Dignity in Care: Privacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbFLcRtoW4k



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PAST EVENTS IN JUNE

INVITATION TO ZOOM MEETING
WEBINAR: WHERE IS GEORGISM ON THE POLITICO-ECONOMIC SPECTRUM?
Saturday, 27th June. 2:00 - 4:00 pm


Henry George was an enigma in his time. Even today, both sides of the political spectrum either adopt him as one of their own or totally reject him. Consider how he seems to swing from one end to another in his own works ...


And having in mind that the income which the community ought to obtain from the land to which the growth of the community gives value is in reality not a tax but the proceeds of a just rent ... If this is socialism, then, indeed, is it true that free trade leads to socialism.
(Protection or Free Trade).

We differ form the Socialists in our diagnosis of evil and we differ from them in remedies. We have no fear of capital ... set no limit on accumulation  ... see no evil in competition ..."
(Condition of Labour).


Join Joffre Balce, Secretary of Good Government, on Zoom for a Webinar to explore and discuss where Henry George figures in the current debates and discussions in the frameworks of political economy from a historical and contemporary perspective.


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Literature Review Course:
Protection or Free Trade, Session VII

Sunday, 21st June. 2:00 - 5:00 pm

note change from usual day and time


Having read and discussed Protection or Free Trade over the last six sessions, we will proceed with a summary and a practical application of constructing a mind map to further enhance Henry George's the unique method of analysis in the comparison between protection & free trade as well as the importance and relevance to contemporary issues.

It is hoped that in learning by doing, participants will be able to construct their own mind ma
p and commence writing a reflection revolving around the lessons Henry George's essential book written over a century before the idea of globalisation was hatched.


Facilitating the exercise will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

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Literature Review Course:
Protection or Free Trade, Session VI

Saturday, 13th June. 3:00 - 6:00 pm

To continue our successful conduct of the literature review course’s four sessions, we will proceed to the succeeding Chapters of Protection or Free Trade.

We will begin with a quick review of the preview session on the following Chapters that focused on the historical milieu, the purpose for which the book was written, the unique method of analysis used by Henry George & the comparison between protection & trade.

Preface

I. Introductory

II. Clearing Ground

III. On Method

IV. Protection as a Universal Need

V. The Protective Unit.

VI. Trade

VII. Production and Producers

VIII. Tariffs for Revenue

IV. Tariffs for Protection

X. The Encouragement of Industry.

XI. The Home Market and Home Trade

XII. Exports and Imports

XIII. Confusions Arising from the Use of Money

XIV. Do High Wages Necessitate Protection?

XV. Of Advantages and Disadvantages as Reasons for Protection

XVI. The Development of Manufactures

XVII. Protection and Producers

XVIII. Effects of Protection on American Industry

XIX. Protection and Wages

XX. The Abolition of Protection

XXI. Inadequacy of the Free Trade Argument

XXII. The Real Weakness of Free Trade

XXIII. The Real Strength of Protection

XXIV. The Paradox

XXV. The Robber That Takes All That Is Left

and continue the discussion of the succeeding Chapters

XXVI.  True Free Trade
XXVII.  The Lion in the Way
XXVIII. Free Trade and Socialism
XXIX.  Practical Policies
XXX. Conclusion

Providing the introduction and overview of each chapter will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

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Literature Review Course:
Protection or Free Trade, Session V

Saturday, 6th June. 3:00 - 6:00 pm


Free link to PDF copy.
https://cdn.mises.org/Protection%20or%20Free%20Trade_3.pdf

To continue our successful conduct of the literature review course’s four sessions, we will proceed to the succeeding Chapters of Protection or Free Trade.

We will begin with a quick review of the preview session on the following Chapters that focused on the historical milieu, the purpose for which the book was written, the unique method of analysis used by Henry George & the comparison between protection & trade.

Preface
I. Introductory
II. Clearing Ground
III. On Method
IV. Protection as a Universal Need
V. The Protective Unit.

VI. Trade
VII. Production and Producers
VIII. Tariffs for Revenue
IV. Tariffs for Protection
X. The Encouragement of Industry
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XI. The Home Market and Home Trade
XII. Exports and Imports
XIII. Confusions Arising from the Use of Money
XIV. Do High Wages Necessitate Protection?
XV. Of Advantages and Disadvantages as Reasons for Protection

XVI. The Development of Manufactures
XVII. Protection and Producers
XVIII. Effects of Protection on American Industry
XIX. Protection and Wages
XX. The Abolition of Protection

and continue the discussion of the succeeding Chapters


XXI. Inadequacy of the Free Trade Argument
XXII.  The Real Weakness of Free Trade
XXIII.  The Real Strength of Protection
XXIV.  The Paradox 
XXV.  The Robber That Takes All That Is Left


Providing the introduction and overview of each chapter will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

To Join Zoom Meeting, Click on the link below on the date & time
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PAST EVENTS IN MAY

INVITATION TO ZOOM MEETING

Literature Review Course:
Protection or Free Trade, Session IV

Saturday, 30th May. 3:00 - 6:00 pm


Free link to PDF copy.
https://cdn.mises.org/Protection%20or%20Free%20Trade_3.pdf

To continue our successful conduct of the literature review course’s two session, we will proceed to the succeeding Chapters of Protection or Free Trade.

We will begin with a quick review of the preview session on the following Chapters that focused on the historical milieu, the purpose for which the book was written, the unique method of analysis used by Henry George & the comparison between protection & trade.

Preface
I. Introductory
II. Clearing Ground
III. On Method
IV. Protection as a Universal Need
V. The Protective Unit.

VI. Trade
VII. Production and Producers
VIII. Tariffs for Revenue
IV. Tariffs for Protection
V. The Encouragement of Industry
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XI. The Home Market and Home Trade
XII. Exports and Imports
XIII. Confusions Arising from the Use of Money
XIV. Do High Wages Necessitate Protection?
XV. Of Advantages and Disadvantages as Reasons for Protection

and continue the discussion of the succeeding Chapters

XVI. The Development of Manufactures
XVII. Protection and Producers
XVIII. Effects of Protection on American Industry
XIX. Protection & Wages
XX. The Abolition of Protection

Providing the introduction and overview of each chapter will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

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Literature Review Course:

Protection or Free Trade, Session Three

Saturday, 23rd May. 3:00 - 6:00 pm


Free link to PDF copy.

https://cdn.mises.org/Protection%20or%20Free%20Trade_3.pdf

As a continuatuion our successful conduct of the literature review course’s two session, we will proceed to the succeeding Chapters of Protection or Free Trade.

We will begin with a quick review of the preview session on the following Chapters that focused on the historical milieu, the purpose for which the book was written, the unique method of analysis used by Henry George & the comparison between protection & trade.

Preface

I. Introductory

II. Clearing Ground

III. On Method

IV. Protection as a Universal Need

V. The Protective Unit.

VI. Trade

VII. Production and Producers

VIII. Tariffs for Revenue

IV. Tariffs for Protection

V. The Encouragement of Industry.

and continue the discussion of the succeeding Chapters

XI. The Home Market and Home Trade

XII. Exports and Imports

XIII. Confusions Arising from the Use of Money

XIV. Do High Wages Necessitate Protection?

XV. Of Advantages and Disadvantages as Reasons for Protection

Providing the introduction and overview of each chapter will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

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INVITATION TO A WEBINAR

"From Science to Policy"

Wednesday , 20th May. 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm

Conspiracy theory is said to be in the realm between clouds of doubt and cults of the paranoid and thrive in a maelstrom of controversy and suspicion.

It is not enough to trust in experts but to know what questions to ask. Likewise, experts can no longer demand trust or take it for granted. Urgently needed now are new rules of engagement between authorities and the laity to bridge the knowledge divide and to preserve institutions of democracy

Join us for an evening of discussion focusing on the topic with Ian Woolf, a science educator, broadcaster, podcaster, blogger and writer. He is a polymath who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physics from the University of Technology Sydney and polymath in training - looking for an income … for everyone. You can catch his weekly program on https://www.diffusionradio.com/.

To join the webinar, click the link below

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INVITATION TO ZOOM

Literature Review Course:
Protection or Free Trade, Session II

Saturday, 16th May. 3:00 - 6:00 pm


Free link to PDF copy.
https://cdn.mises.org/Protection%20or%20Free%20Trade_3.pdf


As a follow-through to our successful conduct of the literature review course’s First Session, we will proceed to the succeeding Chapters of Protection or Free Trade.

We will begin with a quick review of the preview session on the following Chapters that focused on the historical milieu, the purpose for which the book was written, the unique method of analysis used by Henry George & the comparison between protection & trade.

Preface
I. Introductory
II. Clearing Ground
III. On Method
IV. Protection as a Universal Need
V. The Protective Unit.


and continue the discussion of the succeeding Chapters

VI. Trade
VII. Production and Producers
VIII. Tariffs for Revenue
IV. Tariffs for Protection
V. The Encouragement of Industry
.


Providing the introduction and overview of each chapter will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

To Join Zoom Meeting, Click on the link below
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External Event
: Philo Agora Meet-Up

"Ethical and Moral Consequences
of the Corona Virus"
7:30 - 10:00 pm. Monday. 11 May 2020.

Sam Alexander, convenor of Philo Agora, will give a short 10 minute talk on the ethical and moral consequences of the Corona Virus. We will then open the floor to short two or three minute responses from the floor.

Meet up site.
https://www.meetup.com/Philo-Agora/events/270458920/

Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78750940597

Meeting ID: 787 5094 0597


Literature Review Course
:
Protection or Free Trade, Session I

Saturday, 9th May. 3:00 - 6:00 pm



Free link to PDF copy.
https://cdn.mises.org/Protection%20or%20Free%20Trade_3.pdf


While the lockdown continues & as Zoom is proving to be quite an effective means of gathering and engaging in the discourse, we will resume our study of the primary literature of Henry George through the internet & opening the invitation to the wider publics not just in Australia but overseas.

This weekend, we will study Protection or Free Trade. This classic provides the context of two controversial terms “protection” and “free trade” that have been lost or hijacked by contending ideological camps from the turn of the last Century until today. It admonishes the use of trade and sanctions as a proxy of war that does not necessarily prevent it but draws the world away from a more rational, positive-sum economic relationship among nations and their peoples. Free trade and even protection need the context of a democracy of an association of equality in rights and mutual respect and not a false paradigm of a market where the only the fittest deserve to thrive and survive.


Providing the introduction and overview of each chapter will be the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and Head of the Australian School of Social Science, Joffre Balce. He holds an AB (Humanities) and an MSc in Industrial Economics and was a former PhD scholar of the UNSW Faculty of Law. Participants that meet the minimum requirements of attendance and participation will receive certificates from the AGG and AS3.

The session covers the following Chapters
Preface
I. Introductory
II. Clearing Ground
III. On Method

IV. Protection as a Universal Need
V. The Protective Unit.


Time: Saturday, 9th May, 2020

3:00 – 6:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney;

1:00 – 4:00 PM Perth, Philippines

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ZOOM WEBINAR
The Australian Economy at a Crossroads:
In Search for a Georgist “New Normal”

Sunday, 3rd May. 2:00 - 4:00 pm


As the lockdowns are about to ease up, attitudes range between an optimistic economic snap back to normal as before the pandemic to a pessimism over a possible Great Depression, from a confidence that the worst of the pandemic is over to  fears voices over  sparking a second wave.


The majority of opinion lies between the two. Questions on resolving social issues such as financial uncertainty, economic insecurity, poverty, inequality, bigotry and the abuse of the environment indicate a yearning for a “new normal.”

Such concerns are relevant to the democratic principles that begin with social justice the association in equality in rights compatible with the idea that sovereignty rests in the individual. The challenge will be integrating these ideas with contemporary concepts of economic efficiency and sustainable development.


Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference with the Secretary, Joffre Balce, and his guests who will discuss the broad range of issues in the context of the teachings of Henry George by clicking at the link below

Time: Sunday, 3rd May, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
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Recommended Background Materials for Strictly Educational Purposes Only:

Websites:
'Economics of a Pandemic' webinar with Nobel Prize Laureate Professor and economist Joseph Stiglitz, ALP National President Wayne Swan and chief economist at the Australia Institute Dr Richard Denniss
https://nb.tai.org.au/pandemic_economics


YouTube:  Post Corona Economy
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Post+Corona+economy


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PAST EVENTS

APRIL:

FOURTH ZOOM MEETING

Exploring the Sovereign Wealth Fund Strategy for Resilience. A Georgist Perspective
Sunday, 26thApril. 2:00 - 4:00 pm


While the world reels from a pandemic, it is also haunted by the spectre of a global recession.

In the 2000s, resource-rich Middle Eastern countries and Singapore formed sovereign wealth funds, which was regarded with suspicion by many of the “free world” and capitalist  economies as a means for less democratic nations to consolidate power and resources over the people. In the next decade, other nations followed suit, with the hope that it would relieve them from the pain of the Global Financial Crisis. Have they worked, considering that recent news is uncovering a sudden drop and a scandal gutting the biggest of them all?

Nevertheless, the strategy deserves a re-examination and assessment of its strengths and weaknesses in the face of threats and opportunities in the Age of Pandemic and the much feared economic aftermath. Of relevance to the discussion would be the question if Georgist principles, especially the idea of a Common Fund, have anything to contribute to the idea?


Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference with the Secretary, Joffre Balce, and his guests by clicking at the link below

Topic: Joffre Balce's Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 26, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 824 0989 6836
Password: 846300
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Recommended Background Materials for Strictly Educational Purposes Only:

Websites:

What is a Sovereign Wealth Fund? Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute.
https://www.swfinstitute.org/research/sovereign-wealth-fund

Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF)
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sovereign_wealth_fund.asp

YouTube Videos:

Sovereign Wealth Funds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-AKY_WsNv4

The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds: New Investment Strategies

| Finance Professionals | MAFC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1VGQlNIbdk&t=277s

Recent News:

How CoViD-19 is affecting the world’s Sovereign Wealth Funds
https://intpolicydigest.org/2020/04/13/how-covid-19-is-affecting-the-world-s-sovereign-wealth-funds/

Sovereign Wealth Fund to Drop to $201 million after $150 million withdrawal

https://economicconfidential.com/2020/04/swf-drop-201m-after-withdrawal/

Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Hit By Scandal
https://www.ai-cio.com/news/norways-sovereign-wealth-fund-hit-scandal/

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THIRD ZOOM MEETING


Evaluating the land tax deferral in response to CoViD-19.
Sunday, 19thApril. 2:00 pm

Because of the lockdown measures, economic activity has almost ground to a halt, save that of essentials. Tenants and landlords are caught in a vicious bind – no work, no income, no capacity to pay rent; no rent income, no capacity to pay the mortgage.

Zero cash flows on rental properties have also reduced the market value of properties. Investors that bought at the peak of the market are over-leveraged and owe banks far more than the collateral they borrowed against or even the cash flow they hope to generate. In times like these, what policy options does government have?

Join out Zoom Meeting with guest, George Favotto, is an experienced CFO with over 20 plus years’ experience in property real estate and property development and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and The Taxation Institute of Australia.


Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference by clicking at the link below

Time: Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting 
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Recommended Background Materials on the web:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok2uR3btMrE&t=110s


www.realcommercial.com.au/news/nsw-adds-440m-land-tax-relief-to-states-covid-19-response


https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/news/land-tax-relief-landlords

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SECOND ZOOM MEETING.


Building a Resilient Economy: Quo Vadis, Australia?

Saturday, 4thApril. 2:00 - 4:00 pm


Resilience is a buzz word at times of crises. Being proactive, nimble, rapidiy responsive, able to sustain damage and to go on the rebound are features of resilience.

The memory of the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2008 is still fresh and the international experience of sluggishness lingers in many economies, especially those that adopted austerity measures for the bottom of society and bail outs for those at the top pose a challenge for Australia. What with a generation that has never experienced the doldrums, spared the recession that had to happen and the reality of applying for welfare has bitten hard.

What are the lessons learned from the past experiences of a double whammy of a economic turbulence and a global pandemic? Examining and comparing the current experiences of Australia, what insights can we gather to improve our nation’s capacity to timely anticipate threats, quickly respond to situations, solidly overcome harms and sustainably recover from the damage wrought by this double whammy?


Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference with the Secretary, Joffre Balce, by clicking at the link below

Time: 12th Easter Sunday April, 2020 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney 

Join Zoom Meeting 
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Meeting ID: 975 689 5867

Recommended Background Materials on the web:

https://www.investopedia.com/special-economic-impact-of-pandemics-4800597


YouTube videos:
The 1918 Spanish Flu-The Search for the Virus | Mysteries of the Microscopic World (Three Parts)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MHT5xTkL2g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkgQQaVgqMw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRU3RFZWY8I

The Weimar Republic: Germany's First Democracy

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/weimar-republic-germany-democracy

TEDxBlackRockCity - Hollis Doherty - The Woergl Experiment and the Evolution of Money

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0K65v_V8Sg

Silvio Gessel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxdPIOUTd2k

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MAIDEN ZOOM MEETING
.

RE-EXAMINING THE BASIC INCOME:
IS IT GEORGIST & WILL IT WORK?
Saturday, 4thApril. 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Once in the margins of policy discussion, the recent CoViD-19 crisis has propelled the Universal Basic Income into the mainstream. Many have claimed it is compatible with the principles Henry George espoused, including Martin Luther King in his famous speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” where he cites Progress and Poverty and its author. Nevertheless, the level of attention it has raised cannot make it a simple choice of rejecting the whole idea or designing it to achieve our four criteria of economic efficiency, social justice, individual liberty and sustainable development.

Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference on the
Saturday, 4th of April from 2:00 to 2:40 pm
with the Secretary, Joffre Balce, by clicking at the link below and using the Meeting ID and password:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/569237387?pwd=N2g1WHAxYkduWXNoTlRKYkdJSS9oUT09

Meeting ID: 569 237 387
Password: 040490


MEANWHILE, OUR PUBLICATION OF GOOD GOVERNMENT CONTINUES AND WE WILL BE RESORTING TO TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE IN THE WORLDWIDE WEB WHERE PARTICIPATION IS POSSIBLE AND ENCOURAGED, WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME TO VIEW, POST QUESTIONS AND GIVE FEEDBACK. IN COOPERATION WITH NATIONAL EFFORTS TO  RETURN TO NORMALCY, WE ARE SUSPENDING ANY PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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PAST EVENTS IN MARCH

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION: REEL INJUN
Friday, 13thMarch. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.

Reel Injun is a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes that explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film. Reel Injun is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native peoples in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians, while director Diamond travels across the USA to visit iconic locations in motion picture as well as American Indian history.

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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
WILL ROBOTS STEAL OUR JOBS?
THE FUTURE OF WORK

Sunday, 15th March. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.


Society is facing radical changes. Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution - is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Artificial intelligence is constantly gaining ground. An exciting, powerful and informative DW Documentary. Join us for a discussion afterwards on robotics and artificial intelligence on government, policy & regulation.

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READING COURSE: SESSION II
PROTECTION OR FREE TRADE?

Friday, 20th March. 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Henry George explains quite prophetically how, on the one hand, protectionism, monopolies, concessions & other policies restricting the production, movement & exchange of goods leads to imperialism &, eventually, war. On the other hand, he explains how economic liberties and mutual respect by ending all restrictions imposed by privilege lead to not only to equal rights & opportunities but to lasting peace as well. The second session discusses Chapters 11-19.

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SEMINAR:
OPEN SOURCE SYSTEMS,
CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY
Saturday, 21st March. 200 – 4:00pm.

SPEAKER: ANTHONY MUSCIO
IT SPECIALIST & OPEN SOURCE ADVOCATE


Open-source software is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner. The seminar will explore the implications of enclosures of the commons in cyberspace and questions of class conflict.

Anthony Muscio, the speaker is a seasoned professional provider of senior IT services to small and medium sized enterprises. His specialties are in research, managed services, architecture, business strategy and IT education for the laity.

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DEFERRED /MATERIAL TO BE POSTED
SEMINAR: HOW TO HAVE CHEAPER HOUSING

SUNDAY, 29TH MARCH FROM 2:00 - 4:00 PM
SPEAKER: RICHARD L. GILES,
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT

Endless enquiries have failed to make housing cheaper.  This talk shows how it is possible, and why it is so difficult.


Richard Giles has been the editor of the Good Government for almost 50 years and was the Secretary of the Association for good Government for 25 years. He writes and lectures on a wide range of topics from philosophy and history to political economy and social justice.

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PAST EVENT IN FEBRUARY
ANNUAL PLANNING WORKSHOP/
PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION: SARAJEVO

Sunday, 2ndFebruary.
2:00 - 3:00 pm. For Planning
4:00 – 6:00 pm for Private Viewing & Discussion

Members & active sympathizers of the Association are encouraged to participate in our annual planning of activities for 2020. Afterwards, there will be a private viewing of Sarajevo, a 2014 German-Austrian production based on historical events succeeding the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria that led to the beginning of WWI. It will be of Georgist interest to discuss how the complexities of national territory, alliance & the movement of commodities can be pivotal to peace & war.

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SEMINAR:
REBUILDING FROM AUSTRALIA’S ASHES: WHAT ARE OUR ALTERNATIVES?
Saturday, 8th February. 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Just as Australia has suffered unprecedented damage from the worst bushfires in its history, its present government is mulling emergency powers that could grant extraordinary control over people’s decisions & lives. In a world shaken by threats of global terrorism, is the solution more government authority? Are there any other alternatives? Join us for an afternoon as the speaker, who began his economic education and career as an activist against authoritarian rule over an economy in crisis and has extended assistance in the reconstruction & rehabilitation of areas stricken by Mount Pinatubo in the 1990s & Typhoon Haian last decade offers alternatives that do not require the sacrifice or compromise of individual liberties.


Speaker: Joffre Balce
Secretary, Association for Good Government

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READING COURSE:
PROTECTION OR FREE TRADE?
Friday, 21st February. 6:00 - 8:00 pm


In his book, Henry George explains quite prophetically how, on the one hand, protectionism, monopolies, concessions & other policies restricting the production, movement & exchange of goods leads to imperialism &, eventually, war. On the other hand, he explains how economic liberties and mutual respect by ending all restrictions imposed by privilege lead to not only to equal rights & opportunities but to lasting peace as well. The first session will discuss the first 10 chapters.

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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
A DANGEROUS MAN. LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA
Sunday, 23rd February, 2:00-5:00



A Dangerous ManLawrence After Arabia is a British television film of 1990 depicting the experiences of T. E. Lawrence and Emir Faisal of the Hejaz at the Paris Peace Conference after the end of the First World War. With due regard to the artistic license lent to its production, the film serves as a touchpoint for discussion on the origins of the Middle Eastern situation today that involves a most fought over natural resource – oil.

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ECONOMIC HISTORY I:
From Ancient to Medieval Times

Saturday, 29th February. 2:00 - 5:00 pm

This is the first of a series of four sessions to help familiarise Georgists with the history of economic ideas as a response to the sociopolitical milieu. It begins with the cradles of civilization and concludes with the expansion of the Islamic, Chinese, Christian Empires as well as those in the Americas undiscovered by the others.

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PAST EVENTS

JANUARY

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
EARTH ON FIRE

Friday. 24 January 2020
3:00 - 5:00 pm

"Earth on Fire is a one hour, Australian special that focuses on mega fires and fires in general as they relate to our forests and ecosystem. This documentary reminds us that our idea of the natural and perfect state of things isn't always based on a reality that ever existed outside of our own modern world, and it does this by examining the rather current epidemic of mega fires throughout the globe ...

As Earth on Fire is an Australian production, the film also visits forests there and shows viewers first hand the sorts of foliage and landscapes being affected by mega fires. In Australia, we find out that certain trees have evolved along side fire, needing it to germinate its seeds and allow underlying buds to sprout."

Join us for an afternoon of viewing & constructive discussions.

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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
HISTORY OF CONVICT AUSTRALIA


SATURDAY. 25 January 2020
2:00 - 4:30pm


Around the turn of the 19th century, large numbers of convicts were transported to the various Australian penal colonies, due to the overcrowding of British Prisons. Join us in viewing this educational documentary reenacting Australia’s convict past, reflecting over the legacy of the dramatic, brutal birth of a nation and discussing in relevance to contemporary issues in political economy.

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EXTERNAL EVENT:
SYDNEY OPEN FORUM
at HUMANIST HOUSE
10 Shepherd St. Chippendale NSW

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Wednesday 22 January 2020.
8:00 - 9:45 pm


Sam is the host of "Talk of Today", a podcast where he interviews experts about developments in the world and what they could mean for the future.

Sam is currently studying philosophy and complexity science at the University of Sydney.

"We're at a unique point in time of history, perhaps the history of life itself. We possess technological prowess that borders on the godlike, but our wisdom is lacking. I'm studying philosophy and complexity science so that I'm better equipped to understand and engage with some of the most important discussions of our time.

We face challenges today that transcend national borders. The institutions and incentives we have in place are ill-equipped to deal with these challenges.

I believe a part of the solution to these problems is the creation of a digital global citizenship -- citizenship for all. This digital country could be used to advocate for global interests and act as a vehicle to deliver access to basic needs and rights around the world."

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-barton-b4604246/

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