Monopolists: Your Days Are Numbered!

Host/Sponsor: 
Henry George School of Social Science
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Timeslot: 
Abstract: 
As we consider our acts of resistance, we must not take on just the obvious targets, as those might be diversions from fights that can actually be won. Monopolists of land and natural resources are appropriate targets. In this panel Joshua Vincent of the Center for the Study of Economics explores how sitting mayors in the Northeast US are implementing land monopoly taxes as their last resort to providing basic public services to their citizens. One of those mayors Mr. John Jones talks about his decision to reach out to Mr. Vincent for help in fiscal management. Marty Rowland, Education Chair of the Henry George School of Social Science, illustrates how taxing monopolists who despoil the air, land, and water commons can provide a clear way out of political and economic dilemmas that have equally stumped economists, political scientists, and social justice practitioners for decades, if not centuries.
Reading List: 
A New Model of the Economy, by Brian Hodgkinson, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, 2008
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Marty
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Rowland
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Henry George School of Social Science
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Marty Rowland is Chair of the Education Committee for the Henry George School of Social Science Board, frequent lecturer and educator on the economics of the commons. His specialty is expanding Georgist economic analysis into natural resource and public infrastructure management. Rowland is currently developing an ASTM Guide on infrastructure provision and upkeep that public executives will use to manage their city’s public services in a transparent and accountable way. He supports the idea that infrastructure is the 4th factor of production after LABOR, LAND, and CAPITAL; also, that society’s surplus wealth found in land, resource, and economic rents must (by ethical necessity) be invested in public services to further that wealth.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Joshua
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Vincent
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Center for the Study of Economics
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Joshua Vincent is an advocate of land taxation that encourages urban development and limits disinvestment. Experience with the technique in Pennsylvania and Maryland demonstrates that the system lowers property taxes on homeowners and vastly increases new urban infill construction. Vincent writes and lectures extensively on this topic. He has worked as a consultant to more than 75 municipalities, countries, NGOs, and national governments.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
John
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Jones
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
City of Whistling Grove, CT
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
John Jones is the current Mayor of Whistling Grove, Connecticut, a town of 10,000 people, whom many commute to surrounding towns and States and return in the evenings. Landowners of commercial areas had enjoyed relatively low property taxes in contrast with taxes paid by the townspeople. Mayor Jones convinced the town’s council to switch to a land-only based tax system as the last resort to raise the revenues (i.e., greater tax burden falling on commercial real estate) necessary for day-to-day public services such as water supply, roads, sewage, and schools, as the previous arrangement no longer met critical needs.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Marty
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Rowland
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Henry George School of Social Science
 

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