Occupy the Commons: The Holy Grail of Economic and Social Justice

Host/Sponsor: 
GET-GIVE
Room: 
1.115
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
In this Panel we will elaborate on a policy that can tackle efficiently and effectively the rampant Social and Economic ills which have been afflicting humanity during its Industrial and Post-Industrial phase. Disentangling Privately creating values from Commonly created values is the key to the riddle for solving growing Income Inequality, the conundrum of running growing fiscal deficits and getting into unsustainable debt spirals, the insidious role of the F.I.RE sector, unemployment, unproductive taxation, extraction of natural resources, environmental pollution, affordable housing, ownership and development and maintenance of public infrastructure. Inspired by the seminal work of Henry George who in 1879 published his seminal work "Progress and Poverty", in an era very similar to ours (with vast technological advance and great creation of wealth in tandem with abject poverty) we will dig past the superficial and unproductive rhetorical approach of mainstream pundits and academics and solve the Gordian knot of local and global Economic and Social Justice through a program termed "Land Value Taxation" (LVT)
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Yannis
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Tziligakis
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
GET-GIVE
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Marty
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Rowland
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Henry George School of Social Science
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator 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 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Mason
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Gaffney
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
University of California
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
He first read Henry George in High School. After he served in the S.W. Pacific during W.W. II, and afterwards got a Ph.D. in Economics at Berkeley, with a dissertation, "Land Speculation as an Obstacle to Ideal Allocation of Land." He has published many books and articles on land use, economics, taxation, and public policy. He has been a Professor of Economics at several Universities; a journalist with TIME, Inc.; a researcher with Resources for the Future, Inc.; the head of the British Columbia Institute for Economic Policy Analysis, which he founded; He consulted businesses and government agencies on economic issues and has been a frequent speaker on economic topics, domestic and foreign, and in political campaigns. He has been Professor of Economics at U.C. Riverside since 1976.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Yannis
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Tziligakis
 

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