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Interests: economic and social justice, Newfoundlands, better cities, a society and an economy in which all of us can prosper,
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1976 DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT: 1 - THAT all human beings are born with equal rights to the earth, which is the source of their physical needs and the field and opportunity of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at LVTFan's Blog
144 years, another presidential election year --- and weeks after the centennial. THE QUESTION BEFORE THE PEOPLE. What is the Real Issue in the Presidential Campaign? A SPEECH BY HENRY GEORGE, BEFORE THE TILDEN AND HENDRICKS CENTRAL CLUB, AT DASHAWAY... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
This is a very long speech; it stretched over 2 days. It was occasioned by discussion of legislation on Chinese exclusion. James G. Maguire (1853-1920) represented San Francisco in Congress from 1893 to 1899. Georgists are acquainted with him in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
MONKEYS AND MEN. Go to the monkey, thou voter! Consider his ways and be wise. Do the monkeys pay ground rent to the descendants of the first old ape who discovered the valley where the monkeys live? Do they hire... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
From an 1899 newspaper: FIGHTING LEAFLET OF THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION. The Scottish Liberal Association has just issued the following as a fighting leaflet, written by Mr. Edwin Adam. M. A., vice-president of the Scottish Land Restoration Union: The Taxation of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
This appeared in the San Francisco Call 1898-10-12. The claims he makes for the Single Tax start with one to which many 21st century folks would at first hearing, think "non-starter." But I urge you to think further, and think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
The Study of Economics. The important study of economics cannot be prosecuted correctly without an understanding of economic terms. Most persons who attempt to discuss economic questions fail of reaching correct conclusions because they do not understand the true meaning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
"Profit sharing,” proclaims the Rev. Golightly. "Yes, profit sharing," says William the Conqueror. "Yea, profit sharing,” says the lion to the lamb. And thus we share so that while one feasts at a banquet another gnaws at the fag-end of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog SQUIRREL ISLAND By A. FREELAND. One hundred squirrels lived on a certain island which contained a thousand nut trees. Each tree yielded sufficient nuts to support one hundred squirrels. But all of the trees were owned by ten of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog From The Conservator, April, 1895 from the masthead: "The Conservator is an exponent of the world movement in Ethics. It is not published in the interest of any sect or party, but of Ethical principle and practice as reflected... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
This appeared in Single Tax Review in Autumn, 1905. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE VINDICATED. (For the Review.) By J. W. BENGOUGH. There are some people in the United States who take the position more or less openly that the Declaration... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
John Wilson Bengough was a skilled artist and cartoonist, but he was also skilled with words. This appeared in Single Tax Review, Winter 1906. “PROPUTTY.” (For the Review.) A LECTURETTE IN RHYME. I took up my Tennyson lately and read... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
"The Single Tax party had a curious electioneering badge for use in the New York Mayoralty Campaign. This consisted of a white cat with an arched back, and hair on end, while round the border is the legend "Free Trade,... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
The final few pages of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' 1942 book Cross Creek, ring with the thought of Thomas Jefferson and Henry George: I had a letter from a friend at this time, saying "I am a firm believer in property... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
If you've been reading about Henry George's ideas for a while, particularly in older writings, you might have come across references to "seeing the cat." It might be "have you seen the cat?" or "how I saw the cat" or... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
From The Sacramento Bee, July 18, 1900: Mary and Her Landlord Mary opened a little shop To help her on life's way: And honest toil found its reward And it began to pay. “How's biz?" the landlords often asked, And... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
This tribute, by Phil Francis, appeared in the 1897-11-12 issue of the Sacramento Bee, about 2 weeks after Henry George's death in NYC, and was reprinted from the Stockton Mail. Some of seems a bit overwrought today, perhaps, particularly to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
"ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN." T. V. POWDERLY. Terence V. Powderly was born January 22, 1849, at Carbondale, Pennsylvania. His parents were natives of Ireland and were honest hard-working people.The boy's school days ended at the age of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
I had thought that this phrase came from J. W. Bengough, in 1914. (For quite some time, I thought I'd originated it, in the shower one morning around 2010, and was later delighted to find that Bengough, creator of The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
Some governments are better than others, but there is not a really good government on the face of the earth that raises its revenues by indirect taxation. It is impossible. Such a government must rob one citizen of wealth to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
All men have equal right to life. Life depends absolutely upon land. Therefore all have equal right to land. Some must occupy more valuable land than others. Equal right demands that landholders pay the yearly value of land Into a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
Another gem, also from the Leavenworth Labor News -- a little bit of filler at the bottom of a column: Qualified Ownership The moral law recognizes three kinds of ownership: what belongs to me, what belongs to you, and what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
This is an editorial from the Leavenworth (KS) Labor News of February 10, 1893. This newspaper is available on, and it, along with the Fairhope (AL) Courier, is a wonderful resource. The Galveston News has an editorial on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
Earlier this week, five of us, in Arden, sat down to play The Landlord's Game, for the first time. The next day, I went searching for more information in old newspapers, and found what I think is an anonymous letter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at LVTFan's Blog
"We have no hesitation in declaring our belief that the ideal of taxation lies in the single land tax, laid exclusively on the rental value of land independent of improvements. It is the real estate tax pushed to its logical... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at LVTFan's Blog