by Thomas M. Lyons

Drifting in taxes
where nothing can grow or glow or journey
beyond the prosaic flow
of noise and policies from those without souls
where political snails and landholding snakes
argue points in fake debates
where time has come and gone a thousand times
Keeping me confused in time as I pace this space
and strive to devise a way to survive
and escape these slums I hate
Like King Kong from Pong I don’t belong
only my Georgist spark sets me apart from this dark
and these greezy and cheezy and corny —
intellectually boring — definitely not for me
I don’t now how far this tax hole goes
but I know this is not the road that I chose
lined with politicians with biased views
who use platitudes as tools to fool
never refraining from explaining and complaining
it’s so spiritually draining
it’s sucking the light from me
I must find a way to get away from this gloom
I  know these walls are not real
but the steel feels like real steel
and I can’t hold my grip to slip these debts
my bills are piling — my income doesn’t grow
Is someone responsible for the economic hospital?
Is it possible for me to leave
this state of disease?
Why are they looking down
shaking their fingers, smiling at me?             (2/29/12)

Thomas Lyons is a former HGI student and teacher, who is still incarcerated in Pennsylvania, but will be released soon! He just got in touch with us after some years. Two of his articles have appeared in the Georgist Journal, and he has taught many students over the years. Welcome back, Tommy, and best wishes for your release!           — L.D.


by Lindy Davies

There’s an ongoing conversation, that flares up periodically, over what things are or aren’t properly “Georgist.” How big is our tent? What kinds of coalition-building would be fruitful — or distracting? What sorts of attention should we be fawning over, or forgetting about? Continue reading

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander. New York, 2012, The New Press. Review by Lindy Davies

The title is “in your face” — what does she mean, “The New Jim Crow”? We have an African-American President; Affirmative Action is well-entrenched in education and employment; people aren’t anywhere near as freaked out over mixed-race couples as they used to be. Continue reading

Taxes Kill Jobs

by Mike Curtis

Mike, ever the persevering Georgist educator, has been emailing think-pieces like this one every few weeks, asking recipients to forward to their inboxes, if the message rings true.

“Taxes kill jobs!” is the message of political candidates. The American economic system causes unemployment and recessions, that is true — but without revenue and the role of government, the US would surely be a third-world country. Continue reading

We Must Cut Through the Fog

by Joseph Jamme

Mr. Jamme is a student in the HGI’s course in Applied Economics. What follows is his answer to the question, “What are some practical ways to secure public recognition and adoption of George’s proposal?” — L.D.

Henry George suggests a number of ways to help publicize his remedy and try to secure its enactment. Some may not be as applicable today, while others may be more so. Continue reading