Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners vs. the U.S.A.

by Mumia Abu-Jamal, City Lights Books, 2009. Review by Lindy Davies

No doubt, some GJ readers will roll their eyes: “Oh, Mumia again…” To them, I can only say that Jailhouse Lawyers (like Abu-Jamal’s other books, particularly the recent We Want Freedom) is well worth reading regardless of the author’s notoriety. Ironically, though, it is because of its author’s name that I, along with many other readers, heard of it — and that is what makes Mumia Abu-Jamal one of the most important writers in America today. Continue reading

The Top Ten Reasons Why the Georgist Remedy is Not a Tax

by Daniel Syddall

10. Taxes are arbitrary. Land dues are not arbitrary.

9. Taxes are unjustified. Land dues are the fulfillment of justice.

8. Taxes add cost. Land rent is always paid anyway, so land dues prevent private appropriation, reducing land costs.

7. Taxes are inimical to property rights. Land dues are essential for property rights.

6. Taxes create inefficiency, by imposing deadweight loss. Land dues raise efficiency, by reducing deadweight loss. Continue reading

The Eighteen-Year Real Estate Cycle

Much is being said about the accurate predictions that seem to have been based on this phenomenon (and at this year’s CGO conference in Cleveland, the matter will be explored further). To help focus our thoughts on this complex subject, eight Georgist thinkers recently participated in an email conversation, excerpted here. Continue reading

Omitted from the Spoon River Anthology

by Luke North

Luke North was the pseudonym of James H. Griffes, the prolific Single Tax activist, editor and poet of the first three decades of the 20th century. Spoon River Anthology (1915) by Edgar Lee Masters, is the celebrated collection of short poems in the form of epitaphs of the members of a small midwestern town, delivered by the dead themselves. Continue reading

A Visit to Managua

by Lindy Davies

The most vivid impression I took away from Managua is that it is a place where things don’t work. There doesn’t seem to be any malice in it; people seem quite cheerfully to be going about their many-hindered tasks. And while there is plenty of blame to go around, there doesn’t seem to be any obvious villain; even the new “socialist lite” Sandinista government seems to be trying its best and is, after all, a heck of a lot better than what they could have, but — things in Managua just don’t seem to work. Continue reading

Essential Transition for the Empowering of Communities

by Shirley-Anne Hardy

The earth… and all things therein, are the general property of all mankind, from the immediate gift of the creator…. There is no foundation in nature or in natural law why a set of words upon parchment should convey the dominion of land. — William Blackstone (1723-80)

How simple, how clear — how fundamental! Thanks be to Progress of Australia for printing this powerful wake-up call on the front cover of its January-February issue! Continue reading