Bridging the Right-Left Divide

The 37th Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations

Thursday, July 27th to Monday, July 31st, 2017
At the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon, Illinois

This year we'll be getting together in the St. Louis, Missouri area ó for an event focused on networking, meeting old friends, battery-recharging and enriching understanding.


Thursday, July 27th

7:30-9:30 PM

   Opening Reception

Local host Al Katzenberger and President Dan Sullivan welcome us to St.Louis and discuss the issues before this conference.

Friday, July 28th

8:10 - 8:50 AM

Each morning: Open Mike

9 - 10:30

   Local Issues: "Puppy Training & American Economic Disaster"

Don Killoren on the neglect of real estate in St. Louis, and Andrew Theising on how land value tax would revitalize the East. St. Louis waterfront.

10:45 - 12

   LVT Efforts from State to State

Josh Vincent on progress in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

12:15 - 1:30

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1:45 - 2:45 PM

   Market-Value Property Tax in Ontario: Overall Success, with Caveats

Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, with Ted Gwartney as respondent.

3 - 4

   Tale of Two Megacities

Gordon Abiama and Lindy Davies compare and contrast the political economies, and public revenue challenges, of Lagos, Nigeria and New York City.

4:15 - 5

   Research for Land Value Tax Policy Implementation

Alanna Hartzok discusses a project designed to help mayors work to shift their municipal revenue toward LVT in cities around the world.

Dinner on your own.

7:3- - ?

   Each evening: Selected Georgist Videos

in the room next to the bar.

Saturday, July 29th

9 - 10:15

   Theories of Rent Distribution

Jeff Graubart explores what natural law tells us, and Nic Tideman makes the case for voluntary global rent-sharing.

10:30 - 11:45

   The People's Endowment: Common Resources and Basic Income

Karl Widerquist and Vitnarae Kang explore this powerful set of tools for eliminating poverty.

12 - 1:30 PM

   Lunch - special guest Anthony Werner on "A Principled Approach to Economics."

1:45 - 2:45

   Bill Batt Reports

on eight new Georgist books on varied applications overseas.

2:45 - 3:45

   Gordon Abiama

on "The Georgist Philosophy, Africa and the Ecovillage Connection."

4 - 5

   Book launch! Progress and Poverty: The Annotated Works of Henry George, V. 2.

Brendan Hennigan hosts a panel including Ted Gwartney, Nic Tideman and Erich Jacoby-Hawkins ó with selected readings, and audience participation.

Dinner on your own.

Sunday, July 30th

9 - 10:15

   Tools for Measuring Success

with Brendan Hennigan.

9 - 10:15

   Dan Sullivan

presents a video/discussion of excerpts from Ralph Nader's "Itís Easier Than You Think."

9 - 10:15

   Josh Vincent

addresses "What Works and What Doesn't, in an Era of Polarization."

12 - 1

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1:15 - 2

   John Kelly

discusses What to advocate, if LVT isnít an immediate option.

2 - 3

   Lindy Davies

offers a Georgist interpretation of Karl Polanyi's concepts of "Commodification of Land, Labor and Money."

3 - 5:30

   CGO Business Meeting

7 - 9

   Gala Banquet

Our keynote speaker will be Mike Curtis, on "Bridging the Left-Right Divide."

- CGO Awards -

Monday, July 31st

9 - 10:30 AM

   Farewell Breakfast

The Law of Rent never changes, but our schedule may - without notice.


Scott & Sue Walton, conference administrators
PO Box 57, Evanston IL 60204
Phone: (847) 209-0047