Seminars and Speeches
We lead seminars on request. Our single-session seminars usually run from one to two hours, depending on how thoroughly we are expected to present the information and how much discussion follows. Our public speakers can also make short overview presentations and can serve on panels. Our multiple-session seminars are about two hours per week for six weeks.
Property Tax Myths: Exposing the myths about property tax, and showing why it is the second-best tax option for local governments.
The Myth of Corporate Efficiency: How preoccupation with labor-efficency has obscured the inefficient use land and resources, and why smaller independent proprietorships are often more efficient than larger corporations. See Outline
Growth Without Corporate Welfare: How to revitalize a city without resorting to political favoritism.
Gentrification and Displacement: Why neighborhoods go through boom-bust cycles, and how to minimize displacement of poor people when revitalizing a community. See Outline
Why all the parking lots?: A look at parking lots as an interim land use, critiquing measures to discourage open parking lots.
How to Fund Transportation Locally: Why current funding methods generate sprawl at the expense of urban and small-town citizens who walk and bicycle to work.
Intentional Communities: Places designed to serve as models for local governments.
Funding Health Care: Affordability, protection, and individual consumer control.
Land Tenure and Race: How our systems of land tenure and taxation affect racial minorities.
Supplementing Social Security Locally: How a measure to protect elderly taxpayers from property taxation can evolve into a superior Social Security system.
Raising Wages: The insufficiency of minimum-wage laws, and addressing the root cause of sinking wages.
Economics of Food Production: How tax policies favor corporate farming, animal factories, pesticides, chemicals and canneries over family farms, husbandry, organic farming, and fresh produce. See overview.
The Free-Trade Fraud: Errors on both sides of the free-trade debate, and differences between true free trade, which benefits labor, and superficially free trade, which hurts labor.
Land Tenure and the American Legacy: Views of Penn, Jefferson, Franklin, Paine, Lincoln and others on the limits of landed property.
American Indian Land Tenure: Comparisons to Saxon common law and other early systems, and connections to the American Revolution and classical liberalism.
Economics Euphemisms: How substituting euphemisms for precise scientific language has twisted economics rhetoric to into a kind of Orwellian Newspeak.
Land Tenure and Warfare: How the lack of a principled mechanism for resolving land-tenure disputes creates strife and warfare.
The Irish Land Question: How rack-renting starved the Irish, fueled immigration to America, launched the American labor movement, and continues to enrich English owners of American land.
The Birth of American Labor: Henry George's pivitol role in forming a uniquely American labor movement based on principles "too radical for socialism," and how his political mistakes cost him his labor following.
The Lost Science of Money: How treating money as wealth has made us dependent on banking cartels.
Beyond Right and Left: Freedom and equality vs. bureaucrats and aristocrats.
Economics for Small Governments: The role of local government in making communities more desirable and giving residents the amenities they most value.
Economics for Large Landlords: How large landlords can create community dynamics that will attract better tenants and increase long-term profitability.