Henry George School of Social Science Calendar

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September 29 - October 05
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    Session 4

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Money and Public Purpose – A Macro Perspective

    Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) argues that the government’s power to create money gives us much more fiscal space to tackle problems like global warming and increasing inequality than is acknowledged by orthodox economics.

    In this five-session, ten hour course, students will get a taste of macroeconomics — the study of the overall determination of output, employment and prices — from the MMT perspective. Upon taking this course students will be able to understand and participate in current economic policy discussions.

    Instructors: James Kenan/Adam Rice
    Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7

    Times: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

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    Rent Reform Meets Reality

    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Join City Limits and the Henry George School of Social Science for a panel discussion on New York’s rent-regulation system.

    When the state legislature in June passed historic reforms of New York’s rent-regulation system, tenants hailed a victory and property owners bemoaned a disaster. Now that the shouting has faded, the city will start to get a look at what the policy actually means for renters, landlords and neighborhoods. Are tenants able to access the rights and resources the law made available? Are property owners feeling the pain or learning to cope? Are public agencies doing their job to make the new law work well? And what impact will the law have on affordability in New York?

    Moderated by City Limits’ Executive Editor, Jarrett Murphy, our panel features:

    • Carmen Vega-Rivera, Tenant Leader for Community Action for Safe Apartments
    • Denise Favorule, Board Member of the Henry George School of Social Science and Associate RE Broker for the Corcoran Group
    • Frank Ricci, Director of Government Affairs for the Rent Stabilization Association
    • Tom Waters,Housing Policy Analyst for the Community Service Society of New York

    If you missed the event you can read an overview and watch a full recording here:


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    Session 4

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Rethinking Economics

    Today, the general consensus is that economics as a discipline is in need of a major rethink. In this 5-session course, we will challenge the dominant neoclassical paradigm and explore new perspectives that capture the complexity of current economic reality. The course will be based on Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics. We strongly recommend that participants familiarize themselves with the material before the beginning of classes.

     Ron Rubin
    Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11
    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Main Text:

    1. Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics – 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist (2017)
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    Session 5

    12:00 pm-3:00 pm
    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Labor and Free Trade – Contextualizing Henry George’s Work on Tariffs

    Henry George subtitled his *Protection or Free Trade* with “Special Regard to the Interests of Labor.” Yet this book and George’s stance on free trade alienated both the unions and the Irish immigrant workers who had been his core supporters. Today, the book is popular with conservatives and neolibertarians as a defense of conventional free-trade policies.

    In this course, Dan Sullivan argues that George’s message was not wrong, but that its presentation was certainly not the best way to reach labor. This is illustrated by his writing 18 chapters promoting conventional free-trade ideas before addressing the actual concerns of labor, and his failure to define what he was actually advocating until chapter 26, “True Free Trade.”

    The course begins by presenting the background context and leads a discussion of the book beginning with Chapter 26, before going through all the other chapters from 19 onward to clearly establish labor’s interests. Only after grounding the reader in labor’s real interests shall we go back and examine the first 18 chapters.

    Note: This is a two-part course of five sessions each to be offered online through Zoom Videoconferencing. Attendees could connect via computer or portable devices (IOS, Android or Windows). We recommend downloading and testing the application prior to the course starting date.


    Dates: Saturdays – 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29 (Part I)

    9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 (Part II)

    Time: 12:00 PM, ET

    Instructor: Dan Sullivan, Executive Director of Saving Communities, President of the Council of Georgist Organizations

    How to join the event online:

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    Those who are interested in getting ahead of the discussion can look at the following links:


    Terence Powderly asks to focus on land value tax and take on protectionism only after the land tax victory is won. This link takes the reader to that specific passage in a chapter of is book entirely dedicated to George’s other proposals.


    Maria Mazzenga and Dan Sullivan on the interactions between Henry George, Terence Powderly, Father Edward McGlynn and the Catholic Church. (video).


    Protection or Free Trade, chapter 26, “True Free Trade.”