Could Land Value Tax be the Achilles Heel of Corporate Rule?

COULD LAND VALUE TAX BE THE ACHILLES HEEL OF CORPORATE RULE?

Join us for a panel discussion on how grass-root organized resistance can hold corporate power in check.

What happens when a multi-billion dollar transnational corporation faces organized resistance from residents in the city where it operates a major oil refinery? Richmond, California is a working class, lower income city, populated by majority people of color, and has been home to Chevron’s biggest refinery for over 100 years. For decades, the corporation used its ample financial resources to capture local government and regulatory agencies, allowing it to pollute surrounding neighborhoods while minimizing its tax payments. Marilyn Langlois will tell us how coordinated grassroots efforts by the Richmond Progressive Alliance and allied organizations have propelled people power in promoting health, fair taxation and democracy for their community. This will be followed by Joshua Vincent’s take on efforts by Chevron to undermine the movement for land value taxation in Philadelphia and what would have been needed to overcome them.

Speakers:

Marilyn Langlois is a member of TRANSCEND, an international network for peace through education, and guest editorialist for Transcend Media Service. She is also a community organizer and solidarity activist in Richmond, California.

Joshua Vincent joined the Center for the Study of Economics (CSE) as Associate Director in 1993 and has served as Executive Director since 1997. At CSE, he has worked as a consultant to over 75 municipalities, counties, NGOs, and national governments. He has testified as an expert witness on the impact of land taxation, from the municipal level up to state legislatures in Texas, Connecticut, Maryland, Indiana and Ohio. Since 2000, Vincent and CSE have conducted over 50 land tax impact studies for cities all over the US.

Discussant:

Alanna Hartzok is transpersonal psychotherapist and a Tax Shift Projects Admin, twice US Congressional Candidate (Democrat and Green Parties), and author of The Earth Belongs to Everyone (Radical Middle Book Award). She was instrumental in the passage of tax reform legislations in Pennsylvania and administers the International Union for Land Value Taxation.

Note: This is an online event. Access information will be made available after registration.

Date: Mon, July 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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The Joys of a Carbon Wealth Tax: Greening the Economy & Tackling Inequality

THE JOYS OF A CARBON WEALTH TAX: GREENING THE ECONOMY & TACKLING INEQUALITY

Is there a policy tool to take on both climate change and unearned income? Join us to learn about the prospects of a carbon wealth tax.

To address a worsening climate crisis, economists have often touted the tremendous potentials of carbon pricing. However, evidence suggests that such a policy has so far produced limited effects. This panel of distinguished economists will propose a new concept that targets dirty assets; a brown wealth tax to be levied on carbon-intensive capital instead of products. It is argued that such a shift would help speed up the transition to a green economy with the added benefit of addressing wealth inequality.

Our panelists:

Dr. Willi Semmler is a professor of economics at the New School of Social Research and Bielefed University (Germany). Professor Semmler has written extensively on empirical macroeconomics, business cycles and the economics of climate change.

Dr. Raphaele Chappe holds a PhD in Economics, an LL.M , and a Master’s degree in Comparative Business Law. Her research interests include the link between financial markets and wealth inequality; political economy and the history of economic thought; and the philosophical foundations of microeconomics. Dr. Chappe currently teaches at Drew University.

Jose Pedro Bastos Neves is a PhD student at the New School of Social Research. His interests include climate change economics, development finance, Macroeconomics and industrial policy. Jose is the lead author of the paper that forms the substance of this panel discussion.

Dates: Tuesday, June 7, 2022; from 2:00PM to 3:30PM EDT

Note: It is highly recommended that participants read the paper ahead of the session.

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Marginal Land, Marginal Labor, Marginal Capital
Seminar

MARGINAL LAND, MARGINAL LABOR, MARGINAL CAPITAL


Is the law of rent applicable to factors of productions other than land?

In this webinar, we will apply the principles of the law of rent to labor and capital, and show how these interact.

Instructor: Dan Sullivan

Date: Fri, April 29, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM EDT

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Henry George and the Chinese Question
Seminar

HENRY GEORGE AND THE CHINESE QUESTION


Join us for a contextualized re-examination of George’s stance on Chinese labor.

In the late 1880s, the railroads and Western Union controlled the flow of information from California as well as to California.  We also know that railroads were the primary users of coolie labor. As a result, while Californians thought they were fighting against the importation of slave labor, people in the East thought Californians were discriminating against the Chinese. This webinar re-evaluates George’s take on the Chinese question in the light of the prevailing collusion between media giants and railroad corporations.

Instructor: Dan Sullivan

Date: Fri, April 1, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM EDT

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How Communication Monopolies Dominate Social Thought
Seminar

HOW COMMUNICATION MONOPOLIES DOMINATE SOCIAL THOUGHT


What are the origins of the collusion between big media and big business? Join us to find out.

In this webinar, we will discuss the partnership between communications monopolies and industrial monopolies and trace its roots back to the privatization of the telegraph.

Instructor: Dan Sullivan

Date: Fri, March 25, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM EDT

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