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Rents, Public Policy, Economic Justice – Revisiting Henry George’s Legacy

The year 2018 may be the year of Henry George – question is, will the Henry George School of Social Science (HGSSS) show up? We say, yes we will! Attendees to this conference will learn about: Georgist movement founding; early successes and failures in the 1886-1924 era of U.S. history; contemporary practice and advocacy in the halls of power in the U.S. Northeast Corridor (Boston-D.C.); and the infrastructure push in China and the U.S. and ways it is financed. The panel will leave attendees with a radical progressive proposal, called Three’s a Charm, involving an aggressive land value capture program targeting vacant and underutilized land in NYC.

Joshua Vincent is an advocate for an innovative system of land taxation that encourages urban development and discourages urban disinvestment. Land value taxation system typically lowers property taxes on homeowners and vastly increases new construction and infill construction in urban areas. He has worked with tax departments and elected officials in restructuring their taxation to a land value-based system and conducted over 50 land value impact studies for cities across the United States since 1995.

Yannis Tziligakis is an independent thinker/educator/researcher, a published scientist, philosopher, a publicly performing musician and Public Access TV producer and demosiographer. He has done work for various international Institutions NCNR-DEMOCRITOS, CERN, NCN, ,Univ of Michigan, Beckman Inst., Illinois Research Board, GSMT, HGS, IU, Jufeel Health Foundation-UN, etc..He is the founder of the GET-GIVE initiative which engages in education, advocacy and dissemination of the ideas and writings of Henry George towards social and economic justice. A frequent writer and public speaker with Common Ground USA, HGSSS, OIKOS, The New School, The Hellenic American Education Association, EarthSharing-Australia, NYSEC, CCNY, MNN, Left Forum. He is also vice-President of the International Union for Land Value Taxation for EU/Greece.

Marty Rowland is Education Chair for the HGSSS Board of Trustees, Senior Fellow with the Asset Leadership Network, Professional Engineer, and infrastructure policy expert. Works for NYC, writes standards for ASTM. A frequent presenter at the HGSSS, NYC Left Forum, and other venues.