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EVENTS IN
APRIL


PLEASE NOTE: OUR PHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN CHANGED TO
(02) 80964607

 

MAIDEN ZOOM MEETING.
RE-EXAMINING THE BASIC INCOME:
IS IT GEORGIST & WILL IT WORK?

Saturday, 4thApril. 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Once in the margins of policy discussion, the recent CoViD-19 crisis has propelled the Universal Basic Income into the mainstream. Many have claimed it is compatible with the principles Henry George espoused, including Martin Luther King in his famous speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” where he cites Progress and Poverty and its author. Nevertheless, the level of attention it has raised cannot make it a simple choice of rejecting the whole idea or designing it to achieve our four criteria of economic efficiency, social justice, individual liberty and sustainable development.

Join us for an afternoon Zoom Conference on the
Saturday, 4th of April from 2:00 to 2:40 pm
with the Secretary, Joffre Balce, by clicking at the link below and using the Meeting ID and password:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/569237387?pwd=N2g1WHAxYkduWXNoTlRKYkdJSS9oUT09

Meeting ID: 569 237 387
Password: 040490

 

MEANWHILE, OUR PUBLICATION OF GOOD GOVERNMENT CONTINUES AND WE WILL BE RESORTING TO TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE IN THE WORLDWIDE WEB WHERE PARTICIPATION IS POSSIBLE AND ENCOURAGED, WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME TO VIEW, POST QUESTIONS AND GIVE FEEDBACK. IN COOPERATION WITH NATIONAL EFFORTS TO  RETURN TO NORMALCY, WE ARE SUSPENDING ANY PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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PAST EVENTS IN MARCH

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION: REEL INJUN

Friday, 13thMarch. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.

Reel Injun is a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes that explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film. Reel Injun is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native peoples in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians, while director Diamond travels across the USA to visit iconic locations in motion picture as well as American Indian history.

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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
WILL ROBOTS STEAL OUR JOBS?
THE FUTURE OF WORK

Sunday, 15th March. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.


Society is facing radical changes. Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution - is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Artificial intelligence is constantly gaining ground. An exciting, powerful and informative DW Documentary. Join us for a discussion afterwards on robotics and artificial intelligence on government, policy & regulation.

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READING COURSE: SESSION II
PROTECTION OR FREE TRADE?

Friday, 20th March. 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Henry George explains quite prophetically how, on the one hand, protectionism, monopolies, concessions & other policies restricting the production, movement & exchange of goods leads to imperialism &, eventually, war. On the other hand, he explains how economic liberties and mutual respect by ending all restrictions imposed by privilege lead to not only to equal rights & opportunities but to lasting peace as well. The second session discusses Chapters 11-19.

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SEMINAR:
OPEN SOURCE SYSTEMS,
CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY

Saturday, 21st March. 200 – 4:00pm.

SPEAKER: ANTHONY MUSCIO
IT SPECIALIST & OPEN SOURCE ADVOCATE


Open-source software is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner. The seminar will explore the implications of enclosures of the commons in cyberspace and questions of class conflict.

Anthony Muscio, the speaker is a seasoned professional provider of senior IT services to small and medium sized enterprises. His specialties are in research, managed services, architecture, business strategy and IT education for the laity.

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DEFERRED /MATERIAL TO BE POSTED
SEMINAR: HOW TO HAVE CHEAPER HOUSING

SUNDAY, 29TH MARCH FROM 2:00 - 4:00 PM
SPEAKER: RICHARD L. GILES,
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT

Endless enquiries have failed to make housing cheaper.  This talk shows how it is possible, and why it is so difficult.


Richard Giles has been the editor of the Good Government for almost 50 years and was the Secretary of the Association for good Government for 25 years. He writes and lectures on a wide range of topics from philosophy and history to political economy and social justice.

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PAST EVENT IN FEBRUARY
ANNUAL PLANNING WORKSHOP/
PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION: SARAJEVO

Sunday, 2ndFebruary.
2:00 - 3:00 pm. For Planning
4:00 – 6:00 pm for Private Viewing & Discussion

Members & active sympathizers of the Association are encouraged to participate in our annual planning of activities for 2020. Afterwards, there will be a private viewing of Sarajevo, a 2014 German-Austrian production based on historical events succeeding the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria that led to the beginning of WWI. It will be of Georgist interest to discuss how the complexities of national territory, alliance & the movement of commodities can be pivotal to peace & war.

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SEMINAR:
REBUILDING FROM AUSTRALIA’S ASHES: WHAT ARE OUR ALTERNATIVES?
Saturday, 8th February. 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Just as Australia has suffered unprecedented damage from the worst bushfires in its history, its present government is mulling emergency powers that could grant extraordinary control over people’s decisions & lives. In a world shaken by threats of global terrorism, is the solution more government authority? Are there any other alternatives? Join us for an afternoon as the speaker, who began his economic education and career as an activist against authoritarian rule over an economy in crisis and has extended assistance in the reconstruction & rehabilitation of areas stricken by Mount Pinatubo in the 1990s & Typhoon Haian last decade offers alternatives that do not require the sacrifice or compromise of individual liberties.


Speaker: Joffre Balce
Secretary, Association for Good Government

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READING COURSE:
PROTECTION OR FREE TRADE?
Friday, 21st February. 6:00 - 8:00 pm


In his book, Henry George explains quite prophetically how, on the one hand, protectionism, monopolies, concessions & other policies restricting the production, movement & exchange of goods leads to imperialism &, eventually, war. On the other hand, he explains how economic liberties and mutual respect by ending all restrictions imposed by privilege lead to not only to equal rights & opportunities but to lasting peace as well. The first session will discuss the first 10 chapters.

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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
A DANGEROUS MAN. LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA
Sunday, 23rd February, 2:00-5:00



A Dangerous ManLawrence After Arabia is a British television film of 1990 depicting the experiences of T. E. Lawrence and Emir Faisal of the Hejaz at the Paris Peace Conference after the end of the First World War. With due regard to the artistic license lent to its production, the film serves as a touchpoint for discussion on the origins of the Middle Eastern situation today that involves a most fought over natural resource – oil.

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ECONOMIC HISTORY I:
From Ancient to Medieval Times

Saturday, 29th February. 2:00 - 5:00 pm

This is the first of a series of four sessions to help familiarise Georgists with the history of economic ideas as a response to the sociopolitical milieu. It begins with the cradles of civilization and concludes with the expansion of the Islamic, Chinese, Christian Empires as well as those in the Americas undiscovered by the others.

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PAST EVENTS

JANUARY

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
EARTH ON FIRE


Friday. 24 January 2020
3:00 - 5:00 pm

"Earth on Fire is a one hour, Australian special that focuses on mega fires and fires in general as they relate to our forests and ecosystem. This documentary reminds us that our idea of the natural and perfect state of things isn't always based on a reality that ever existed outside of our own modern world, and it does this by examining the rather current epidemic of mega fires throughout the globe ...

As Earth on Fire is an Australian production, the film also visits forests there and shows viewers first hand the sorts of foliage and landscapes being affected by mega fires. In Australia, we find out that certain trees have evolved along side fire, needing it to germinate its seeds and allow underlying buds to sprout."

Join us for an afternoon of viewing & constructive discussions
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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
HISTORY OF CONVICT AUSTRALIA

 

SATURDAY. 25 January 2020
2:00 - 4:30pm


Around the turn of the 19th century, large numbers of convicts were transported to the various Australian penal colonies, due to the overcrowding of British Prisons. Join us in viewing this educational documentary reenacting Australia’s convict past, reflecting over the legacy of the dramatic, brutal birth of a nation and discussing in relevance to contemporary issues in political economy.

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EXTERNAL EVENT:
SYDNEY OPEN FORUM
at HUMANIST HOUSE
10 Shepherd St. Chippendale NSW

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Wednesday 22 January 2020.
8:00 - 9:45 pm



Sam is the host of "Talk of Today", a podcast where he interviews experts about developments in the world and what they could mean for the future.

Sam is currently studying philosophy and complexity science at the University of Sydney.

"We're at a unique point in time of history, perhaps the history of life itself. We possess technological prowess that borders on the godlike, but our wisdom is lacking. I'm studying philosophy and complexity science so that I'm better equipped to understand and engage with some of the most important discussions of our time.

We face challenges today that transcend national borders. The institutions and incentives we have in place are ill-equipped to deal with these challenges.

I believe a part of the solution to these problems is the creation of a digital global citizenship -- citizenship for all. This digital country could be used to advocate for global interests and act as a vehicle to deliver access to basic needs and rights around the world."

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-barton-b4604246/

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