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EVENTS IN
SEPTEMBER

HENRY GEORGE HOUSE
122 LITTLE EVELEIGH STREET
REDFERN NSW 2016


GEORGIST FORUM:
ON TRUSTEE & GUARDIANSHIP RIGHTS
& THE DUTY OF CARE
4:00 - 6:00PM, Sunday, 15th September


Essential but little discussed in Georgism are economic rights -- among which are the rights to the exclusive use and enjoyment to the fruits of one's labour, which includes our right to leave a legacy for the succeeding generations.



Many have observed a growing encroachment of state authority into the family, threatening to weaken this basic unit of society & opening the government to allegations of conflict of interest. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the issue & not provide legal advice.

The resource person is Gregory J. S., an ordinary citizen who had to represent himself $ his mother at the  NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal & the Supreme Court of NSW. He offers to share his experience and research as a lay person regarding his difficult but personally rewarding endeavours in an area of law where he could not find the counsel he needed.

AN INVITATION TO

REFLECT & DISCUSS ON THE


Private Viewing & Discussion

Free Money: The Case For Basic Income


Tuesday, 17th September
6:30 - 8:30 pm.

From Alaska’s oil fields to the Canadian prairie, from Washington’s think tanks to the Namibian steppes, the film takes us on a grand journey and shows us what the driverless car has to do with the ideas of a German billionaire and a Swiss referendum. Free Money: The Case For Basic Income, the first international film in cinemas about basic income, is dedicated to one of the most crucial questions of our times.
(https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/11/airdate-free-money-the-case-for-basic-income.html)

While it is not an endorsement, the purpose of viewing is to open discussion on a topic that is currently gaining attention & momentum areound the world.

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Utopia or Dystopia?
What Automation & AI Will Do to the Workplace
Thursday, 19th September
7:00 - 8:30

Automation & artificial intelligence (AI), are they economic liberators or job destroyers? What are the benefits & risks? What politico-economic & social adjustments are needed in structures, systems, attitudes & paradigms to maximise benefits & mitigate identified risks?



PETER XING IS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON TRANSHUMANISM AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, HELPING INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS NAVIGATE DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

 

Rediscovering Monopoly & Its Lessons:
Why “Passing Go” Is Not Enough

Saturday, 21st September
2:00 – 4:00 pm

There seems no better way but through a game of monopoly to demonstrate the folly of a Basic Income as a panacea without redesigning an economy where economic rent-seeking is not just desirable but the main objective.


Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government, discusses the brief history of the game from its Georgist origins to its myriad versions applied in cities around the world as well as popular mass media productions. He further proposes a  modified framework for the game to return to its original purpose of educating the public on political economy & pursuing a "universal basic outcome" which is making poverty history.

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PRIVATE VIEWING AND DISCUSSION
Sunday, 29th September
3:30 – 5:30 PM


 

A 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine.

An African film of Georgist relevance demonstrating the power to imbue value to the land by the application of physical, mental & co-operative labour.

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We wish to thank everyone for the support & success of our
2019 Annual Conference of the

Association for Good Government

THE CONDITION OF LABOUR
AS A REFLECTION

ON THE STATE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE


Sunday 8th September 2019

9:00 am for morning tea & a 9:30 start,

122 Little Eveleigh Street Redfern NSW 2016



CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Registration: 9:00 am

Opening and Introduction to the Theme: 9:30 - 9:45

Morning Session: 9:45 – 10:45
Richard Giles, President.
"Two Windows into the Truth: Physiocracy and Georgism."

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Patricia Ranald. 11:00 – 12:30
"The Condition of Labour in a Globalised Economy"

LUNCH: 12:30 – 1:30

Early Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 2:45
Private Viewing & Discussion

Is your job safe - collaboration, automation, annihilation?
Richard Bell, Treasurer.
"The Abysmal Conditions of Labour in Modern Society"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Keith Suter. 3:00 – 4:30
"Populism from Henry George to Donald Trump."

Late Afternoon Session: 4:45 – 5:30.
Joffre Balce, Secretary.
"Your Labour Is Cool but We Want Your Cash:
the Gig Economy and Girding for Recession."

Closing Remarks. 5:30 – 5:45.

Supper: 6:00 pm

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PAST EVENTS IN
AUGUST:

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
THE SERPENT’S EGG

Saturday. 3rd AUGUST 2019
2:00 – 5:00 PM

The Serpent’s Egg is a 1977 American-West German drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring David Carradine and Liv Ullmann. The story is set in 1920s Berlin and features English and German dialogue. It was Bergman's only Hollywood film. The title is taken from a line spoken by Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius CaesarAnd therefore think him as a serpent's egg / Which hatch'd, would, as his kind grow mischievous; / And kill him in the shell. The Serpent's Egg is considered one of Bergman's weaker efforts but was a response to the 1970s experience of stagflation – simultaneous inflation & unemployment that many believed were conditions similar to the Great Depression. Of relevance to the Georgist discussion is the important role of education in political economy to stave off opportunistic elements preying on fears, bigotry & the desire for scapegoats to explain
misery in hard times.

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WHEN WOULD HENRY GEORGE HAVE SAID,
“I AM NOT A GEORGIST.”

Sunday. 18th August 2019.  2:00 – 4:30
Presenter: Joffre Balce



Shortly before Karl Marx died in 1883, he wrote a letter to Jules Guesde and Paul Lafargue, both of whom already claimed to represent "Marxist" principles. Based on Friedrich Engel’s account, Marx accused them of "revolutionary phrase-mongering" & uttered the famous phrase “I am not a Marxist.” Since then, there has been much argument if his successors in Russia, China & Cuba, among others, were truly Marxists.

The same controversy arises among Georgists from those calling themselves Geoists to others even calling his thought antiquated or outright naive. Others say his time has passed while some say his prescriptions are in plain sight -- from a small town called Arden, Delaware to the metropolis-state of Singapore -- and still evolving. This seminar to be delivered by Joffre Balce, Secretary of the Association for Good Government will examine the current spectrum of views, pose the question & examine proposed answers on the basis of the fundamental foundations: association in equality in rights, the self-determination of the individual & mutual respect in educational discovery.

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PRIVATE VIEWING AND DISCUSSION:
ON JULIAN ASSANGE
HERO OR VILLAIN?
THE UNITED STATES VS. JULIAN ASSANGE
Saturday, 31ST August 2019.
2:00 – 5:00

The ABC Four Corners produced and released two reports on Julian Assange, “Hero or Villain” & “United States vs. Julian Assange.” Join us for an afternoon of reviewing the two and discussing them in the context of media freedoms, governance principles of fairness, accountability & transparency, as well as the future of open source journalism and social media.

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PAST EVENTS IN JULY

FREE COURSE OFFERINGS
Refreshments Served


Can you imagine a "peace and justice economic complex" where resolving conflicts, upholding human rights and restoring the natural environment are possible, efficient and essential?

Come & join our FREE COURSES that thrive on fun, participation, reflection and discussion to build such a world:

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Introductory: Economic Philosophy
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

  • Monday. 8th July. Reviewing the Rules. Monopoly vs. Prosperity.
  • Tuesday 9th July. Ethics in Rights & Foundations of Economics (1).
  • Repeated Wednesday 10th July.
  • Thursday 11th July. Foundations of  Economics (2) & Public Policy.
  • Repeated Friday 12th July.
  • Saturday 13th July: Documentary Viewing & Discussion (see below)

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Intermediate: Political Economy
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Monday 15th July: Settlers of Catan. Foundations of Civilisation.
  • Tuesday 16th July: A Freedom & Openness vs. Enclosure & Restriction
  • Repeated Wednesday 17th July.
  • Thursday. 18th April: An Enslaved Economy vs. Economic Liberty
  • Repeated Friday 19th July.
  • Saturday 20th July: Documentary Viewing & Discussion (see below)

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SEMINAR: SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE – CONTROL VS. FREEDOM
FRIDAY 5th July 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM


The speaker, Joffre Balce, the Secretary of the Association for Good Government, has been studying the subject since 1993, when the Philippines abrogated the US lease of two military bases which had security implications. He has since then has been monitoring developments and seeking out peaceful solutions in what is unfolding as a flashpoint in the Asia Pacific.

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PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
THE FOUNDER.

Saturday, 13th July.
Morning Session: 10:00 – 12:30; Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:30



Is the secret of business success really just finding a commodity, creating a demand & earning a margin between price & cost?
The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert Siegel. Starring Michael Keaton as businessman Ray Kroc, the film portrays the story of his creation of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain.

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PRIVATE VIEWING AND DISCUSSION:
1929. THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Saturday, 20th July.
Morning Session: 10:00 – 12:30;
Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:30


The Roche Productions documentary directed by William Karel shows the tragic distress of capitalism doubting its values, analyses from renowned economists, the suffering of a ravaged society: suicide of brokers, millions of homeless & unemployed, strikes, & the rise of political extremism...

It examines how the world's leading economy sinks into mass depression, nationalist socialism & fascism’s ascent, and how eventually a “New Deal” brings hope and optimism back into the hearts of people.
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SPECIAL COURSE:
ECONOMIC HISTORY II:  15TH – 19THCE
THE CONFLICT OF EMPIRES & THE
ASCENT OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

Saturday, 27th July. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

World history then was often dominated by one empire displacing another when the heartland of Europe, Asia and Africa depended on who protected and controlled the trade routes. The expansion of Islam found a base in Turkey and expanded through the “silk road” to India and Southeast Asia. The discovery of the Americas by European kingdoms opened a two entire continents awaiting to be taken from the civilizations of Mayans, Aztecs, Incas and loose indigenous nations who had inferior military technologies and revealed an alternative route to the spice islands.. China chose to consolidate its base and protected its borders. What schools of thought developed then which served as a governance and policy template in a world of powerful rivalry? Tutor: Joffre Balce. Secretary, Association for Good Government; fmr. economic history lecturer at the University of Asia & the Pacific (1987 – 1993) UNSW Faculty of Law PhD scholar (2008-2010); developing country debt think-tank convener, Global Leadership  Program, Macquarie University (2008-2011).


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PAST EVENTS IN JUNE

PRIVATE VIEWING AND DISCUSSION:

Morning: 10:00 - 12:30 pm
Afternoon viewing (repeat): 2:00 - 5:00 pm
15 June 2019

A 1998 television movie loosely based on Aldous Huxley's novel of the same name. The film stars Peter Gallagher and Leonard Nimoy. It is an abridged version of the original story. The film aired on NBC.

In a futuristic totalitarian society, people have no control of their lives or their destiny. Babies are created through genetic engineering, everyone has a predestined place in society and their minds are conditioned to follow the rules. Then, a tragic outsider accidentally jeopardizes the status quo.

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SEMINAR:
Election Promises: Do They Matter?

Speaker: Richard Lawrence Giles
President, Association for Good Government
11:00am - 12:30pm
Sunday. 23 June 2019


The seminar aims to divert our minds from the political platitudes and rhetoric and examine why election promises have become  trivial in scope, why they would rarely do good if implemented, and why the ‘science’ of economics that should supply answers cannot do so.




Our speaker, Richard Giles, has been the Secretary of the Association for Good Government and the Head of the School of Social Sciences for over two decades. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Good Government, a bi-monthly magazine published by the Association that reported and discussed on burning issues in which the teachings of Henry George, the most popular 19th Century political economist at the time, would have relevance.


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FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: WRITESHOP
ON THE CONDITION OF LABOUR AS A REFLECTION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday. 28 June 2019

This Open Letter also recognizes the extent to which the Encyclical failed to understand the huge differences between George's ideas and those of the socialists of the day, and makes clear the distinctions.

I must assume that at the time the Encyclical was issued, the Vatican was simply not acquainted first-hand with Henry George's ideas.

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PRIVATE VIEWING AND DISCUSSION:
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday. 30 June 2019.


Henry George was invited to Ireland to share his views on the nature, cause and solution to the Irish Land Question. The documentary gives a historical perspective of the political economic conditions that led to the famine and the government response.

When Ireland Starved is the widely acclaimed Radharc/RTE four part documentary on the Irish Famine which explores ways in which government policies led to widespread poverty and – ultimately - starvation in Ireland . Previously aired on PBS, When Ireland Starved is specifically referenced in Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois Learning Standards section (Irish Famine Studies: Section 27.20.6)


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MAY

RECOMMENDED EXTERNAL EVENT:
OPEN FORUM AT THE HUMANIST HOUSE
10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale NSW2008
8:00 - 9:30
Wednesday, 1st May 2019

"WHO'S AFRAID OF THE INTERNET?"


Come & listen to Andrew Constantine, cyber-security expert and adviser to Executives of public and private companies and government departments, who will discuss the nature and risks in operating in the internet


RECOMMENDED EXTERNAL EVENT:
BOOK LAUNCH. FRANK STILLWELL'S
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INEQUALITY
Hosted by Progress in Political Economy
at Sydney Trades Hall
337 Sussex Street, Sydney 2000
Wednesday 8th May 2019
5:30 - 7:00PM




Is there a science to producing vast amounts of wealth at the cost of increasing inequality, economic precarity & producing poverty? Listen to the author, a towering figure political economic thought & a high-powered panel of reviewers.

Speakers:
Frank Stilwell, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney
Helen Szoke, Chief Executive Officer, Oxfam Australia
John Graham, MLC, Vice President, Evatt Foundation

Chair: Christopher Sheil, Senior Fellow in History, UNSW and President, Evatt Foundation



PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Friday 10th May 2019


Robert Redford stars in this gritty, documentary-like tale of an idealistic, good-natured attorney whose high standards are soiled by his run for political office. Jeremy Larner's adapted screenplay won an Academy Award and Redford delivers one of his best performances in a movie that, when viewed in the age of soundbite-and-poll-driven politicians, seems more timely than ever. (excerpts from Rotten Tomatoes)

Join us for an evening to view & discuss the movie in anticipation of Australia's coming elections.

SPECIAL COURSE: REFLECTING ON THE CONDITION OF LABOUR
FRIDAY 17th MAY 2019
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Is Henry George's The Condition of Labour, his last complete published work before his death, as timely today as it was one and a quarter century ago? This course will be an exercise in reflective thinking over Georgist material in the context of current events and contemporary issues.


SPECIAL COURSE:
GEORGIST MONETARY THEORY
SUNDAY 19th MAY 2019
2:00 - 4:00 pm

The course is a response to the question, "Did Henry George have anything to say about money?" Others simply cite his famous words, "If you had all the money in the world & I had all the land, how much will I charge you for your first night's rent?" His last unfinished work, The Science of Political Economy, dedicated Book V: Money -- the Medium of Exchange and the Measure of Value to a more extensively discussed the topic than he did in Progress and Poverty. Learn how it inspired people like Silvio Gessel who successfully advised Mayor of Worgl, Austria that turned around this small towns fortunes in the Great Depression in the early 1930s.

Tutor: Joffre Balce. Secretary of the Association for Good Government. Former Chief Economist of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation

DOCUMENTARY VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
THE NEW SILK ROAD
FRIDAY 31st MAY 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of viewing two documentaries -- Peter Frankopan's VPRO documentary & CNBC's feature hosted by Dr. May-yi Shaw -- on the old and new silk roads & discussing the political economic ramifications for the world.

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PAST EVENTS
APRIL
SEMINAR: IS THE GEORGIST WAY TO JUSTICE DIFFERENT?
SUNDAY 14th April 2019
2:00 - 4:00 PM

As heated as it was over a Century ago, the idea of justice, which is giving each person their due, continues with much passion and fervour. However, its fulfillment through the promise of the elusive Utopia, a society free from want and equality in opportunity, has led to various unexpected outcomes and various criticisms on competing ideologies’ nature of the person and society itself. Is society a market or an organization? Are rights imbued by a government or is they inherent in our essence as human beings? How is social equality attainable, if if is possible?

Join us for an afternoon in exploring and discussing a perspective on social justice that challenges the conventional debates between the left and the right, a mode of thought once popular in Australia and New Zealand when both countries had the highest per capita incomes in the world.



Speaker: Richard Giles
President, Association for Good Government


Following the Seminar are
FREE COURSES

Are you interested in exploring a perspective and approach that could very well lead to a "peace and justice economic complex" where resolving conflicts, upholding human rights and restoring nature are possible, efficient and necessary?

Below is the schedule of FREE COURSES that thrive on participation, reflection and discussion to build such a vision:

Introductory: Economic Philosophy
10:00 am - 12:00 nn & (repeat) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

  • Monday. 15th April.Monopoly vs. Prosperity.
  • Tuesday 16th April. Principles & Economics 1.
  • Wednesday 17th April. Economics 2 & Public Policy.

Intermediate: Political Economy
10:00 am - 12:00 nn & (repeat) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday 24th April: Settlers of Catan. Origins of Society.
  • Thursday 25th April: A Free & Open Society; Enclosure
  • Friday. 26th April: An Enslaved Society & Liberation.

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READING COURSE: CONDITION OF LABOUR
SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS
Saturday, 27th April. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

In this 1891 work, George issues a passionate call to Pope Leo XXI to reconsider his public denunciation of the very notions of egalitarianism and opportunity that George had championed throughout his career as an economist. While fully sharing the sympathy with the exploited worker in the Industrial Revolution, he entreated the Pope and all who read his Open Letter to consider the very roots of economic oppression – the application of private property.

Clarifying the nature and function of land values, labour wages and capital returns leads to social justice, economic equity and the end of poverty.

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MARCH

As part of the Association's Community Outreach, the following events will be held at

ESPERANTO HOUSE
143 Lawson St, Redfern NSW 2016
UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED


PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
FAHRENHEIT 11/9
Saturday, 2nd March. 2:00 - 5:00pm.

"... a reference to the date of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 election victory. Despite that, Trump himself is a secondary figure in Moore’s film, which is far more focused on the far more relevant and interesting questions of what – and, critically, who – created the climate in which someone like Trump could occupy the Oval Office ...

The single most significant defect in U.S. political discourse is the monomaniacal focus on Trump himself, as though he is the cause – rather than the by-product and symptom – of decades-old systemic American pathologies ...

Personalizing and isolating Trump as the principal, even singular, source of political evil is obfuscating and thus deceitful. By effect, if not design, it distracts the population’s attention away from the actual architects of their plight.  (September 22 2018. The Intercept)

READING COURSE: CONDITION OF LABOUR
CHAPTERS TWO AND THREE.

Friday, 8th March. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

CLUB REDFERN 2/159 REDFERN ST.
REDFERN NSW 2016

Here, in this 1891 work, George issues a passionate call to Pope Leo XXI to reconsider his public denunciation of the very notions of egalitarianism and opportunity that George had championed throughout his career as an economist.


SEMINAR
BEYOND RHETORICS:
EVIDENCE-BASED POLITICS
ESPERANTO HOUSE
SATURDAY 9th MARCH
2:00 - 4:00 PM


What is evidence-based policymaking and governance compared to the current traditional politics? How does it intend to make a difference and does it help in the pursuit of social justice & equality in rights?

Join us for a afternoon with Andrea Leong, Leader of the Science Party, to explore a most interesting and relevant topic.



EXTERNAL EVENT: PHILO AGORA
(entry $5)
THE THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: WHERE PHILOSOPHY MEETS OTHER DISCIPLINES

HUMANIST HOUSE
10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale NSW

7:00 - 8:30 PM Monday 11th March


A thought experiment typically presents an imagined scenario with the intention of eliciting an intuitive or reasoned response about imagined situation, the range of responses and the possible outcomes. Referred to in German as Gedankenexperiment, Gedanken-Experiment, or Gedankenerfahrung, a scientist or mathematician considers some hypothesis, theory, or principle for the purpose of thinking through its circumstances, consequences and outcomes and further evaluating their possibility and viability. Given the structure of the experiment, it may not be possible to perform it here and now, if at all. Even if it could be performed, there need not even be any intention to perform it. Hence, what purpose does the thought experiment serve? That is the philosophical question.

The Speaker Joffre Balce completed a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities, a MSc in Industrial Economics & pursued a PhD in Law. He is assumed staff, management and advisory positions in academia, government, private corporations and non-profit organisations. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Association for Good Government where he teaches political economy through reading courses, discussions and board games and does outreach across Asian countries.


ECONOMIC HISTORY I:
THE CRADLES & CYCLES OF CIVILISATION
ESPERANTO HOUSE

Saturday, 16th March. 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Tutor: Joffre Balce, Secretary


This is the first of a series of four lectures to help familiarise participantswith the history of economic ideas as a response to the  sociopolitical milieu from a Georgist perspective of association in equality in rights, individual agency & mutual respect. This installment surveys the origins of civilisations, their decline and the recovery of some. the resilience of others & rise of new ones from the beginnings to the medieval times. Important to the topic is the ideas of locational advantage & fundamental choices of societies in production, distribution, trade & war as well as fiscal and monetary governance.


FACULTY DEVELOPMENT.
GAMES GEORGISTS PLAY: CATAN

SUNDAY. 17th MARCH. 2:00 - 4:00
CLUB REDFERN 2/159 REDFERN STREET



This is the first of a series that will explore the medium of games to demonstrate, examine and discuss the political economic principles of Henry George as elucidated in his primary literature. The workshop is designed for prospective tutors of our core curriculum.

The Settlers of Catan, sometimes shortened to Catan or to Settlers, is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag (Kosmos) as Die Siedler von Catan. Players assume the roles of settlers, each attempting to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources. (Wikipedia)


SEMINAR:

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HENRY GEORGE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S RIGHTS
ESPERANTO HOUSE
143 Lawson St, Redfern NSW 2016

Saturday, 30th March 2:00 - 4:00pm.


In his seminal work Progress and Property, Henry George took the position that autochthonous (original/earliest) inhabitants of any land should not have special rights to land compared to other human beings, particularly later arrivals, solely by virtue of being “first peoples”. The basis for his view was that rights to ownership and use of land should be equal and eternal for all humans.

The speaker suggests that Georgist philosophy is indeed consonant with the recognition of Indigenous self-determination and rights to land not due to prior Indigenous inhabitation of land but by reason of broader and common concepts of equality, justice and sustainable management. The talk concludes with the theoretical appeal in recognising Indigenous peoples’ rights to conservation areas and equitably applying the Georgist land value tax solution as a tool to end inequality and poverty and to bring about sustainable development for local Indigenous communities and other sections of society.

Speaker: Yogeswaran Subramaniam PhD Law (UNSW)
Associate Member, Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies of the University of Malaya


PAST EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

As part of the Association's Community Outreach, the following events will be held at

HUMANIST HOUSE

10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale NSW
UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire
Saturday, 2nd February. 2:00 - 5:00 pm


A documentary released in Mexico during May 2017 which details the transformation of the UK as a colonial super power to a global financial power. It suggests that the City of London Corporation and its banks have done tremendous damage to the world economy since the 1960s and that up to half of all offshore wealth (globally) is hidden in one of many British offshore jurisdictions. With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the film claims to highlight how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and the UK is right at the heart of this.

The film was co-produced by Tax Justice Network founder John Christensen, and is based in part on the book, Treasure Islands, by expert on British offshore havens Nicholas Shaxson; an interview with Shaxson is one of its major elements. Christensen was an advisor to the Queen’s government of the island of Jersey for a number of years.


READING COURSE: CONDITION OF LABOUR.
INTRODUCTION & CHAPTER ONE
Friday, 8th February. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
Conference Room. Association for Good Government
Henry George House
122 Little Eveleigh Street Redfern NSW

Here, in this 1891 work, George issues a passionate call to Pope Leo XXI to reconsider his public denunciation of the very notions of egalitarianism and opportunity that George had championed throughout his career as an economist.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGIC PLANNING

Sunday, 10th February. 2:00 - 4:00
Conference Room. Association for Good Government
Henry George House.
122 Little Eveleigh Street Redfern NSW



Information technology has been growing by leaps and bounds and has posed challenges to even the oldest & most experienced institutions around the world. Members are invited to participate in an activity involving the re-design of the Association's website in order to serve the membership, its growing local and global network & public more nimbly and proactively.

PRIVATE VIEWING & DISCUSSION:
APOCALYPTO
Saturday, 16th February. 2:00 - 5:00pm.

Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film co-produced, co-written and directed by Mel Gibson. The film features a cast of Native American and Indigenous Mexican actors. Set in Veracruz, Los Tuxtla around the year 1511, Apocalypto portrays the journey of a young man named Jaguar Paw, an early Mesoamerican hunter and his fellow tribesmen who were captured by an invading force after the devastation of their village. They also must escape human sacrifice at a time when the Maya civilization is about to end. The film was a box office success, grossing over $120 million worldwide, and received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising Gibson's direction, Dean Semler's cinematography, the performances of the cast, and the portrayal of Mayan civilization. (from WIKIPEDIA)

SEMINAR:
HENRY GEORGE VERSUS THE INTELLIGENTSIA
Sunday, 24th February, 2:00-4:00
Redfern Room. Club Redfern
2/159 Redfern Street Redfern NSW


This talk begins with the undeniable fact that George very early lost the support of many of what we would call the intelligentsia, support that has never been recovered. Even Leo Tolstoy claimed that George's theory was undeniable but the social inequality continued despite the prescription he supported. There is no disputing the fact that, today, little remains of the popularity that Henry George enjoyed in the turn of the 20th CE. How did it happen?  Its aim is to understand the reasons for this. By recognising the sources of resistance from a most influential segment of society, we may be able to formulate strategies to overcome them.

Speaker: Richard Giles
President, Association for Good Government


EXTERNAL EVENT: OPEN FORUM
The Story Behind Maps: a Politico-Historical View
8:00 - 10:00 PM WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY

An invitation to a presentation of the interesting stories behind the development of maps since ancient Babylon to the universal access to Google Maps. Where is it leading the world in the 21st CE?

SPEAKER: JOFFRE BALCE,
SECRETARY OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT

 


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