--- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com
, "mattbieker" <agrarian.justice@...> wrote:
> --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" <burns-john@> wrote:
> > Ross Ashcroft said:
> > "Georgists are a rabid bunch who put off more people than they take on-board"
> Sigh. I can see that there's definitely some truth to that, but he's far to glib. My retort to that? Oh, yeah, and goldbugs are known as exemplars of rationality. *rolls eyes*
Maybe Ashcroft's problem with "Georgists" is that they do indeed cleave too closely to George's analysis, where land is the only thing worth talking about. I'd estimate that banksters' privilege of issuing debt money and IP monopolists' privilege of privatizing knowledge and ideas that are in the public domain each account for about 10% of GDP -- or together, about as much as land rent. Ignoring those rent seeking sectors just because they were so much smaller in George's day is not going to fly with people who understand what is going on. That is another reason why "Georgism" -- the personality cult of Henry George -- has become an impediment to effective thought and action.
-- Roy Langston