RE: [LandCafe] Re: 2010 CGO Conference
- Sue Walton: Michael Hudson has spoken at prior CGO Conferences.
David: Not always friendly to Georgists, but interesting nevertheless.
Michael displays considerable respect for Henry George but little respect
for those who came afterward, mainly (I surmise) because they were largely
middle-class lawyers, doctors and businessmen who were more concerned with
free markets than with making sure working people got their just wages. He
sees the emphasis of many Georgists working property tax reform while
ignoring income tax reform as the wrong strategy. Michael is certainly
welcome to attend the CGO conference if he so chooses.
Sue Walton: The 2010 Conference is an INTERNAL NOT EXTERNAL event due to
EXTREMELY LIMITED FUNDING.
David: Surely policymakers will be welcome to drop in though?
An effort is being made by Bill Batt and Josh Vincent to hold an
invitation-only forum on land value taxation the Monday before the CGO
conference officially begins. This Monday program is specifically designed
for legislators, their staff, non-profit leaders and other community
As Sue indicates, the CGO does not have the funding to reimburse speakers
for expenses or provide honorariums. The decline in the income streams and
endowment values of member organizations means they have less ability to
provide financial support for the conference. Also, with input from CGO
members, the planning committee put together a conference program that
minimizes the number of addresses delivered by individual speakers and
maximizes the number of interactive sessions. Movement evaluation and
movement building are core components of the sessions this year.
When I mention publicity, btw, the audience is not the public but the policy
people and media. It's an opportunity to get the word about about this
movement and its goals.
The CGO conference has multiple purchases. The venue provides time for
organization meetings, for academic type presentations/discussions, some
type of educational trip that is also entertaining, and (when practical or
opportunistic) outreach and interaction with individuals and groups that
could become allies in some way. This last objective is always hoped for but
never easy to achieve, even when there are several active Georgists living
in the community and able to do necessary follow-up with media. The truth is
that in most conference locations, our relatively small attendance does not
draw any interest from television -- although somewhat more interest from
radio and newspapers.