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True History of Monopoly the Boardgame

Read this PBS transcript on Monopoly’s original intention to teach about the dangers of land monopoly. Understand how the world’s most popular boardgame was subverted to teach young people the opposite to the games original intent. It is interesting that...

Canberra’s Leasehold Land System

by Leo Foley The primary source for this paper is “Canberra in Crisis” by Frank Brennan, 1971 The Road to Leasehold – the origins of the Canberra leasehold system.. Canberra is the offspring of politics and a social ideal. The politics were those of Federation...

How to Pay for Public Transport

By Dr. Gavin R. Putland (revised June 12, 2003) In response to A Vision of Sustainable Transport in Queensland (Queensland Greens, February 2003) Summary Any new public transport service increases property values (or, more precisely, land values) along the route. The...

Slavery

It is suspected that the author is Mark Twain Suppose I am the owner of an estate and 100 slaves, all the land about being held in the same way by people of the same class as myself. It is a profitable business, but there are many expenses and annoyances attached to...

Can You See The Cat?

By Fred E. Foldvary, Senior Editor, The Progress Report The daily cyberzine at http://www.progress.org/ A man was walking down a shopping street and came to a store window where there was a big drawing full of lines and squiggles. A sign by the drawing asked,...

Reclaim the Commons

A New Route to Social Equity: Henry George and the Science of Geonomics Caspar Davis Throughout the modern era there has been a near-constant struggle between the principles of social justice expressed by eighteenth century writers like Tom Paine and even Adam Smith,...

How Labor Lost Its Way

By Clyde Cameron, AO Taken from a recent edition of the Progess magazine Editor: I recently received a gracious letter from the Hon. Clyde Cameron A.O. in which he offers for publication a long letter he wrote to a Queensland academic researching the roots of the...

Bottling the Air

By Mason Gaffney, Economics Professor, University of California, Riverside “Don’t you know that if people could bottle the air, they would? … there would be an American Air-Bottling Association… they would let millions die for want of breath, if they...
Adam Smith’s Recommendations

Adam Smith’s Recommendations

By Nadia Weiner, Director, Adam Smith Club, Sydney, Australia Although Adam Smith is often quoted, the so-called “Father of Economics” has rarely been read, either by his detractors or his admirers. Consequently he is often misunderstood. Smith, who made...

The Corruption of Economics

Mason Gaffney, Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside The following is the introduction to Professor Gaffney’s paper Neo-classical Economics as a Stratagem against Henry George, 5 July 1994. This paper formed the basis of a book: The...