Affordable Housing

It has been generally assumed, for many years, that “the free market isn’t good at providing affordable housing.” If the free market can’t satisfy that basic, universal human need, then we can’t afford to trust the free market, can we? Oddly, the free market doesn’t seem to have a problem with providing other things we… Continue reading Affordable Housing

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Land is More Important than Ever

The Georgist economic proposal insists on the primary importance of land as a factor in the economy. Many dismiss that as a quaint, agrarian notion. “Perhaps,” they scoff, “land was that significant back when most people had to work the soil for a living, but nowadays we deal with modern issues of technology, global markets,… Continue reading The Top Ten Reasons Why Land is More Important than Ever

A Condo in the Sky

A society’s values and preoccupations for a particular place and time tend to be depicted in its architecture (Levittown? the Golden Arches?). It would pretty much have to be that way — because while individual interests build buildings, they cannot break ground without the surrounding community’s say-so. But, of course, the way the community confers… Continue reading A Condo in the Sky

Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!

Easter Island is the Earth’s most remote inhabited island, 1,400 miles from its nearest island neighbor. At one time, though, a complex civilization existed there, as evidenced by the mysterious monuments they left behind — some of them weighing more than twenty tons. Yet when European explorers first arrived at the island in the 19th… Continue reading Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!

Sovereignty

The most recent chapter of Israel/Palestine violence got me thinking about the question of sovereignty. It’s all around the discussion, of course: about Israel having a sovereign right to defend itself against attack, and about the various levels of sovereignty a Palestinian state might enjoy. What is it about, anyway, this crazy little thing called… Continue reading Sovereignty

Earthsharing

We have all been inspired, from time to time, by the moving statements of Native Americans, and other aboriginal speakers, about their deep and abiding relationship with the land. Here’s one: What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish… Continue reading Earthsharing

Intersecting Economies: Where the Action Is

I just got back from a rather quick work-oriented visit to New York City, with a bit of money left in my pocket. I’d been trying to control the hemorrhaging of cash that always happens in the Big Apple. I mean, everything just costs more there. In the course of my research for the presentation… Continue reading Intersecting Economies: Where the Action Is