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Earth Rights Institute's Co-Director Alanna Hartzok Receives
Book Award for The Earth Belongs to Everyone
Radical Middle Newsletter, founded by the Center for
Visionary Law and edited by Mark Satin, has awarded its 2008
Radical Middle Political Book Award to Alanna Hartzok for The
Earth Belongs to Everyone (Institute for Economic Democracy
Press) and to Lawrence Chickering & James Turner for Voice of
the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life (daVinci
The annual award is given to books that best exemplify a
politics that's grounded in practical reality, but at the same
time are deeply creative and imaginative.
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The Earth Belongs to Everyone is now in print! This
360 page book by Earth Rights Institute Co-Director Alanna
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possibilities for transformational action for economic justice
and environmental restoration. Themes include: Democracy, Earth
Rights and the Next Economy; Land for People, Not for Profit;
Financing Local to Global Public Goods; Women, Earth and
Economic Power; Economics of War and Peace.
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Alanna Hartzok, M.A. is Co-Director of Earth Rights
Institute, a civil society organization working for economic
justice and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Her 2001 E.F.
Schumacher Lecture was published as Democracy, Earth Rights and
the Next Economy. That same year she was a candidate for
Congress in the Ninth District of Pennsylvania.
In 1993 she initiated tax reform legislation and worked with
state Senator Terry Punt and his staff to guide it through
Pennsylvania legislative hearings to nearly unanimous passage of
Senate Bill 211, signed by Governor Thomas Ridge as Act 108 in
November of 1998.
Her published articles on tax reform are used by legislators in
the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Her
articles are referenced in the literature of the Association of Bay
Area Governments (ABAG) in California, a recent issue of the
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, Dialogues, a
publication of the Canada West Foundation, and in several books,
including the Worldwatch Institute book by David Roodman, The
Natural Wealth of Nations and Creating a Sustainable World,
an anthology edited by Trent Schroyher and Tom Golodik. She is one
of several people featured in Planet Champions: Adventures in
Saving the World - New Paths to Peace, Prosperity & Human
Rights, authored by Jack Yost.
Alanna is currently Director of a 34 member International
Advisory Group which is developing a Land Value Tax/Capture Program
in association with the United Nations Habitat Global Land Tool
Network and completing a forthcoming book to be titled,
Belongs to Everyone.
She is a United Nations ECOSOC NGO Representative for the
International Union for Land Value Taxation based in London and as
such is working to develop land value taxation policy trainings
worldwide. She is also a psycho-spiritual counselor and maintains a
small private practice.
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
Canadian Institute of Psychosynthesis, Montreal
Institute of European Studies, Vienna
M. A., University of West Georgia
B. A., Ohio Wesleyan University
This paper was presented in the U.S. Basic
Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) track of the Eastern Economic
Association 30th Annual Conference held February 20 - 22, 2004
in Washington, DC.
Abstract: Citizens of Alaska have been receiving
individual dividend checks from an oil rent trust fund since
1982. Norway's citizens receive substantial social services and
invest oil rents in a permanent fund for the future. Nigeria has
yet to establish a similar fund for its oil revenue stream. This
paper explores the oil rent institutions of Alaska, Norway and
Nigeria with a focus on these questions: Are citizen dividends
from oil rent funds currently or potentially a source of
substantial basic income? Are oil rent funds the best source for
citizen dividends or should CDs be based on other types of
resource rents? The paper recommends full use of information and
communication technologies for transparency in extractive
resource industries, that resource rent from non-renewable
resources should be invested in socially and environmentally
responsible ways and primarily in the needed transition to
renewable energy based economies, and that oil and other
non-renewable resource rent funds should transition towards
capturing substantial resource rents from surface land site
values (ground rent) and other permanent and sustainable sources
of rent for possible distribution of citizen dividends.
Twenty-First Annual E.F. Schumacher
Lecture, Amherst College, October 2001
Summary: Presented to an audience of 600 at Amherst
College as an E.F. Schumacher Lecture and now available as a
38-page publication, this gives a dramatic historical
perspective of Western land tenure systems, clarifies a deep
ethical foundation for land and natural resource ownership, and
suggests several practical policy approaches which can secure
common heritage resources for the benefit of all. The lecture
explores the following topics: Human Rights to the Earth; The
Enclosures; Early Christian Teachings; John Locke and the Crack
in the Liberty Bell; Thaddeus Stevens and the Civil War; U.S.
Imperialism; Earth Rights Policy and New Institutions;
Envisioning the Next Economy.
Summary: Wars are often fought over the ownership and
control of land and natural resources. Inequitable ownership and
wasteful, unsustainable use of the earth's resources are root
causes of both the unjust wealth gap between the rich and the
poor and the depletion and collapse of our natural resource
base. This paper describes the form and function of the Alaska
Permanent Fund as a model governmental institution for
collection and distribution of natural resource rents,
particularly oil, and makes suggestions for improvement of the
Fund. It also presents an analysis of fundamental issues
regarding natural resource and territorial claims and urges the
establishment of a Global Resource Agency to collect and
distribute transnational resource revenues.
Presented at the Global Institute for
Taxation Conference on Fundamental Tax Reform co-sponsored
by Price Waterhouse Coopers and St. John's University, New York,
September 30, 1999 and published in Taxation Alternatives for
the 21st Century Proceedings of the 1999 Conference. This paper
was among those distributed to the US Congress.
Summary: This paper details a number of successful
practices and work-in-progress on green tax shift policies which
harness incentives for efficient, equitable, and sustainable
wealth production and distribution. Research is cited which
shows the impressive potential of green tax reform to help solve
major social, economic and environmental problems facing our
global civilization. Additionally, presented is an integrated
local-to-global public finance framework based on green taxation
principles and policies.
Presented at the Christianity and Human Rights Conference,
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama in November 2004. This
paper makes a case for a new form of democracy based on human
rights to the earth as a birthright, linking this to the
Judeo-Christian Jubilee Justice tradition and Old and New
Testament teachings. It presents a tax fairness practical policy
approach based on the ethical stance of these teachings.
Summary: This essay makes a clear distinction between
the benefits derived from secure title to land and the market
distortions caused when land is used as a commodity for
speculation. It briefly explores historical antecedents to
arrangements of land tenure and title, taxation and banking
systems. Finally, it articulates the rational for land value
taxation policy, as recommended by the UN Center for Human
Settlements Habitat II Action Agenda.
Policy Paper Submitted by the
International Union for Land Value Taxation to the United
Nations Financing for Development Preparatory Process at the NGO
Hearings Week, November 2000
Excerpt: Public finance policy can be structured to
enhance both private sector economic activity and public sector
services. A fundamental reform in tax policy can optimize
incentives for a productive market economy while also providing
money for education, health care, roads and other
infrastructure. Such reform promotes a different kind of market
system whereby wealth is fairly distributed and basic needs for
all are met.
Published in The American Journal of
Economics and Sociology, April 1997. Presented at Jerome Levy
Economics Institute at Bard College.
Summary: Twenty municipalities in Pennsylvania are
pioneering an innovative approach to local tax reform that
harnesses market incentives for urban renewal. Opting for the
so-called 'two-rate' or 'split-rate' property tax, these cities
are lowering taxes on buildings, thereby encouraging
improvements and renovations, while raising the tax on land
values, thus encouraging good site use while discouraging land
speculation to maintain land affordability. The resulting infill
development as indicated by increased building permits means
downtown jobs, efficient use of urban infrastructure, an
improved housing stock, and less urban sprawl.
Published in Land Value Taxation: The
Equitable and Efficient Source of Public Finance, an anthology
edited by Kenneth C. Wenzer, published by M.E. Sharpe, Inc., New
Summary: Evidence from this research paper suggests
that shifting property taxes away from farm buildings and
improvements and towards the recapturing of land values back to
the community would maintain farm land affordability and
significantly enhance incentives for viable sustainable
agriculture in Pennsylvania.
First published in 1994 by the Robert
Schalkenbach Foundation., New York , NY
Excerpt: To have peace on earth, we must work to
create the conditions for peace in our own towns and cities. If
we would revitalize our urban habitats by improving schools and
libraries, creating livelihoods and affordable housing, and
maintaining safe and beautiful parks and playgrounds, then we
must urge our city council members to collect the ground rent of
land to finance public services and greatly reduce or eliminate
most other forms of taxation. If the politics of the planet are
to be based on fairness rather than on force, then equal rights
to earth must become the guiding principle, the sovereign,
supreme rule. The fundamental human right which now needs to be
affirmed is this: The Earth is the Birthright of All People.
O SAY CAN YOU SEE: A Perspective on the Current Crisis
Presented at the Books Not Bombs/Stop Iraq
War Forum organized by students at Shippensburg University,
Pennsylvania on March 5, 2003.
Excerpt: A new democratic mandate, which we might call
earth rights democracy, recognizes that the gifts
of nature - the land, oil, minerals, other natural resources and
a substantial amount of the monetary value accruing to their use
- rightly belong to the people of the world as a whole. The
earth is our birthright and our common heritage. What we make
from our mental and physical labor can rightfully be held as
individual property but the profit of the earth should be shared
by all and for all.