Events - 11 Apr 18


Walsh Memorial Lecture in Honour of Henry George

11 April 2018

The 2018 Walsh Lecture will be delivered by Professor Polly Cleveland. Polly is an economist focusing on wealth distribution. Since fall 2007, she has been Adjunct Professor of Environmental Economics at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Title: Turf! How Holding Territory Makes Us Both Wealthy and Unequal, and How Land Taxes Can Enable Us to Share Prosperity in Peace

Humans evolved over millions of years on the dry savannahs of east Africa. Here, to this day, mobile hunter-gatherer tribes lead an extraordinarily peaceful, cooperative, and egalitarian lifestyle. Some 15,000 years ago, humans first began to hold territory when they created permanent settlements in a corner of the Fertile Crescent. These first settlers quickly became highly unequal, as apparent from their burials—a few big graves packed with luxury goods surrounded by others containing barely more than skeletons. With the invention of agriculture some 3000 years later, extremely unequal societies exploded across the ancient middle east and eventually around the globe. Warfare for territory became routine. Empires rose and fell. Yet there’s a lesson from the more successful empires, such as the Chinese, Ottoman, and British: Empires that relied on systematically collecting land taxes were both more prosperous, more equal, and more durable. The classical economists, including Adam Smith, recognized the superiority of land taxes. Over a hundred years ago, the American economist and progressive leader, Henry George, crusaded successfully to make land taxes the sole source of public revenue. His legacy, often unrecognized, continues today.

Find out more about Polly and her work on her website.

When: 11 April 2018

Where: Lend Lease Room, MGSM, 99 Talavera Road, Macquarie University.

Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

RSVP: Please email by 5.00pm Wednesday 4th April.

We hope to see you there!

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