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The Endlessly Annoying walking tour

Date:
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Event Type:
Teach-In
Organizer/Author:
David Giesen
Location Details:
American Youth Hostel
312 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

If you know someone who cares about the politics and health of society and you want to start deliciously provocative conversations with them, or rankle their assumptions, or disturb their equanimity . . . or even if you just want to get rid of them, come on this walking tour about San Francisco (and everywhere else's) real estate and the social philosophy of Henry George. It's guaranteed to do the trick!

Guaranteed? I'll give you $20 if it doesn't satisfy one of the four objectives above the very first time you use the content of this walk with your friend, family member, or otherwise disposed discussant.

Unlike most other products, services, or group therapies (such as est or whoozeamacallit's Three Pillars of Personal Economic Transformation), you don't even have to come on the walk to "get it." You may be assured, however, that by coming on this walk you'll get the full up, humorous, aerobic version.

Henry George, for all his faults, had the following to say-- which is demonstrated to have endlessly annoyed Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, socialists, communists, libertarians, Ayn Rand devotees, and Lyndon LaRouche goo-gooites-- The annual rent of nature belongs to society as public revenue, while the value of stuff made by people belongs to those who, with or without culture's contribution to the deed, actually deliver the good or service to you.

Simply read that last long sentence to a pinko or a Tea Party folk and you'll get a rise! Both will sooner engage in united umbrage at your remark than concur that the market value of nature belongs to society!

You must be willing to defend this assertion (even if you are mendacious and don't believe it) in order to endlessly annoy others, but it works just the same.

On the walk you'll see real life applications of the assertion, you'll hear a practiced advocate shake down some of the attendees, and you'll see how it's possible to live a stable, happy life while endlessly annoying others.

There is a caveat: those who don't think much about society and social systems are indifferent to the assertion; it only works with people who give a rat's arse about how things are. No other promises are implied or guaranteed.
Added to the calendar on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 7:31PM
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