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Scott Baker is a Senior Editor/Economics Editor and Writer at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post.
Scott Baker is President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist group. He has written dozens of articles for Common Ground's national publication, GroundSwell, and has promoted the Georgist Single Tax to public officials - a tax which would dramatically reduce use of finite resources, which, rightfully, belong to all of us as part of the Commons. A Georgist Single Tax would increase productivity in Earth-saving ways, while virtually eliminating unproductive speculation (by taxing away the fuel for it), decrease poverty, and promote Social justice. It would also promote economic growth by untaxing production and taxing the abuse (pollution) and use of the natural resources of the commons, especially including collecting the economic rent created by demand from the community, not from actions of the Land or resource owner.
He is also NY State Coordinator for the Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/home.htm), which seeks to promote Public Banking, along the lines of the best-known American example, the Bank of North Dakota. The PBI is chaired by another OEN blogger, Ellen Brown.
Several TV and radio interviews have allowed Scott to explain the principles of Geoism, Greenbacking, and State Banking:
Scott also has a blog: http://newthinking.blogspot.com/
Scott has several progressive petitions on Change.org:
A new form of capitalism: Geonomics
Let NY fund its budget gap with a State Bank - change.org/actions/view/close_the_gap_2
Scott was an I.T. Manager for a major New York university for over two decades, where he initiated computing, developed databases, established networks for two divisions and earned a Certificate for Frontline Leadership. He had a video game published in Compute! Magazine (summarized here: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue55/dark.php).
Scott now chooses to use his computer for the greater good.
He is a graduate of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York City and has published over a dozen articles in the Georgist newsletter - Groundswell - put out by Common Ground.
Scott is a modern-day Renaissance Man with interests in economics, astronomy, history, natural sciences, psychology, philosophy, Native American culture, and all future-forward topics; he has been called an adept syncretist by Kirkus Discoveries for his novel, NeitherWorld - a two-volume opus blending Native American myth, archaeological detail, government conspiracy, with a sci-fi flair (http://www.amazon.com/Neitherworld-Book-Akiiwan-CreateSpace-Version/dp/1434813290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341306969&sr=8-1&keywords=neitherworld).
Scott grew up in New York City and Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of the Psychology honor society PSI CHI.
Today he is an avid bicyclist and is active in several Green and Progressive organizations.
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10 Reasons Progressives Ought to support Israel, even now (191 comments)
A lot of liberals or progressives are confused about supporting Israel, or outright opposed to doing so, especially now, when the current conflict, Operation Defensive Edge, with Hamas has eclipsed the carnage and damage of the last big battle, Operation Cast Lead, in 2012.
However, here are 10 Reasons that progressives ought to be interested in regarding Israel Series: Middle East Articles
The Flip Side of Debt Free Money (73 comments)
Comparing Greenbacking - a system of Debt-free money - to Modern Monetary Theory of money.
Debt-free money has been, and is still used, in the U.S. going back to Lincoln, as specified in a 1999 bill to create $360B in Interest-free money to fund the nation's highway infrastructure. This is something to consider as the Highway appropriations bill is held up by Republican Austerians in Congress. Series: Banking, Economic Reform
The continuing plight of Malaysian Flight MH370 - 2 month update (33 comments)
On this, the 2-month anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysian Flight MH370, it's worth examining the landscape of findings, theories, and even, with the trail gone cold and unrewarding, some of the more outside-the-box theories.
The ones that seemed least credible in the early days are seeming almost unavoidable now. Series: Malaysian Flight MH370
The Dumbing Down of America's Schools (27 comments)
How can we educate our children when we don't even understand the problems ourselves? We will have to smarten up before we can expect them to do so. Herein, a smattering of failures, false leads, and cries for help...from those who are supposed to be educating. Series: Education, Politics
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Occupy's Next Step - a Wave of Action (17 comments)
The Occupy Movement - never centralized to begin with - has adopted an even more decentralized strategy in an effort to avoid arrest and quashing, not always successfully. Having spawned hundreds of progressive movements, has Occupy developed enough power and a cohesive message enough to being a Worldwide Spring?
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Asking "How to pay for Social Security" is Asking the Wrong Question (3 comments)
Although the economic literature, pundit bloviating, and ideological rants, love to ask "How to pay for Social Security," they are all asking the wrong question.
The right question is "What is the Social Security Multiplier?" By understanding this, it becomes obvious that Social Security is one of the best investments government can make. Series: Social Security
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The new Neo-Slavery (61 comments)
Has Slavery gone away or just become more regulated and codified?
A Georgist in Congress? (7 comments)
A Georgist in the U.S. House? Why not? Long-time Georgist Alanna Hartzok is running again for the 9th district in Pennsylvania, this time on the Democratic ticket. Her campaign theme centers around the right to land for all, and fair collection of rent from those who use it.
We May go to Nuclear War over WHAT?! (8 comments)
We might go to war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, over a country most people couldn't find on a map.
You know you're in trouble when the country you're talking about begins with a preposition.
Let's be Solomon here: split the baby.
The Public vs. the Kochtopus (2 comments)
Which is stronger? The People or the Kochtopus?
An Activist's analysis of the Grayson campaign and negative ads by the Koch Brothers.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Debating the Anarcho-Capitalists (2 comments)
I don't normally reproduce comments and counter-arguments as articles, because they tend to be incoherent and hard to understand as standalone articles. But, in this case, this article in the anarcho-capitalist Daily Bell Blog, when they took on Ellen Brown and her run for Treasurer in California, turned into something that seemed article-worthy. I think it is instructive to see how the anarcho-capitalist mind-set works.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Fairness, Sustainability, & Growth are not contradictions! (Video) (4 comments)
Presenting the case for Land Value Taxation to a mixed audience of community leaders, alumni of the Henry George School - which sponsored the event - and other interested students.
This New York City-centric presentation presents real, practical, solutions to the issues of:
- Sustainable Growth
- Job Creation
- Affordable Housing
- Fairness in Taxation
- Urban Sprawl
- Monopoly and Speculation on Land
Detroit is Not Broke! (5 comments)
The on-again-off-again pending bankruptcy of what was formerly America's 4th largest city, Detroit, has been all over the news lately. In all of these stories, whether blaming the collapse of the domestic auto industry, profligate workers taking pensions, or, even closer to the truth, speculators (read: banks) who precipitated a housing collapse - there is one glaring omission of coverage, whether Detroit is, in fact, broke. Series: CAFR reform, Economic Reform, Politics (View All Series)
The Pope's Economic Plan (42 comments)
Today, Pope Francis released an 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, called an Official Platform for his papacy by Reuters. Frankly, most of it is arcane religious doctrine and prescriptions to this atheist, but the pope's economic plan ought to be of interest to everyone. Series: Economic Reform, Georgism
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Cheating and the Corporate Cannibals (11 comments)
(Video & Slideshow) I met with long-time Finance and Land reporter, Fred Harrison: Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust, in New York City, a couple of months ago. We talked about the vast wealth inequities allowed by land monopolizers and rent-avoiders like Goldman Sachs. The cost in New York City alone is in the billions. Worldwide, it is in the trillions. Series: Economic Reform, Georgism, Politics (View All Series)
Saturday, October 26, 2013
700,000 viewers prove economics doesn't have to be dull (2 comments)
With few exceptions, videos on the economy have landed with a thud. Though applauded by the already converted, even the most well argued & cogent videos fail to reach people. Are the concepts so arcane & difficult that the masses just recoil? Or is the form the problem, not the content?
4 videos by malekanoms, totaling 700,000 views together support the latter view. They are short, simple, animated, funny, & insightful. Series: Economic Reform
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Public banking advocate takes on Vermont State Treasurer (2 comments)
There are several things wrong with the article in the Vermont Digger, cited herein, investigating the rationale for a state public bank, "State treasurer prefers local investments to public banking" in VT Digger, starting from the most basic question "Where is the money going to come from to start a state bank?" Reasons are explored herein.
The Debt Ceiling Kabuki Theater Plays on (16 comments)
I just listened closely to the President's speech on CNBC on the continuing shutdown and the fast-approaching debt ceiling.
Who will blink first? Is Obama just setting us up for a Grand Betrayal - what he calls a Grand Bargain - where he slashes all kinds of social programs in exchange for the extortionate Republicans releasing the American People as economic hostages?
I don't know, but it makes great Kabuki Theater. Series: Economic Reform, Politics
Monday, September 30, 2013
Nanomedicine: The Future of Medicine (1 comments)
Nanomedicine, refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular level for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues. Though in its infancy, could we be looking at the future of medicine? Early clinical trials certainly look promising.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Administration's Official Response to Saving the Post Office is total B.S. (7 comments)
This is the official White House OMB response to a petition to save the Post Office:
"Official Office of Management and Budget Response to Save the Postal Service
A Balanced Approach to Reforming the Postal Service
By Dana Hyde..."
The official White House response to this is total B.S.
It is the prefunding requirement that is responsible for over 80% of the budget shortfall. Series: Politics, Post Office
Still Report 97 - Turkey's Monetary Reform (vidoes) (2 comments)
Monetary reformer, presidential candidate, and award-winning documentary film-maker Bill Still, was asked to give a keynote speech by the president of Turkey. Here is his report on that meeting, though not his speech. Although they have not yet fully embraced sovereign, debt-free money, he says: "The International Forum on Financial Systems in Istanbul, Turkey was quite a surprise. Other EU countries & the U.S. are covered. Series: Economic Reform, Politics
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Is the Syria Chemical Weapons Attack a false flag event? (14 comments)
I am not a conspiracy hound (some would say "conspiracy nut'). If given the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, I generally choose the former.
But in the case of the recent Syrian chemical weapons attack, the evidence continues to mount, from multiple reports that the Syrian government did not launch a chemical weapons attack on its own people. Series: Middle East Articles
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Still Report 95 - Hungary Rejects the EU (1 comments)
Hungary is pulling away from the European Union. It recently booted the IMF out of Hungary after it made the last payment on its IMF loans. It has decided no...
Still Report #90 - Iceland: No EU - YouTube Video
Icelandic Parliment member Jón Þór -"lafsson reveals that the new government is in no mood to continue with membership in the European Union. This is a huge blow to the EU who is trying to ensnare the unsuspecting citizens of Turkey as well, into EU membership. Series: Economic Reform
It is not a coup, It is the will of Egyptian people - YouTube
This is a video that was posted to the Library of Congress page, so hey, NSA, it's our own government hosting this! Anyway, I'm not sure who ultimately produced this. It's called OxygenEgypt2013, and this is their homepage on youtube, which has 1,1165 subscribers, but is mostly written in Arabic (does anyone read Arabic?). Series: Middle East Articles
Monday, August 5, 2013
Detroit is Not Broke! (8 comments)
The on-again-off-again pending bankruptcy of what was formerly America's 4th largest city, Detroit, has been all over the news lately. In all of these stories, whether blaming the collapse of the domestic auto industry, profligate workers taking pensions, or, even closer to the truth, speculators (read: banks) who precipitated a housing collapse - there is one glaring omission of coverage, whether Detroit is, in fact, broke. Series: CAFR reform, Economic Reform, Public Banking (View All Series)
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Why does Congress Nickel and Dime the Debt when it could just Dollarize it? (39 comments)
A new bill, H.R. 2535: the American Liberty Coinage and Deficit Reduction Act of 2013, has just been introduced by Rep. Garland "Andy" Barr [R-KY6], a rare centrist Republican, according to Govtrack. This bill is potentially game-changing for economic status of the Republic. It could help re-establish monetary sovereignty.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Land Cycle and the Stock Market (2 comments)
A description of the 18.6 year land cycle and how it relates to the current stock market, and whether history will win over modern intervention.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Activism Blues (21 comments)
Will activism be enough to change the course of human history? Is it hubris to imagine we can?
Countering Disaster Porn (5 comments)
Disaster Porn is all the rage now. Slick videos - and some not so slick - purport to show the inevitable collapse of the economy, even the world from economic/political/environmental debt & mismanagement. Such porn provides palliatives to those who would do nothing anyway, but they are wrong and dangerous. Here's how to combat them. Series: Economic Reform, Georgism, Public Banking (View All Series)
Thursday, June 20, 2013
A Climate Change Compendium (2 comments)
I am on the mailing list for the Neighborhood Energy Network, based in New York City. They regularly send out updates, presentation and movie announcements, and activist opportunities, to a large mailing list. This one, their latest, lists many useful sites on Climate Change, including how to deal with deniers.
It is presented here as an aid for those who want to be better informed and to answer critics.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Review of Bill Still's Jekyll Island movie (8 comments)
Bill Still's newest film "Jekyll Island." For those who've seen "The Money Masters," and especially the more recent "The Secret of OZ" (2009), they won't find too much new here, although a lot has happened in the last 4 years, and Still takes us all the way into early 2013. The overall point though is that the Money Masters have been controlling the money supply, creating booms and busts deliberately, for hundreds of years. Series: Economic Reform, Movie Reviews, Public Banking (View All Series)
Obama Administration Seeks to Appease the Austerity Gods (14 comments)
The Administration says their budget that reduces Social Security payments with the "Let them eat Cat Food" Chained CPI is "about reducing the deficit in a balanced way that economists say is best for the economy and job creation."
Well, as the Washington consensus only understands debt-based money it is simply impossible for all of these things to be true at once, though it does make a swell soundbite!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Are Community Banks Too Small to Survive? (2 comments)
This recent article in Fortune magazine makes it clear that most small banks will not survive Dodd-Frank over the next decade - a bill so humongous it needs its own website - unless major changes are made.
The 7,000 mostly small banks are literally Too Small to Survive - the equally dangerous corollary to Too Big to Fail.
An alternative is Public Banks in every state.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Sequester this! (1 comments)
There are many solutions to the our economic imbalance and the greatest wealth inequity in our history. The, possibly unconstitutional, sequester isn't one of them. Series: Economic Reform
Summarizing the arguments against excessive gun ownership (1 comments)
There have been so many great articles (many on Op Ed News) on the absurdity of our gun situation in America that I'll just repeat the highlights here. Feel free to use these against any remaining gun nuts you encounter.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Middle East Propaganda War (75 comments)
The Israel-Palestine conflict shows no sign of ending, certainly not with the latest 8-day skirmish. There is a propaganda war too, less often reported because it is the ones guilty of propaganda who would need to report it. Here are some examples of the lies in the war of words and images from both sides. Series: Middle East Articles
Monday, November 19, 2012
Take Action: TradeJustice New York Metro meeting to ban Fracking and the TPP this Tuesday (2 comments)
The last meeting of TradeJustice was attended by over 100 people. This is THE critical trade, environmental, labor and human rights issue of our time. If TPP passes, it matters not what laws we pass locally and even nationally. They can all be over-turned by an extra-judicial court operated by, for, and of the corporation. This is ALREADY HAPPENING under NAFTA, and the TPP has been described as "NAFTA on Steroids."