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Scott Baker
Scott Baker is President of Common Ground-NYC, a Geoist/Georgist group focusing on achieving social justice and economic growth by untaxing productive activities, and instead taxing the abuse and use of the natural resources of the commons, including locational values. He has written dozens of articles for Common Ground’s national publication, GroundSwell, and has promoted the Georgist Single Tax to public officials, which would dramatically reduce use of finite resources -- which, rightfully, belong to all of us -- and increase productivity in Earth, saving ways, while virtually eliminating unproductive speculation (by taxing away the fuel for it), decrease poverty, and promote Social Injustice.

He is also a member of Ellen Brown’s Public Banking Institute and the New York State Coordinator.

Scott is a Senior Editor and Writer at Op Ed News, a top 100 blog, and author of Neitherworld -- a two-volume novel blending Native American myth, archaeological detail, government conspiracy, with a sci-fi flair.

Scott was an I.T. Manager for New York University for over two decades, where he promoted computer applications, developed databases, established networks for two major departments and earned a Certificate for Frontline Leadership. He had a video game, “Things in the Dark,” published in Compute! Magazine.

Scott now chooses to use his computer for the greater good. He is a graduate and advanced student of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York City.

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. 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.

He is an avid bicyclist and is active in several Green organizations and Progressive organizations such as Transportation Alternatives and East Coast Greenway.

Entries by Scott Baker

Thousands of Presidential Primary Votes Already Cast Are Not Being Officially Counted

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 9:46 PM

Hidden in plain site in this raucous and frantic presidential election contest is the fact that the primaries and caucuses are not being fully counted, not even days after they close, in many cases, not at all so far. Nevada, which held its caucus on February 20th, and which...

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Who Owns American Debt?

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:48 PM

I came across this chart from an article at Global Economic Intersection (where I am also a sometimes contributor):


According to statistics from U.S. Treasury Department, China cut U.S. treasury holdings in 2014 by $25.8 billion. Despite all this, China remains...

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Asking How to Pay for Social Security Is Asking the Wrong Question

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:41 PM

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?" The multiplier measures how much the national income goes up, or...

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Fantasy Fed Speech

(17) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Sometimes, between sleep and the time I fully awaken, I have this fantasy about the Federal Reserve Chairman. I imagine that Ben Bernanke will testify before an exasperated, desperate Congress someday and say something like the following, perhaps near the end of his term:

Members of Congress,...

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The Cure for Europe: A Public Option for Money and a Public Bank

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:54 PM

In Europe, riots occur on a nearly daily basis, and the police seem as beleaguered as the unemployed masses are desperate. I recently had this exchange with Warren Mosler, one of the co-founders of the Modern Monetary Theory Movement:

SB: Is it possible for Euroland not...

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America Is Not Broke!

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 1:27 PM

Americans of all political beliefs have been told repeatedly that America is broke, that something must be cut and/or taxes raised or we will drown in debt. While the debt is real, it pales in comparison to the tens of trillions available to us... if we know where...

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Geoism Explained on Public Access TV by... Me (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:47 PM

I was happy to be interviewed by Public Access TV host Lou Puliafito. We talked about Geoism/Georgism, greenbacking, and state banking. It was a lot to get in in under half an hour, but these are all important topics for our perilous economic times. I hope you will have a...

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The Instant Solution to the New Depression: Debt-free Money

(12) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 1:23 PM

Last week's payroll number -- 69,000 -- was one of the worst since the depths of the economic crisis in late 2008-early 2009. The official unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2 percent, but the rate, as measured the way it was before all the gimmicks of the 1990s...

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Ending the Conflict With Iran So Everyone Wins

(7) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 1:54 PM

Why are President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton seemingly so bereft of ideas on how to handle Iran's nuclear ambitions?

I'm not going to waste time in proposing, as so many editorialists do, a change in "tone" or for more "respect." Of course we need to incorporate both...

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The H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.S.Y. Act: Making Politicians Mean What They Say, or Else...

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 4:25 AM

Recently, the Huffington Post reported that:

"A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were...
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Talking to Regular People Regarding Economic Reform

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM

People who have taken some alternative economics classes, read some alternative economics books (e.g. Henry George, Ellen Brown, Stephen Zarlenga, etc.), often ask me, "Now that I've read/learned there are better ways to do things, how do I broach the subject with people? I am eager to get the good...

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Will India Lead the Way in Urban Land Tax Reform? A Mission Director from the Indian Ministry of Housing Provides Some Answers

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 12:20 PM

I first met Dr. Mohanty through a personal friend. As we talked, it became clear he was well versed in Georgist economics, and even better, was in a great position to do something about it. Dr. Mohanty graciously agreed to a written interview, and then a follow-up during late May-early...

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Banking on the Poor

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 4:24 PM

Are the poor also poor credit risks? Since 1976, Professor Muhammad Yunus, head of the rural economics program at the University of Chittagong, has said an emphatic "NO!" through his creation of micro-credit Grameen Bank. Now, that same model that has worked so well in Bangladesh and other third world...

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Zero Reserve Banking?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 4:21 AM

Last March, Ben Bernanke wrote:

The Federal Reserve believes it is possible that, ultimately, its operating framework will allow the elimination of minimum reserve requirements, which impose costs and distortions on the banking system.

So, the Fed is on record as saying we ought to move to a...

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Honey, I Balanced the Federal Budget! (And You Can, Too)

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 1:15 PM

Frankly, I didn't think it would be so easy.

About two months ago, shortly after the election, I took The New York Times interactive "Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget" challenge, which lists about 40 choices similar to those Congress faces when deciding what to cut. I thought the...

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Green Party solutions from up north

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 12:50 PM

*** UPDATE ***
This article was formerly titled: Interview With Canadian Green Party Politicians Erich Jacoby Hawkins and John Fisher

Not all the answers to our political and economic difficulties will come from the traditional Democratic or Republican parties -- indeed, many will say that most of the productive...

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Radical Solutions From the Radical Somewhere

(66) Comments | Posted December 30, 2010 | 9:19 AM

I recently read an article right here on Huffington Post that really made my blood boil; it is so full of the usual establishment descriptions about the economy: We are broke! The States are going Bankrupt! There is nothing to be done but to raise taxes and cut...

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Stephen Zarlenga's American Monetary Act: A Review

(14) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 10:50 PM

Noted monetary reformer, Stephen Zarlenga spoke to a standing-room only crowd at the New York City Henry George School on December 6th for two hours, followed by a well-attended dinner at our regular restaurant, Zana's, where we got to question him in more detail. You can read about the act...

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Can't We All Just Get Along? A Modest Proposal for Settlements on the Israeli West Bank

(80) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 11:43 AM

Israel, whether it chooses to acknowledge it or not (or we do), is heading toward a one-state solution, one that includes the Palestinians as part of their citizenship. They may wish the Palestinian problem would go away. But their Arab neighbors have no reason, nor inclination, to accept millions of...

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Lessons from the Radical Somewhere

(13) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 8:42 AM

These days, Economic Reform groups have replaced Stock Investment clubs as the trendy thing to join. After two 50% crashes in the three major indexes (Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq), it is unsurprising that people burned by stagnant employment, opportunities, and wages for years would rise to the occasion by promoting...

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