In our efforts to get the word out on the HGI's new book, we took advantage of the book-review services at featheredquill.com, which included the following perceptive interview with Lindy Davies.
1) Recreating the economic principles of Georgism by utilizing the fictitious country of Alodia is a very interesting concept. Can you tell us about how you came up with the idea and how Alodia came to be?
2) The first step in General Akuopha's economic reform was to "unilaterally cease making payments on its external debt." He viewed outside loans from the IMF and its sister organization, the World Bank, as being detrimental to Alodians. Do you see this process as being a factor that impoverishes people in "real" life? If so, why do you feel it does?
3) Akuopha's surprising military junta gently introduces the reader to Henry George, a political economist who introduced the land value tax or "single tax." How were you introduced to his philosophy and what contributed to your sustained interest in Henry George and his work?
4) Even Mark Twain claimed that "The earth belongs to the people. I believe in the gospel of the Single Tax." Most people have never even heard of this tax. Can you briefly explain it to your potential readers?
5) In Sebastian Mallaby's The World's Banker: A Story of Failed States, Financial Crises, And the Wealth and Poverty of Nations, he states that the initial purpose of the bank was to reconstruct countries devastated by the ravages of WWII. It later went on to help countries such as the fictional Alodia to conquer poverty. Do you feel the IMF and the World Bank have failed in their mission? Could Geolibertarianism have worked better?
6) In The Alodia Scrapbook we meet a character, Monique Sassafras. She is an outspoken, right from the streets representative of the people. Would someone like this have a real role in governing a country that adopted Georgism philosophy or would its structure consist of what we now call career politicians?
7) Would you prefer to live in a "single tax" society and why? How would it benefit you personally?
8) The Alodia Scrapbook was a collaboration of sorts, with you doing the most of the writing. How long did it take to compile this fascinating montage and are you now in the process of working on a continuation? I'd really be interested in knowing which direction the Alodian people went.
9) Briefly tell us about the Henry George Institute and the course work you have to offer to those who may be interested in learning more about economics?