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Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 01:01 PM
Adam Smith (1723-1790) and Karl Marx (1818-1883) were extremely influential economic philosophers. Both remain secular patron saints today, Smith for capitalists, and Marx for communists. (Some critics jest that atheistic communists believe “there is no God, and Marx was his true prophet.”)
Smith and Marx had much to say but have been ill-served by uncritical followers. Marx complained, quoting Heinrich Heine, that “I have sown dragons’ teeth and harvested fleas.”
The most unfortunate thing about them today is that they deflect attention from an American whose ideas deserve serious attention.
Henry George’s 1879 book Progress and Poverty articulated the problem felt by many people during the Gilded Age — that despite the booming economy, many people were left behind in poverty. The book was a bestseller, and George became wildly popular, eventually being drafted to run for Mayor of New York City in 1886 as a candidate for the United Labor Party. Henry George’s message about the haves and the have nots helped ignite a movement of working people that swept the nation. Filmmaker Sarah Colt introduces Henry George.
The Gilded Age
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This video from Ed Dodson contains comments on President Trump’s State of the Union message on January 20, 3018 to the U.S. Congress and American people. The issues addressed in this video relate to the economy and the worsening problems of income and wealth concentration and the continued growth in public debt.