Social Problems

by Henry George 1883

Table of Contents

Then shall they also answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?"

Then shall he answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me."


Preface to the Current Edition / 1981

Note to the Original Edition / 1883

  1. The Increasing Importance of Social Questions

  2. Political Dangers

  3. Coming Increase of Social Pressure

  4. Two Opposing Tendencies

  5. The March of Concentration

  6. The Wrong in Existing Social Conditions

  7. . Is It the Best of All Possible Worlds?

  8. That We All Might Be Rich

  9. First Principles

  10. The Rights of Man

  11. Dumping Garbage

  12. Over-Production

  13. Unemployed labor

  14. The Effects of Machinery

  15. Slavery and Slavery

  16. Public Debts and Indirect Taxation

  17. The Functions of Government

  18. What We Must Do

  19. The First Great Reform

  20. The American Farmer

  21. City and Country

  22. Conclusion

The United States Census Report on the Size of Farms
Condition of English Agricultural laborers
A Piece of Land

"I ask no one who may read this book to accept my views. I ask him to think for himself"

--Henry George