Progress and Poverty (2006) Abridged and Edited by Bob Drake
Why There Are Recessions And Poverty Amid Plenty—And What To Do About It! One of the world’s best-selling books on political economy edited and abridged for modern readers. Many economists and politicians foster the illusion that great fortunes and poverty stem from the presence or absence of individual skill and risk-taking. Henry George, by contrast, showed that the wealth gap occurs because a few people are allowed to monopolize natural opportunities and deny them to others. George did not advocate equality of income, the forcible redistribution of wealth, or government management of the economy. He simply believed that in a society not burdened by the demands of a privileged elite, a full and satisfying life would be attainable by everyone.
This classic bestseller in political economy launched a worldwide movement for the abolition of privilege and poverty—by eliminating the root cause, land monopoly. Ever since the publication of Progress and Poverty, advocates of liberty and justice have responded to its clarion call: “To abolish all taxation save that upon land values.
Henry George endeavors to determine whether protection or free trade better accords with the interests of labor, and to bring to a common conclusion on this subject those who really desire to raise wages.
The Science of Political Economy (original, unabridged version)
A Reconstruction of Its Principles in Clear and Systematic Form Henry George believed that “(o)f all the sciences, political economy is that which to civilized men of today is of most practical importance.” In his last work, published in 1898, George presents economic principles in a logical, encyclopedic system, encompassing concepts of wealth, ownership, value, money and semantics.
“The progress of civilization requires that more and more intelligence be devoted to social affairs, and this not the intelligence of the few, but that of the many. We cannot safely leave politics to politicians, or political economy to college professors. The people themselves must think, because the people alone can act.” (Social Problems, Chapter I, “The Increasing Importance of Social Questions”.) Many readers consider this collection of twenty-two essays to be the best introduction to the ideas of Henry George.
Published as section 2 of the The Land Question A Passage-at-Arms between the Duke of Argyll and Henry George I. The Prophet of San Francisco by the Duke of Argyll II. The “Reduction to Iniquity” by Henry George
An address delivered in the Opera House, Burlington, Iowa, April 1, 1885, under the auspices of Burlington Assembly, No. 3135, Knights of Labour, which afterwards distributed fifty thousand copies in tract form.
I have neglected no opportunity of telling workingmen that what they have to fight, in order to accomplish anything real and lasting, is not their immediate employers, but the false and wrongful system which, by depriving the masses of men of natural opportunities for the employment of their labor, compels them to struggle with one another for a chance to work.
A speech given in New York and published in The Standard on May 14, 1887, page 2. Great social transformations, said Mazzini, never have been and never will be other than the application of great religious movements.
Dr. Robert V. Andelson Profesor Emerito de Filosfia de la Universidad de Auburn, y Miembro Investigador Distinguido del American Institute for Economical Research Traduccion Y Prologo Por Fernando Scornik Gerstein