Henry George’s Works

Progress and Poverty (1879)

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.

Audiobook of Progress & Poverty Unabridged

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.

Audiobook of Progress & Poverty Drake

Progress and Poverty Spanish

Progreso y Miseria Henry George (Abridged version lower on the page with the Spanish books.)

Protection or Free Trade,

An Examination of the Tariff Question, with especial Regard to the Interests of Free Trade [1886]

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 Science of Political Economy (edited, abridged version)

A highly accessible abridged edition of The Science of Political Economy by Henry George. With an introduction by Harry Pollard and an afterword by Lindy Davies.

Social Problems (1883)

“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 professsors. 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.

The Land Question

Property in Land the Condition of Labor First published in 1881 as “The Irish Land Question”

Property in Land

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

Condition of Labor

Henry George — The Condition of Labor: An Open Letter to Pope Leo XIII — 1891

A Perplexed Philosopher

The reason for this examination No consecrated absurdity would have stood its ground in this world if the man had not silenced the objection of the child. Michelet

The Standard

Henry George began a weekly newspaper, called The Standard, on January 8, 1887.

Online Speeches and Shorter
Works by Henry George

Causes of Business Depression

Henry George’s contribution to the New York periodical, Once a Week, March 6, 1894

Crime of Poverty

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.

Justice The Object— Taxation The Means

Address in Metropolitan Hall, San Francisco, February 4, 1890 on way to Australia

Land and Taxation

A conversation between David Dudley Field and Henry George, first published in the “North American Review”, July, 1885.

The Land for the People

An address delivered on July 11, 1889, in Toomebridge, County Derry, Ireland


Thereis in modern thought a tendency to look upon the prominent characters of history as resultants rather than as initiatory forces.

Ode to Liberty

Henry George’s celebrated Fourth of July Oration delivered in San Francisco, 1877.


“Reprinted from the ‘Financial Reformer’ (Liverpool), October, 1898.

Progress and Poverty (condensed)

Key passages from George’s classic that present the essentials of his thesis. Selected and edited by James L. Busey (1968).

Scotland and Scotsmen

An Address Delivered on February 18, 1884
in the City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland. “There is no natural reason for poverty.”

The Single Tax: What It Is and Why We Urge It

An article published in The Christian Advocatein 1890 and thereafter reprinted in various magazines in the United Stated and England.

The Study of Political Economy

Of the importance of the questions with which political economy deals it is hardly necessary to speak.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

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.

Utility and Futility of Labor Strikes

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.

“Thy Kingdom Come”

A sermon delivered on Sunday, April 28, 1889, in the City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.

What We Stand For

Speech delivered November 1887

Why The Landowner Cannot Shift The Tax on Land Values

A very common objection to the proposition to concentrate all taxes on Land Values is that the landowner would add the increased tax on the value of his land to the rent that must be paid by his tenants.

Spanish Books, Speeches
and Shorter Works by Henry George

Progreso y Miseria

Conferencia pronunciada en el Teatro de la Opera, de Burlington, Iowa, el 1.° de abril de 1885, bajo los auspicios de la «Burlington Assembly», núm. 3.135, Caballeros del Trabajo.

Henry George Y La Reconstruction Del Capitalismo

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

El Crimen De La Miseria Por Henry George

Conferencia pronunciada en el Teatro de la Opera, de Burlington, Iowa, el 1.° de abril de 1885, bajo los auspicios de la «Burlington Assembly», núm. 3.135, Caballeros del Trabajo. 

El Impuesto Único Lo que es y por qué lo pedimos por Henry George

Un artículo publicada en “The Christian Advocate” (El Abrogado Cristiano) en 1890.

Venganos El Tu Reino by Henry George

Venganos El Tu Reino by Henry George.