Introduction to the Ideas of Henry George

Here is a list of links

People from a wide range of points of view have embraced Henry George’s ideas over the years.
What follows is a collection of short pieces

William F. Buckley “Firing Line” transcripts –
http://schalkenbach.org/on-line-library/firing-line/

William F. Buckley, in an interview with Brian Lamb, C-Span Book Notes, April 2000
http://www.cooperative-individualism.org/buckley-william_henry-george-and-the-single-
tax-2000.htm

William F. Buckley – Home, Dear Home (2005) – link to
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-10_19_05_WB.html

Michael Kinsley – George on My Mind (1989)
https://www.cooperative-individualism.org/kinsley-michael_henry-george-on-my-mind-1
989.htm

Michael Kinsley – The Obscure Economist Silicon Valley Billionaires Should Dump Ayn Rand
For (2017, Vanity Fair)
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/09/the-obscure-economist-henry-george-ayn-rand

John Dewey — An Appreciation of Henry George,
http://www.cooperative-individualism.org/dewey-john_an-appreciation-of-henry-george-
1927-jan-feb.htm, the introduction to a 1928 book entitled “Significant Paragraphs from
Progress and Poverty” (38 pages)

Jill Lepore – Forget 9-9-9. Here’s a Simple Plan: 1, (1911)
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/opinion/sunday/heres-the-guy-who-invented-populi sm.html

Peter Orzag — To Fight Inequality, Tax Land — (2015)
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2015-03-03/to-fight-inequality-tax-land

The Economist — Why Henry George Had a Point (2015)
https://www.economist.com/free-exchange/2015/04/01/why-henry-george-had-a-point

Noah Smith — Piketty’s Three Big Mistakes (2015)
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2015-03-27/piketty-s-three-big-mistakes-in- inequality-analysis[behind a paywall ]

Tim Worstall — Contra Piketty It’s Not a Wealth Tax We Need But a Land Value Tax (2015), https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/03/27/contra-piketty-its-not-a-wealth-tax- we-need-but-a-land-value-tax/#601dfe9b5430

Fred E. Foldvary – The Ultimate Tax Reform: Public Revenue from Land Rent

  • In Brief: “The Ultimate Tax Reform” paired with “How to Implement Land-Value Taxation” 
    2 page document
  • “The Ultimate Tax Reform: Public Revenue from Land Rent
    4 page summary
  • “The Ultimate Tax Reform: Public Revenue from Land Rent
    36 page policy study

Chrystia Freeland — The Problem of Plutocrats: What a 19th-Century Economist Can Teach Us
About Today’s Capitalism (2012),
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/chrystia-freeland/henry-george-capitalism_b_1997899.h tml

Lindy Davies — The Top Ten Reasons Why Land is More Important Than Ever,
http://earthsharing.org/library/the-top-ten-reasons-why-land-is-more-important-than-ever/
?print=print

Edward T. O’Donnell — Why Henry George Matters (2015),
https://blog.oup.com/2015/11/henry-george-matters/

Richard Florida: The Real Role of Land Values in the United States (2015),
http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/04/the-real-role-of-land-values-in-the-united-states
/389862/

Richard Florida: The Difficulties of Density (2016),
http://www.citylab.com/housing/2016/09/the-difficulties-of-density/499571/ note: does not mention HG

Richard Florida: Fixing the New Urban Crisis (2017),
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/05/fixing-the-new-urban-crisis/521043/

Richard Florida: The Staggering Value of Urban Land (2017)
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/11/the-staggering-value-of-urban-land/544706/

Richard Florida: What’s Manhattan’s Land Worth? Try ‘Canada’s Entire GDP,
https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/04/what-manhattans-land-is-worth/558776/

Glen Weyl: “The Very Structure of Capitalism is Inherently Monopolistic” (2018)
https://promarket.org/glen-weyl-structure-capitalism-inherently-monopolistic/

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl: The Real Villain Behind Our New Gilded Age (2018), https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/opinion/monopoly-power-new-gilded-age.html

Mark J. Perry: Henry George: The Man Who Wrote Milton Friedman’s Favorite Book on Trade
(2018),
https://fee.org/articles/henry-george-the-man-who-wrote-milton-friedman-s-favorite-book
-on-trade/

Jim Powell: Milton Friedman’s Favorite Book on Trade (2016),
http://www.wsj.com/articles/milton-friedmans-favorite-book-on-trade-1465597043
[behind a paywall, but what’s visible is fine!]

Milton Friedman: Good Wealth, Bad Wealth (1981),
http://savingcommunities.org/docs/friedman.milton/goodbadwealth.html

Milton Friedman, on taxing land values (1978),
https://miltonfriedman.hoover.org/friedman_images/Collections/2016c21/AEL_1978.pdf

J. W. Bengough — A Poem of Political Economy” and “Restitution

Lizzie Magie — The Landlord’s Game (1902)

Here are some longer articles

Weld Carter, An Introduction to Henry George:
http://www.wealthandwant.com/docs/CarterW_intro.html

Robert Andelson — Henry George and the Reconstruction of Capitalism
https://schalkenbach.org/file-12/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Andelson-reconstruction-of-capitalism.pdf

Gems from George: The Economics and Philosophy of Henry George (1839-1897): Being Memorable Passages from His Writings and Addresses —
http://www.wealthandwant.com/HG/Gems_from_HG.html

Clarence Darrow, Henry George

Nic Tideman, Peace, Justice and Economic Reform (1997) –
http://www.cooperative-individualism.org/tideman-nicolaus_peace-justice-and-economic
-reform-1997-oct.pdf

Harry Gunnison Brown’s Significant Paragraphs from Progress and Poverty by Henry George