Volume III of The Annotated Works of Henry George
Presents the unabridged text of Social Problems and Condition of Labor
Edited by Francis K. Peddle and William S. Peirce
With Alexandra Lough
Preface by Francis K. Peddle
Social Problems with an Introduction by James Dawsey
The Condition of Labor with an Introduction by Alexandra Lough
George’s religious speeches:
Moses with an Introduction by Fred Foldvary
Thy Kingdom Come
Thou Shall Not Steal
All of George’s texts have new scholarly annotations.
Comprehensive Index by Lindy Davies.
Volume III of this series presents the unabridged texts of Social Problems, The Condition of Labor, and three of George’s religious speeches, Moses, Thy Kingdom Come, and Thou Shall Not Steal. The original texts are supplemented by annotations which explain George’s many references to history, literature, economics, and the political controversies of his day. New indices augment accessibility to these texts and their key terms. The extensive introductory essay by James M. Dawsey, “Social Problems and the Social Gospel,” furnishes the cultural context for George’s debates with prominent political economists of his day and traces the theological roots of George’s ideas about nature, social philosophy, and economics. Alexandra W. Lough in her introductory essay, “Henry George, Father Edward McGlynn and Religious Dissent,” to The Condition of Labor, examines the historical and doctrinal context for George’s critical response to Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Movarum. Fred E. Foldvary explores the ethical and economic aspects of the connection between the Mosaic laws and the land in his introductory essay to George’s three religious speeches included in this volume.
Henry George wrote the works in this volume out of a deep faith and a passionate certainty that the foundation of economics lies in an ethical bond with nature. If religion does not address social injustice, or if economics is indifferent to the malignant consequences of gross inequality and callous poverty, then there can be no redemption for civilization or what George liked to call the Greater Leviathan. Toward the end of Progress and Poverty, George invoked a vision of the reign of the Prince of Peace and a City of God on earth. Volume III of The Annotated Works of Henry George, explores that vision and its many devout shores and coastal inlets.