This book is not only the definitive biography of one of America’s most exciting social thinkers and crusaders for reform, it is also an intellectual and emo tional history which vividly re-creates the atmosphere of mid to late nineteenth-century America.
Georgist Policies and Population Growth in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Other Cities, 1890–1930 In the period, the Georgist movement inspired a large number of civic leaders—mayors, assessors, governors, congressmen and others—to implement Georgist policies in a number of US and Canadian cities.
This critical examination of socialism as a remedy for social injustice sheds light on why the well-meaning efforts of millions of socialists, in over a hundred years and around the world, have failed to prevent the rich from getting richer. Hirsch argues that the workers’ plight arises from concentrated land ownership, and eloquently answers both right-wing and left-wing objections to George’s single-tax solution.
From the Preface: Why this essay? I’m a libertarian. I believe that the ideas embodied by the libertarian movement in general, and the Libertarian Party in particular, represent humanity’s only hope for a future worth living. But I also think the Libertarian Party and the majority of today’s libertarians (along with almost everyone else) are wrong about a seemingly insignificant, but fundamental aspect of political philosophy — our system of ownership of land and other natural resources — and have strayed far from our classical liberal roots.
Poverty persists in the modern world because the global institutions that are supposed to combat it have failed. David Smiley’s proposals would use economic value from resources for public purposes, reducing conflicts over natural resources and solving problems of humans rights, the environment, and economic development.
Social Statics: The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified, and The First of Them Developed. This edition of the young Spencer’s great philosophical work on individual and political liberty contains The Right to the Use of the Earth, as well as all the other chapters deleted by Spencer in the later edition.