progress and poverty: Henry George's best-selling bookIt is a treatise on the questions of why poverty accompanies economic and technological progress and why economies exhibit a tendency toward cyclical boom and bust. George uses history and deductive logic to argue for a radical solution focusing on the capture of economic rent from natural resource and land titles. Progress and Poverty is George's first book, which sold several million copies, exceeding all other books sold in the United States except the Bible during the s. It helped spark the Progressive Era and a worldwide social reform movement around an ideology now known as ' Georgism '. Jacob Riis , for example, explicitly marks the beginning of the Progressive Era awakening as because of the date of this publication.
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Excerpt from Henry George Progress and Poverty 1879
To those who, seeing the vice and misery that spring from the unequal distribution of wealth and privilege, feel the possibility of a higher social state and would strive for its attainment. This is simple and this is unanswerable. The ramifications may not be simple but they do not alter the fundamental logic. A single table of contents cross-reference connects them all, so if you start with one of the shorter versions and decide you want to explore more deeply, you can find the corresponding or omitted sections. A condensation by James Busey keeps George's magnificent language. Over the years, several abridgements have been done.
Excerpt from Henry George Progress and Poverty Introduction George started the book from which this excerpt is taken in San Francisco during and finished it in March after eighteen months of arduous work. He submitted it to D. Appleton and Co. George turned to a printer friend William Hinton, who let George use his shop. On May 17, George wrote in his diary: Commenced to set type on book.
Progress and Poverty
The Public Financiers pp Cite as. Take now … some hard-headed business man, who has no theories, but knows how to make money. Will in ten years, interest be any higher? Go, get yourself a piece of ground, and hold possession. You may sit down and smoke your pipe; you may lie around like the lazzaroni of Naples or the leperos of Mexico; you may go up in a balloon or down a hole in the ground; and without doing one stroke of work, without adding one iota of wealth to the community, in ten years you will be rich! In the new city you may have a luxurious mansion, but among its public buildings will be an almshouse. Unable to display preview.