Henry George


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Henry George (September 2, 1839 – October 29, 1897) was an American writer, politician and political economist, who was the most influential proponent of the land value tax, also known as the "single tax" on land. He inspired the economic philosophy known as Georgism, whose main tenet is that people should own what they create, but that everything found in nature, most importantly the ... more »

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  • ''The methods by which a trade union can alone act, are necessarily destructive; its organization is necessarily tyrannical.''
    Henry George (1839-1897), U.S. economist. Progress and Poverty, bk. 6. Ch. 1 (1879).
  • ''Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production. Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital.''
    Henry George (1839-1897), U.S. economist. Progress and Poverty, bk. 3, ch. 1 (1879).
  • Compare society to a boat. Her progress through the water will not depend upon the exertion of her crew, but upon the exertion devoted to propelling her. This will be lessened by any expenditure of fo...
    Henry George (1839-1897), U.S. economist. Progress and Poverty, bk. 10, ch. 3 (1879).
  • How vainly shall we endeavor to repress crime by our barbarous punishment of the poorer class of criminals so long as children are reared in the brutalizing influences of poverty, so long as the bite ...
    Henry George (1839-1897), U.S. economist. Social Problems, ch. 9 (1883).
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