Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry Into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth; The Remedy

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Appleton, 1886
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This book's contents, if fully understood and digested, have the potential to turn America into the country which many of us dream of, living up to its stated objectives in our foundational documents.
It has inspired millions of people, though not, perhaps, those who wanted tenure in the universities founded by Leland Stanford (railroads), John D. Rockefeller (oil), or funded by folks whose wealth came from monopolies of various kinds. Several generations later, few of our economics majors are exposed to these ideas; while they appear in nearly every economics textbook, with much praise, few 21st century professors of economics devote much class time to ideas that their own freshman economics professors didn't devote time to. This is too bad!
George synthesized the ideas of the classical economists into a cohesive whole and a simple, wise, just, efficient program to correct the problem.
Dozens of books and hundreds of articles were written about this book between 1880 and 1900 and beyond. Dozens of good websites present these ideas today. Read the original, or Bob Drake's modern abridgment, and see what you think. Do you see a fallacy? Read it again, and see if it clears up. See also "Social Problems," a collection of essays that came a few years later.
You might be interested to know that the board game Monopoly was a corruption of The Landlord's Game, created ca. 1903 to teach Henry George's ideas.
See also J. W. Bengough's Up to Date Primer, presenting the ideas in words of one syllable.
 

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The most important book of the 1800s, they all say, and as far as I can tell, they are correct.

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