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Progress and Poverty

Progress and Poverty

Author: Henry George

Year Published: 1879

Description: In Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy, Henry George advocated for a single land value tax to prevent cyclical depressions, unemployment and poverty, which he argued would persist despite continued 'progress.' According to him, funding government this way would encourage landowners to use their land productively, in turn stimulating wealth among workers. The book had a significant impact on the labor unions of the day, especially the Knights of Labor.

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'Where the conditions to which material progress... are most fully realized... where wealth is greatest... we find the deepest poverty, the sharpest struggle for existence, and the most enforced idleness…'

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