HOW THE UNEQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AND POWER MAY LEAD TO OUR DESTRUCTION

Henry George says: ‘ . . . . making land common property — by taxing its value — would give an enormous boost to civilization. Furthermore, unless we do so, we will regress.

Every previous civilization has been destroyed by the unequal distribution of wealth and power. . .

http://www.henrygeorge.org/pchp42.htm

 

AuntyUta

 I think what Henry George wrote in his book “Progress and Poverty” more than one hundred years ago still applies very much to our society today. What do you think, are changes in the distribution of wealth and power possible without major upheavals?

 The following is Chapter 42 of “Progress and Poverty” by Henry George, saying How Modern Civilization May Decline:

OUR CONCLUSIONS about the law of human progress agree completely with our previous conclusions about the laws of political economy. They also show that making land common property — by taxing its value — would give an enormous boost to civilization. Furthermore, unless we do so, we will regress.

Every previous civilization has been destroyed by the unequal distribution of wealth and power. I have traced this tendency to its cause — and provided a simple way to remove it. I will now show how, if this is not done…

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7 thoughts on “HOW THE UNEQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AND POWER MAY LEAD TO OUR DESTRUCTION

  1. The following is from Chapter 42 in ‘Progress and Poverty’ written by Henry George more than 100 years ago:

    ‘Every previous civilization has been destroyed by the unequal distribution of wealth and power. I have traced this tendency to its cause — and provided a simple way to remove it. I will now show how, if this is not done, modern civilization will decline to barbarism, as all previous civilizations have.

    History clearly shows these periods of decline, though they were not recognized at their start. When the first Emperor was changing Rome from brick to marble and extending the frontier, who would have said Rome was entering its decline? Yet such was the case.

    Our civilization appears to be advancing faster than ever. Yet anyone who looks will see the same cause that doomed Rome is operating today — with increasing force. The more advanced the community, the greater the intensity. Wages and interest fall, while rents rise. The rich get richer, the poor grow helpless, the middle class is swept away. . . . ‘

    I reckon what Henry George wrote so long ago, could have been written today:

    ‘Wages and interest fall, while rents rise. The rich get richer, the poor grow helpless, the middle class is swept away. . . . .’

  2. One wonders if the miracle of ‘democracy’ is also on the nose, at least the type of democracy as practiced in the US and Australia. The idea that letting the ‘markets’ run its course is making for this inequality. The inequality is the epitome of its failure.

  3. I love Henry George. He opened up a whole new way of seeing the world for me. The US robber barons were so terrified of his popularity and the powerful grassroots movement that grew up around land value tax that they created neoclassical economics (a kind of economics that is so confusing and irrational that no one can understand it) just to thwart him.

    1. This is so interesting, Stuart, that it was a powerful grassroots movement. I think Henry George would fit wonderfully into our time, I mean if someone like him was alive today that would be great! 🙂

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