Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Henry George in the Wall Street Journal

I had only heard of the 19th century economist Henry George because Robert Anton Wilson mentions him, so I was surprised to see Monday's front page article in the Wall Street Journal about the lonely band of George fans who still advocate his ideas.

The article doesn't really give much of an explanation of George's ideas, but the Wikipedia biography is here.


PQ said...

Where does RAW discuss Henry George?

In looking up George's work, I'm very intrigued. He seems very much like the kind of author RAW would promote.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...


Well, for one thing, there is this sentence, " I am still fond of the system of Henry George (in which no rent is allowed, but free enterprise is otherwise preserved); but I also like the ideas of Silvio Gesell (who would also abolish rent and all taxes but one — a demmurage tax on currency, which should theoretically abolish interest by a different gimmick than the competing currencies of the mutualists.)" That's from the essay "Left and Right: A non-Euclidian Perspective" reprinted in the book, "Email to the Universe."

LVTfan said...

If you'd like to know more about George's ideas, you might check out wealthandwant, and look for "An Introduction to Henry George" -- I think there is a link toward the bottom of the (very crowded) front page.