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Even a cursory look reveals a world now gripped by numerous wars over territory, and bedeviled by economic depression and growing social inequality.   Towards the end of the nineteenth-century a book was written which analysed these enormous social problems and provided a remedy.

This book was Progress and Poverty.  Its author was an American, Henry George.


Twenty-five years after its publication it had sold over two million copies making it easily among the most widely-read book on economics ever written.  In this book George pointed to a weakness in our most basic economic institution, private property in land.Since it was written its teaching has been endorsed by so many famous men and women that it is hard to imagine why both the book and its author are now all-but forgotten.  The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy offered this reason.   Those who profit from landed property “use all possible means to conceal from themselves and others the truth … and to crush, extinguish and distort it, or, if these do not succeed, to hush it up” (A Great Iniquity). The object of the Association for Good Government is to get the principles enunciated in Progress and Poverty and in George’s other works given the public discussion that they deserve. These teachings fall easily into three kinds:

  • A philosophy of natural rights, notably the inalienable right to use land;
  • A political economy developed from the Ricardian theory of rent; and
  • Public policies directed against monopoly, notably a ‘single tax’ on the value of land.

The progression of courses, from introductory, intermediate, through to several advanced courses allow time for discussion and revision.

The course is broken down as follows:

Georgist Economic Philosophy: An Introductory Course for Those Seeking Social Justice

  • Principles for Social Justice
  • Economics for Social Justice
  • Public Policy for Social Justice

Georgist Political Economy: An Intermediate Course for Those Seeking Social Justice

  • A Free and Open Society
  • Enclosed Society
  • An Enslaved Society
  • Seeing the Cat

 

The following is the TENTATIVE schedule of Introductory and Intermediate courses set down for 2017 to to be held at the 1F Henry George House, 122 Lt. Eveleigh St. Redfern (50 meters west of the Redfern Station).

 

 


FIRST OFFERING (on April, between school terms) from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; repeated at 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably or repeatedly.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.
Principles. Monday 10th April
Economics:. Tuesday 11th April

Public Policy. Wednesday 12th April

Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice
A Free & Open Society; An Enclosed Society: Tuesday 18th April

An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat": Wednesday 19th April

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READING COURSE ON OUR LAND AND LAND POLICY.

Our Land and and Policy was Henry George’s first book published by Even before the publication of Progress and Poverty in 1879, San Francisco political economist and publisher Henry George (1839-1897) had written extensively about what he considered to be the causes for worldwide economic inequity—land monopolization and speculation by wealthy entrepreneurs and corrupt politicians. But his attacks on these evils were coupled with a plan for a possible brighter future, for a world in which disparities between people of different classes could be adjusted. By the time he died in 1897, his assessments of liberal 19th-century economic theory were critically acclaimed in Europe and the United States.

They will be held on a scheduled Friday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm on the following TENTATIVE dates covering the cited chapters:

10 February. The Lands of the United States
10 March. The Lands of California
28 April. Land and Labour
26 May. The Tendency of Our Present Land Policy

30 June. What Our Land Policy Should Be

Material available digitally at https://schalkenbach.org/library/henry-george/grundskyld/pdf/George/pe-Our-Land-and-Land-Policy.pdf

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SECOND OFFERING on July, from 10:00 am - 12:00 nn. Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably or repeatedly.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.
Principles: Monday 3rd July & Tuesday 4th July (repeat).
Economics: Wednesday 5th July & Thursday 6th July (repeat).
Public Policy: Friday 7th July & Saturday 8th July (repeat).

Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice
Free & Open Society; Enclosed Society: Monday 10th July & Tuesday 11th July (repeat)
An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat": Thursday 13th July & Friday 14th July (repeat)

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THIRD OFFERING (on September-October, between school terms) from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; repeated at 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Students may attend courses on the dates interchangeably or repeatedly.

Introductory: Economic Philosophy for Those Seeking Social Justice.
Principles. Monday 25th September
Economics:. Wednesday 27th September
Public Policy. Friday 29th September

Intermediate: Political Economy for Those Seeking Social Justice
A Free & Open Society; An Enclosed Society: Wednesday 4th October
An Enslaved Society & "Seeing the Cat": Friday 6th October.

 

 


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