Poverty Does Not Have to Accompany Progress

by Justin Paré

We can attain greater prosperity as our civilization advances by curing the root cause of most of our social ills: the monopolization of land. The solution itself is surprisingly simple, but until the people of our society gain a better understanding of the natural laws that govern economic behavior, most of us will remain unaware that a problem even exists in the first place. Continue reading

News from Nicaragua

The Instituto Henry George de Managua soldiers on, despite various difficulties and setbacks, such as increasing recessionary pressures in Nicaragua, a very heavy rainy season which made transportation unreliable, and frequent power outages. The 36th course in its Comprender la Economía program began with 81 students; the proud graduates are pictured below. Continue reading

A United States Prison Index

The United States has recently passed the ignominious milestone of incarcerating more than one per cent of its citizens.

1. Estimated number of people in US prisons and jails, as of April, 2008: 2,312,800

2. Percent of the world’s incarcerated population that is in the United States: 22%

3. Percent of African-American men, aged 25-29, in prison: 11.7% Continue reading

Political Economy and Services

by Lindy Davies

Georgists set great store in Henry George’s scheme of economic definitions — and rightly so; they are a powerful logical tool. “Once you understand these definitions,” I have told students, “you can actually infer the whole rest of the course.” The ability to unambiguously divide the economic world into three mutually-exclusive factors makes everything easier, especially when compared to the trackless wastes of conventional, neoclassical theory. Continue reading