What One Founding Father Foresaw

by Dick Noyes

Richard Noyes was the publisher of The Salem Observer for 35 years. He was one of the founding directors in 1985 of Common Ground-USA, and was the editor and publisher of Groundswell from 1986 to 1993. He served as the Council of Georgist Organizations president in 1993-94, and he edited the 1991 book Now The Synthesis, Capitalism, Socialism, and the New Social Contract. This is excerpted from a paper delivered at the Georgist conference in San Diego in 1987. Continue reading

The Meaning of Land

by Bruce Oatman

Bruce Oatman was a sociologist, teacher and social worker, who taught for 12 years at Oniaka College, and advocated for the homeless in New York. He served on the boards of the Henry George School (where he was a popular teacher), Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and Common Ground-USA. The following is excerpted from an interview with Bruce in 2006. Continue reading


by Bob Drake

Bob Drake was a writer, teacher and record producer; he founded Kopasthetics Records to produce his wife Spider Saloff’s work. In 2006, after years of careful work, he published his popular modernization of Progress and Poverty. He served as Education Director at the Henry George School of Chicago. Thanks to Chuck Metalitz for the following excerpt from Bob’s “Beatlenomics” presentation — which always included a few bars of each highlighted song. Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of Idle Hands?

by Joseph Jamme

The following was written in response to two questions, in the HGI’s course in Fundamental Economics, about conditions that are currently lead to social decline, and how George’s remedy would affect them. Mr. Jamme is incarcerated in Texas.

Many social conditions that should have been checked in years past have already led to a decline in civilization. The days when a statesman would be insulted to be called a politician are long gone. Continue reading

Fear: The Root of All Our Social Problems

by Salih Hall

As we search for answers to the question of the great inequities in our world, it becomes clear that the fundamental problem is not simply a balance sheet, but the moral condition of our society. One of the greatest indicators of society’s disease is the concept of private property in land, a legal concept for which there can be no moral basis — and which stands as the greatest cause of the inequitable distribution of wealth, resulting in class discrimination, poverty, and cycles of recession and depression. Continue reading

The Top Ten Obvious Facts for Georgists

10. Wage Rates Don’t Depend on Productivity.

We hear a lot about lifting oneself by one’s own bootstraps — but that can’t be done unless there’s a pool of poor saps to lift oneself above. Education and training can help an individual to compete — but competition, of abundant workers for scarce jobs, drives wages down even while overall productivity increases.

9. Technological Progress Reduces the Value of Products.

Look at today’s low prices for a microwave oven, a gigabyte of digital memory, a dress shirt or a car that gets 35 mpg and goes from 0 to 60 in seven seconds. We just can’t blame our eroding standard of living on the prices of the goods we buy.

8. Land Is Not Produced by Labor.

It just isn’t, and that makes land fundamentally different from things that are produced by labor. Economists have tried and failed to get around this fact, in many complex and convoluted ways, for a century. Continue reading