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Henry George: The Wages of Labor
This world is the creation of God!
The men brought into it for the brief period of their earthly lives are the equal creatures of His bounty; the equal subjects of His provident care.
By his constitution a man is beset by physical wants on the satisfaction of which depends not only the maintenance of his physical life, but also the development of his intellectual and spiritual life.
God has made the satisfaction of these wants dependent on man’s own exertions, laying on him the injunction and giving him the power to labor – a power that of itself raises him far above the brute, since we may reverently say that it enables him to become, as it were, a helper in the creative work.
God has not put on man the task of making bricks without straw. With the need for labor and the power to labor He has also given to man the material for labor. This material is land!
Man, physically, can live only on and from land, and can use elements such as air, sunshine, and water, only by the use of land.
Being the equal creatures of the Creator, equally entitled under His providence to live their lives and satisfy their needs, men are equally entitled to the use of land, and any adjustment that denies this equal right to the use of land is morally wrong. ... read the whole article
Henry George: Thy Kingdom Come (1889 speech)
.. There was a little dialogue published in the United States, in the west, some time ago. Possibly you may have seen it. It is between a boy and his father when visiting a brickyard. The boy looks at the men making bricks, and he asks who those dirty men are, why they are making up the clay, and what they are doing it for. He learns, and then he asks about the owner of the brickyard. “He does not make any bricks; he gets his income from letting the other men make bricks.”
Then the boy wants to know how the man who owns the brickyard gets his title to the brickyard — whether he made it. “No, he did not make it,” the father replies: “God made it.” The boy asks, “Did God make it for him?” Whereat his father tells him that he must not ask questions such as that, but that anyhow it is all right, and it is all in accordance with God’s law. The boy, who of course was a Sunday school boy, and had been to church, goes off mumbling to himself “that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die for all men”; but that He so loved the owner of this brickyard that He gave him the brickyard too.
This has a blasphemous sound. But I do not refer to it lightly. I do not like to speak lightly of sacred subjects. Yet it is well sometimes that we should be fairly shocked into thinking.
Think of what Christianity teaches us;
think of the life and death of Him who came to die for us! Think of His teachings,
that we are all the equal children of an Almighty Father, who is no respecter
of persons, and then think of this legalised injustice — this denial
of the most important, most fundamental rights of the children of God, which
so many of the very men who teach Christianity uphold; nay, which they blasphemously
assert is the design and the intent of the Creator Himself. ... Read the whole speech
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Wealth and Want
... because democracy alone hasn't yet led to a society in which all can prosper