Association in Equality
Rev. A. C. Auchmuty: Gems from George,
a themed collection of excerpts from the writings of Henry
George (with links to sources)
MENTAL power is the motor of progress, and men tend to advance
in proportion to the mental power expended in progression — the
mental power which is devoted to the extension of knowledge,
the improvement of methods, and
the betterment of social conditions. — Progress & Poverty — Book
X, Chapter 3, The Law of Human Progress
To compare society to a boat. Her progress through the
water will not depend upon the exertion of her crew, but upon
the exertion devoted to propelling her.
This will be lessened by any expenditure of force required for baling,
or any expenditure of force in fighting among themselves or
Now, as in a separated state the whole powers of man are required to maintain
existence, and mental power is only set free for higher uses by the association
of men in communities, which permits the division of labor and all the economies
which come with the co-operation of increased numbers, association is the first
essential of progress. Improvement becomes possible as men come together in peaceful
association, and the wider and closer the association, the greater the possibilities
of improvement. And as the wasteful expenditure of mental power in conflict becomes
greater or less as the moral law which accords to each an equality of rights
is ignored or is recognized, equality (or justice) is the second essential of
Thus association in equality is the law of progress. Association
frees mental power for expenditure in improvement, and equality
(or justice, or freedom — for
the terms here signify the same thing, the recognition of the moral law)
prevents the dissipation of this power in fruitless struggles. — Progress & Poverty — Book
X, Chapter 3, The Law of Human Progress ... go
to "Gems from George"
Weld Carter: An Introduction to Henry George
Mason Gaffney: Interview: Is There a Conspiracy in the
Teaching of Economics and
History within the American Education System?
TPR - Explain
exactly what would happen if America began shifting taxes off of everything
else and onto land value.
MG - Exactly? The effects
are too great, too pervasive to predict exactly.
- It would unleash massive forces of production, exchange, capital
formation, and building, forces now trapped and frustrated in the coils
of our complex, counterproductive tax mess.
- It would enhance the supply of goods and services while simultaneously
lowering taxes on the poor and the workers, thus reconciling the needs
of both efficiency and equity, in one stroke.
- It would raise taxes on the richest Americans, and alien landowners,
too, without diluting in the least their incentives to work, to create
capital, or to hire workers: it would actually fortify those incentives.
- It would spring people loose to renew large parts of our older cities,
and rehab what they do not re place.
- It would let local school districts support education at much higher
levels than now, without fear of driving away business.
- It would satisfy the demand for housing on land that Nature suited
for housing, without invading flood plains, steep slopes, remote deserts,
and other places that cost society dearly to serve and rescue.
- It would raise the demand for labor, taking people off welfare and
keeping them out of jails.
One could go on at length, but Henry George
summed it up in three words: "Association in Equality." Civilization
advances when those conditions are met, and declines when they are denied.
America has been denying them; we are all paying the price. Read
the entire article
Judge Samuel Seabury: An Address delivered
upon the 100th anniversary of the birth of Henry George
WE are met to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Henry George.
We meet, therefore, in a spirit of joy and thanksgiving for the great life
which he devoted to the service of humanity. To very few of the children of
men is it given to act the part of a great teacher who makes an outstanding
contribution toward revealing the basic principles to which human society must
adhere if it is to walk in the way which leads to freedom. This Henry George
did, and in so doing he expressed himself with a clarity of thought and diction
which has rarely been surpassed. ... read the whole speech