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Tolstoy and George

Victor Lebrun Victor Lebrun was a personal friend and Secretary to Leo Tolstoy. This is a translation of his article published in the July 1956 issue of the French periodical, Contre-Courant, and reprinted in the July-September 1956 issue of the French Georgist...

Upton Sinclair and Dan Sullivan’s Review

The Consequences of Land Speculation are Tenantry and Debt on the Farms, and Slums and Luxury in the Cities by Upton Sinclair I know of a woman – I have never had the pleasure of making her acquaintance, because she lives in a lunatic asylum, which does not...

Georgist Responds to Royal Libertarian

With great humility, an allodial ‘libertarian’ (that is, one who believes that land may be owned absolutely, without any annual rent or charge whatsoever for the privilege of exclusive ownership) wrote: "You should not presume to speak on behalf of...

Six Centuries of Work and Wages

Professor Thorold Rogers “I have stated more than once that the fifteenth century and the first quarter of the sixteenth were the golden age of the English labourer, if we are to interpret the wages which he earned by the cost of the necessaries of life. At no...

Cheated, Robbed and Bamboozled

Richard Cobden: Parliamentary Corn Law debates [1845] “I warn ministers, and I warn landlords and the aristocracy of this country, against forcing on the attention of the middle and industrial classes, the subject of taxation ….. If you were to bring...

How To Abolish Unfair Taxation

Clarence Darrow, Attorney, Philosopher Clarence Darrow of Chicago became known and respected the world round as a courageous and intelligent foe of special privilege and monopoly. His social and economic philosophy rested on the same basic principles as those of...

The Mother of All Monopolies

Winston Churchill – From a Speech Delivered at King’s Theatre in Edinburgh on 17 July 1909 It is quite true that land monopoly is not the only monopoly which exists, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies – it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is...

Land Price as a Cause of Poverty

Winston Churchill’s Speech in the House of Commons, 4 May 1909, in response to Mr AJ Balfour, Leader of the Opposition The immemorial custom of nearly every modern State, the mature conclusions of many of the greatest thinkers, have placed the tenure, transfer,...

Letter to Gorbachev

November 7, 1990 Four of the West’s top economists – Nobel prize-winners Franco Modigliani, James Tobin, Robert Solow and William Vickery – were among the signatories to an open letter to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990. The economists urged the Soviet President to retain...