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Henry George

Fecha de nacimiento: 2. Septiembre 1839
Fecha de muerte: 29. Octubre 1897

Henry George fue un economista estadounidense y el representante más influyente del los defensores del Single Tax sobre el suelo. Inspiró la filosofía y la ideología económica conocida como Georgismo, que sostiene que cada uno posee lo que crea, pero que todo lo que se encuentra en la naturaleza, y como más importante el suelo o la tierra, pertenece igualmente a toda la humanidad. Autor del libro Progress and Poverty , escrito en 1879.


„Las sociedades no mueren de la cúspide a la base, sino de la base a la cúspide.“

„El estado ideal no es aquel en que cada uno tiene acceso a la misma cantidad de riqueza, sino en proporción a su contribución a la riqueza general.“


„El hombre que me da trabajo, el cual he de tener o sufrir, ese hombre es mi dueño, lo llame como lo llame.“

„La ley de la sociedad es cada uno para todos y todos para cada uno.“

„¿Cómo se puede decir a un hombre que tiene una patria cuando no tiene derecho a una pulgada de su suelo?.“

„Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.“

„Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.“

„He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it.“


„Whence shall come the new barbarians? Go through the squalid quarters of great cities, and you may see, even now, their gathering hordes! How shall learning perish? Men will cease to read, and books will kindle fires and be turned into cartridges.“

„Laissez faire (in its full true meaning) opens the way to the realization of the noble dreams of socialism.“

„If each laborer in performing the labor really creates the fund from which his wages are drawn, then wages cannot be diminished by the increase of laborers, but, on the contrary, as the efficiency of labor manifestly increases with the number of laborers, the more laborers, other things being equal, the higher should wages be.“ Progress and Poverty

„There is this difference where a man works for himself, or where, when working for an employer, he takes his wages in kind, his wages depend upon the result of his labor. Should that, from any misadventure, prove futile, he gets nothing. When he works for an employer, however, he gets his wages anyhow—they depend upon the performance of the labor, not upon the result of the labor.“ Progress and Poverty


„Civilized nations, however, do not use their armies and fleets to open one another's ports to trade. What they use their armies and fleets for, is, when they quarrel, to close one another's ports.... What protection teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.“ Protection or Free Trade

„There is, and always has been, a widespread belief among the more comfortable classes that the poverty and suffering of the masses are due to their lack of industry, frugality, and intelligence. This belief, which at once soothes the sense of responsibility and flatters by its suggestion of superiority, is probably even more prevalent in countries like the United States, where all men are politically equal, and where, owing to the newness of society, the differentiation into classes has been of individuals rather than of families, than it is in older countries, where the lines of separation have been longer, and are more sharply, drawn.“ Progress and Poverty

„Just as the subsistence of the laborers who built the Pyramids was drawn not from a previously boarded stock, but from the constantly recurring crops of the Nile Valley; just as a modern government when it undertakes a great work of years does not appropriate to it wealth already produced, but wealth yet to be produced, which is taken from producers in taxes as the work progresses; so it is that the subsistence of the laborers engaged in production which does not directly yield subsistence comes from the production of subsistence in which others are simultaneously engaged.“ Progress and Poverty

„The amount of wealth produced is nowhere commensurate with the desire for wealth, and desire mounts with every additional opportunity for gratification.“ Progress and Poverty

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