The Single Tax Movement in the United States

The Single Tax Movement in the United States

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The Single Tax Movement in the United States

The Single Tax Movement in the United States

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More than a generation has now elapsed since Henry George published Progress and Poverty, but hardly any effort has been made to describe the single tax movement or to appraise its significance. Substantially all of the literature devoted to the single tax question has been purely controversial. In the present volume the writer has undertaken to give a complete historical account of the single tax movement in the United States, together with a discussion of the tactics of the single taxers, their program, the present status of the movement, and its influence upon economic thought and upon fiscal and social reform.

A brief introductory survey of the chief anticipations of Henry George's doctrines is presented in order to show the place of the movement in the history of economic thought. Then is traced the formulation of George's economic ideas in the light of the economic environment amid which he spent the formative years of his life, the California of the two decades following the gold discovery of 1848. Next follows a description of the reception of Progress and Poverty in the eighties and of Henry George's activities in the spreading of his gospel. Succeeding chapters describe the development of the single tax movement through the recent political campaigns undertaken with the aid of the Joseph Fels endowment. Finally there is a consideration of some general aspects of the movement, and an appraisal of its significance.

Collection of the material upon which this study is based has involved research in several parts of the country. The writer spent several weeks in and around San Francisco . . .

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