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Henry George 100 Years Later: The Great Reconciler

Posted Date: January 4, 2016   |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

Henry George (1839-1897) is best known today for Progress and Poverty (1879). Eloquent, timely and challenging, this book soon became and remains the all-time best-seller on economic theory and policy…

The Legal Minimum Wage: Would an increase in the minimum wage cause unemployment?

Posted Date: December 18, 2015 | Published by: Mike Curtis

Ever since it was proposed and enacted in 1938 during the Great Depression it has been assumed by many that the legal minimum wage causes unemployment. Today there are not only those who argue that it causes unemployment, but others that argue the opposite…

America’s Dichotomy: Advantage versus Equality

Posted Date: December 15, 2015 | Published by: Edward J. Dodson

The story of America in the nineteenth century is the saga of a dichotomy unraveling. Certain aspects of our political economy were providing tremendous opportunity to the individual; other elements made certain the growth of a class structure plagued by conflicts between the haves and the have nots…

An Act Concerning a Study of Land Value Capture Transportation For Infrastructure Purposes

Posted Date: December 4, 2015 | Publication Date: February 23, 2015 | Published by: Josh Vincent

Since 1926, the Center has researched and helped implement the collection of what is called “economic rent” in the form of a land value tax. In its most basic form, land value tax is a revenue source that is generated by government and community investment that result in increased site values…

A Real-Assets Model of Economic Crises: Will China Crash in 2015?

Posted Date: November 25, 2015   |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

Loosely derived from Henry George’s theory that land speculation creates boom-bust cycles, a real-assets model of economic crises is developed. In this model, land prices play a central role, and three hypothesized mechanisms are proposed by which swings of land prices affect the entire economy…

A Dialogue on Political Economy

Posted Date: November 19, 2015   |   Published by: Edward J. Dodson

Welcome to this roundtable discussion on the subject of political economy. Our guests include some well-respected authorities on political economy and spokesmen for certain particular points of view where policies, prescriptions and issues are concerned….

How a Progressive Tax System Made Detroit a Powerhouse (and Could Again)

Posted Date: October 27, 2015   |   Publication Date: October 12 2015  |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

In 1995, we encountered a group of economic advisors to Governor John Engler of Michigan, intent on cutting property taxes. We reminded them of California’s 1979 Proposition 13. After Prop. 13 rolled back and froze property taxes, sales taxes reached crushing levels, budget crises became routine, local services collapsed, and public schools fell from the best in the nation to among the worst. But Engler was determined….

China shifts taxes to Land

Posted Date: October 22, 2015   |   Publication Date: September 27, 2014   |   Published by: Scott Baker

China just made a major move to change the way it taxes its people, and this will have a major impact on both its growth and sustainability. According to Canada’s The Globe and Mail:  “China [is] moving quickly to roll out property taxes nationwide”…

The Four Vampires of Capital

Posted Date: October 19, 2015   |   Publication Date: Summer 2009  |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

Employers are laying off workers for want of working capital. What happened to all that capital? Think of it as the coursing bloodstream of economic life, a metaphor used by Francois Quesnay, 18th-Century physician and land-tax champion who also pioneered an early macro- economics…

George’s Economics of Abundance:
Replacing dismal choices with practical resolutions and synergies

Posted Date: October 8, 2015   |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

It is part of George’s genius that his proposals solve one problem by resolving it with another, turning two problems into one solution. It is something like tuning up the orchestra for a concert, turning dissonance into harmony, and keeping the beat together, turning cacaphony into rhythm. It is the mark of good solutions that they reconcile and resolve, rather than simply “trade-off”… 

Preventing the Next Financial Crisis

Posted Date: September 16, 2015   |   Publication Date: December, 2011   |   Published by: Edward J. Dodson

Many economists in the United States are presenting a cautiously optimistic picture of the future of our economy, conditioned in part on a gradual recovery of “housing” prices as a significant driver of economic activity… 

Tax Caps and “User Fees” How to create inequitous tax policy by Accident

Posted Date: September 2, 2015   |   Publication Date: September 2, 2015   |   Published by: Josh Vincent

Here’s a common urban finance scenario: Homeowners are upset about tax increases every year. The specter of those unable to pay provides ammunition for unflattering press… 

A Rebuttal to Doom-and-Gloom forecasts such as Debt Collapse: The Decline and Fall of the USA

Posted Date: August 26, 2015   |   Publication Date: August 25, 2015   |   Published by: Scott Baker

There are several problems with this doom-and-gloom article “Debt Collapse: The Decline and Fall of the United States of America” by William Edstrom… 

Rethinking Property Tax: Raising Revenue From Community Values

Posted Date: August 20, 2015   |   Publication Date: May 2015   |   Published by: Joshua Vincent

Urban areas and other municipalities the world over are rightly con-sidered the engines of society, culture, and the economy. Towns and cities serve as hubs for commerce, public services, and amenities… 

Local Interview: Edward J. Dodson on Land Value Taxation

Posted Date: August 11, 2015   |   Publication Date: August, 2015   |   Published by: Ed Dodson

Edward J. Dodson on Land Value Taxation. We recently spoke with Edward J. Dodson, a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and a member of the Green Partyand director of an online education and research project called the School of Cooperative Individualism. 

Discussing the views of Piketty on inequality, with an eye towards Henry George

Posted Date: May 14, 2015   |   Publication Date: May 4, 2013   |   Published by: Scott Baker

I was asked to be a co-host for a Webinar discussion by president of the Henry George School of Social Sciences in New York City, Andrew Mazzone on April 22, 2015. We discussed the views of Thomas Piketty, Yanis Varoufakis and Henry George on the economic issues of today. 

The Land Cycle and the Stock Market

Posted Date: May 5, 2015   |   Publication Date: July 28, 2013   |   Published by: Scott Baker

A description of the 18.6 year land cycle and how it relates to the current stock market, and whether history will win over modern intervention. 

Have Conditions in the Laboring Class improved from Henry George’s Time to our Own?

Posted Date: April 8, 2015   |   Publication Date: July 29, 2014   |   Published by: Scott Baker

Labor conditions were indeed often appalling in the nineteenth century, but are they any better now? Let’s start with a specific example and broaden our findings from there. A comparison of Labor’s life from a hundred years ago to today. Have things improved…or been offshored?

The Economics of Land Markets: Speculation, Development and Housing Affordability

Posted Date: April 1, 2015   |   Publication Date: January 9, 2007   |   Published by: Ed J. Dodson

Every study prepared and commission report issued on the decline of housing affordability identifies regulation (e.g., low density zoning) and other delays in obtaining development permits as primary culprits.

Contributing Authors


Alexandra (Alex) is a historical consultant specializing in American political, social, and cultural history… Read More →


Adair Turner is Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the author of Economics after the Crisis… Read More →


Alan Tonelson is RealityChek’s founder and voice and a Board member of the Henry George School of Social Science… Read More →


Ed Dodson is a long-time member of the Henry George School’s faculty. Since his retirement in 2005 from Fannie Mae… Read More →

Dr. Edward J. Nell is an American economist and a former professor at the New School for Social Research (NY)… Read More →

Fred Foldvary is a lecturer in economics at San Jose State University, California… Read More →


Joshua Vincent is the Executive Director/CEO of the Center for the Study of Economics… Read More →


Mason Gaffney is an American economist and a major critic of Neoclassical economics from a Georgist point of view… Read More →


Mike is a Former Director of Education of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York… Read More →


Scott Baker is a managing editor & the economics editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post… Read More →

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