Henry George and Poverty Perpetuation: Dynamics, Mechanisms, and Reforms
Nishu Mehrish’s essay received the first-place prize in the 2023 Henry George in the 21st Century Writing Contest for College/University & Graduate Students level. Congratulations on this remarkable accomplishment!
This essay on poverty perpetuation focuses on identifying and analyzing the multiple determinants of poverty, the reasons for its perpetuation, and its impact on economic growth. Sir Henry George, a century and a half back in his book, “Progress and Poverty” provided an insight into the mechanism of Poverty Perpetuation. George explained why the progress of modern technology, social services, and education failed to alleviate poverty, and why the growing wealth of industrialized economies tended to stay concentrated in the hands of the few (george_1987_henry). He believed that poverty originated from the inherent trends of injustice and inequality in any market economy. The problems of, poverty amidst plenty, the corrupt relation between wealth and political power and the suffocated social order, that the world today faces, aligns with the problems George sought to address.
In this essay, using contemporary economic theories and models, I want to revitalize George’s doctrine and seek to address such determinants that are distinct from the traditional assumption of poverty being driven by overpopulation, the lack of investment, and capital accumulation. This essay is an inquiry and assessment of the circular relationship between the causes and consequences of poverty that trigger a trap for sustained economic stagnation and deprivation. Reviewing poverty thresholds and take-offs, (Semmler & Ofori, 2007) I inspect various growth models to understand the steady state of rich and poor economies and their technical issues. Through this essay, I also investigate the correlation between poverty, ecological imbalance, and climate change to highlight the threat of poverty to sustainable development.
Henry George in the 21st Century:
2023 Writing Contests
The 2023 Henry George Writing Contests are intended to encourage students to explore the ideas advocated by Henry George and how they resonate in the 21st century. There will be two separate contests: one for college/graduate students and one for high school students.
Participants are highly encouraged to explore George’s most salient themes including, but not limited to:
- Free trade
- Land value taxation
- Social and economic inequality
- Natural resources
- Economic rent
- Corporate welfare (i.e. city development policy, tax breaks, bailouts)
It is understood and acceptable that some of the topics may be related to one another.
- WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?
- Current college/university and graduate students
- High school students
The top 3 essays from each contest will be awarded monetary prizes (see below for more details) and will be considered for posting on the Henry George School of Social Science’s website and related social media platforms.
- DATES TO REMEMBER:
- Registration with short summary of envisioned essay submission deadline: Monday, May 1, 2023 by 11:59:59 PM ET
- Full essay submission deadline: Friday, July 14, 2023 by 11:59:59 PM ET
- Awards announcement: Saturday, September 2, 2023
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