This book is a review and response to the work of the American journalist and political economist of the 19th century, Henry George "Progress and Poverty".
The main idea of Henry George's "Progress and Poverty" was that the land originally belongs to all mankind, therefore a socio-ethical problem arises: and on the basis of what the wealth created by nature is exploited by individual subjects who seized it by the will of fate?
On what basis do the heirs of a person, for example, who seized or exchanged for trinkets from the Indians three hundred years ago, a land plot on the island of Manhattan, now receive huge incomes?
Couldn't their ancestor have guessed that this place would be the center of New York in the future?
The author of the book asked similar questions.
As a result, he proposed to establish a rent tax of one hundred percent and make this tax the only one, and abolish all other taxes.
Landowners, the reformer argued, will hardly suffer, since they will still receive interest on the capital invested in the land.
The author of this book-review, M. C. Briggs, proposes to put the facts in a box for witnesses and consider the case in a court of common sense.
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