We’re told that the economy has recovered and prosperity reigns. It may be easier to find work, but getting a decent wage that pays for housing, health care, and other necessities of life is as tough as ever for many. The problem isn’t new, and the cause isn’t difficult to find. Nor is the remedy obscure, once you understand how the economy works.
Henry George’s classic work, Progress and Poverty, is a superb guide in this endeavor. It draws on ideas of the great classical economists, historians, and philosophers. Thoughtful academics, activists and others in subsequent decades have brought the ideas up to date and showed how they’re even more applicable in the 21st century.
In less than two hours, Introducing Progress and Poverty provides an overview of the course and the ideas therein. Even if you have no intention of enrolling in the ten-session course, this first session will change your understanding of where the economy is headed, why, and how it might go elsewhere. There’s no obligation but preregistration is required.
Also, we’ll wish HG a happy 180th birthday at our customary Henry George Day celebration in Evanston on September 2 (labor day). This is a potluck and all friends of the School are welcome. Information here.