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Nature’s Gifts: The Australian lectures of Henry George on the ownership of land and other natural resources

Nature’s Gifts: The Australian lectures of Henry George on the ownership of land and other natural resources

By John Pullen

In 1890 the famous American economist and social reformer, Henry George, arrived in Australia to begin a controversial 98-day public lecture tour. Following the international publicity generated by his book Progress and Poverty, with its challenges to conventional economics, he had made several lecture tours in Britain, attracting immense audiences.

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    In 1890 the famous American economist and social reformer, Henry George, arrived in Australia to begin a controversial 98-day public lecture tour.

    Following the international publicity generated by his book Progress and Poverty, with its challenges to conventional economics, he had made several lecture tours in Britain, attracting immense audiences.

    In Australia he visited 34 cities and towns and continued to promote vigorously and eloquently his radical program for the ownership, management and taxation of natural resources such as land, coal and minerals.

    Nature's Gifts provides, for the first time, a detailed account of this important and progressive lecture series. Equal rights to land; land taxation; land prices; land rents; land nationalisation; and free trade and protection remain issues which are highly relevant today.

    Engaging and insightful, this is a timely and critical study of the reforms proposed by Henry George and the possibility of establishing an efficient and equitable system for the ownership of natural resources.

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    ISBN: 9781876861124

    Published: 2015

    Format: Softcover

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Abbreviations

    Acknowledgments

    Sources

    Introduction: Overview of the Lecture Tour and Biographical Background

    Summary of the Itinerary

    Part I – Henry George’s Lecture Tour in Australia

    1.  New South Wales: 6 March – 24 March

    2.  Victoria: 25 March – 8 April

    3.  New South Wales: 9 April – 16 April

    4.  South Australia: 17 April – 3 May

    5.  New South Wales: 4 May – 7 May

    6.  Queensland: 8 May – 25 May

    7.  Farewells: From Brisbane to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide: 26 May – 11 June

    Part II – Australia and Henry George, 1890 and Now

    Nature’s Gifts

    Unearned increments: The caused-by-society argument and the caused–by–nature argument

    The Single Tax

    Free trade, land rights and the Single Tax

    International implications

    The right of private property: Two principles or one?

    Private property or private possession

    The ethics of income tax: Natural resources and human resources

    Land nationalisation or land-value taxation

    Trade unions

    Town planning

    Spending the revenue: Collectively or distributively

    Spending the revenue: Local versus central government

    Political feasibility of land-value taxation

    Compensation or confiscation

    Realised and unrealised increments: The ability-to-pay problem

    Equal rights to the value of land and other natural resources

    The dispossessed and the disinherited

    Appendix A: Newspapers Consulted

    Appendix B: Biographical Notes

    Appendix C: Single Tax Conference at Sydney, March 1890

    References

    Index of Names

    Index of Subjects

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