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Social Problems
by Henry George (1883)

Table of Contents

Then shall they also answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?"

Then shall he answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." — Matthew

Preface to the 1981 Edition
Note to the Original Edition

This Book was written in New York in 1883, which will explain references made in its pages to time and place. My endeavor has been to present the momentous social problems of our time, unencumbered by technicalities and without that abstract reasoning which some of the principles of political economy require for thorough explanation. I have spoken in this book of some points not touched upon, or but lightly touched upon, in Progress and Poverty, but there are other points as to whi ch I think it would be worth the while of those who may be interested by this book to read that. — Henry George

  1. The Increasing Importance of Social Questions
  2. Political Dangers
  3. Coming Increase of Social Pressure
  4. Two Opposing Tendencies
  5. The March of Concentration
  6. The Wrong in Existing Social Conditions
  7. Is It the Best of All Possible Worlds?
  8. That We All Might Be Rich
  9. First Principles
10. The Rights of Man
11. Dumping Garbage
12. Over-Production
13. Unemployed labor
14. The Effects of Machinery
15. Slavery and Slavery
16. Public Debts and Indirect Taxation
17. The Functions of Government
18. What We Must Do
19. The First Great Reform
20. The American Farmer
21. City and Country
22. Conclusion

The United States Census Report on the Size of Farms
Condition of English Agricultural laborers
A Piece of Land

"I ask no one who may read this book to accept my views. I ask him to think for himself"
—Henry George

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