While most of the writings on this website are in familiar language, there are
a few terms that were unfamiliar to me. I've created theme pages for many of
Some of the words I find unfamiliar
were common to 19th century audiences. Others are terms with specific
meanings in economics. And some are unique to the Georgist view of
the world -- words one wouldn't find in other writings. In part, this
website began as my search to understand some words whose meanings I had
difficulty processing. In some cases, simply seeing them in context
is sufficient to deduce their meaning.
brigand - bandit:
an armed thief who
is (usually) a member of a band
Henry George: Thou Shalt Not Steal (1887
But we do not propose to abolish poverty by dividing up wealth. We
propose to abolish poverty by setting at work that vast army of men —
estimated last year to amount in this country alone to one million — that
vast army of men only anxious to create wealth, but who are now, by a
system which permits dogs-in-the-manger to monopolize God’s bounty, deprived of the
opportunity to toil.
zones of change of land use -- found in Mason Gaffney: Land as a
Distinctive Factor of Production
Lion's Share The Lion went once a-hunting
along with the Fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till
at last they surprised a Stag, and soon took
its life. Then came the question how the spoil should be divided. "Quarter
me this Stag," roared the Lion; so the other animals skinned it and cut
it into four parts. Then the Lion took his stand in front of the carcass and
pronounced judgment: The first quarter is for me in my capacity as King of
Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part
in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well, as for that, I should like
to see which of you will dare to lay a paw upon it."
"Humph," grumbled the Fox as he walked away with his tail between
his legs; but he spoke in a low growl: "You may share the labours of the
great, but you will not share the spoil."
found in Mason
Economics as a Stratagem Against Henry George (in
The Corruption of Economics,
London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1994)
In a series; one after another.
found in: Gaffney: Canada's System of
Wordsmith defines subvention
as: 1. a grant of financial aid or relief by a government or
other official source; subsidy
2. a grant of financial support by a government or other official
source for a scientific or cultural institution, organization, or
Upas tree --
Usufruct -- this one has its own page!
found in: Churchill -- The Mother of All Monopolies