The Tax To End All Taxes

Where Is Henry George Now That We Need Him?

He had the answer—he believed it, and he persuaded millions of others to believe it, too. Even today there are those willing to maintain that if the American people had just listened to him, we would not now be afflicted by a multitude of taxes like barbs in the skin—including the annual stab of the 1040 form. Read more »

A New Theory Of Thorstein Veblen

“The rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald is supposed to have once said to Ernest Hemingway. And as the story goes, Hemingway replied, “Yes, they have more money.” A neat and pleasing epigram for a democratic society, but one that Thorstein Veblen, writing almost thirty years earlier, had already proved too simple.Read more »

Our Brothers’ Keepers

In a society grown steadily more affluent over two centuries, the existence of the poor has raised some baffling questions and surprising answers

From the opening decades of the nineteenthcentury toourownday, Americans’ persistent efforts to understand the causes and conditions of poverty have fixed upon the word “paradox.” Writing in 1822, the managers of one early reform organization, the Society for the Prevention of Pauperism, puzzled over the existence of poverty in the new Republic.Read more »