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Генри Джордж

Дата рождения: 2. Сентябрь 1839
Дата смерти: 29. Октябрь 1897

Ге́нри Джо́рдж — американский политэконом, публицист и политик, которого относят к буржуазным радикалам либо либертарным левым. Основоположник джорджизма.

„Покровительство массам во все времена было предлогом к насилию – оправданием монархии, аристократии и преимуществ разного рода. Но есть ли хоть один пример в истории мира, когда, при монархическом ли, при республиканском ли правлении, покровительство рабочим массам не означало бы их угнетения? Покровительство, какое оказывали трудящимся люди, державшие в своих руках законодательную власть, в лучших случаях было лишь покровительством, какое человек оказывает скотине. Он покровительствует ей, чтобы пользоваться затем ее силой и мясом.“

„Как можно говорить, что у человека есть Родина, если он не владеет ни одним квадратным дюймом её земли?“

„Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.“

„Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.“

„He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it.“

„Laissez faire (in its full true meaning) opens the way to the realization of the noble dreams of socialism.“

„Whence shall come the new barbarians? Go through the squalid quarters of great cities, and you may see, even now, their gathering hordes! How shall learning perish? Men will cease to read, and books will kindle fires and be turned into cartridges.“

„There is this difference where a man works for himself, or where, when working for an employer, he takes his wages in kind, his wages depend upon the result of his labor. Should that, from any misadventure, prove futile, he gets nothing. When he works for an employer, however, he gets his wages anyhow—they depend upon the performance of the labor, not upon the result of the labor.“ Progress and Poverty

„If each laborer in performing the labor really creates the fund from which his wages are drawn, then wages cannot be diminished by the increase of laborers, but, on the contrary, as the efficiency of labor manifestly increases with the number of laborers, the more laborers, other things being equal, the higher should wages be.“ Progress and Poverty

„Civilized nations, however, do not use their armies and fleets to open one another's ports to trade. What they use their armies and fleets for, is, when they quarrel, to close one another's ports.... What protection teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.“ Protection or Free Trade

„All I wish to make clear is that, without any increase in population, the progress of invention constantly tends to give a larger proportion of the produce to the owners of land, and a smaller and smaller proportion to labor and capital.“ Progress and Poverty

„I ask no one who may read this book to accept my views. I ask him to think for himself.“ Social Problems

„The amount of wealth produced is nowhere commensurate with the desire for wealth, and desire mounts with every additional opportunity for gratification.“ Progress and Poverty

„The great cause of inequality in the distribution of wealth is inequality in the ownership of land. The ownership of land is the great fundamental fact which ultimately determines the social, the political, and consequently the intellectual and moral condition of a people.“ Progress and Poverty

„Just as the subsistence of the laborers who built the Pyramids was drawn not from a previously boarded stock, but from the constantly recurring crops of the Nile Valley; just as a modern government when it undertakes a great work of years does not appropriate to it wealth already produced, but wealth yet to be produced, which is taken from producers in taxes as the work progresses; so it is that the subsistence of the laborers engaged in production which does not directly yield subsistence comes from the production of subsistence in which others are simultaneously engaged.“ Progress and Poverty

„But whether the amount of capital ever does limit the productiveness of industry, and thus fix a maximum which wages cannot exceed, it is evident that it is not from any scarcity of capital that the poverty of the masses in civilized countries proceeds. For not only do wages nowhere reach the limit fixed by the productiveness of industry, but wages are relatively the lowest where capital is most abundant.“ Progress and Poverty

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