Week 6 - Week 6 Tuesday 2:15 PM I Henry George(Book VI The...

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Week 6 Tuesday, March 18, 2008 2:15 PM I. Henry George (Book VI: The Remedy)  - George is concerned with the unequal distribution of wealth and calls it “the curse  and menace of modern civilization to the institution of private property in land”  * As a result, individual ownership of land must be replaced with common  ownership > George: “We must make land common property”    II. Henry George (Book VII: Justice of the Remedy, Chapter 1) - George recognizes that since nature gives only to labor, the exertion of labor in  production is the only title to exclusive possession (similar to Locke)  * However, it is because a man is entitled to his labor that it becomes  imperative that private property ownership be prohibited or else labor itself  cannot be exerted to claim ownership over the fruits of one’s labor  > George: “For as labor cannot produce without the use of land, the  denial of the equal right to the use of land is necessarily the denial of  the right of labor to its own produce”  > Land belongs to nature and should only be commonly owned  III. Henry George (Book VII: Justice of the Remedy, Chapter 2)  - The ownership of land essentially allows for the ownership of other men through  labor and wages  * Ownership of land is therefore the basis of aristocracy since the laborer is forced  to work for mere subsistence and the landowner is able to reap the profits  IV. Henry George (Ode to Liberty)  - The private ownership of land and the creation of inequality and injustice  threatens both liberty and justice in society   The George articles are relevant to the class because it brings about a new  perspective that is not commonly seen. While other theorists have applauded and 
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