Excerpt from Progress and Poverty: A Criticism of Mr. Henry George, Being Two Lectures Delivered in St. Andrew's Hall, Newman Street, London The book which Mr. George wrote between 1877 and 1879 is, as we all kw, a remarkable one. It is full of acute dialectic and splendid declamation full, as I said in my opening remarks, of a real and keen sympathy with the people. Indeed, as he tells us in his book, he might well sympathise with the people, for he had been a work man himself. Nevertheless, remarkable as the book is, original as the book is - t so original as many of us suppose, t so original if we come to look back upon American ecomic literature - it has yet, in spite Of partial truths, promulgated errors which I believe to be fundamentally dangerous. And I, for one, seeing how much wrong the ecomists have done in the past by false theories, remembering that the ecomists for years deunced Trades Unions, and told the unionists thatthey could t raise the rate of wages by combination; remembering that the ecomists have sometimes inﬂuenced legislation in the past in a mischievous direction, that they were guilty, for instance, Of the Irish Land Act of 1860, which substi tuted contract for tenure; I am determined that, as far as in me lies, I will be party to any more illusions. I will do what I can to further the public good, but I will t sacrifice my intellectual conscience by supporting a fair, but delusive panacea. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.