Henry George’s book “Social Problems” now an audiobook

Social Problems is a collection of essays by Henry George published as one volume in 1883. It can be regarded as a companion to his 1879 work Progress and Poverty. The rich use of language conveying deep insights into the nature of society and civilisation is very much on show:

“My endeavor has been to present the momentous social problems of our time, unencumbered by technicalities and without that abstract reasoning which some of the principles of political economy require for thorough explanation. I have spoken in this book of some points not touched upon, or but lightly touched upon, in Progress and Poverty, but there are other points as to which I think it would be worth the while of those who may be interested by this book to read that.” — Henry George

The audio book consists of excerpts. The full contents of Social Problems is given below and the book can be read online here:

1. The Increasing Importance of Social Questions
2. Political Dangers
3. Coming Increase of Social Pressure
4. Two Opposing Tendencies
5. The March of Concentration
6. The Wrong in Existing Social Conditions
7. Is It the Best of All Possible Worlds?
8. That We All Might Be Rich
9. First Principles
10. The Rights of Man
11. Dumping Garbage
12. Over-Production
13. Unemployed labor
14. The Effects of Machinery
15. Slavery and Slavery
16. Public Debts and Indirect Taxation
17. The Functions of Government
18. What We Must Do
19. The First Great Reform
20. The American Farmer
21. City and Country
22. Conclusion

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