Induction vs. Deduction
[Reprinted from The Life of Henry George, by
Henry George, Jr.,
Doubleday edition, 1930, pp. 447-448]
When the writing [of his second attempt at 'Protection or Free
Trade', the manuscript of the first having been lost] was well
advanced, Mr. George had some correspondence about it with Dr. Taylor
of San Francisco, who suggested employment of the inductive method.
George replied (September 14): 'My view of the matter is the
reverse of yours. I do not think induction employed in such questions
as the tariff is of any use. What the people want is theory; and until
they get a correct theory into their heads, all citing of facts is
useless' "