[Reprinted from the Georgist Journal, Winter
Deep in every breast is a conviction that in human affairs we are
governed by a supreme law of justice, which each one is aware of in
the inner voice called conscience. By our endowed moral sense we are
aware of the Law of Equity, which if violated, brings on certain
retribution. In our social environment we have reaped involuntary
unemployment, poverty, and a train of evils that grow out of inequity.
In public concerns we must apply economic science if we are to deserve
arid have full employment consistent with free enterprise.
Earth, sea and air are man's common inheritance. The right to use
land is lost to millions by the incidence of land speculation and land
monopoly. Without equal rights to use natural resources, how can we
Speculation in land carried on in city, suburb and countryside,
wherever progress is anticipated, is the only force in modern society
with power enough to slow down production and bring on the
unemployment that defeats all the make-work promises of lawmakers.
While the earth under our feet is used for monopoly and speculation,
we do not have free enterprise. This is the iniquity that has brought
on the Communist revolutions in the old world. The unemployment and
flood of evils resulting prove that the natural law of compensation
has been violated. That our learned men and women have turned their
attention away from this phenomenon is the scandal of the century!
Here is the prime violation of Law and Order in this age of material
progress. This explains why, along with all progress in production and
trade, poverty continues to be a social problem; the powers of a few
sustained by special privilege, the rights of millions diluted by
Stop the land speculation which benefits very few people and serves
only to block and slow down production} then any ambitious person will
be free to acquire the luxuries that make life worth living, without
depending on schemes that burden the conscience.
What is our moral progress if we fail to acknowledge that "all
men are created equal" and that this concept is meaningless
unless we see that this means equality of opportunity, not special
privilege to a few?