Single Tax Movement Recalled
Henry L.T. Tideman
[Reprinted from Land and Freedom, May-June
[Mr. Tideman, Director of the
Chicago Henry George School, had copies of our Fortieth
Anniversary Number sent to all the Chicago instructors, with the
following letter: "This issue of LAND AND FREEDOM has in it
an article covering some of the interesting history of the Henry
George movement, facts which should be part of the
stock-in-trade of every teacher in the Henry George School. I
urge you to read it all carefully. There is nowhere else in so
small compass so much historical information to serve as a
back-log for the fire that burns in those who wish to carry on
our great work. ... You may, when you have perused this copy,
find it worth while to invest. This magazine is always
interesting and the best of its kind." ED.]
Your bit of history in the January-February issue of LAND AND
FREEDOM, entitled "Forty Years of the Struggle for Freedom,"
aroused my old sympathies for the men and women who devoted so much
effort, with so seemingly little, though really large, result in
reaching the minds of folk with the message of Henry George.
I was one of them. They were and are my friends. We held conventions.
We organized. We contributed funds for campaigns in the validity and
tactics of which we had profound doubts. The good work was carried
forward. Organizations came and went. Individuals carried on. May I
suggest an analogy?
A nation needs organization for defense from attack from without,
from abuse of its people by their own government, and to enable its
individuals to defend themselves from imposition by their fellows; but
only on special occasions, such as war, does such organization need to
be concentratedly purposeful. The normal course of social life is a
compound of the lives of its individuals. As long as the market is
free unorganized, unregulated it affords the fullest opportunity for
the production of wealth.
So, it seems to me, in the advancement of ideas, the less we organize
to regulate the effort, the more widely will knowledge spread. With
all proper respect for those who put their faith in organization, this
is one lesson I draw from your splendid resume.