Single Taxers are Truth-Seekers
[An address at Henry George Congress, 12 September,
Reprinted from Land and Freedom, September-October, 1928]
Last evening Dr. Bradley spoke of the young people and of how they
asked, "How do you know?" instead of answering just "yes"
to everything that is told them. This sentence is the symbol of a
definite turn, an immense step in the growth of the human race. It is
the turning from a seeking after the unknowable to a seeking after the
knowable. It is the symbol of an achievement in growth. In a measure
it is a doubting of everything, yes, but still, it is in a far greater
measure, the assurance of the capacity of self. Young people are not
afraid of anything not even truth.
Especially not young Single Taxers. Because an understanding of the
Single Tax postulates a first conception of human relationship that is
a just one; one that carries with it no sentimental sobbings, nothing
that wastes time. Young Single Taxers give no mercy, ask none. All
they want is justice. To each man, a chance to produce and keep for
his own disposal that which he produces. And this same truth applies
when young Single Taxers say that the value created by the community
belongs to the community. Before this there is no justice. Is not this
a truth around which all economic justice revolves?
Religious, artistic or cultural, political, all social tangles will
unfold themselves, when each man is given an equal opportunity with
all other men to make a living, and not only that, to do with what he
produces as he sees fit. This is the first justice, and before it
This is what young Single Taxers want. This is that for which they
work and talk. To declare this truth which has been discovered to them
is the most vital thing in the lives of all us youngsters; it is the
purpose of the Chicago Single Taxer, the little journal which we hope
some day will be something to be proud of. And we will retain this
truth as a working principle until something more basic, more just
crosses our path.