Progress and Poverty, Paperback Book
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Schalkenbach (Robert) Foundation,U.S.
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  • Category: History of Western philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780911312980

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Terrible book. The first couple of chapters made sense, were clear and lucid, explained the basic economic theory that George was driving at in easily understood terms. Then George wandered afield. He tried to use China and India as examples of his theory, and it became painfully obvious that he hadn't really studied either nation. The views of those nations he expressed were Victorian fallacies, and had nothing to do with their actual history, current status, or economics. Then he launched an attack on TR Malthus, with so many large flaws in his logic that reading the book became a chore. Come the end of the chapter, I thought, oh, thank you, we can get back to the main argument, but no, George decided he needed another chapter to argue with Malthus. I quit reading. I deleted the book from my e-reader. I cannot recommend this book as anything other than a historical curiosity.