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The Nationalization of the Land. (S354a: 1882)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: When Henry George came to England in 1882 on a speaking tour, Wallace introduced him at one of his appearances, held at Memorial Hall in London on 5 September of that year. The Reynolds's Newspaper issue of 10 September 1882 carried a short story on the event, including a description of Wallace's comments, on page 5. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S354A.htm

    On Tuesday evening, in the presence of a large audience, at the Memorial Hall, Farringdon-street, Mr. Henry George, the author of a book called "Progress and Poverty," delivered a lecture, under the auspices of the Land Nationalization Society, on the subject of "Land Nationalization." In the unavoidable absence of Professor F. W. Newman, the chair was occupied by Mr. A. R. Wallace.

    The Chairman, in introducing the lecturer, said probably the meeting had mainly heard of Mr. George because he had been thought worthy of the special attention of the Irish police recently--(laughter)--and also because he had been deemed worthy by the masters of the Irish police of being instantly set at liberty. In his book Mr. George had dealt with the problem of human well-being. The main question which he put was--"How is it that with increased power over nature and the forces of nature for which the present century is so remarkable we have not been able to diminish the mass of poverty, misery, and crime that abounds in this country?" The solution of these ills was, according to Mr. George, the abolition of private property in land, which inevitably resulted in a land monopoly.

    Mr. George, who was well received . . .

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