A perplexed philosopher, being an Examination of Mr. Herbert Spencer’s various Utterances on the Land Question, with some incidental Reference to his synthetic Philosophy.

New York, Charles L. Webster & Company, 1892.

8vo, pp. [2 (blank)], [6], 319, [1 (blank)], [8 (advertisements)]; a few corners creased or torn, a few slight marks; a good copy in publisher’s mottled brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt; a little rubbed and bumped with a few scratches and minor losses to caps and corners, spine somewhat cockled.

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First edition of George’s examination of Spencer’s stance on the land question. Asking the reader ‘to judge for himself Mr. Spencer’s own public declarations’ (p. 8), the political economist, popular orator, and politician Henry George (1839-1897) dismantles the arguments of the British liberal theorist Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) to promote his radical views on land redistribution: ‘George wanted radical redistribution but without revolution. He pioneered the idea that taxation, properly crafted, can redistribute wealth without damage to the market. His influence on Fabianism was early and wide; also on American reformers like Tom L. Johnson, Upton Sinclair, John R. Commons and Norman Thomas. The modern “mixed economy” is in the Georgist spirit of reform within traditional forms’ (Palgrave II, p. 515).

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