Principles of Political Economy

This three-part study is a survey of basic principles that will give the student a thorough grounding in fundamental economic concepts. Each part is complete in itself, and may be pursued separately — but the entire series is well worth your time, and will bring you the fullest benefits.

The basic textbooks for each course are works of the great American economist Henry George. Though his books first appeared in the late 19th century, they are highly applicable to today’s conditions, because the principles with which they deal are universal. The basic problem which George set out to solve in his book Progress and Poverty is still today’s basic problem: Why, in spite of progress, does poverty persist?

Our approach to economic study is fundamental and non-technical. Terms are defined, basic economic laws are sought and basic principles are applied. Supplemental readings are offered throughout — applying the principles to current conditions and answering frequently asked questions.

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Understanding Economics

  1. The Problem of Poverty: Are We Unable to Produce Enough for All?
  2. Naming Things Right: Economic Definitions
  3. Wealth Distribution: Effects of Technology and Trade
  4. What Keeps the Economy from Fulfilling Its Potential?
  5. Capital: Wealth Used in Production
  6. Economics of Booms and Busts
  7. The Remedy; Its Justice
  8. Fixing Our Backwards Tax System
  9. Envisioning a Just and Prosperous Society
  10. The Law of Human Progress

Applied Economics: Globalization and Trade

  1. Protection vs. free Trade
  2. How to Encourage Industry?
  3. Trade & the Function of Money
  4. Comparative Advantage, Profits & Wages
  5. Solving the Paradox
  6. Exploring Alternatives
  7. Today’s Issues in International Trade
  8. Trade & Development
  9. Globalization & the Environment
  10. Growth & Sustainability

Economic Science

  1. The Meaning of Political Economy
  2. Methods of Political Economy
  3. The Nature of Wealth
  4. Wealth and Value
  5. Wealth, Capital and Privilege
  6. The Production of Wealth
  7. Cooperation and Exchange
  8. Distribution of Wealth
  9. Money
  10. Political Economy and Macroeconomics

A certificate is given at the end of each course. The Henry George Institute does not grant academic credit. However, Principles of Political Economy is recommended for College Credit by the:

Note on the Authorship of Readings in Principles of Political Economy

This is a collaborative effort. Courses based on Henry George’s works have been offered for many decades, and many aspects of the writing that appears herein have a traditional character. For example, sentences and paragraphs that appear in this three-course series can be found verbatim, or nearly so, in the Henry George Institute curricula written by Robert Clancy in the early 1970s. The current version, however, has been produced by HGI Program Director Lindy Davies, and all the unattributed writings it contains are his. Mike Curtis, Fred Foldvary and Mason Gaffney have contributed sections or been quoted in this course’s readings. Sections they contributed are designated by an introductory note, and brief quotations by footnotes.

Membership in the Henry George Institute

...has only two requirements: pay your annual dues of $20 (us), and indicate your agreement with our Statement of Purpose. As a member, you get a subscription to the Georgist Journal, and a vote in our annual election for members of the Board of Directors.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

In accordance with the philosophy of Henry George, the Henry George Institute holds that all persons have a right to the use of the earth and that all have a right to the fruits of their labor. To implement these rights it is proposed that the rent of land be taken by the community as public revenue, and that all taxes on labor and the fruits of labor be abolished. The Institute believes with George that “liberty means justice and justice is the natural law,” and that the social and economic ills besetting the world today are the result of non-conformance to natural law. The Institute pledges itself to bring this philosophy to the attention of the public by all suitable means.

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Getting Started with Understanding Economics

Our first course, Understanding Economics, is FREE and self-paced. There are no due-dates or deadlines — yet our staff is always available to answer your questions via email.

It's a good idea to check out the first few readings and video supplements to get ready for your first lesson. Make sure to bookmark our "Site Map" page, which has links to the suggested readings for each lesson (and much more).

When you're ready, click below to enroll. You'll pick a username and a password, and be asked for some more basic information (which we will NOT share with anyone else). We'll need your snail-mail address to send you your certificate when you complete the course!

Enroll today for a rewarding, enriching experience!

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Membership in the Henry George Institute

...has only two requirements: pay your annual dues of $20 (us), and indicate your agreement with our Statement of Purpose. As a member, you get a subscription to the Georgist Journal, and a vote in our annual election for members of the Board of Directors.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

In accordance with the philosophy of Henry George, the Henry George Institute holds that all persons have a right to the use of the earth and that all have a right to the fruits of their labor. To implement these rights it is proposed that the rent of land be taken by the community as public revenue, and that all taxes on labor and the fruits of labor be abolished. The Institute believes with George that “liberty means justice and justice is the natural law,” and that the social and economic ills besetting the world today are the result of non-conformance to natural law. The Institute pledges itself to bring this philosophy to the attention of the public by all suitable means.

Close this popup

Getting Started with Understanding Economics

Our first course, Understanding Economics, is FREE and self-paced. There are no due-dates or deadlines — yet our staff is always available to answer your questions via email.

It's a good idea to check out the first few readings and video supplements to get ready for your first lesson. Make sure to bookmark our "Site Map" page, which has links to the suggested readings for each lesson (and much more).

When you're ready, click below to enroll. You'll pick a username and a password, and be asked for some more basic information (which we will NOT share with anyone else). We'll need your snail-mail address to send you your certificate when you complete the course!

Enroll today for a rewarding, enriching experience!

Close this popup

Getting Started with Understanding Economics

Our first course, Understanding Economics, is FREE and self-paced. There are no due-dates or deadlines — yet our staff is always available to answer your questions via email.

It's a good idea to check out the first few readings and video supplements to get ready for your first lesson. Make sure to bookmark our "Site Map" page, which has links to the suggested readings for each lesson (and much more).

When you're ready, click below to enroll. You'll pick a username and a password, and be asked for some more basic information (which we will NOT share with anyone else). We'll need your snail-mail address to send you your certificate when you complete the course!

Enroll today for a rewarding, enriching experience!

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