[mailto:bounce-4872703-8121152@...] On Behalf Of Edward
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 10:23 AM
Subject: A new tool for understanding "The Poverty Paradox"
To all --
I have just completed a minor project some on this
list might find of interest.
For many years now, I have been teaching political
economy based on the analysis provided by Henry George in his works. When Henry
George wrote, he took for granted that most of his targeted audience would have
some familiarity with history and the writings of his contemporaries and
predecessors. Whether this was the case regarding the reading audience during the
late 19th century, it is certainly not the case today.
To overcome this shortcoming, I have tried to put
together a cohesive story of how societies settled, organized and lost their
communitarian (i.e., community-oriented) structure and became dominated by
hierarchies. A study of history reveals very clearly that with hierarchy
societies experience the permanent presence of poverty.
Although there have always been individuals who
fought for justice in their societies, a critical mass of momentum for change
was reached during the late 19th century, but with very mixed results, leaving
us today with a world where for at least one-fifth of the population there is
little or no hope of rising out of poverty.
This is the story I have tried to tell. The Powerpoint
can be viewed and listened to at www.authorstream.com.
From the www.authorstream.com
home page, there is a button when you scroll down that says "browse".
Hit that button, then put "Henry George" in the search bar that shows
up. Only my two powerpoints show up. Dougle-click on the small image and the
Powerpoint opens up. Click on the arrow at the center, then start the
presentation by hitting the down arrow on your keyboard.
That should get it started on its own and it will
continue. For some reason the narration on slides 11 and 12 do not play, but
after that its plays fine.
Any comments or reactions will be welcomed and
We have come through yet another very difficult
year, and the prospect for resolving (or even mitigating) any of our major
challenges seems remote. But, as the saying goes, unless we develop a sound
understanding of the past, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.