Panel — The legacy of Henry George, economic populist and progressive reformer

Madison, N.J. (March 29, 2016) — Fairleigh Dickinson University will host a panel discussion on the legacy of Henry George (1839-1897), noted American economist and journalist, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Monninger Center on FDU’s Florham Campus. This free event is open to the public.

The panel, entitled “The Legacy of Henry George, Economic Populist and Progressive Reformer,” examines the reasons George is generally acknowledged to be the most influential American economic thinker of the 19th century, and charts his legacy for our time.

The ideas of Henry George have been made particularly relevant by the near collapse of the world’s economy in 2008 and the deep disparity of the recovery since, which have reignited longstanding arguments about capitalism and its inherent capacity to simultaneously produce remarkable wealth and poverty.

The panel will feature three distinguished experts: T. Nicolaus Tideman from Virginia Tech University, Alexandra W. Lough from Henry George School of Social Science, and Daniel Cassino from FDU. Edward Dodson from the Henry George Birthplace Archive and Historical Research Center will moderate.

Co-sponsored by FDU Press, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, and the University’s Monninger Center, the panel coincides with the publication of the first volume of “The Annotated Works of Henry George: Our Land and Land Policy and Other Works,” edited by Francis K. Peddle and William S. Peirce, which is published by FDU Press in partnership with Rowman & Littlefield of Lanham, Maryland. This six-volume edition assembles all of George’s major works for the first time with new introductions, critical annotations, extensive bibliographical material, and comprehensive indexing to provide a wealth of resources for scholars and reformers.

Tideman, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a professor of economics at Virginia Tech University, will discuss the relevance of George’s theories and policies to American and world economics today.

Lough will discuss Henry George in the context of the “new history” of American capitalism, particularly the ways his ideas incited the debate we are having currently: the perverse tendency of industrial capitalism to produce tremendous wealth alongside vast poverty and inequality —and what to do about it. Lough earned a Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University.

Cassino is an associate professor of political science, and the director of experimental research for FDU’s survey research group, with a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. Cassino will discuss Henry George as “the most influential economist people have never heard of,” stressing the ways his ideas and proposals have affected economic and social thought in America and in the world.

Panel moderator Edward J. Dodson is senior researcher at the Henry George Birthplace Archive and Historical Research Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having previously served as business manager and market analyst at Fannie Mae, he contributes to major periodicals devoted to Henry George’s principles of political economy and author of a 3-volume work, The Discovery of First Principles, a study of the history of human settlement on the earth. He is one of several U.S. Vice Presidents of the International Union for Land Value Taxation and is President of Thomas Paine Friends.

The event takes place at FDU’s Florham Campus, located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. 07940. For directions or further information, email or call 973-443-8564.


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