Progress and Poverty

Read by Tim Makarios

(4.5 stars; 46 reviews)

What I have done in this book, if I have correctly solved the great problem I have sought to investigate, is, to unite the truth perceived by the school of Smith and Ricardo to the truth perceived by the schools of Proudhon and Lasalle; to show that laissez faire (in its full true meaning) opens the way to a realization of the noble dreams of socialism; to identify social law with moral law, and to disprove ideas which in the minds of many cloud grand and elevating perceptions. (Summary by Henry George)

Audio edited by TriciaG; Proof-listened by Kimberly Krause & Larry Wilson. (18 hr 39 min)


00 - Frontmatter, How the Book Came To Be Written, and Preface 23:48 Read by Tim Makarios
01 - Introductory 22:04 Read by Tim Makarios
02 - Book I, Chapter 1: The Current Doctrine of Wages - Its Insufficiency 26:42 Read by Tim Makarios
03 - Book I, Chapter 2: The Meaning of the Terms 37:49 Read by Tim Makarios
04 - Book I, Chapter 3: Wages Not Drawn from Capital, but Produced by the Labor… 28:19 Read by Tim Makarios
05 - Book I, Chapter 3: Wages Not Drawn from Capital, but Produced by the Labor… 14:20 Read by Tim Makarios
06 - Book I, Chapter 4: The Maintenance of Laborers Not Drawn from Capital 18:03 Read by Tim Makarios
07 - Book I, Chapter 5: The Real Functions of Capital 17:44 Read by Tim Makarios
08 - Book II, Chapter 1: The Malthusian Theory, Its Genesis and Support 25:28 Read by Tim Makarios
09 - Book II, Chapter 2: Inferences from Facts - paragraphs 1-19 21:30 Read by Tim Makarios
10 - Book II, Chapter 2: Inferences from Facts - paragraphs 20-40 34:42 Read by Tim Makarios
11 - Book II, Chapter 3: Inferences from Analogy 21:14 Read by Tim Makarios
12 - Book II, Chapter 4: Disproof of the Malthusian Theory 22:51 Read by Tim Makarios
13 - Book III, Chapter 1: The Inquiry Narrowed to the Laws of Distribution - Th… 23:37 Read by Tim Makarios
14 - Book III, Chapter 2: Rent and the Law of Rent 16:25 Read by Tim Makarios
15 - Book III, Chapter 3: Of Interest and the Cause of Interest 31:43 Read by Tim Makarios
16 - Book III, Chapter 4: Of Spurious Capital and of Profits Often Mistaken for… 12:08 Read by Tim Makarios
17 - Book III, Chapter 5: The Law of Interest 17:01 Read by Tim Makarios
18 - Book III, Chapter 6: Wages and the Law of Wages 26:09 Read by Tim Makarios
19 - Book III, Chapter 7: The Correlation and Co-ordination of These Laws 4:24 Read by Tim Makarios
20 - Book III, Chapter 8: The Statics of the Problem Thus Explained 7:21 Read by Tim Makarios
21 - Book IV, Chapter 1: The Dynamics of the Problem Yet to Seek 6:11 Read by Tim Makarios
22 - Book IV, Chapter 2: The Effect of Increase of Population Upon the Distribu… 27:51 Read by Tim Makarios
23 - Book IV, Chapter 3: The Effect of Improvements in the Arts upon the Distri… 21:45 Read by Tim Makarios
24 - Book IV, Chapter 4: Effect of the Expectation Raised by Material Progress 11:25 Read by Tim Makarios
25 - Book V, Chapter 1: The Primary Cause of Recurring Paroxysms of Industrial … 38:53 Read by Tim Makarios
26 - Book V, Chapter 2: The Persistence of Poverty Amid Advancing Wealth 29:17 Read by Tim Makarios
27 - Book VI, Chapter 1: Insufficiency of Remedies Currently Advocated - paragr… 23:11 Read by Tim Makarios
28 - Book VI, Chapter 1: Insufficiency of Remedies Currently Advocated - paragr… 37:34 Read by Tim Makarios
29 - Book VI, Chapter 2: The True Remedy 4:52 Read by Tim Makarios
30 - Book VII, Chapter 1: The Injustice of Private Property in Land 30:10 Read by Tim Makarios
31 - Book VII, Chapter 2: The Enslavement of Laborers the Ultimate Result of Pr… 22:35 Read by Tim Makarios
32 - Book VII, Chapter 3: Claim of Land Owners to Compensation 20:53 Read by Tim Makarios
33 - Book VII, Chapter 4: Property in Land Historically Considered 35:24 Read by Tim Makarios
34 - Book VII, Chapter 5: Of Property in Land in the United States 20:38 Read by Tim Makarios
35 - Book VIII, Chapter 1: Private Property in Land Inconsistent with the Best … 12:33 Read by Tim Makarios
36 - Book VIII, Chapter 2: How Equal Rights to the Land May Be Asserted and Sec… 11:12 Read by Tim Makarios
37 - Book VIII, Chapter 3: The Proposition Tried by the Canons of Taxation 28:44 Read by Tim Makarios
38 - Book VIII, Chapter 4: Indorsements and Objections 16:15 Read by Tim Makarios
39 - Book IX, Chapter 1: Of the Effect Upon the Production of Wealth 13:36 Read by Tim Makarios
40 - Book IX, Chapter 2: Of the Effect Upon Distribution and Thence Upon Produc… 14:06 Read by Tim Makarios
41 - Book IX, Chapter 3: Of the Effect Upon Individuals and Classes 13:50 Read by Tim Makarios
42 - Book IX, Chapter 4: Of the Changes That Would Be Wrought in Social Organiz… 37:43 Read by Tim Makarios
43 - Book X, Chapter 1: The Current Theory of Human Progress - Its Insufficiency 29:35 Read by Tim Makarios
44 - Book X, Chapter 2: Differences in Civilization - To What Due 33:47 Read by Tim Makarios
45 - Book X, Chapter 3: The Law of Human Progress - paragraphs 1-21 16:27 Read by Tim Makarios
46 - Book X, Chapter 3: The Law of Human Progress - paragraphs 22-47 29:36 Read by Tim Makarios
47 - Book X, Chapter 4: How Modern Civilization May Decline 36:12 Read by Tim Makarios
48 - Book X, Chapter 5: The Central Truth 18:53 Read by Tim Makarios
49 - Conclusion: The Problem of Individual Life 22:43 Read by Tim Makarios


A Still Relevant Classic

(5 stars)

Excellent vocal on production, very easy to listen to. This book is very relevant to our modern corporate age. I book marked over 10 pages with passages that perfectly portray the current brutality associated with the American free market.

Useful historical resource

(5 stars)

Mr. Makarios has a really pleasant voice and paces well, so important in texts like this one, deserving of listeners but which take extra concentration. Good chapter breakdown so listeners can choose issues rather than tackle the whole thing. I found the chapters on why poverty persists despite progress interesting. Thanks LibriVOX volunteers!

(4 stars)

Great Narration! Enlightening text, could have kept low on the emotional pitches & analogies but definitely helped me get a glimpse into the fundamental problem with poverty.

(5 stars)

Henry George is one of humanities best and most neglected thinkers.

A most important book for our time

(5 stars)

The only book I have read two times in a row to really understand the details.

(5 stars)

Excellent narration of an important book!

The most important book ever written

(5 stars)

Henry George is head and shoulders above any other political economists. Not only does George understand capitalism better than Marx, he comes up with an ingenious yet simple way of solving the problems of poverty. Plus, he clearly lays out the secrets of the acquiring wealth. If you cannot beat them join them, right?

great reader

(5 stars)

the reader is excellent and the work makes it's points exceeding clear, to the point of reiterating the same talking points over and over.