William Sumner and Henry George on Economic Inequalities
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This paper analyzes William Graham Sumner and Henry George's statements as historical sources in the context of the late nineteenth century. The paper identifies their main concerns and most persuasive arguments and compares their respective beliefs. The paper also examines how Sumner and George were accepting of or in opposition to the principals of social Darwinism. The paper shows how William Graham Sumner and Henry George provided statements that would serve as unique viewpoints regarding economic inequalities of the late nineteenth century.
From the Paper:"William Graham Sumner renders several statements, of concern, that may be further observed. Sumner identifies that every person in a society has a specific responsibility. The first responsibility identified by Sumner is active co-operation. The next responsibility is productive energy. (Sumner, 1920) He goes on to reveal that anyone that is a consumer, but does not contribute is a burden to the society. Methods of contribution include land contributions, labor contributions, or capital to the work of society. (Sumner, 1920) William identifies the class distinctions as well. He suggests that increasing changes will help restructure the classes instead of redistributing the acquisitions. (Sumner, 1920)
"Henry George also offers numerous statements that may be further analyzed. George identifies poverty as a crime. He believes that the people that cause poverty are at fault. Henry goes on to identify that the conditions imposed by society are the cause of poverty in most cases. (George, 1885) Henry George recognizes that everyone is equally responsible for poverty. Over-production and unjust distribution is identified as the reason for hard times current to Henry George's rendering."
Sample of Sources Used:
- George, H. (1885). The crime of poverty: An address delivered in the opera house. Burlington, Iowa: The Burlington Assembly.
- Hofstadter, R. (1944). Social darwinism in American thought: 1860-1915. University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Sumner, W. G. (1920). What social classes owe to each other. Harper.
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