Georgist Gild

georgistGild200pxThe Georgist Gild organizes classes, seminars, and social events to encourage understanding and discussion of the economic theories of Henry George and their impact on the life and history of the three Ardens — Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. All are welcome to participate. Rollicking introductory classes to the social philosophy of Henry George is offered each fall.

The Georgist Gild meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Buzz Ware Village Center. Call 475-1745 to confirm or for more information.


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See the latest issue of the Arden Club Calendar.

Henry George’s “Protection or Free Trade”
Tuesdays, January 24 – February 28, 7:30 pm.
Call Sadie at 302 475-1745 to join the class and for details.

Introduction to Henry George and the Single Tax
Bob DeNigris, long-time trustee of Ardentown, has put together a few pages that succinctly recount the biography of Henry George and explain the simple idea behind the Single Tax. Click here to see those pages. Bob’s book, Henry George and the Single Tax, is available in the Arden Club Library.

Progress and Poverty
Click here to read a much-shortened version of Henry George’s celebrated book, Progress and Poverty.


Click here to see a photo of the Georgist predecessor of the Monopoly(R) game. This board was hand-painted by Robert “Uncle Bob” Wollery back in 1903 or so and designed by a Mrs. Elizabeth Magie. Use your BACK key to return to this page.


The Henry George School of Social Science in Philadelphia

The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, New York, publisher of Henry George books and related works

This Land is Your Land. Bradford D. Wazaney’s doctoral dissertation comparing the economic implications of land use among the Jicarilla Apaches and the Arden Communities.


Henry George and the Single Tax
Henry George believed that taxes should be levied only on the value of land, not on labor or capital. The SINGLE TAX, he asserted in his book Progress and Poverty would end unemployment, poverty, inflation and inequality.

From the Arden Leaves 1910:

1899- An idea that a community owning its land in common and exacting from the occupants thereof the full rental value, instead of the usual taxes upon industy and thrift, would offer to the individual, as tenant, a better hope for a successful pusuit of liberty and happiness than the present system, and to all individuals, as landlords, a better, healthier, saner, community life.

1900- The idea plus 162 acres of neglected and all but abandoned land, six miles north of Wilmington, in a region where progress was marching no more.

1910- The same land transformed by the idea into a thriving village of more than 70 homes. Every plot of land leased to a prospective homebuilder, a village without debt, with upward of one thousand dollars to spend for public improvements in 1911, and with no landlords except themselves as a community.

Between 1894-1950, seventeen land trusts were started by Georgists and referred to as Enclaves of Economic Rent. Fairhope, Alabama was the first; Arden was second and Ardencroft was number seventeen.

“The tax upon land values is the most just and equal of all taxes. It falls only upon those who receive from society a peculiar and valuable benefit, and upon them in proportion to the benefit they receive.It is the taking by the community for the use of the community of that value which is the creation of the community. It is the application of the common property to common uses. When all rent is taken by taxation for the needs of the community, then will the equality ordained by nature be attained.” –Henry George, Progress and Poverty.

“To those who, seeing the vice and misery that spring from the unequal distribution of wealth and privilege, feel the possibility of a higher social state and would strive for its attainment.” –Quote from Henry George from the front page of his book, Progress and Poverty, San Francisco, California, 1879.