This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. It is the central fact from which spring industrial, social and political difficulties that perplex the world, and with which statesmanship, philanthropy and education grapple in vain. It is the riddle which the Sphinx of Fate puts to our civilization, and which not to answer is to be destroyed.
So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to buildup great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent.
Henry George (1839 – 1897)
Renowned American Economist