1. a) When the word "land" comes up in normal conversation, what images come to mind?
b) What is the precise definition of land used in this course, and by Henry George?
c) Make as long a list as you can of things in the world that fit the above definition.
2. Why is it that "material progress cannot rid us of our dependence on land"?
3. How does the possession of land enable people to collect wealth they did not produce? Who did produce it?
4. What are some of the effects of land speculation
a) on workers' wages?
b) on urban sprawl?
c) on the destruction of natural habitats?
5. How has the hoarding of land contributed to the debt crisis in developing nations?
6. How is the emergence of global environmental problems helped to create a new understanding of the meaning of "land"?
7. To be held for speculation, land need not be kept completely idle. It is more common for land to be underused. Under-use of land also pushes back the margin of production and makes everything more costly. Make as long a list as you can of ways in which land sites are under-used. (Some important third-world examples of this emerged back in Lesson 2!)
8. Comment on the following verses from the Epistles of Paul:
For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?/ Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
9. Comment on the following verses from the Tao Te Ching:
If I have even just a little sense,
10. The inscription on Philadelphia's famous Liberty Bell reads: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the people thereof." What is the origin of that quotation? How has its meaning been misconstrued in modern times?