A Letter to Henry Ford
[Reprinted from The Freeman, November, 1939]
The newspapers last month quoted Henry Ford as follows:
"Young men -- at least those fortunate enough to return
physically whole -- come back from war to find there are no jobs.
Naturally, they turn to the soil.
"I hope to see the day when all idle land will be taxed heavily
enough to force it into use.
"There need .be no fear of overproduction. There can be no such
thing as overproduction, if you measure production according to the
needs of the earth's peoples."
Dr. John Dewey, honorary president of the Henry George School of
Social Science, took occasion to write Mr. Ford this letter:
Mr. Henry Ford
I am very glad to see you quoted in the New York Sun of October 3rd
in favor of such heavy taxation of idle land as will force it in use,
and your clear conviction of the importance of such action in
connection with useful employment, especially of young men.
Consequently I am writing to ask if you know about the activities of
the Henry George School of Social Science. The head school is at 30
East 29th St., this City. There are many branch schools all through
the United States. These schools are doing a moat valuable and much
needed educational work in reaching a large and increasing number of
persons regarding the importance of proper methods of taxation, and
the relation of land to problems of industry, labor and the rights of
capital as employed in production.
I wish you could become acquainted with the work of this school. Its
Director, Mr. Frank Chodorov, at the address given above, would be
most happy, I am sure, to give you all the information you might wish
and answer any questions.
With sincere thanks for your interest in this important matter, I am,
Sincerely yours, John Dewey