Gidday,  Welcome Aboard.

My objective is to reduce inequality in New Zealand. Otherwise we risk losing our democracy as do other countries.  This would imperil both rich and poor. My most recent book is intended to be both critical and constructive in the hope that some of the ideas  will be developed and result in political action. If you feel that there is merit in what I have to say then please refer this website  ( to your networks and ask them to do the same. If you know someone who might be interested but would only use a printed book then please go through some of this website, explain, and possibly order a book on-line for them.

I will first give you some description and a free sample of this new book. It is available as a normal printed book and also as an electronic book (ebook), The latter have some advantages over books, including a much lower price and almost instantaneous delivery but may require some learning, as is usual with any computer application.  I will follow the sample with a short introduction to using ebooks  so you can choose whether to buy  one form or another. Then if you are interested in ebooks you can go to websites which allow you to again get most of the same sample in ebook form so you can actually try one ebook form and then decide which form of the book, if any, that you wish to have. Finally I will reference a very different book which also comes in the two forms then some other writings of mine.


Thomas Piketty's book "Capital in the 21st Century" in 2014 was a compelling account of how concentrated wealth inexorably increases inequality. Various solutions have had extensive coverage at a philosophical level but almost nothing has been published about the practical difficulties of the detailed design, costs, funding,  and  transition. This book provides a "sketch plan" of some of the work that is required to make the dreams come true. For example many countries are borrowing or creating money for recovery  from the pandemic. So there is new money which has not been taken from anyone in taxes. When this is given to the people and spent the economy is stimulated and Government gets some of its new money returned through its taxes such as GST or VAT without increasing personal debt.

This is the time for transformative changes. One such is the reformation of our inequitable personal Income Tax System. The book's suggestion would result in 18 to 64 year-olds getting a Basic Income of $9080/yr with little effect on Government's income. And dependent only on age like Superannuation.

This book is for Politicians, Social Scientists, Economists, the Wealthy, the Middle Class, Workers, Activists, Students, the Disadvantaged and all those who care about people and the planet.

A Note about Electronic Books

Ebooks are simply books in digital form, readable on your computer or on other reading devices such as your iPhone (or other smart phone), iPad, Barnes & Noble's Nook, the Amazon Kindle reader, the Kobo Reader, and many other devices.

 My books come in both printed and electronic forms. I will now make some comments so that you can make sense of the slightly different free ebook samples when you go to the suppliers. supply both my printed books and ebooks while supply only my ebooks. Smashwords will offer you the choice of a number of ebook formats to download for different devices and you can even print it out on your home computer if that's what you prefer. The choice is particularly useful if you have a number of different devices. 

Amazon have a different approach. They will offer you only one format - the Kindle (Mobi)  format. But they also provide free programs for this format to be read on devices other than Kindle. These two are the main suppliers. Go to these or many other major booksellers and equipment suppliers websites and use the search function of their browser for "perce harpham" to have them show my books or ebooks for you to select. 

One of the many differences with ebooks is that the user can change things such as the background colour. This is great for reading in bed at night with a black background and white print so that your partner can sleep. Also for reducing eye-strain. Again you can change the font size and print and can easily move backwards and forwards with hyperlinks which are internal to the ebook. You  have to have an electronic device of some sort and it may require you to install a program in order to read it. The specialised devices have such programs built in. They may require the ebook material to be supplied in particular formats. Apple machines are supplied with an ereader program as standard but Windows will need, say, Adobe Digital Edition and Android machines a program such as Aldiko to be installed. These are both free and available from the Play  menus on the different devices. 

If you are familiar with ebooks or just want a printed book jump down to Buying a Book or Ebook. 

Try an ebook sample.

Note that in several places I will invite you to click on something. When you do that then this page will be overwritten and to get back, in order to continue  with this page,  if you are using a laptop hold down the Alt key and press the Tab key on your keyboard. Small  versions of all the screens in use will appear. Keep holding the Alt key and press the Tab key until the desired screen is framed then let go both keys. For smartphones etc there are 3 physical keys or icons at the bottom of the device. Press the left hand one with the 3 bars and a list of all the programs in use will appear and you then choose the one you want.

The first link I will shortly invite you to click on  is a docx file which will take you to a different screen and use a word processer. Depending on your machine and word processer it may take a little time for a new screen to show up. This is  for a book sample which details my new Negative Income Tax. It may be that this is all you want to see so you do not want to get back to this screen. Otherwise I want you to go through an ebook sample. It is reasonably self evident but I want to give you some instructions before you get the sample.

 Clicking the hyperlink further down will bring up a new screen overwriting this one.   Following the note above you will  be able to easily pop back and forwards to this present screen if you want to check the instructions.   Scroll down in the new screen until you have a box labelled "21% sample" which has buttons for different formats that you can choose to run on different systems.  The reference below for Smashwords FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) discusses the other formats later but, for now, just click  the "On-line" button when you have the new screen. This will then run the sample using your browser so that you do not have to install anything.

Then scroll down a little more. You will  see, on the left side , "Display Preferences" where you can adjust the font type and size etc. Click the right hand downward arrow in each box to get the available choices. Note especially the line spacing. This might have been determined by settings in your machine and is delivering crowded lines for the sample so that they are unreadable. Choosing a larger spacing can transform the appearance. Click Apply.

Note that you do not get full functionality with a sample. The hyperlinks do not work here except where I tell you to click . You cannot access beyond the sample anyway. The presentations and navigation control are different with each program that is used to run the ebook and so on. But, from this sample you can get a feeling for the way ebooks work and you can read a chunk of material to judge if you want to buy the book. I have put more into the following "Excerpts from watpp" sample here than there is in the formal samples from the suppliers.

Nonetheless, this sample will give you a taste of how ebooks function.  Keep scrolling down. In the Table of Contents observe that, as I just said, the hyperlinks do not work.  There are no page numbers in the Table of contents, yet if you scroll further you will find page numbers. The latter  vary as you change line spacing and fonts. You can use these "virtual" page numbers to jump  around in the  proper ebook (put a number in the box and press Enter). Scroll within pages. Use the arrow keys (which may only appear when you hover over the page) to move backwards and forwards between pages. Ereaders and different programs have more elaborate systems for such controls than this demonstration using your browser.

Having read the instructions now get the sample screen by clicking Excerpts from watpp book.docx

To learn more about ebooks, the format needed for different devices  and for detailed practical advice on installing to ereaders such as Kobo and other systems click on

My Books and Ebooks

My ebooks are available from Smashwords and Amazon and their networks. My books are only printed by Amazon.  The process online is pretty common for all of the suppliers.

In each country there are taxes such as VAT or GST and these are increasingly being applied to even small purchases whether from the same or another country. There are also exchange rates, delivery costs and delivery delays so my suggestion is that for books you go to your favourite in-country bookseller, if you have one, and type into their search-box "perce harpham" then click on  your choice of book or ebook. If there is no response or you have no such reseller then go to the links below.

The list price of my books is US$9.99  and for ebooks US$2.99 but the local price may be a bit different. The links below allow you to sample the books before purchasing them.

For  the printed book WHY ARE THE POOR POOR?  or for the ebook either or

An Earlier book.

 " SOME VOYAGES Around New Zealand & Elsewhere" is  similarly available to sample or purchase as a printed book from  or in ebook form from

 A  related free book of mine.
A precursor to the most recent book, published in 2001 as an A5 size book, is no longer in print but an ebook is free of charge and contains relevant material which is not included in the latest book. Click on The Health of Nations  to download a pdf copy. Note that as a pdf then, depending on your browser and hardware, the image size may need adjustment. Hold down the Ctrl key and push - to make it smaller or + to make it larger.

A useful story
A large part of my life was spent developing Progeni, the first computer software company in New Zealand. It developed into an international company with branches throughout Australia and New Zealand, Chicago, Los Angeles and Beijing. After 21 years Progeni was "collateral damage" in the failure of the Bank of New Zealand in 1989. It is worth reading about the success and failure of this company as an example of the problems facing anyone growing a new industry. We need new industries in New Zealand to make it more self-reliant in order to survive the perils of the future. See The Story of Progeni.pdf 

I will endeavour to reply to emailed comments and ideas but expect it to be a little slow.  Thanks.