Stuff Usury

“The synonym of usury is ruin.” Dr Johnson

“No amount of money given in charity, nothing but the abandonment of this hateful trade, can atone for this great sin against God, Israel and Humanity.” Hermann Adler

“A banker is a man who will lend you the short sleeve shirt off his back and demand a long sleeve one in return.” Jarod Kintz

There are two sorts of wealth-getting, as I have said; one is a part of household management, the other is retail trade: the former necessary and honorable, while that which consists in exchange is justly censured; for it is unnatural, and a mode by which men gain from one another. The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. … money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest…” Aristotle

Usury is the land-shark and devil-fish of commerce.” James Lendall Basford

“To borrow upon Usury, bringeth on Beggary.” Thomas Fuller

“…they say: “Trade is like usury,” but God hath permitted trade and forbidden usury…” Holy Qur’an 2:275

“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest” Deuteronomy 23:19

“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit.” Leviticus 25:35-7

“And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.” Jesus in the Purported Gospel, Sermon on the Mount

“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.” Exodus 2:25

“The true spirit of usury lies in taking an unjust and unreasonable advantage of their fellow creatures.” Burnett, J. the Earl of Chesterfield

“This inhumanity of mercenary commerce is the more notable because it is a fulfillment of the law that the corruption of the best is the worst. … And this is the ultimate lesson which the leader of English intellect meant for us … in the tale of the “Merchant of Venice”; in which the true and incorrupt merchant,—kind and free, beyond every other Shakespearean conception of men,—is opposed to the corrupted merchant, or usurer; the lesson being deepened by the expression of the strange hatred which the corrupted merchant bears to the pure one, mixed with intense scorn.” John Ruskin

Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thy self alone,
Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive:
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?” William Shakespeare

“Lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.” Ezekiel 18:13

Bartley: Why dost laugh, Frank?
Ilford. To see that we and usurers live by the fall of young heirs, as swine by the dropping of acorns.” George Wilkins

“A money-lender. He serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the subjunctive; and ruins you in the future!” Joseph Addison

“Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug.” Francis Bacon

“Who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing”  Benjamin Franklin

“The most sinister and anti-social feature about bank-deposit money is that it has no existence. The banks owe the public for a total amount of money which does not exist. In buying and selling, implemented by cheque transactions, there is a mere change in the party to the whom the money is owed by the banks. As the one depositor’s account is debited, the other is credited and the  banks can go on owing for it all the time. Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize Winner

“The whole profit of the issuance of money has provided the capital of the great banking business as it exists today. Starting with nothing whatever of their own, they have got the whole world into their debt irredeemably, by a trick. Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize Winner

“This money comes into existence every time the banks ‘lend’ and disappears every time the debt is repaid to them. So that if industry tries to repay, the money of the nation disappears. This is what makes prosperity so ‘dangerous’ as it destroys money just when it is most needed and precipitates a slump. Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize Winner

“There is nothing left now for us but to get ever deeper and deeper into debt to the banking system in order to provide the increasing amounts of money the nation requires for its expansion and growth. An honest money system is the only alternative.” Frederick Soddy, Nobel Prize Winner

“All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it.” GK Chesterton

“From the standpoint of any sane person, the present problem of capitalist concentration is not only a question of law, but of criminal law, not to mention criminal lunacy.” GK Chesterton

“Because a girl should have long hair, she should have clean hair; because she should have clean hair, she should not have an unclean home; because she should not have an unclean home, she should have a free and leisured mother; because she should have a free mother, she should not have an usurious landlord; because there should not be a usurious landlord, there should be a redistribution of property; because there should be a redistribution of property, there shall be a revolution.” GK Chesterton

“Our society is so abnormal that the normal man never dreams of having the normal occupation of looking after his own property. When he chooses a trade, he chooses one of the ten thousand trades that involve looking after other people’s property.” GK Chesterton

Making the landlord and the tenant the same person has certain advantages, as that the tenant pays no rent, while the landlord does a little work.” GK Chesterton

By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. John Maynard Keynes
“You see I was in the Labour Cabinet in 1976 when the IMF told us we had to cut £4 billion off our public expenditure. Denis Healey was the Chancellor, very fair man, wrote afterwards it wasn’t necessary, it led to huge cuts in public expenditure which triggered the trouble over that winter. So I think the, what you might call the conventional view that it was the left or the trade unions that destroyed the Labour government, I think it was the IMF myself.” Tony Benn
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As Howard Rheigold say: “Markets are as old as the crossroads. But capitalism, as we know it, is only a few hundred years old, enabled by cooperative arrangements and technologies, such as the joint-stock ownership company, shared liability insurance, double-entry bookkeeping.” So what I say is: let us get rid of the various otherwise unnecessary things that allow this iniquitous method of redistributing wealth by taking away from the ones who do the actual work and placing it into the hands of those who simply possess fortunes that can be invested. Anonymous
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