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Chacun sait qu’il faut travailler pour avoir de l’argent. Et si quelqu’un vous donne simplement de l’argent, cela ne peut être que par l’expropriation du travail de quelqu’un d’autre. (more…)
What follows is chapter 11, “Modern Centralization,” from Brooks Adams, The Law of Civilization and Decay, (more…)
We will never see an end of ructions, we will never have a sane and steady administration until we gain an absolutely clear conception of money. I mean an absolutely not an approximately clear conception.
I can, if you like, go back to paper money issued in China in or about A.D. 840, but we are concerned with the vagaries of the Western World. (more…)
Brooks Adams was an American historian and critic of capitalism from a classical republican/agrarian/populist point of view.
Brooks Adams was from an immensely accomplished family. He was a great-grandson of President John Adams, a grandson of President John Quincy Adams, a son of diplomat Charles Francis Adams, and the brother of Henry Adams, (more…)
Chapter 1 of The Law of Civilization and Decay: An Essay on History
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1896 (more…)
“For it is not the wolf or any of the other beasts that would join the contest in any noble danger, but rather a good man.” — Aristotle, Politics, Book IIX.
Earlier this year my friend Eustace Mullins passed away. He had been ailing for some time — at least since I first met him in 2006. Hopefully he is in a better place now.
Ezra Pound, heralded as the “founding father of modern English literature” yet denied honors during his life, was born in a frontier town in Idaho in 1885, the son of an assistant assayer and the grandson of a Congressman.
He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1901 and in 1906 was awarded his MA degree. He had already started work on his magnum opus, The Cantos. (more…)
The following is the text of Ezra Pound’s Radio Rome broadcast of March 15, 1942. Pound began writing radio broadcasts in the fall of 1940. His first scripts were read by professional announcers. In January of 1941, he began to record his own scripts. Generally, he did two broadcasts per week, and he would pre-record them in batches of 10 to 20. The broadcasts ended in July, 1943 with the fall of the Mussolini government.
We’re never far from money. We spend most of our time and energy in quest of money.
But how did this thing become an intermediary between us and the world around us? Before money, we bartered. Why did money supplant barter and who is custodian of the money system?
These questions are dangerous: they cost Ezra Pound twelve years. Pound was a victim of political persecution at the behest of financiers and their minions like Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (more…)