1. Usury. There's no difference
at all between what WAS called usury and what's NOW called capitalism
(or speculation or banking or just plain business).
But back before a supposedly representative
blizzard of paper and blather obscured our view of what it supposedly
represented - the exchange of labor for product or product for labor
or labor for labor or product for product - usury, which was simply
the tricky trading of IOU's and promises to get too much of this for
too little of that, was such a clear and flagrant violation of the social
contract and so routinely condemned that even the gods forbade it as
And why not? Capitalism or usury or whatever
you call it is an effort to make a profit, to get more than one gives
and, thus, clearly, to cheat. Unsophisticated neolithic men new to community
organizing but willing to get involved, were willing because, unlike
the competitive jungle savagery they were used to, cooperative civilization
was less painfully fair. But usury, capitalism, free enterprise, whatever
you call it is criminally unfair.
So usury became a 5-letter word, but
time passed, shit happened, and by the time the WORD had become
irredeemable, the ACT became, in fact, the common trade of people
with too much influence and power to be conveniently disrespected.
Then, as more time went by, the WORD usury
was mummified, along with other odd old words like covetousness
and gluttony, and pressed like a bug between the pages of old
black bibles where it could be ceremonially shunned every Sunday by
churchgoing capitalists as one of those olden-days sins their god ordered
them to shun.
But if you look it up in the Dartmouth Bible
or in Webster's, you'll find that usury was capitalism and capitalism
2.The law of the jungle extended into