September 21, 2011
The Bank of England
Coinage is invented to pay soldiers, and markets that used them tended to crop up alongside military camps. Similarly the modern banking system arises to help fund European wars. Central banks, in turn, institutionalized that system, since the debts they manage are basically government war debt, and always have been—at least back to 1694, when King William II offered some London merchants who’d made a loan of £1.2 million to fight a war in France the right to call themselves “The Bank of England” and loan that money he owed them to others in the form of banknotes, thus bringing our current currency system into existence. Modern money is still basically government war debt.David Graeber interviewed at Infoshop News.
September 15, 2011
The Media (Lack of) Enquiry
This month's statements of the blindingly obvious come from Mr Denmore and Mr Dunlop.
September 12, 2011
Institute of Public Affairs pillock Chris Berg's latest courtier-like defence of Rupert Murdoch's scrofulous media empire and attack on anyone advocating an enquiry that might seek to reign in Murdoch's near-monopoly control of Australia's news media, and, in consequence, his dangerous influence over the Oz political system, reminds us once again that "libertarians" really aren't interested in liberty: they just want to privatise tyranny.
September 01, 2011
A joke of my own divising:
Melbourne judged world's most livable city? Apparently the judges believe people need regular watering.Pahahahahah! See what I did there?!