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From: David Klopfenstein <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:45:04 -0500
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And on that point look at Pound's own description of his interest in Economics, from his skeletal biography in the front matter to his "Selected Poems," where he says something like "began investigation into causes of war, to oppose same."

It's also interesting to ask how much of Pound's attitude toward Usary was shaped by the common pre-renaissance notions, like you'd find in Dante and many others, while at the same time being a response to modern, urban conditions as was mentioned in a previous post. It seems typical of Pound to try to "make it new" while planted up to his waist in tradition.

Dave Klopfenstein
Brooklyn, NY


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From: Diana Smith <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Jan 21, 2004 12:40 PM
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Subject: Re: (EPound list) avarice and usury

Yay! Thank you Rick for the info. I'll definitely check it out.  How come you know Pound's work so intimately?

Interesting about 'avarice'.That was what Dickens said was the cause of the American civil war, I think. That it all started over taxes, and money of course fuels wars. Which, they wouldn't have had any (money or wars) if the government hadn't been goosing the economy for several years. Interesting to think that the more 'refined' civilization gets, the more the government offers and the people make per annum, the more irritable and disgruntled it becomes. Sort of like a spoiled child. But I suppose that's the nature of lust.

BTW, do you know of any modern economists who put Pound's philosophy into practice?

Thanks again, Diana Smith

Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Diana

I forgot to mention Pound's most important references to Usury. They are
Canto 45 and
Canto 51 of "The Cantos"

Rick Seddon
McIntosh, NM



A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. -Ezra Pound


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