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Dr Marek Głogoczowski,




Inanimate 'Deutero' ("Staying behind") Animator of Western Global Empire


No doubt that the symbolic destruction of Berliner Wall on November 7th (9-11 according to notation of date we use in Central Europe), twenty years ago, was a monumental victory of forces hidden behind glassy walls of the Global Banking System. It was the victory of super-rich bourgeoisie, thriving in Ivory Towers of their luxurious apartments, places where bourgeois ‘stay apart’ from others. This was not the victory for common people historically known as gens (hence “gentiles”), dwelling on both sides of this famous “borderline” between West and East. As factories, as well as agricultural communities, in “won to freedom” post-Soviet space began to crumble after this historic event of 9-11-89, edifices of banks soon appeared as principal landmarks of our urban centers, frequently accompanied by buildings of brand new – or reconstructed after the “night of communism” – churches.


The very idea that profane, by a definition, banks are somehow linked with churches, which are supposed to assure the spiritual life of citizenry, seems to be an absurdity. Nevertheless once we read carefully so-called “canonic” books of Christianity, this idea makes sense. Although the Moses’ Pentateuch generally condemns usury, and demands the suppression of accumulated debts each seven years, its last book called Deuteronium – hence the book of “deutero-Moses” – makes a small, only few words long, exception to this general rule: “TO A FOREIGNER YOU MAY LENT UPON INTERESTS … that the Lord your God may bless you in all you undertake in the land which you are entering to take possession of it” (V Mo, 23,21).


For nearly two thousands of years, which followed the completion of the Old Testament in 5th century BC, due to the general illiteracy of ‘gentiles’, the “Deutero-Mosaic” recipe for world conquest was hidden from the sight of ordinary citizens. During these not-so-remote times the practice of usury, as the means of subsistence and of personal enrichment, was limited practically to the sect of Jews “dwelling apart” in ghetto-like suburbs of Medieval towns. The invention of the printing press roughly 500 years ago, combined with the growth of cities and the translation of Bible into national languages, made odious mosaic “recipes for success” attractive to ambitious and greedy bourgeois. Protestant leaders accepted the “limited usury” as a decent activity of rich Christian citizenry. Thanks to this “hebraization” – this word is etymologically derived from “habiri”, which in Antiquity meant ‘bandits’ –  banks, in particular the Bank of England founded in 1694, become centers of World Pecuniary Conquest. At present banks participate practically in all our bread earning – and money spending – activities. Paraphrasing the well known invocation from Gospel of John, we may say, without exaggeration that with the advent of “bankers’ democracies” “the Word (of deutero-Moses) become flesh and it is dwelling among us”. And the march of banks’ sponsored “knights of Mammon”, frequently under the protection of the Holy Cross of Crusaders, has not yet ended. The recent “color revolutions”, with their banners resembling colors of advanced stages of malignant cancers, inform us that the “God’s word” (Logos) of Deuteronomy is revealing its ever more aggressive, mind killing forms.


 What is the general direction, into which are pushing us contemporary mega-centers of finances, located principally in City of London and at Wall Street in New York? Here I would like to anamnese, to recall the old prejudice of “pagan” philosopher Aristotle against men practicing usury. In his “Politics” he wrote “Men called bankers we shall hate, for they enrich themselves while doing nothing”. The earth-bound Aristotle, contrary to idealist Plato, was despised by early Fathers of the Church, but his notion of corruption linked with activity of a banker was well understood by writer (or writers) of Moslem Qu’ran. This Medieval book demands the total banishment of usury. Thanks to these “damned Moslems”, Aristotle’s ‘biological’ understanding of man’s doings survived through European Dark Ages, and was re-discovered in 13th century by Western Church – only to be abandoned as “alien, pagan influence”, by Judaising Protestants three centuries later.


Why Aristotle hated bankers? For a Hellene the virtue had to be continually practiced, be it only during everyday physical exercises. To remain immobile, as used to do it men of commerce sitting on their proverbial benches, was/is necessarily corrupting their spirit (literally ‘the breath’, ‘pneuma’ in Greek), thus making these “poor in spirit” investors crippled, both physically and intellectually. The manner of life of upper classes always radiate downwards, and if atop of a society we get the Shylock (from Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”) type crooks, the whole social body will soon become both physically and mentally corrupt. In contemporary USA already three out of four young men are judged, by medical staff of US Army, as unfit to perform rude tasks linked with life of an ordinary soldier. Which fact should be a warning what will happen with our youth, in case it will imitate too zealously their equals in “beacon of nations”.

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