LIFTINGS, AND FURTHER MISCONCEPTIONS
The original proofs of this work have been emulated countless times — remarkably and disgracefully without credit or attribution, and regularly involving substantial, blatant error which would never characterize the work of its original perceiver.
The main problem with Mike Montagne appears to be that he wants credit for ancient knowledge upon which he is standing.
And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live. Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth. There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them. And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer. Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies? I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise. (Nehemiah 5:1-12)
Usury was not allowed in Christianity at all for a very long time. The reasons were well understood, and many people down through the ages didn't lose continuity of knowledge concerning it.
Whether or not Mike knew about the Bible is a different matter. Different people arrive at the obvious independently.
Had Irving Fisher, for instance, not read Frederick Soddy?
Perhaps he hadn't.
I, however, have obviously read the Bible and will give credit where it is due.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)
Do you understand what Jesus meant? It goes way beyond just not requiring usury but also taxes (and even money itself).
How do we get rid of it all? I've spelled that out. The only obstacles are hardened hearts. They get their own spirits. They reap what they sow. They don't sow giving and sharing all, which is cooperatively working for one and all.