Acknowledging Ezra Pound
Those I encouraged – W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, Joyce, Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude, Hilda Doolittle.
That for which you may know me – The Cantos.
That for which I am remembered – My incarceration, 1945-1958, declared mentally ill and committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. for radio broadcasts 1941-1943 in which I observed the causes of WW II via “three sets of material: historical facts; convictions of experienced men, based on fact; and the fruits of my own experience.”
That which I said;
“There is no freedom without economic freedom. Freedom that does not include freedom from debt is plain bunkum. It is fetid and foul logomachy to call such servitude freedom . . .Yes, freedom from all sorts of debt, including debt at usurious interest.
“Until you know who has lent what to whom, you know nothing whatever of politics, you know nothing whatever of history, you know nothing of international wrangles. The usury system does no nation . . . any good whatsoever. It is an internal peril to him who hath, and it can make no use of nations in the play of international diplomacy save to breed strife between them and use the worst as flails against the best. It is the usurer’s game to hurl the savage against the civilized opponent. The game is not pretty, it is not a very safe game.
“This war is part of the age-old struggle between the usurer and the rest of mankind: between the usurer and peasant, the usurer and producer, and finally between the usurer and the merchant, between usurocracy and the mercantilist system.
“The present war dates at least from the founding of the Bank of England at the end of the 17th century, 1694-8. Half a century later, the London usurocracy shut down on the issue of paper money by the Pennsylvania colony, A.D. 1750…The 13 colonies rebelled, quite successfully, 26 years later, A.D. 1776.
“Gold. Nothing else uniting the three governments, England, Russia, United States of America. That is the interest–gold, usury, debt, monopoly, class interest, and possibly gross indifference and contempt for humanity. Gold is not the backbone of nations. It is their ruin. A coward, at the first breath of danger gold flows away, gold flows out of the country.”
“Usury has gnawed into England since the days of Elizabeth. First it was mortgages, mortgages on earls’ estates; usury against the feudal nobility. Then there were attacks on the common land, filchings of village common pasture. Then there developed a usury system, an international usury system, from Cromwell’s time, ever increasing.”
Acquitted but exiled, I spent my remaining days in Italy.
But to you, in these times, I provide additional words;
The Irony of Cacophony
In this fatal
From the cliff
Into this final
And a Parasite
Usury’s final bow
Don’t you know
Can’t you see
This is The
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom