If only : christians were useful people ... a royal priesthood ... thouroughly trained for good work
Hear the word of Yahweh, ye rulers of Sodom ; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah . [Isaiah 1:10]
For six years you may sow your field and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops, but during the seventh year the land is to lie fallow before the Lord, uncultivated . Dont sow your crops and dont prune your vineyards during that entire year .
Dont even reap for yourself the volunteer crops that come up, and dont gather the grapes for yourself ; for it is a year of rest for the land .
Any crops that do grow that year shall be free to allfor you, your servants, your slaves, and any foreigners living among you . Cattle and wild animals alike shall be allowed to graze there .
At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release .
and this is the manner of the release : Every creditor shall relax his hand from the loan which he hath lent unto his neighbour ; he shall not demand it of his neighbour, or of his brother ; because it is called Yahwehs release .
Every fiftieth year, on the Day of Atonement, let the trumpets blow loud and long throughout the land . For the fiftieth year shall be holy, a time to proclaim liberty throughout the land to all enslaved debtors, and a time for the canceling of all public and private debts . . . .
What a happy year it will be ! In it you shall not sow, nor gather crops nor grapes ; for it is a holy Year of Jubilee for you . . . .
Ye shall not therefore oppress one another ; but thou shalt fear thy Elohim : for I am Yahweh your Elohim . Obey my laws if you want to live safely in the land .
Woe unto them that join house to house, lay field to field, till no place, that they may be placed alone in the bosom of the earth ! [Isaiah 5:8]
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which Yahweh thy God giveth thee. [Deuteronomy 16:20]
[Acts 17:26] and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation;
Masters, give unto servants that which is just and equal [Colossians 4:1]
A man ought to be enabled to earn his own and his familys livelihood and ought to make provision for his children, in sickness and in health.
Money has no motherland ; financiers are without patriotism and without decency : their sole object is gain.
We have solved the problem of production, now we have to solve the problem of distribution.
If there were more justice, there would be less need for charity.
The whole notion of the institution of precious metals by weight as common denominator of exchanges, internationally and nationally, cannot but have been disseminated by a conspiratorial organization fully aware of the extent of the power to which it would accede, could it but maintain control over bullion supplies and the mining which brought them into being in the first place. Clearly such notion had originally come into being during that historically distant period when first of all free silver began to be extensively used as a convenient and highly portable commodity in settlement of balances outstanding in foreign trade; certainly as far back as Neolithic times. This fact was indicated by the evidence existing that values (and by inference money) were already expressed in terms of silver by weight at the time of the Azag-Bau Dynasty at Kish in Mesopotamia (3268-2897 B.C.); although in a sense perhaps narrow and strictly national. [The Babylonian Woe]
A small number of powerful men, whose favour most of the citizens sought by base means, exercised a veritable despotism under the imposing name, sometimes of the Senate, at other times of the People. The title of good or bad citizen was no longer the reward of what he did for or against his country for all were equally corrupt; but the more anyone was rich, and in condition to do evil with impunity, provided he supported the present order of things, the more he passed for a man of worth. From this moment the ancient manners no longer became corrupted gradually as before; but the depravation spread with the rapidity of a torrent and youth was to such a degree infected by the poison of luxury and avarice, that there came a generation of people of which it was just to say, that they could neither have patrimony nor suffer others to have it. Sallust : Fragments, I. 10.
The last century of the republic was characterised by the collapse of popular government, because of the wide extension of the citizenship, the considerable adulteration of the citizen body at Rome by the introduction of un-Romanized orientals, chiefly through the manumission of slaves, the growth in Rome of an unemployed proletariat, the rise of demagogues, and the complexity of the problems of government. The increasingly corrupt senate had lost control of the assemblies, the armies and the generals. The financiers as well as the governors, saw in the provinces only a field for exploitation. An Encyclopædia of World History, p. 100.