In Praise of Usura

florida460x276In the heady maelstrom of official and tripled declarations of crisis – not least, that of subprime – there are some notable phrases doing the rounds. With a recycled air of self-evidence, we have all heard of green new deals, and new readings of John Maynard Keynes’ General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, to note the most prominent. We had joked between ourselves, and somewhat grimly, that there would soon be more serious talk of the sin of usury, or that it would be taken seriously in widening circles.


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, co-authored with Melinda Cooper, Mute 2:13, 2009.

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