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Ezra Pound: il miglior fabbro in memoriam

Yesterday when I posted the interview with Eustace Mullins, ruby and fred bieling mentioned that they'd never heard about Ezra Pound in relation to the fight to abolish the Fed Res. So I tought I'd put this up.

But before we go there, here’s an exchange between William Carlos Williams and an afro-american DC cab driver he rode with after visiting Pound at St Elizabeth’s: the mental hospital they locked him up in after dropping charges against him.

“That’s what my friend is sitting out there in the hospital for, thinking things like that.”
“Is that right. What did he do?”
“He broadcast against this country while we were at war.”
“That’s bad, you can’t do that. What did he say?”

Then I went on to give a brief outline of Ezra’s international opinions, the emphasis he lays on the exchange, the international gang, what he calls F.D.R’s failure to eradicate the basic evil at the critical point, his indictment of the international bankers, their history and their personnel to our day. My man listened closely as we drove through Washington to my hotel. As I got to the close of my little exposition, he stopped his taxi and turned to me.

“And that’s what they got him locked up for,” he said.
“Yes, substantially that’s what it amounts to.”
The man looked at me. “He ain’t crazy,” he said. “He just talk too much.”

Canto XLV

With usura
With usura hath no man a house of good stone
each block cut smooth and well fitting
that design might cover their face,
with usura
hath no man a painted paradise on his church wall
harpes et luthes
or where virgin receiveth message
and halo projects from incision,
with usura
seeth no man Gonzaga his heirs and his concubines
no picture is made to endure nor to live with
but is made to sell and sell quickly
with usura, sin against nature,
is thy bread ever more of stale rags
is thy bread dry as paper,
with no mountain of wheat, no strong flour
with usura the line grows thick
with usura is no clear demarcation
and no man can find site for his dwelling.
Stone cutter is kept from his stone
weaver is kept from his loom
wool comes not to market
sheep bringeth no gain with usura
Usura is murrain, usura
blunteth the needle in the maid's hand
and stoppeth the spinner's cunning. Pietro Lombardo
came not by usura
Duccio came not by usura
nor Pier della Fancesca; Zuan Bellin' not by usura
nor was 'La Calunnia' painted.
Came not by usura Angelico; came not Ambrogio Praedis,
Came not church cut of stone signed: Adamo me fecit
Not by usura St Trophime
Not by usura St Hilaire,
Usura rusteth the chisel
It rusteth the craft and the craftsman
It gnaweth the thread in the loom
None learneth to weave gold in her pattern;
Azure hath a canker by usura; cramoisi is unbroidered
Emerald findeth no Memling
Usura slayeth the child in the womb
It stayeth the young man's courting
It hath brought palsey to bed, lyeth
between the bride and her bridegroom
They have brought whores for Eleusis
Corpses are set to banquet
at behest of usura.

* * * * *

I've wanted to post this for some time, now I have. Look around you and see that with usura/usury/interest nothing is "made to endure nor to live with/ but is made to sell and sell quickly," in this Wasteland of culture, culture of waste. In this war economy. You maximise profit by making goods meant to be destroyed: arms. You maximise profit by mongering war.

They have a term for it, the minions of the Chicago and Cambridge Schools of Economics, they call it "creative destruction." It's being practised in Afghanistan, in Iraq. It is perverse. Remember "the military industrial complex" or World Wars I and II, where the banks funded both sides and left the best and brightest to die in the middle?

Do you know that since 2002 Haliburton's profits have increased by 2000%?

Here is a link with more on canto XLV and soundfiles of Pound reading it.


At Thursday, March 09, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Brilliant, jc! Many thanks!

At Friday, March 10, 2006, Blogger jc said...

yeah, we're in good company.


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