The beatings will continue until morality improves
February 21, 2016 § 9 Comments
I’ve updated the ebook form of the Usury FAQ, this time with the addition of a PDF format to make sharing it by email or what have you easier. If you are looking for something especially penitential to do for Lent you can read through it for any errors, typos, etc. Because the ebook was originally an afterthought requested by blog readers, the online version and the ebook version do not share the same ‘master copy’ of all of the material; but I think I’ve gotten them almost perfectly in sync.
There is all sorts of new material in the ebook since the first edition. I’ve addressed the Fifth Lateran Council definition of usury and its coherence with Vix Pervenit; added more material on why (what today we call) ‘personal guarantees’ or ‘full recourse’ and what the medievals called a ‘loan for consumption’ are synonymous; gone into more depth on questions of theft and fraud; talked more about ‘extrinsic titles’; dealt with the tenuous connection made by some scholars between usury and Scholastic theories of just prices; addressed questions about merchant credit and penalties for late payment; included additional explanation of the difference between property and personal guarantees as security for a contract; discussed the matters of inflation, fiat currency, and fractional reserve banking in more depth; and probably more. I even added a few paragraphs to address who the heck I am to be talking about this subject.
As before, I am releasing my own work on this into the public domain. Do with it as you will, share it with whomever you like, make as many copies as you want, sell it for fun and profit.
There are permalinks to download the e-books from the right hand sidebar. For convenience here they are too:
Usury E-Book – .pdf version, for sharing by email or just for whenever an e-reader format is not convenient.