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November 17, 2010

Genesis

 

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the people,
Yea, has God said, You shall not hoard of every tree of the garden?
 
2 And the people said unto the bankster, We may eat of the fruit
of the trees of the garden, for it is of the earth, and for that we tended
it:
 
3 But of the fruit of all the trees which are in the midst of the garden,
God has said, You shall not, calling it “Mine”, hoard it, lest you die.
 
4 And the bankster said unto the people, You shall not surely die:
 
5 For God knows that in the day you take the fruit as property, then
your eyes will be opened, you will become owners, and you shall be
as gods, knowing good and evil.
 
6 And when the people saw that the tree was good to make one a
proprietor, and for becoming a middleman in commodifying food, and
that toxins would make it more pleasant to the eyes once they had
convinced themselves that it wasn’t pleasant to the eyes in the first
place, and that no longer having the tree but merely desiring it would
make them rich, and that not satisfaction but desire makes one wise,
they stopped eating and did seize and hoard.
 
7 And their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were in debt;
and they sewed money together, and made themselves wages.
 
8 And they heard the voice of the Landlord God walking in the garden:
and not having the rent the tenants hid themselves from the presence of
the Landlord God amongst the trees of the garden.
 
9 And the Landlord God called unto the tenants and said, Where are you?
 
10 And they said, We heard your voice in the garden, and we were afraid,
because we were behind on the rent; and we hid ourselves.
 
11 And he said, Who told you that you were behind on the rent? Have you
grasped at the tree, whereof I commanded you that you should not hoard?
 
12 And the tenants said, we seized of the tree, and we stopped eating.
 
13 And the Landlord God said unto the tenants, What is this that you have
done? And the tenants said, The bankster beguiled us, and we did seize and
hoard.
 
14 And the Landlord God said unto the bankster, Because you have done
this, you are cursed above all productive cattle, and above every beast of the field;
upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life.
 
15 And I will put enmity between you and the tenants, and between your
leeching and their enslavement; it shall sometimes bruise your head, and you
shall usually bruise their heel.
 
16 Unto the tenants he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your government,
and it shall rule over you.
 
17 And unto the tenants he said, Because you have hearkened unto the voice of
the bankster, and have seized and hoarded and borrowed on the future produce of
the tree where I did bid you freely eat: cursed and enclosed is the ground for your
sake; in sorrow shall you labor over it going ever more deeply into debt, and you
shall eat little, all the days of your life;
 
18 Thorns of war and police thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat of the
degraded poisoned weed of the field:
 
19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat a few crumbs of expensive bread, and in the
blood flowing from your agonizing wounds shall you bleed to labor for the wars of your
government, till you return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for you are
debtor dust, and unto dust shall you return.
 
20 And the tenants called themselves capitalists, because the hoard was the mother
of all their dream of living.
 
21 Unto the tenants did the Landlord God make indentures, and clothed them.
 
22 And the Landlord God said, behold, the tenants are become as one of us, to know the
good and evil of the free market: and now, lest they put forth their hand, and take also of
the tree’s fruit again, this time not to hoard, but to eat, and live for ever:
 
23 Therefore the Landlord God sent them forth from the garden of Eden, to till the
feudal ground as sharecroppers and serfs, from whence they were taken.
 
24 So he drove out the tenants: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden credit
scores, which he caused to look like a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the
way of the tree of life, where the fruit still grows, and can still be eaten.
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1 Comment

  1. This strange scroll was found in an ancient bank vault on the shores of one of the many Dead Seas. This sea may once have been called the Atlantic Ocean, or perhaps one of the rivers which once flowed past what used to be an island called Manhattan.

    It seems to be saying that this Garden of Eden was a place of bountiful cooperative production, but that the bankster seduced at least some of these people by inciting their greed and sloth. Even though all the fruits of the tree were the result, first of nature itself, and second of the productive work of the growers, he told them to seize the tree as “property” and hoard its fruit as a commodity. The fruit was no longer food for human beings, but a sterile thing to be exchanged among financiers.

    Thus the people transformed their benevolent provider into a rapacious rentier. He said, you tried to take this as your own, thereby rendering it just my own? Now you must toil as slaves. You did it to yourselves.

    It seems to me that originally, if God was a “stakeholder” at all, his only stake was that he be allowed to freely share out of it, every day. He provided life itself in the first place, and enough material bounty that life could be pleasant for all, even if all could never become rich and unhappy.

    So what kind of sick mind would think God had intended anything other than that the bounty of the earth and the cooperative work be dispensed fairly among the productive people?

    But since they were greedy and grabbed, they turned God into a proprietor, and with that act they privatized the Garden of Eden against themselves. They exiled themselves to a wasteland of endless toil and sharecropping.

    So God says in effect, “You wanted to be proprietors, and thus you force me to be a proprietor. The Garden of Eden was a commons, but you wanted to monopolize it. So you forced me to become a landlord, you forced yourselves and your children into tenantry and debt. Now I must evict you, since there’s no way you’ll ever be able to pay the back rent.”

    But the tale seems clear enough on the point that the flaming sword isn’t real, that it’s nothing but “credit scores” and other nonsense. The people can renounce their mistake any time they choose, re-enter the Garden, and eat once again. There’s never anything stopping us from eating the fruit, other than our grasping hand which always crushes it first, before we can get it to our mouth.

    Comment by Russ — November 17, 2010 @ 5:34 am


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