Sunday, March 7, 2010

Readings: ECON 103, 102, 101...

Property down the ages (and the Great Chain of Being):

The Egalitarian Economic Policy of the Great God Yahweh:

Exodus 16:15 As soon as the Israelites saw [the manna], they said to one another, 'What is that ?' not knowing what it was. 'That', Moses told them, 'is the food which Yahweh has given you to eat.
16 These are Yahweh's orders: Each of you must collect as much as he needs to eat -- a homer per head for each person in his tent.'
17 The Israelites did this. They collected it, some more, some less.
18 When they measured out what they had collected by the homer, no one who had collected more had too much, no one who had collected less had too little. Each had collected as much as he needed to eat.

The Communistic Economic Policy of the Apostolic Primitive Church:

Acts of the Apostles 4:32 The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, as everything they owned was held in common.
33 The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all accorded great respect.
34 None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from the sale of them,
35 to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any who might be in need.

The Meritocratic Economic Policy of the American Christian Conservative:

In your heart you know it's mine! I earned it and I deserve it. It's mine, goddamn it! And you can't have any of it!