Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Excerpts from Traditionalism: the only radicalism.

However, a money-based rule of quantity ensured that man’s experience of space became just as desacralised as time, being equally indifferent to its contents. Time and John Dunn. Space became perceived as a ‘simple container of bodies and motions, totally indifferent to both’. There was an assumption of homogeneity. A particular area of space became ‘the objective equivalent of another one, and the fact that a thing is found - or that an event may take place - in one point of space rather than in another, does not confer any particular quality to the intimate nature of that thing or of that event’.

The Middle Ages also respected a traditional concept of land under conditions that reflected a vertically orientated order. Ownership could not be conceived as other than a sacred privilege, which implied a commitment on the part of the feudal lord to be faithful to his prince, by upholding religious as well as a political and military values. This fides represented a readiness to die and offer self-sacrifice in the cause of the social organism, in a way that overcame individual interests in a well-developed ethics of honour. To own, to be lord of a land was a spiritual and not merely a political title and commitment.
© John Dunn. www.drjohndunn.com

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Against the persistence of usury

Edward I

Book extracts.

John Dunn, Traditionalism: the only radicalism.
A new mythos for modern heretics. 


The further intensification of the defensive measures taken at the Council of Vienne is illustrative of the persistence of usury in Christian communities. John Dunn on defensive. A growing number of towns and regions sanctioned usury and compelled debtors to observe usurious contracts, in utter disregard for divine law. The threat of excommunication was used yet again against any rulers and magistrates knowingly maintaining such laws. The insidiousness of usury’s growing grip on the body of Christendom also led the Council to order the opening of all money-lenders’ accounts to ecclesiastical examination. Anyone who insisted that usury was not a sin would be dealt with by inquisitors as a heretic.

Even these stringencies were insufficient for Edward I of England who in 1290, at the height of the ecclesiastical measures against usury, took action to expel the Jews from his land. Many of them moved to France, only to face expulsion again in 1306 by King Philip IV, before settling in the future commercial centres of the Low Countries, especially Antwerp and Ghent. 

© John Dunn