Ezra Loomis Pound (1885-1972)
- Why does Pound say that "with usura hath no man a house of
- In what ways does usury corrupt or prevent the practice of the arts
and crafts? Why does Pound say that "usura ... rusteth the craft and
the craftsman" and "slayeth the child in the womb"? Does
usury have other effects that go beyond the corruption of the arts and
crafts? Discriminate the different points that Pound is making against
- What do you suppose Pound has in mind in writing that usury is "CONTRA
NATURAM" (against nature)? (Compare to what Aristotle and Aquinas
have to say about usury and nature).
- In the definition of usury in the note at the end of the canto,
what is meant by "purchasing power," where do you find it, and
under what social conditions does such a "thing" exist?