A fascinating thought from one of this year’s speakers at Greenbelt, Ann Pettifor, was the role that the theologian John Calvin played in the formation of modern economics. By lifting the church’s ban on "usury", i.e. the charging of interest on loans, Calvin allowed the creation of credit. This moved us from a feudal economy, where people could only borrow money from their lord, to a modern economy, where anybody could borrow money from a bank.
No credit, no credit crunch, right? So, I thought it would be quite fun to reinvent Calvin’s TULIP for the bankers who got us into this whole sorry mess we find ourselves in. So, here goes…
Total depravity [this one can quite happily stay the same!]
Perseverance of the wealthy
So I was thinking about this yesterday, and I thought this was probably all a little too harsh on Calvin. He’s hardly the inventor of modern capitalism, and i’m not convinced that capitalism is entirely responsible for the mess we’re in. Capitalism has had some pretty bad press recently (and not so recently), so as a counter to that I thought I’d share this quote from J. Gough:
So, there it is, my first ever blog post. Feel free to comment!