Were Premodern Peasants Starving and Overworked?

A little while, and the wicked will be no more;  though you look for them, they will not be found.But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity Psalm 37:10-11 Many claim that capitalism has saved us from frequent famines and the “back-breaking” labor of peasant farming. “For example, Rutger Bregman tells … Continue reading Were Premodern Peasants Starving and Overworked?

The Old Limits of the Merchant Class

[Trading for profit] is justly deserving of blame, because, considered in itself, it satisfies the greed for gain, which knows no limit and tends to infinity. Hence trading, considered in itself, has a certain debasement attaching thereto... Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II. Q77. A4. co. The merchant class is a group of people who, … Continue reading The Old Limits of the Merchant Class