When usury, the practice of lending money and charging the borrower interest, was abolished in England in the 15th century, taxes were moderate and there was no state debt. With tolerable taxes, no state debt and no interest to pay, England enjoyed a period of unparalleled growth and prosperity.
The above description of 15th century England is according to a 2014 book titled ‘A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind’ by Stephen Mitford Goodson. A book which argues against the central banking system scam.
Goodson, who died in 2018, was a director of the South African Reserve Bank between 2003 and 2012. He was the leader of South Africa’s Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party and an active commentator on the problems of the central banking system.
Below we have reproduced text from Goodson’s book that covers what he calls England’s “Glorious Middle Ages” and its demise. Goodson’s brief description of this period in English history seems to encapsulate the extent to which usury impacts ordinary people’s lives and, in some respects, feels relevant today.
Note from RW: I have only read a few pages of Goodson’s book and from my limited view of Chapter II, in particular, I don’t agree with the view he takes which is to narrowly focus on the role of what he calls “Jews.” It is not the mention of specific names, which he did elsewhere in the book, it’s the use of the general collective term “the Jews” that’s concerning. Additionally, he omitted to mention the far bigger role others such as the Vatican and the Venetian Nobles have played. That Goodson focuses on the role of “the Jews” is perhaps not surprising considering he denied the Holocaust occurred and tended to view Adolf Hitler in a favourable light.
Regardless of Goodson’s personal views, a narrow focus and referring to people simply as the collective term “Jews” may encourage some small-minded people to use his book as an excuse to disseminate anti-Jewish rhetoric and cast blame on an entire nation or religious group for the bad behaviour of a few. This is the very definition of racism and should not be tolerated. To help keep things in perspective please see some of our previous articles HERE, HERE and HERE.
If one can read Goodson’s book without being influenced by any author bias and one can bear in mind that his viewpoint is a piece of a larger puzzle, it looks an interesting read.
As Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a Zulu prince and Member of the South African Parliament, wrote in the foreword:
This book is bound to be controversial and engender strong reactions, and I do not endorse all of the viewpoints expressed therein.
Goodson has the credentials and track record to make a credible presentation of a subject matter which he has researched for decades and which he has lived personally as a non-executive Director of the South African Reserve Bank.
It may shock some to realise that central banks throughout the world, including our own South African Reserve Bank, do not serve our own best interests and are in fact in league with private banks. This not only undermines our sovereignty, but deprives us of the means of having publicly-issued debt-free money which belongs to the people as its sovereign debt, and interest-free means of exchange.