Utopia of Usurers and other Essays, by G.K. Chesterton
In Utopia of Usurers G.K. Chesterton takes to task the theoretical and practical fallout of laissez-faire capitalism. The book invites all comers to reconsider their ideological prejudices concerning "conservative" love of the free market. As Chesterton argues in "The Superstition of Divorce":
Capitalism, of course, is at war with the family. It desires its victims to be individuals, or (in other words) to be atoms. For the word atom, in its clearest meaning (which is none too clear) might be translated as "individual." If there be any bond, if there be any brotherhood, if there be any class loyalty or domestic discipline . . . these individualists will redistribute it in the form of individuals; or in other words smash it to atoms.
Either our times are ripe for Utopia of Usurers, or Utopia of Usurers is ripe for our times.
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