On the 6th of March 1459, in the German city of Augsburg, one of the richest men to have ever lived took his first breath. Born the tenth of eleven children, Jakob Fugger was the child of moderately wealthy merchants. But even though he came into the world with something of a financial head start, almost nobody could have envisioned the spectacularly lofty heights he would later attain.
Adding a few snippets: The small farmers in UK, Wales particularly, being priced-out of their communities by City Investors buying up farms to plant trees on. The ensuing carbon credits are then bought by ‘dirty businesses’ to offset their carbon footprint. Greenwashing. Simple.
Something similar is happening in California where inter-generational vineyards are being priced out by government taxes.
AU & NZ are similarly blighted. Adani Coalmine anyone? Merging of water companies in and around Auckland/N.Island.
One passport behind you but currently, definitely on the same page.
Lovely writing. Croesus and the Fuggers: Sounds like grunge band whose members share the same zeitgeist.
Always love reading your articles. What would you suggest the average college student do to acquire this type of freedom?
Excellent, pertinent and timely!
Becoming a "citizen of the world" is not something that I can do at my age. What I have done is pay off my vehicle and my mortgage, and started stacking bullets, beans, bandages and bullion. I may not be able to storm ramparts any more but I can cover your retreat. At least I am in the "free state of Florida" which looks better than a lot of the country and only looks to improve. At least for a while.
Very interesting that you send this article today. NPR (radio in usa) just did a program yesterday comparing Corp philanthropy over recent times. PPP but it's not healthy for the masses who generally lose some privilege as the price to pay for promoting a social benefit like curing measles. One thought is to discourage PPP and replace it with taxes and elected leaders to.manage how the money's are spent for betterment of all. Maybe but... that system has flaws too
I love your writing, history repeating itself, so much education I get reading here. However, most of us are not even close to being in the position to do what you are doing? I am more on pace with Kelly Harbeson than I can ever hope to be with where you are at. What are the rest of us to do?
Yes indeed--the "Stakeholders" maintain a powerful position--and if they need to, will tie us all to a stake and set it afire. In terms of off-grid actions and creating a Next Paradigm eco-financial model--we must realize how we [consumers on the treadmill] are complicit in supporting the maintenance of the old corrupt paradigm. Babylonian black magick has had it's day, and chattel slavery must be considered obsolete in order to evolve as human beings instead of human "doings."
I just started reading your articles again on my email and couldn't believe the wealth of knowledge you have in history. I, for some reason stopped reading your articles on my email and now I'm backtracking and binge-reading. I'm thankful to you and Sorelle.