So as it turns out, banks and insurance and credit? Wicked interesting. Been doing a bit of reading about the early 19th century, debates over banking and the role of credit in slavery and of slaves as collateral used to secure credit. And tax policy, and monetary policy…! Paper vs metal currency…! Neat stuff. Wish I was better at all this. Part of the interest is that it all seems so resonant with the present conditions in which finance is so important. Money may obscure its sources, but it still has sources, which can be traced and analyzed. Finance capital has a history, and I want to know it. [Note to self, read that book on the US Supreme Court and primitive accumulation]

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