Mr. Pound and Nemesis
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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
Nemesis in your issue for February 2nd is wrong. There is a perfectly definite enemy, and one that is the special concern of the professedly intellectual or the officially "educated." There is an artificially constructed IGNORANCE concentrated almost in the following order on:
(1) Economics in general.
(2) The Bank of France and its affiliates, with the munitions and gun-works in Japan and Czechoslovakia.
Van Buren's Memoirs were written in 1860 and published in 1920.
Roosevelt can rely, and has to count, on a vast public ignorance of the administrations of Jackson and Van Buren, on a press fairly corrupt, but sainted and pure by comparison with that of England and France, on the very slow distribution of all informative books on ALL subjects, and on the refusal of American publishing houses to take over the lead from London when they had the chance (now lost.)
Obviously Nemesis is right in saying that the stuffed shirts of present day corruption don't mind any verbal formulation that he or I can invent. Neither Nick Butler nor any other sustainer of Monty Norman minds being addressed as venomous serpent or by any other 18th century pejorative, but they run silent from INFORMATION.
If they don't reply to abuse, they are easily detectable by the fact that they never reply to it.
Every editor and every man with sufficient courage to write letters to the press (in defiance of the American belief that anyone who does so is fit for a lunatic asylum) can do his bit of the "job" whereof Nemesis despairs.
Keep on asking! Keep on asking WHY the Carnegie Peace Foundation never investigates the ECONOMIC CAUSES of war.
Keep on asking why construction which creates a basis of material credit, still creates a monetary or book keeping DEBT.
Keep on saying that a tax on inactive money (such as Senator Bankhead proposed in Feb., 1933) instead of a tax on action; wd. enable all Roosevelt's public works program to continue WITHOUT mortgaging the future.
Keep on pointing out that value no longer arises, as in Marx's day, from labour but from the Cultural Heritage (ref P. de Kruif's writing on wheat, and Mark Carleton).
It wdnt. be half the scrap if the odds were any lighter against one. Ezra Pound.