quote for the month

Quote for the Month

from Treatise on the Nature of Coinage, 1526

by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)*

Among the countless evils that bring about the demise of whole states, these four are surely the most critical: internal discord, high mortality, infertility of the soil, and deterioration of money. The first three are so apparent that hardly anyone would contest them. The fourth evil, however, stemming from the nature of money, is noticed only by those few who think deeply, for it causes the states to crumble not at one fell swoop, but gradually, near-invisibly.

* as quoted in Occupy Money: Creating an Economy Where Everybody Wins. (Copernicus was a Polish Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the sun, not the earth, at its center.)