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What is a monster ? Here is

the definition given by the Web-

ster’s Dictionary: “An animal,

plant, or thing that departs from

the customary course of nature.”

Or else: “A person of unnatural

or extreme ugliness, deformity,

wickedness, or cruelty.”

We may call our monetary

system, our system of money, a

monster. It is not in conformity

with the facts; it does not behave

like a money system. It is unnatur-

al in its results, nothing less, than

a monster of cruelty. These are serious accusations.

Monstrosity, barbarism

Here are three families. Family A is devoid of

everything. It has never more than the strict neces-

sities of life, and these are often long in coming. Par-

ents and children suffer. The little ones vegetate, but

the parents do all they can and, confronted with the

situation, they are the first to deprive themselves.

Family B possesses a little more. Not in luxury,

but a certain level of comfort. Children, like the par-

ents, enjoy an honest living.

Family C draws from a large inherited built fund,

which provides it an air-conditioned house, nutrition,

varied to choice, modern furniture, spare-time activ-

ities, and tourist holidays. All of the family members

take advantage of it, each one following his likings,

which he moreover endeavors to guide by reason.

The three families are in very different situa-

tions. But we have nothing to reproach to the head

of family A, nor to the head of family B, nor to the

head of family C. In each one, the goods, scarce or

abundant, are accessible to all of the family mem-

bers, in the proportion to which the circumstances


But let’s return to family C. Let’s say that the

parents put their revenue under lock and key, and

that they leave their children in tattered garments,

reduced to malnutrition, sick and without medical

care, ignorant and deprived of the right to get in-

struction, except maybe for a privileged one in the

family who, himself, will have a hundred times more

than he is able to make use of.

In such a case, people will say that these parents

are barbarous, that they let their children unjustifi-

ably suffer. Their behavior is monstrous !

Now, we have a country, Canada, where work-

ers and machines can bring into the world all that is

needed in order that all the Can-

adians live in comfort. A regula-

tion is made, by virtue of which,

in order to draw on the wealth of

Canada, a Canadian must have a

permission that is called money.

Nothing bad, in itself, in this

regulation which allows to establish

a certain order in the distribution.

Besides, if money is at the

level of production, seeing that

the distribution is at the level of

money, it happens that we live ac-

cording to the possibilities of pro-

duction, and it is in conformity with the facts.

But if, instead of using the regulation to estab-

lish order in the distribution, a few individuals are

allowed to limit the quantity of permissions to their

liking, to decrease the permissions when things are

abundant. It is no longer a regulation, but a disorder.

It is to subject the multitude to the will of some dic-


These money dictators are acting in such a way

when the wheat remains in the granaries when the

families lack bread, that products of all kinds ac-

cumulate, that the production has to stop, when

there are urgent needs everywhere. These dictators

are literally barbarians, their behavior a monstrosity,

and the governments’ tolerance, a cowardice or a


It is not lawful !

One can say what he wants in favor or in de-

fense of the money system; it does not function for

the common good. It punishes the multitude, even

though it suits some individuals.

Money is no longer in conformity with the facts.

It does not act according to the end for which it has

been invented. It does not distribute the production. It

evades a function that it nevertheless reserved to itself.

“Those who control money and credit have be-

come the masters of our lives,” said Pope Pius XI. In

regulating the level of money and credit, they regu-

late our level of life, and they regulate it very much

below the possibilities of the country.

Therefore it is not necessary to leave Canada in

order to find acts of barbarism – odious barbarisrn,

even though it enjoys the governments’ protection.

Whatever may be the power of the barbarians

and their accomplices, let’s have the courage, even

if they hold the sword in hand, to shout to them, like

John the Baptist: “It is not lawful ! ” (Mk 6:18: For

What is a monster?