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Debt is all-American, Astra Taylor says. And she doesn’t mean that in a good way.
Taylor, who founded the Debt Collective, which calls for the cancellation of all forms of debt, namechecks Thomas Jefferson as a founding father of how we understand debt today.
In the early 1880s, he wrote in a letter that debt should be used as a tool to control Indigenous people “because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop them off by a cession of lands.” This details ⇒
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