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Bankruptcy protects fake people, brutalizes real ones

Debts that can’t be paid, won’t be paid.

A robotic hand wielding a gavel; the gavel is smashing the face of a terrified person.
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Debts that can’t be paid, won’t be paid.” There, in eight simple words, we have Michael Hudson’s key insight into the role debt and debt cancellation plays in the rise and fall of human civilizations.

Debts are inescapable.

In order to provide a society with its necessities — food, shelter, energy — producers need the inputs (seed, fertilizer, materials, tools) before they have the means to buy them.

In order to produce, producers must borrow.

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