I like this snippet from Margaret Atwood (who I haven’t read since the 8th grade, what a shame):
“Debt is part of the human condition,” she said in an interview. “Civilization is based on exchanges — on gifts, trades, loans — and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back.
I’m trying to recall, when was the last historical era when we had DEBT DEBT DEBT on our minds? Certainly, this was a prevalent idea in Dickens’s age and scores later, during the deflationary 1890s, but is this the first modern First World DEBT DEBT DEBT moment?