4. The Goldsmiths

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Length {4:40 minutes}

The chapter on the Goldsmiths delves into the historical manipulation of money by money changers, illustrating that such practices predate Jesus’s time.

Around 200 years before Christ, Rome faced significant issues with money changers. Efforts by early Roman emperors to curb the power of money changers through reforms of Usury laws and land ownership limits resulted in their assassinations. Julius Caesar later reclaimed the authority to mint money from the money changers, creating a more abundant money supply which he used to fund substantial public works projects. This move won Caesar the favor of the common people but incurred the wrath of the money changers, potentially contributing to his assassination.

Following Caesar’s death, Rome saw a decline in its money supply, leading to increased taxes and corruption. The money supply was eventually reduced by 90%, causing widespread loss of land and homes among the populace, reminiscent of contemporary America. This economic decline eroded public confidence in the Roman government, leading to a refusal to support it, which ultimately contributed to Rome’s descent into the Dark Ages.

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