Soddy’s views of money and economics are based upon an energy theory .. [[# _ednref13|[xiii]]] Frederick Soddy, CARTESIAN ECONOMICS. Cartesian Economics, The Bearing of Physical Science upon State Stewardship is a compilation of two lectures given by Frederick Soddy to the student unions. Cartesian Economics: The Bearing of Physical Science Upon State Stewardship: Two Lectures to the Frederick Soddy QR code for Cartesian Economics.

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He rediscovered the Descartes’ theorem in and published it as a poem, “The Kiss Precise”, quoted at Problem of Apollonius. Though Soddy’s ideas were largely rejected at the time, much of his theories are rooted in real-world examples and mirrored in other aspects of life-like the laws of thermodynamics.

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Frederick Soddy – Wikipedia

Soddy’s main arguments are against the concepts of debt and wealth. Ernst Rudolph A. Account Options Sign in.

Similarly, economists posited that debt could produce more wealth, and thus fuel an economy. On the Origin of Money Carl Menger.

Soddy would suggest the answer can be found in the ideas of John Ruskin, a 19th century British art critic and social thinker: Retrieved 19 October Wells’s novel is also known as The Last War and imagines a peaceful world emerging from the chaos. The Best Books of In any event, both he and Soddy were interested in technical fixes not political ideology. For this reason the community in its struggle with nature resembles an army officered almost entirely by the enemy.

The responsibility for failure to implement them rests partly upon our leaders. In so far as modern money has any tangible physical existence, and by far the greater part has none, it is a paper token, which like a postage stamp, costs next to nothing to make, and which has some value printed on it.

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Debt and interest do not; they are social and mathematical constructions. The lectures were the first of four works written between and that applied the concepts French had an aphorism “after the printing press, the guillotine. From the first standpoint peoples’ demands for it are insatiable; evonomics the second it would be truer to say, misers excepted, that people keep as little of it as is safe. If its writers ever attempted any wider social applications, they made themselves simply ridiculous, as when one solemnly looked forward to the millennium arriving through the accumulation of so much capital that everyone would be well off and comfortable, presumably by living on the interest of cxrtesian mutual indebtednesses.


Aberystwyth University Merton College, Oxford. Retrieved 22 December When radioactivity was first discovered, no one was sure what the cause was. E a Wallis Budge. Soddy also wrote several books on the theory of political economy, which he based on his scientific background and knowledge. It substitutes for false scales and measuring vessels a universal and inescapable swindling mechanism.

Its owner for the time being is entitled to that amount of wealth in exchange for it. Thomson showed that non-radioactive elements can also have multiple isotopes. But most money nowadays has no existence except as a statement of account or bank-balance upon which the owner draws czrtesian cheque.

Man’s economic system viewed as a subsystem of the global environment.

Frederick Soddy

Strictly he is empowered by the law to make any creditor take it as legal tender for that amount of debt, which in practice comes to exactly the same thing. He believed this old civilization was founded upon scarcity, both of wealth and the money to circulate it.

The differences between one political system and another are far less fundamental than is commonly supposed. Draft October 22, More updated material is available in the Presentation Melanie Swan melanie melanieswan. Soddy also wrote several books on the theory of political economy, which he based on his scientific background and knowledge.

Cartesian economics [microform]; the bearing of physical science upon state stewardship

The explanation, he believed, had to be in the way society distributed wealth not its ability to produce it. Whereas men, with resources at their disposal ample to build up a civilization of a magnificence and liberality the world has never known, are now at their wit’s end to invent new forms of destruction and waste lest this new civilization should displace the old.


Soddy argued instead that debt destroyed wealth, eating it up until there was more debt in a society than wealth, making it unsustainable. Books could be and have been written for and against the system of linking the exchange value of commodities to the one commodity, gold, without even attempting to answer the real question of what it is that does give money its exchange value. But it is also shared by an academia and mass media that have failed to educate and inform. The lunar crater is named after him, as well as the uranium compound Soddyite.

He worked with physicist Earnest Rutherford to explain radioactivity, contributing to the discovery of nuclear technology. He likens the economy to a machine, which must draw energy from outside itself and which cannot forever recycle that energy to create more energy. Frederick Soddy, Science, Politics, and Environment. Retrieved 12 April Book ratings by Goodreads. If our definition of wealth requires other people to be poor, at least relative to us, we can never be without scarcity and poverty.

Money to most people still conveys the idea of coins, but, except as small change, coins are obsolete. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

He used the imagery of a Jewish conspiracy to buttress his claim that “A corrupt monetary system strikes at the very life of the nation. Orthodox economics has never yet been anything but the class economics of the owners of debts.