The other day I was rooting through an old copy of the Idler in search of a Tom Hodgkinson quote I was after, which I didn’t find. I did find this though, in the editorial to Idler 36, written in 2005:
“The injection of money and capital into societies inevitably causes more problems than it solves. Which is why today’s money-worshippers such as Geldof, Curtis and Bono are barking up the wrong tree when they say they want to make poverty history. It is not poverty that is the problem; peasant cultures have lower levels of stress and higher levels of freedomand fun than hard-work, rich cultures. No, wealth is is the problem and the only effective campaign would be Make Wealth History.”
So there you go. We kind of knew we weren’t the only ones to think of it, and that’s now at least four people who got their first.
Tom Hodgkinson, by the way, though prone to slightly rose-tinted views of peasant culture, has two fine books out that are actually far more important than their ‘humour section’ classification might suggest – How to be Idle and How to be Free.
American readers should also note that How to be Free has just been launched in a US edition called The Freedom Manifesto.