The overhang of debt in Europe and the US has made recovery from the global financial crisis particularly tenuous.
Is there a dramatic and simple way out of all this? Some argue that there is: a “debt jubilee”. Drawn from the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, the concept derives from the biblical injunction for a day of rest one day out of every week, a “sabbath” day that reflects the teaching the God rested on the seventh day after creating the world in six.
There is another injunction for a sabbath year every seventh year, in which people are to not work and on the year after the seventh of those sabbatical years , i.e. the 50th, (one year after the 49th) there would be a jubilee year during which any slaves would be emancipated and everyone would return to their land and family to live off of natural providence. A clear implication of this teaching is that all obligations, including debt obligations, would be forgiven in the process.
A debt jubilee is equivalent to democratic elections in the economy. Both represent controlled burns or controlled collapses. Since collapses will always happen in societies, the best way to handle them is regular controlled collapses. In governance that would be elections. In the economy that would be automatic debt release at timed intervals.
I cover this issue in more detail here: How to Build a Better Economic Model | 1913 Intel.