There is an interesting thing to notice in past condemnations of usury by the Church and state rulers. For instance, during the reigns of Edward the Confessor and Henry II, the penalty against usury was extended not just to the usurer himself - who would face exile from the country among other punishments - but, in a way, to his heirs, his children. The usurer's estate was forfeited and his will was made invalid.
The penalty was directed to the usurer and then went further by enforcing disinheritance upon his heirs.
It was not just about ridding money and assets that were attained unjustly. They knew and understood that because it is in essence tethered to money, which only and ever transfers hands, the corruption of usury is totally uninterrupted along its course from generation to generation; that where money was increased by usury, the same money will bring the same incentive to increase at usury, such that you can remove the usurer, but his money goes on into the future bringing the same sinful incentive to those who have inherited it; and you can remove his money, but the indebtedness of those to whom he lent remains after he is gone, and with the payment of their debts, the same increase begins all over again.
Indebtedness, being future tense, has no conceivable end, unless it is broken in certain ways.
And that's not to mention the craft of employing usury - the tricks of the trade - that was passed along from father to son. The corruption of the activities of man starts all over again. That is why usury is so vile: it is attached to that which inherently flows speedily and uninterruptedly from person to person.
This is also why the poison craft of usury - which is the very foundation of our monetary system today, and thus by extension, our economy - is wielded from families, passed down the generations: the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the Morgans, etc.
Why do you think the people of the Old Testament declared a jubilee every fifty years? It wasn't only to exemplify mercy. It was because the people of those times - to whom the sin of usury and the knowledge of its far-reaching corruption was already ancient news - understood that if bankers (in those days known by other names) had more than fifty years in which to continually practice their lending, they could overthrow the ruling king completely and bring the civilization to total ruin and total enslavement.
History ancient and not so ancient is filled with many examples of just such ruin happening to nations.
With this year 2013, we have the 100th. "anniversary" of the institution of the federal reserve system, which is the same system basically that every country, more or less, around the world has been enslaved with.
Bill Still has done a documentary - I believe his forth - on the secret inception of the Fed. The documentary is called Jekyll Island. It's in post-production right now, and the release is aimed for the end of February.
“Bankers own the earth; take it away from them but leave them with the power to create credit; and, with a flick of a pen, they will create enough money to buy it back again...If you want to be slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let the bankers control money and control credit.” --Sir Josiah Stamp, Director, Bank of England, 1940
"Permit me to issue and control the money of the nation and I care not who makes its laws." --Mayer Amsched Rothschild