Originally posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013

The BBC reports

Inti, the Incan Sun God, from the flag of Argentina, courtesy of Wikipedia

The Incas revered gold as the sweat of the sun and believed that it represented the sun’s regenerative powers. All gold belonged to the ruler of the empire, the Inca himself, who claimed to be descended from the sun god. Llamas were the Incas’ most important domestic animal, providing food, clothing and acting as beasts of burden. They were also often sacrificed in large numbers to the gods.

Who were the Incas?

The Inca Empire stretched over 5,500 kilometres and was the largest state in the world in the 1400s. Around 40,000 Inca nobles ruled an empire of 12 million conquered people throughout the Andes mountain range in South America. The Incas diverted rivers and used sophisticated irrigation systems to transform mountainsides into lush, terraced fields. Subject people were required to provide soldiers and labourers to work on farms and in mines. Spanish forces arrived in the Andes in the 1530s and finally conquered the Incas after a 40-year struggle.

When confiscating all privately held gold, to become property of the government, then, President Franklin Roosevelt was, all unknowingly, echoing the political doctrine of the late Incan civilization and the pagan doctrine attributing to gold regenerative powers.

And in formulating New Deal programs such as the Agricultural Adjustment Act, it appears that the president was anticipated by the practices of ancient Incan imperial nobility.