In a speech delivered before the Yale Socialist Club a decade after his return to New Haven, [Irving Fisher] related this minor incident of his stay in Santa Barbara: Discovering that the man who came to massage him was a Socialist and believed that "interest is the basis of capitalism and is robbery," my father determined to make the most of his pedagogical opportunity. To the question, "How much do I owe you" the masseur replied, "Thirty dollars." "Very well. I will give you a note payable a hundred years hence. I suppose you have no objections to taking this note without any interest. At the end of that time you, or perhaps your grandchildren, can redeem it." "But I cannot afford to wait that
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