Pronounced Sh-veng-uh Beng-guh
Schwenge Benge was an expression in medieval German. It was coined by traders from the Hanseatic League, primarily from Lubeck, who were some of the wealthiest and most powerful merchants of their day.
It was used as an admonition or an exclamation, often directed at those more greedy, containing the wish that, whilst their own trade was profitable, that it should not result in the reduction of others, and that their own activities might serve for betterment, and not worse-ment.*
In our Australian context, although we are several centuries removed from the powerful Hansa, the term may still be employed – as an expression that we, profitable as we are, might hope that our lives, and the life of our astonishing country, are not leading the disaffected astray, but rather helping them arrive at the conclusion of our own prosperity.
It is in this spirit that we give you these humble articles of faith, which are, incidentally, also literal articles.
Martin Quinn is an author and actor, and writes and edits The Schwenge Benge. The publication is the natural consequence of a great passion for reading and writing and little outlet for it.
Martin studied acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and prior to that, completed one full part-quarter of an arts degree at Monash University.
Martin lives in Melbourne, in first person.
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The Schwenge Benge possesses a questionably true origin story.
The Schwenge Benge is written by Martin Quinn, and updated without great constancy, but some frequency.
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