17 August 2001. Thought for the Week: "During the short period of time that we live in this word, Pasternak explained, we have to understand our attitude toward existence, our place in the universe. Otherwise, life is meaningless. This, as I understand it, means a rejection of the nineteenth century materialistic world view, means a resurrection of our interior life ... Matryona's House was something that was very, very emotional for me,' Solzhenitsyn recalls, 'and was dedicated to the memory of a holy Russian woman."
"She was a poor housekeeper. In other words she refused to strain herself to buy gadgets and possessions and then to guard them and care for them more than for her own life. She never cared for smart clothes, the garments that embellish the ugly and disguise the wicked. Misunderstood and rejected by her husband, a stranger to her own family despite her happy, amiable temperament, comical, so foolish that she worked for others for no reward, this woman ... had stored up no earthly goods. Nothing but a dirty white goat, a lame cat and a row of fig plants."
"None of us who lived close to her perceived that she was that one righteous person without whom, as the saying goes, no city can stand. Nor the world."
"Solzhenitsyn a Soul in Exile" by Joseph Pearce, 1999
DICK SMITH ON GLOBALISATION
by Jeremy Lee
Suppose our politicians had to undergo
"compulsory competitive tendering" for their salaries and
perks. Suppose each party Liberals, Labor, Nationals, Democrats,
Greens, One Nation, etc. as well as independents, had to
publish a figure for political salaries and expenses that
their members would be content with if they were elected?
A party whose members were prepared, as a service to their
country, to accept the average wage and a maximum of $100
a day to cover all travel, accommodation and postage expenses,
would look a lot cleaner than the self-serving salary rises
that keep coming up for politicians who tell the rest of us
to tighten our belts.
Whatever else is said, the 'buy-Australian-owned-and-made' continues to grow in size and intensity, to the consternation of the multinationals.
BIGGER IS BETTER
Mr. Don Argus, currently chairman of
BHP Billiton and Brambles, and former chief of the National
Australia Bank, has some advice for Australia. The Australian
He does not address the fact that the whole tax regime is now geared to favour the big corporations, and that if the shackles were removed from small businesses and home-based manufacturing and farming, there is more than enough 'get-up-and-go' in Australia to survive without becoming world monopolies. What, for instance, of Dick Smith Foods, who are doing very well against all the odds? Or Bendigo Bank, which is making headway where the 'gang-of-four' have pulled out? Bendigo is now involved in 50 local community banks, with another 30 due to open before the end of the year. Its rate of growth is going so well that it has been forced to delay discussions on local community banks with another 100 interested townships. Many of those started were in a profit situation within little more than a year of starting. And they offer something the big four have forgotten all about, face-to-face banking and genuine service.
Next New Year's eve the biggest money
transition in recorded history will take place in Europe.
A feature article in The Weekend Australian (4-5/8/01)
One member of the European Union is still holding back, despite the frantic desires of its Prime Minister Tony Blair. Britain will still have its pounds, shillings and pence and will, if Blair is held to a former promise, not lose them without a national referendum. Currently, feeling in Britain is strongly against monetary union but who knows what enough propaganda will do to lull peoples' minds.
The sheer logistics of what Europe is intending are formidable. The minting of 50 billion coins started in May 1998, and the printing of 14.5 billion banknotes in July 1999. Distribution of the money will begin in September, although the public will not get them until the New Year. Holland has estimated it will need 250 one-tonne trucks making thousands of trips to shift the notes and coins. Huge security planning is being brought into operation, including military forces and satellite technology tracking the trucks that are used for distribution. Special operations are being set in place to prevent counterfeiting, not only of the new money, but the old currencies that will be handed in.
The article included this comment: " ....What do the citizens involved think about the loss of their national currencies and the introduction of the Euro? Not surprisingly, they are confused, suspicious of being ripped off by price gouging and, particularly in Germany, angry about losing the old currency. However, they haven't been given a say, because the new political and bureaucratic elite that runs the European Union from Brussels doesn't trust them to make the 'right' decision ......"
And the notes and coins are only a fraction of the total money aggregates in Europe. About 95 percent of money in modern economies is in the form of credit simply figures in computers. So computers in banks and businesses will be working frantically to convert old currencies into the new one. And all under the nice, tight centralized control of the European Central Bank which, under clause 107 of the Maastricht Treaty, is not answerable to any elected government or body. What a coup!
ZIMBABWE INCREASES THE CHAOS
The land-grab by the despotic Robert Mugabe which has so shocked the world, is being stepped up. He is now going to double the number of white farms seized. According to The Weekend Australian (4-5/8/01) ".... Robert Mugabe plans to repossess almost twice as much white-owned farmland for black settlement as previously announced. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told a congress of the Commercial Farmers' Union that rather than resettling blacks on 31 million hectares, the Government intended to claim 52.5 million hectares. The plan will mean the seizure of almost 90 percent of white farms...... Earlier, farmers had warned the land reform program could lead to crop shortages next year...."
The Farmers' Union president, Tim Henwood, said that farm output had dropped 27 percent in the past year. The new farm seizures would result in wholesale famine. Properties listed for seizure included schools, churches, an oil refinery and land flooded by the construction of dams. As home to one of the biggest dams in the world across the Zambezi, the implications are enormous. Robert Mugabe is doing his best to ensure that Africa's reputation for tyranny and disaster is lowered to the bottom of the barrel.
THE MIDDLE EAST INFERNOAs we have constantly predicted, anything less than a fair deal for the Palestinian people a place of their own will carry the tragic events in Israel at the moment into full-scale war throughout the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Sharon has now said he does not believe a peace with the Palestinians is possible. As a sign of their desperation, even Palestinian women are joining the ranks of the suicide bombers. Against such desperation even the most sophisticated forces cannot prevail. What will Sharon do? We suspect that his mind has been preoccupied for some time by the idea of a war of such scale that the Palestinian people are physically rejected from the land, or annihilated. The only alternative - and Sharon will not contemplate such an idea is for Israel to retreat to the 1967 borders, and separate totally from the Palestinians.
SENATOR BOSWELL AT IT AGAIN
by Betty Luks
In The Weekend Australian, May
26th-27th, 2001, readers were to learn and be alarmed by
the news of the far-right was about to take over One Nation
and of course the League was accused of being involved. Names
and donations to Australia First's last Federal election campaign
were published for the benefit of its readers so as to establish
in their minds the links of Graeme Campbell and Australia
First to the 'far-right' extremists groups. What Mr. Boswell
and The Australian forgot to mention was that the names
and figures published were sourced from the Electoral Commission
in SA and were details of the Federal election campaign of
Mr. Peter Davis, Mayor of Port Lincoln.
Perhaps Mr. Boswell would like to explain to his supporters from whence came the National Party's 1999-2000 donations of $4.9 million? The Sydney Morning Herald (2/2/01) informed its readers this was the figure sourced from the Australian Electoral Commission records. Labor received donations of $29.5 million and the Liberals $18.5 million. Methinks Peter Davis' funds were small bikkies indeed compared with the monies handled by 'the big boys'.
VICTORIA HOTEL CANCELS LEAGUE ROOM-BOOKING
by Betty Luks
Just when Mr. Netanyahu was about to 'hit town' The Media hounds were let loose! All of a sudden, The Media in Melbourne was showing great interest in the CSC speakers Wendy Scurr and Andrew McGregor and anonymous, highly inflammatory 'anti-semitic' literature was distributed around the town and so the unfolding 'drama' building up to a climax was to be 'played out' for the masses. The usual 'smear by-association' was used against the League and the managerial staff at the Victoria Hotel panicked and cancelled the League's booking. And predictably, the League of Rights will be portrayed as the great 'anti-semitic' ogre as these forces continue to 'mould' public opinion.
We are pleased to report the Melbourne
League folk went on to secure another venue and a very successful
meeting was held. Why are we so suspicious and cynical? Although
Wendy and Andrew appeared on the League platform at the Queensland
State Weekend last May and media interviews were arranged
and carried out over that weekend, in fact it was all relatively
low-key. At the time there was no feeding frenzy on the part
of The Media and the audio tapes of both speakers and Andrew
McGregor's CD have been going out at a steady rate ever since
without any sensationalism.
THE LEFT, RIGHT AND 'REPRESENTATIVE' GOVERNMENT
by Betty Luks
"The message from the pavements of Gothenberg
was straightforward," wrote Mr. Henderson. "The combination
of extreme of extreme left anarchists and greens opposes the
commitment of contemporary Western governments to free enterprise
and trade liberalisation. So much so they believe the EU's
democratically elected leaders should be prevented from meeting
So there you have it, according to Mr. Henderson globalisation, free trade and trade liberalisation equate with the ideas of 'free enterprise'. 'Free enterprise' once meant free: meaning 'not in bondage to another' and enterprise: contained the meaning of 'a bold undertaking'. Australians do not see themselves as now free in the true sense of the word.
Representative government is also by Henderson's definition an ideological term interchangeable with the centralized power structures we see being put in place around the world presented as 'globalisation'. Australians generally would have a difficult time in accepting Henderson's claim that Australians still have 'representative government'. 'Representative' of whom? Certainly not the Australian people as a whole! Representative of the International Money Lenders and Monopolists yes!
"Certainly there are differences between the ideologies of the contemporary extremes of left and right he concurs. The former is not racist; the latter does not rank among its heroes the likes of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Yet they share a similar distaste for democracy. And a few on both sides are committed to the violent overthrow of government."
The power structure now in place is by definition an example of 'Democracy' and anyone who disagrees publicly and lawfully with the power structure is by definition an extremist, a revolutionary and equated with such people as Timothy McVeigh. You need to study carefully the promotion of such ideas by writers of Gerard Henderson ilk, executive director of the Sydney Institute.
SOCIAL CREDIT AND LEAGUE OF RIGHTS
There are many who have come in contact with League of Rights material on 'the money question' and have come to the realisation 'something' must be done about it. All sorts of proposals are put forward as answers to the dilemma of the debt-trap into which so many have fallen. It would be as well to quote the following from "Social Credit and Party Politics" by L.D. Byrne for their further understanding, in the hope they will not be misled by 'party' politics and the proposals put forward to 'solve' their problems.
"When we examined the half-baked financial proposals being put forward by the New Zealand pseudo-Social Credit political party (1950s .. ed) it is all too plain that they bear as much relation to genuine Social Credit as devil worship bears to Christianity. Instead of decentralizing financial power, it is proposed to vest absolute control of the monetary system, and thereby the economic life of New Zealand, in the Reserve Bank, the agent responsible at the present time for New Zealand's disastrous monetary policy. No doubt the party 'experts' will protest that the Reserve Bank will be answerable to the Government the usual socialist myth. In theory the central banks in Britain, the United States, Canada and other Western countries are answerable to their respective governments, but in practice those governments are subservient to their central banks.
"..... The Social Credit proposals for financial reform ... provide for the issue of money, as purchasing power, direct to consumers to make good the deficit which exists at present. It is the policy of Social Credit to confer upon the individual maximum freedom by transferring to him both effective economic and political power. The transfer of economic power would be achieved by making good the deficiency of purchasing power distributed through wages, salaries, profits, i.e., earned income ... It should be noted that the policy involved is the transfer of economic power from the centralized financial monopoly to the individual ..."
WEST AUSTRALIA REPORT
Betty Luks' West Australia meetings culminated in an outstanding weekend Seminar, Dinner and Action Conference. Her sincere 'thank you' goes to the core League supporters who made the weekend and meetings so successful. It was heartening to meet long time supporters and the many new contacts. It was a privilege to be among the warm and friendly West Australians. Wherever she went, League supportes asked about that great Australian Eric Butler and his wife Elma. She was pleased to report that both Eric and Elma, now in retirement, are in relatively good health and can enjoy their retirement in the knowledge their work is being carried on.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDAugust 18th & 19th: The SA State weekend is fast approaching and we urge League supporters to make the effort to fully participate in it.Seminar: Saturday, August 18th 10am to 5pm. "Centenary of the Federal Commonwealth". Venue: Christ Church Parish Centre, 1708 South Road, O'Halloran Hill, South Australia. Admission $12 per person.
Speakers: Wendy Scurr & Andrew McGregor, "Defence, Deceit & Terrorism at Port Arthur"; Jeremy Lee "Sovereign Money: Sovereign Australia"; Betty Luks "What is Social Credit?"; Bishop John Hepworth, "Arrangement of Power in British History".
Dinner: Saturday, August 18th, from 6.30pm "Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner" Cost: $22 per person, 3-Courses. Bar facilities are not available, please BYO alcoholic drinks.
Action Conference: Sunday, August 19th. Admission $12 includes lunch.Bookings must be made for the Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner and Sunday Action Conference. Phone (08) 8395 9826 for further details.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next Sydney Conservative Speakers' Club will be held on Tuesday, August 28th, 2001, commencing at 7.30 p.m. It will be held as usual at the Estonian Club, 141 Campbell Street, Sydney. Guest speaker will be Mr. Welf Herfurth and the title of his address is "The Threat to Freedom and Democracy in Germany Today". The cost of attendance is $4 this includes an excellent supper.
Please note the following dates for your diary: August 28th Annual General Meeting. Guest speaker Mr. Welf Herfurth "The Threat to Freedom & Democracy in Germany Today".September 25th Guest speaker Mr. Geoff Muirden "The Decline & Fall of the White Race" October 30th Guest speakers Mrs. Wendy Scurr & Mr. Andrew McGregor "The Massacre at Port Arthur".
"Moribund Medicine" by Dr. Pat O'Neill,
MRCS, LRCP (Hons. Cambridge)
"The Story of the Commonwealth Bank" by D.J. Amos: Leading politicians scoff at the idea that low-interest creation of money is not only possible, but is part of the answer to Australia's present woes. It is important to re-learn how Australia made enormous progress when 'the peoples' bank' (the original Commonwealth Bank) controlled the creation of Australia's credit. The original Commonwealth Bank was able to fund the cost of the First World War without debt to the nation and re-settle returned soldiers on land grants at extremely low rates of interest. Public works, such as the East-West Railway, were funded free of debt. The insignificant 0.625% interest charged was sufficient for the bank to make a profit! This book is immensely important for Australians to help in their search for a way of lifting the yolk of usurious international debt-finance. Price $5.00, Posted $6.00.
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