22 October 2010 Thought for the Week:
Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society, he says:
More at James Delingpole Politics Telegraph, October 9th, 2010.
For our readers' interest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwhKuunp8D8&feature=player_embedded
CARBON CURRENCY? FIGMENT OF MY IMAGINATION?
by Betty Luks
He rightly explained “a currency is merely a means to an end. Whoever controls the currency also controls the economy and the political structure that goes with it.”
Wikipedia has this to say on Technocracy:
SOCIAL CREDIT AND C.H. DOUGLAS WERE ALREADY ON THE SCENE
Long before the ideas of ‘Technocracy” gained public attention, Clifford Hugh Douglas in a 1920s address to students at Ruskin College, Oxford observed that “the individual in free association with others in the community is rightly the determinant of economic policy – not individual profiteers ‘the workers’ or a centralised bureaucratic state… (Douglas proposed) It is a philosophy diametrically opposed to any form of authoritarian dictatorship or bureaucratic central planning”.
Read more: http://douglassocialcredit.com/resources/tsc/2008_winter.pdf
AS FOR AN AUSTRALIAN ‘SMART GRID’ … GUESS WHAT
by Betty Luks
The government hopes that armed with this knowledge, power use and carbon emissions can eventually be lowered. Labor has committed up to $100 million of taxpayer funding to the trial. EnergyAustralia’s three-year agreement with the government is worth $93m, company spokeswoman Kylie Yates said. EnergyAustralia has invested $200m since 2006 building products around the smart grid technology.
Or what about this?
“SGA: smartgridaustralia”: Smart Grid Australia is a not-for-profit, non-partisan industry association dedicated to an enhanced, modernised electric system. This alliance holds meetings, organises committees, assists with government initiatives, and issues communications to accelerate progress….
Our members... Smart Grid Australia is a meeting ground for different constituencies, and, therefore, a forum for important and necessary dialogues that might otherwise not occur. Stakeholder groups include electric utilities committed to higher reliability and lower costs, as well as Federal, state, and municipal agencies who oversee the electric power system, and many organisations in between…
Member benefits include... Meetings with key legislators and regulators, and lobbying and educating politicians, bureaucrats and their advisors on smart grids and information and communication technology solutions. Business opportunities (commercialisation of new products and services through products and services models) Exploring and negotiating government subsidies (for example, working with regional roll-outs) Regulatory issues (which utilities perceive as a key issue)…
Our greatest achievement is... Smart Grid Australia has been instrumental in the government's $100 million Smart Grid/Smart City project (also known as National Energy Efficiency Initiative), which was launched in 2009. The aim is to link 9,500 homes to a smart grid during the period 2010-13. The project will become the blueprint for a national rollout…” (emphasis added…ed)
No, I don’t think the Smart Grid push is a figment of my imagination. Australians need to look very closely into what is the eventual outcome of the plan. Look again at Patrick Wood’s article.
THERE REALLY IS ‘NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN’
In “A Defence of Free Enterprise and the Profit Motive”, 1947, Eric Butler dealt with the same sort of proposals then issuing forth from the Canberra bureaucrats. A ‘coupon system’ to replace the money system was proposed – and of course doled out by governments.
Among much else Eric wrote:
The Menace of Government Control of Banking (or Currency Coupons?...ed)
"Most of us will probably agree with Professor Barker that the creation of financial credit by the banking system, and the loaning of this credit to industry, does, to a very considerable extent, permit Finance to dominate Industry.
"But when Professor Barker says that "it is obvious that Government control of financial operations along modern reasonable lines is inevitable," he is suggesting a most dangerous policy. Government control of financial operations can only result in the complete centralisation of the financial system under the domination of totalitarian planners at Canberra, who would thus be able to plan production by extending or withholding credit as they thought fit.
"The well-known Socialist, Mr. G. D. H. Cole, aptly summed up the Socialist viewpoint when he said: "With the banks in our hands, we can take over the other industries at our leisure."
In spite of much nonsense to the contrary, the fundamental nature of money is simply that of a token carrying the agreement to deliver over, on demand, the article to which the token refers.
"We can trace the evolution of the money system from this time, through the period when various types of wealth was deposited with the goldsmiths, whose receipts were soon adopted as negotiable bills of exchange, to the present time when practically all our money is created by the banking system in the form of financial credit.
"The credit system, operated by a very efficient banking system, has made possible our modern intricate system of production and distribution. There are undoubtedly good arguments in favour of modifying the present financial policy, which is not permitting free enterprise to function as it should, but under no circumstances should Government control of the financial system be permitted by a people who appreciate freedom… But the totalitarian planners visualise the financial system, not as a means to providing the people with decentralised economic power which they can use to further their individual policies, but as an instrument of control which will effectively destroy the sovereignty of the money vote.
"The most important move to give Government control of financial operations such as Professor Barker advocates, was the banking legislation passed by the Federal Labor Government in 1945. Clause 27 of the Banking Bill is a clear indication of the real intent of this legislation. It states:
"Instead of a competitive banking system, advancing credit to producers to produce what consumers have indicated by their money votes, we are to have bureaucratic planners at Canberra controlling production by a centralised credit system. Acting in the "public interest," of course, these planners shall decide how the total resources of the community shall be used. Hitler also did this and was thus able to pursue the policy so graphically described by Goering as guns before butter.
"When production is effectively controlled by totalitarians using the Government as the instrument to impose their policies on the people, even the money left to individuals after heavy taxation has been levied, can only be used to buy what the Planners permit to be produced.
" The main characteristic of money as we now understand it is destroyed; it is little better than a coupon. But Professor Barker appears to be an advocate of the coupon system. He asks: "Why not distribute through the coupon and eliminate finance?" The coupon system is economic centralisation of the most vicious type and places the individual at the mercy of the bureaucracy which must control the coupon system. It only permits the individual to obtain what the Government decides shall be produced. And the individual can only get his coupons if he does as he is told.
"No doubt Professor Barker has no desire to see such totalitarianism introduced into Australia, but it is sincere and idealistic people such as himself who help advance ideas which favour the totalitarians in our midst. People who desire freedom must resist any attempts to destroy the value of that unique voting system, the money system, a system which permits the individual to decide what free enterprise, governed by the "Profit Motive," shall produce.
"A free man is one who can accept or reject any proposition put before him. The money vote, free enterprise, and the "Profit Motive" are the basis of genuine freedom…”
We are now a long way down that totalitarian road. One thing we must do is fight this ‘climate change’ propaganda with all our might. Patrick Wood of August Review is right when he says the idea goes back a long way.
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FOREIGN STUDENTS AND IMMIGRATION: WHAT’S WRONG WITH PICTURE?
Everything! writes Peter Ewer
THE PLAGIARISED ACADEMY
by Brian Simpson
With James Reed, I am part of the destructionist movement which sees the Australian universities as so corrupt that they should be closed down. We do not despair anymore about the decline of standards – let the standards crash! Today, the only way forward is… downwards! Let that be our motto.
THE “POLITICS OF FEAR” OR THE POLITICS OF SURVIVAL?
by James Reed
In this context Chancellor Angel Merkel’s recent acceptance that Germany will become Islamised, is relevant. She said: “Our country is going to carry on changing and integration is also a task for the society taking up the task of dealing with immigrants. For years we’ve been deceiving ourselves about this. Mosques, for example, are going to be a more prominent part of our cities than they were before”. Germany will thus become like Southern France, where there are more mosques than churches anywhere and where in Paris and Marseille 45% of children aged 20 years and below are Muslim.
Hoffstaedter, of course, objects to nationalists rejecting this demographic transformation. He says that Germany needs to become “a multicultural society that is open to changing itself and rewriting its national cultural and religious views in line with its changing demographic.
Now that may be a trendy thesis, but one needs to ask deeper questions. Should liberal values survive this demographic transformation?
In Australia we don’t have the freedom of speech to say that this is a bad thing, of course, but I can’t help noticing that the multiculturalism of social theorists like Hoffstaedter is internally inconsistent. Changing demographics will also mean changing civilisational values as scholars like Samuel Huntington have pointed out. Multiculturalism is self-undermining.
THE BRAND NEW WOMENS’ WORLD: IT’S ENOUGH TO MAKE A MAN GAGA!
by James Reed
Feminist literary critic Camile Paglia (The Weekend Australian Magazine, September 25-26, 2010) performed one of her famous deconstructions of the Lady Gaga phenomenon. She said: “Gaga isn’t sexy at all – she’s like a gangly marionette or plasticised android. How could a figure so calculated and artificial, so clinical and strangely antiseptic, so stripped of genuine eroticism, have become the icon of her generation? Can it be that Gaga represents the exhausted end of the sexual revolution?”
This, I think, is right. We see the same sense of exhaustion in Emma Jane (once “Emma Tom”)’s columns in The Australian. While writing about staying together “in love”, she meanders through on-line complaints about men, their penis length and the (‘Your Nasty Breath and My Folk, the Untold Story about Marriage”, The Weekend Australian, September 25-26, 2010, p.7) we have passed beyond the agony aunt; as with Lady Gaga we have entered the dull grey world of the end of sex, the end of love and a sense of cultural despair that even a perfect toothy smile cannot hide.
DAD’S ARMY TODAY
by John Steele
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