Happy New Year for 2008
to our OnTarget Britain Readers
To the Editor: Thank you
for the copies of The New Times. I was especially interested in the No.10
October 2007 edition and agree with all you say. J.R.R. Tolkien's book (The Lord
of the Rings) is wonderful. You also mention Professor Waddell's book "Makers
of Civilisation in Race and History" which I have not read; the book which I have
read is "The Phoenician Origin of Britons, Scots and Anglo-Saxons" which I obtained
from Bloomfield Books, 26 Meadow Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, CO 102 TD.
book makes it quite clear that the fist inhabitants of the British Isles, [after
the first Ice Age] came from the banks of the rivers in Asia, where they lived
in caves. They were quite primitive; they worshipped snakes, they were a matriarchal
society, with a Queen not a King, and the woad, for which they were famous was
to staunch their wounds in war. Known as Bans or Vans or Wans; if any place name
in Britain starts with the above mentioned (prefix) such as Wanstead, Wandsworth,
Winchester, etc., or Bansted, Ventnor, etc., they would have been early Briton
Then the Picts appear, then the
Celts, who are described in this book, and so we come to the 'Brtions', or Aryan,
Brito-Phoenician under King Brutus the Trojan, in 1103B.C., they were driven from
Greece after the Fall of Troy and their voyage hither is the subject of Homer's
Iliad. They landed at Totnes in Devon. They were highly civilised and great agriculturalists.
Until Christianity came they worshipped the sun, not per se, but as the "source
of all goodness." They brought with them their Cyfreithiau, or Common Law, which
held that each man had the same rights as the King, and could not be a slave.
We are distinguished among European countries
to this day by our Jury Service, for example, and by our insistence on justice
for accused persons, and by not allowing serfs or slaves. We are now in danger
of losing all this because our wretched politicians have been bought, literally,
by the E.U. and the Queen does nothing. (Her Majesty may not have the legal power
to do what she would like to do
are plenty of people against it, but as I said, the politicians only think of
money. There are those who are honest, but not the ones in power. Please support
us as you can.
Anonymous, East Sussex, United
P.S. King Brutus built London - it
was first called Ni-Troia, then London after his descendant King Lud; a pub was
named after him - it was bombed in the war - there is still Ludgate Hill and Ludgate
The following article is the one
referred to by our anonymous U.K. correspondent. Although written for an Australian
readership we are sure our British cousins will enjoy it.
LEGENDS AND SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL
I recently came
upon a copy of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop's "War Diaries" published forty years
after WWII. Sir Edward was one of Australia's great heroes.
In the foreword
British officer, Colonel Sir Laurens van der Post wrote of his brief experiences
with the American and Australian soldiers of war, along with the British, in the
early days of the Japanese internment and he described prison life as "the war
within the War".
For the first three months
and under the inspired leadership of (then) Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Dunlop,
an all out effort was made to not only invest the resources available to them
for "the physical well being" of the men, and to unite them as of the British-Commonwealth,
but a "vast educational system was set up" to cater for their mental and spiritual
To aid in their "physical survival and spiritual sanity",
the officers set up schools, classes and lectures, even a microcosm of a *Commonwealth
parliament in prison. Col. Sir Laurens wrote:
"They felt that there should
be some over-riding political institution to express this profound sense of identity
and purpose which they recognised as the greatest gift from Britain's imperial
past. This prison parliament was as great and therapeutic an attraction as the
rest of the prison educational and cultural activities and it did a great deal
to maintain the feeling of continuity with some worthwhile purpose pitched far
beyond prison walls which the act of imprisonment daily tried to refute."
'college of art' even published its own newspaper. But along with this huge effort
on the part of the officers, "the prison camp had to field large working parties
for the Japanese every day."
One of Van der Post's most moving recollections
was of the insatiable need the men had for "myth, legend, story and art" which
administered to their sanity and helped secure their "spiritual survival".
Australians, in particular, were interested in the stories of ancient Greece,
the Iliad and the Odyssey, and saw themselves as having something akin to those
ancient Greek expeditionary forces fighting on that great plain of Troy for that
ancient Greek Commonwealth. They were, he said, "a contemporary version of the
same immemorial and constantly recurring pattern and in the authentic line of
succession of all men who had ever left their homes to fight for a cause greater
The Odyssey as expounded to
them by a (former) Cambridge professor seemed to draw them even more than the
Iliad. "Like Odysseus and his men, they knew they also had a long and perilous
journey through time and circumstance before the lucky few among them would come
home again to their own version of Penelope."
I believe there was a stronger link for those Australians of British stock to
those Greek soldiers of long ago Troy. Philologist Owen Barfield, in "History
in English Words," traces the links back through the study of languages, Latin,
Greek, and Sanskrit - the ancient sacred language of the Hindoos - reaching back
into the mists of time to the language of the inhabitants of the land of Sumer
At one stage it was thought Sanskrit itself was the parent
language, but with the more accurate methods of analysis which philology had acquired,
it became clearer there was a still older language, and it was called the Aryan
or the Indo-European parent-language. Scholars' attention was then drawn to the
character, civilisation, and whereabouts in space and time of the people who spoke
the lost Indo-European or 'Aryan' parent-language.
collating the results of comparative philology with those of anthropology, ethnology,
comparative mythology, etc., it was possible for scholars to reconstruct from
the combined data something of the past history, of not only the Aryan race, but
that of other races and cultures.
had asked: "Who are the Aryans? Where did they come from?" It would seem this
'race-type' emerged into the pages of history from the vast plains stretching
from Eastern Europe to Central Asia, down into India and Persia, north to the
Baltic, west over all Europe and on to the New World.
IT THEIR 'RACE MEMORY'?
It would seem to me those British-Australian prisoners
of war were stirred by something very deep within their sub-conscious. Was it
their 'race memory'? After all, that great writer J.R.R. Tolkien drew upon that
old, old, tradition of storytelling, i.e., mythology, for his masterpiece, * "The
Lord of the Rings" the film of which begins with the prologue:
"And thus the
Third Age of Middle Earth began. History became legend, legend became myth - and
some things that should not have been forgotten
Waddell, LL.D., C.B., C.I.E., Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society and
Professor of Tibetan at London University in "Makers of Civilisation in Race and
History," (1929) claimed:
"The remarkable Modern-ness of Civilization when
it first appears on the stage of the world's history, on the advent of the Sumerians
or Early Aryans, over 5000 years ago, is astonishing. It shows how comparatively
small has been the really solid advance in general Civilization since then beyond
developments in details, new mechanical inventions and widespread material luxury
tending towards a mechanized and "hygienic paradise" of physical comfort in our
much boasted present-day "modern" civilization
that as it may, Stratford Caldecott, Director of the Chesterton Institute for
Faith and Culture in Oxford, wrote of Tolkien in "Secret Fire": "He was retrieving
the art of mythological or mythopoeic (e.g., creative imagination) thinking, which
is as old as mankind himself, and deeply entwined with our religious sense.
book appeals to universal constants that are reflected in traditional mythology
and folklore the world over. Mythological thinking does not provide an 'escape'
from reality so much as an 'intensification' of it, as another fantasy writer
once rightly said. Tolkien used fantasy to explore profound moral and spiritual
His stories deal with the way the world is made and the way the self is
Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon,
found the mystique of Northern Europe (which he sometimes called 'Northern-ness')
appealing to him. He felt akin to the spirit in the Norse or Icelandic sagas.
He believed that the mythology of his own land of England had been lost or destroyed
(or overlaid by Celtic and French influences), and he sought to recover that which
had been lost, writing parables for this age and for his own people.
Social crediters will be interested to discover Tolkien's social
philosophy placed him within a tradition of Catholic social thought known as Distributism.
Distributists saw the family as the only solid basis for civil society and of
any sustainable civilisation. They believed in a society of households, and were
suspicious of top-down government. Power, they held, should be devolved to the
lowest level compatible with a reasonable degree of order (the principle of 'subsidiarity').
Social order flows from the natural bonds of friendship, co-operation and
family loyalty, within the context of a local culture possessing a strong sense
of right and wrong. It cannot be imposed by force, and indeed force should never
be employed except as a last resort and in self-defence.
In the opinion of
the Distributists, the problem with modern Capitalism, was that there were not
enough capitalists around: property and wealth had become concentrated in the
hands of a few, reducing other people to the state of wage slaves (hence the title
of Hilaire Belloc's book on the subject, "The Servile State").
years ago, the result of modern Capitalism in Britain had been a pseudo-democracy
which was really a disguised plutocracy - actual power lay with the employers
and the managers, and political gurus were largely manipulated by these for their
own ends, public opinion being handled by allied interests in the media. The situation
is much worse today and the Distributists and Social Crediters of a hundred years
ago have been proved right. They well understood the nature of the problem and
what was needed to rectify it.
IS A POLITICAL THEORY
The term 'The Third Way' was originally coined by the
Distributist League, in the 1920s and Anthony Cooney records Chesterton's outline
of Distributism in his booklet "Social Credit: Aspects":
a social idea which nine men out of ten would in normal circumstances regard as
normal. Distributism is not merely a moderate form of Socialism; it is not merely
a humane sort of Capitalism. Its two primary principles may be stated thus:
That the only way to preserve liberty is to preserve property so that the individual
and the family may in some degree be independent of oppressive systems, whether
unofficial or official.
2. That the only way to preserve property is to distribute
it much more equally among citizens so that all, or approximately all, may understand
and defend it. This can only be done by breaking up the plutocratic concentrations
of our time."
Shire of Tolkien's great parable fits neatly into the Distributists' tradition
of social thought, and I for one was most disappointed that the film version of
"Lord of the Rings" did not finish with the battle for the Shire.
represents an agricultural, largely self-sufficient way of life, cut off from
the rest of the world and happy to remain so. It was a way of life founded on
local tradition which G.K. Chesterton once called 'the democracy of the dead'
- one shaped by one's ancestors, not just by those who happened to be walking
The tradition within which men such as Cooney works and thinks, and
before him, Belloc and Chesterton and Douglas is that of Christendom or western
civilisation - and their roots went down deep.
Cooney wrote of the Distributists in his Social Credit series, all of which are
available from our Book Services. He saw that C.H. Douglas' proposals form an
important part of the Methods necessary to achieve the Distributist Objectives
and have long been recognised as the Economics of the Third Way.
"Clifford Hugh Douglas" Cooney noted that in 1956 when the Ford Company opened
its first fully automated car plant in Detroit, Walter Reuther, the automobile
workers' leader was invited to the ceremony and a tour of inspection. One 'smart-ass'
junior executive asked him: "How yoo goin' to collect doos of these machines Mr.
To which Reuther responded: "Sonny. How are you goin' to sell automobiles
to these machines?"
And that is the brain-teaser:
Mankind must find the answer to that question if it is to live with the machine
on terms of human satisfaction, or this civilisation will continue to disintegrate.
In fact, not only Reuther's question but also its answer was formulated over eighty
years ago by Douglas.
The answer, for the science of economics turned out
to be as novel and as radical as the Copernican** theory had been for the science
To pick up the threads of our
British-Commonwealth soldiers and their story, 'Weary' Dunlop disclosed that he
shrunk from publishing the diaries for over forty years mainly because they might
add further suffering "to those bereaved, and add to controversy and hatred."
He also asks:
"Surely some increased understanding should emerge from a tragic
conflict in which when all is said and done, Japanese losses vastly exceeded our
own. If not, I reflect with Macbeth as to what is life:
It is a tale
by an idiot,
full of sound and fury
thought there was much to admire in Japanese courage and deadly earnestness of
purpose. He noted the sensitivity and creativity in modern Japan, having, in later
years observed it at first hand, but he sensed the single-minded loyalty "gives
the system some of the defects of an insect society, with a pattern of blind unswerving
acceptance of leadership whether towards good or evil."
This 'blind unswerving
acceptance' was noted in the Germanic brooding madness of the Götterdämmerung
It is not for us to accept blindly what our
present leaders and their financial backers would foist upon us as they follow
the instructions of the House of the New World Order..
must drink once more from the well of our own people's culture and history and
regain that spirit of freedom and independence and insist we will not live as
slaves in our own land.
and writer Dewi Hopkins explained in "The Literature of Social Credit & the Social
Credit of Literature":
"By traditionalist I mean one who is in a
tradition: not one who seeks novelty for its own sake in order to stand out from
past and present as an innovator, but one who, seeing truth and goodness, holds
to it and even enriches it with his own contribution. As has been often pointed
out, it is such a person that is a real 'original' or, as (C.S.) Lewis and Tolkien
put it, a subcreator
If the money power is ever to be defeated it will be
by a people that knows itself, with a confident and integrated knowledge
is useless to conceive of a culture as a thing separate from both 'high' and 'popular'
** In "An Introduction to Social
Credit," Bryan Monahan underlined:
"It is a matter of great importance
to understand to what an extent progress in any subject depends on a correct positing
of the problem. A classic example is the problem of Achilles and the tortoise.
In its classical form, with the classical pre-suppositions, the problem is insoluble
the problem, or paradox as it is usually known, runs:
'Give that reptile ever
so small an advance and the swift runner Achilles can never overtake him, much
less get ahead of him; for is space and time are infinitely divisible (as our
intellects tell us they are), by the time Achilles reaches the tortoise's starting
point, the tortoise has already got ahead of that starting point, and so on ad
infinitum, the interval between the pursuer and the pursued growing endlessly
minuter, but never becoming wholly obliterated."
The modern mind can "see
through" this problem at once - because we are the possessors of new points of
view to encompass such paradoxes; the problem has in fact vanished, and we can
concern ourselves with the more practical problem:
'Given that the tortoise
and Achilles have such and such speeds, and start with such and such a distance
between them, how long will it take Achilles to overtake the tortoise?' The technique
of algebra brings the solution within the competence of a child."
Monahan suggested that just as the solution of Zeno's problem was found through
the application of algebra, we may approach the greater subject of Social Credit
through the well-known "paradox of poverty amidst plenty."
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