POLITICAL CORRECTNESS (P.C.)
Some First Thoughts And Reflections
WEAPON OF MASS MENTAL AND SOCIAL DESTRUCTION
We open our examination of the significance of, and the threat to society
from Political Correctness (P.C.), with an extract from "Political
Correctness and the Ideological Struggle", by Dr Frank Ellis(2):
"For the Chinese communist", notes [Harry] Wu, "the aim
is not to destroy him (the prisoner) a hostile ele-ment physically through
violence, but to destroy him mentally and ideologically, while threatening
him with violence" Certain forms of physical abuse are used in
conjunction with thought reform, as in the degrading ritual of bai loa
men ("paying respects to the cell god"), which involves a
new prisoner's being made to suck up excrement from a bucket through
straws and then say that the excrement tasted delicious.
So you thought that Political Correctness was
something of a joke, perhaps a typically American oddball fad that originated
there and has leached its way across the Atlantic. Something slightly
ludicrous to be exploited by liberal ideologues, a robotic and bureaucratic
Civil Service and various teaching and other training establishments?
Was Political Correctness simply something that caught the imagination
and found its way innocently into popular usage? Or was it something
far more sinister; a virus; a philosophy deliberately introduced, one
that, exactly as intended, has seeped down through local government
and other elements of society in which subtle and apparently determined
attempts are being made to infuse or impose change; not simple evolutionary
changes, or change for change's sake, but in which longstanding, perfectly
understandable and adequate conventions such a "Chairman"
have to be challenged and replaced by "Chair". Or is it a
combination of both? Does it have an objective or a purpose? Has one
been a catalyst for the other? Were you, the reader, ever consulted?
Do you know where this movement began, and why? Can you put a name or
an organisation as the source or the authority for these trends?
The lady "Chairman" of a local Art Society, a term happily
accep-ted by members of all ages and both sexes, and in the written
Constitution of that Society, wrote to her local newspaper but when
her letter was published this had been arbitrarily changed in the editorial
department to "Chair" without any prior consultation. A retired
headmistress, a formid-able lady, was asked about the liberal use of
Christian names across the age and professional spectrum, as between
teaching staff and pupils in certain schools, in general social exchanges
or in business, she replied firmly that this was the way things were
done today. Asked if she had ever been consulted about the imposition
of these informalities, especially as they affected her, she could only
reply that, come to think of it, no, she had not. Many conventions are
anomalous - what about the sexist term "Manhole Cover"? Try
cracking that one. The Nation, let alone the world as a whole, is in
a parlous state. In the United Kingdom Public Services - Health Care,
Education, Transport, and Law and Order have been disrupted by conflicting
philosophies or are simply collapsing. Yet individual time and effort,
and precious public funds can be devoted to preoccupation with officially
applying and imposing the mores of Political Correctness; for example,
officially redefining "Short" as "Vertically Challenged"
and so on. On 26th November, 2002, the Daily Mail a newspaper detested
by the Liberal-Libertarian lobby, reported that the Equalities Minister
at the Department of Trade and Industry, Barbara Roche, had ruled that
the term "homosexual" was to be redefined officially as "orientation
towards people of the same sex" in response to pressure from the
"Gay" community and trades unions. Such is the "orientation"
of our mental energies, priorities and critically scarce public funds.
What Is The Extent, Nature And Range Of Political
Here we may go right back to the words of Barbara Roche and the work
of Dr Ellis(3). Now read the far deeper implications and purpose in
the use of language and definitions:
(T)he intention is to use language as a weapon.
In this scenario language is not primarily used to communicate ideas
but rather to signal the speaker's willingness to submit to the politically
correct register (gay, for example, in place of homo-sexual or gender
in place of sex). Language is power not for the masses but for the [Communist]
party intellectuals who are to instruct us on correct usage. Contemporary
political correctness pursues the same policy by dominating public discourse
and cre-ating a climate of fear such that "incorrect" opinion
is declared illegitimate, extreme or racist and so on.
At first sight it is all too easy to dismiss Political Correctness,
to ignore it, submit to it or to work round it. Today Western society
is strongly self-orientated, materialist and deliberately conditioned
by the Mass Communications Media. We have frequently referred to this
as the great soft underbelly of our society. Younger generations, often
maligned, but sharply observant and perceptive, are not allowed insights
into serious questions such as those associated with Political Correctness
through the Education System or the Media. Political Correctness will
not attract much serious conversation or concern in the bar at the local
golf club, across the dinner table, in the local pub, at the workplace,
in the office or in the clubland of Pall Mall and St James. When one
is committed to research, analysis and commentary on national and international
affairs, and on the state of the Nation, its declining culture, traditions
and morality, it rapidly becomes apparent that few people, at any level
of society, employment, occupation or profession have any interest or
knowledge beyond the conditioned horizons of their chosen Media outlet.
When Cultural Communism came openly to be discussed in the 1990s, but
only by the so-called "Populist" press, were we able to identify
the dimensions of a systematic attack on the stability of society in
the West(4). This exposure was owed, at least in part, to the collapse
of the Soviet Communist system - not the collapse of the Marxist World
Revolution as most have been persuaded to accept - and the subsequent
exposure of the true nature of Communism in its relationship to the
objectives of the Ruling Elite, the Global Power Brokers, in the West.
It is also significant that "Populism" is a term that also
seems to have originated in the United States. It is deliberately associated
subliminally with "Hard" or "Extreme" Right Wing
politics in order to discredit those who threaten to expose the threat
from International Socialism as the natural progression of the World
Revolution towards the ultimate globalisation of Power.
The work of Dr Ellis in "Political Correctness
and the Ideological Struggle" came to our notice only in the past
twelve months. From a long list of Key Words in his introduction we
read "Chinese Communist Party", "Class Enemy", "Cultural
Revolution", "Feminism", "Lenin", "Marcuse"
(a leading exponent of Cultural Communism and prominent in the student
insurrections of the 1960s), "Multiculturalism", "New
Left" and "Thought Reform", we recognised the extent
and deadly seriousness of Political Correctness. The continuity of this
revolutionary theme became clear. It was not just another American fad.
It had a specific purpose and was operating like a deadly virus in society.
In the concluding paragraph of his Paper(5), Dr Ellis had written:
To conclude I offer an allegory. It is pessimistic
and belongs to the genre of low-budget horror films. Imagine a giant
arachnid, defeated and mortally wounded, which in its death throes,
manages to ejaculate a stream of spores. The victor, savouring his hard
won triumph, fails to see that the spores have landed on his body. If
not decontaminated they will begin the process of his metamorphosis
into the very monster he has just vanquished.
Here, we would only reiterate that Communism collapsed only in the form
of the Soviet System; the World Revolution precipitated by Karl Marx
was alive and well, up and running elsewhere in the form of International
Socialism. We must remember, too, that the second "S" in U.S.S.R.
stood for Socialist. However, the pressures of research, analysis and
the rest, and the hard labour of generating any general interest in
the state of the Nation or global affairs generally had led us to file
a wide range of topics in folders labelled "Why Bother"! A
bluntly spoken Yorkshire-man had once described the general apathy in
public life as akin to stirring cold porridge - when one stops pushing
it, it stops moving! However, induced by the writing of Dr Ellis, we
also began to file loose cuttings in another folder, labelled specifically
"Political Correctness". When this material became too voluminous
to contain, we devoted several days to collating and photocopying it.
To date we have accumulated three full four-ring binders. Under what
are still provisional sub-categories we used the following headings:
"Politically Correct Absurdities and the Bureaucracy", "Power,
the Ruling Elite and Society Today", "Politics and Europe",
"Money Power", "Asylum, Immigration and Race", "Education,
Children and Rights", "Sex, Society and Morality", "Liberalism,
Perver-sion and Drugs", "Law, Order and the Police" and
"Media, Conditioning, Sex and Violence". These subjects inevitably
tend to run one into the other and there has to be some elasticity in
setting down these categories. The question may well be asked, "What
on earth has this to do with Political Correctness, with terms like
"Chair" and "Vertically Challenged", or the banning
of traditional childrens' games and competitive sport"?
THE FORCES SHAPING OUR MINDS
Cause, Effect, And General Unease
In an analysis of Political Correctness we must be careful to discriminate.
"Discriminate" alone is an example of how distortion may be
sewn in the mind. To discriminate is to distinguish between differing
entities. Today this term has been expanded and distorted from its original
meaning - hi-jacked - to include prejudice as in the case of race, immigrant
culture, sexual orientation and so on. Modified, authenticated in modern
dictionaries, we may see the smoke and mirrors of a long-laid trail
to condition how we think and react. This is where we have to identify
root causes rather than only the effects. It is also a case of recognising
the complex and invariably obscure trail from the "virus"
of Political Correctness; the "spores" suggested by Dr Ellis(6),
and the need to relate effects to causes. We must also be careful not
to confuse induced and natural changes in patterns due, for instance,
to expanding technology or living habits as in the random and somewhat
quirky but useful example of the bowler hat. A common sight on the streets
of London only three decades ago, the bowler hat has almost disappeared.
But this is more simply attributed to cost, and contemporary weather
and travel patterns.
Two hundred years and more ago newspapers were so priced as to exclude
the mass of the people from news and events. In the last half-century
there has been a massive explosion in the means of popular communication.
To associate the demise of the bowler hat with Political Correctness
would verge on the paranoid. Equally, we must avoid the trap of accepting
reports and exposures in the modern Mass Communications Media necessarily
at face value or as representative of a particular situation when these
may easily have been deliberately highlighted and taken out of the general
context to establish a particular political or philosophical position.
Ellis(7) identifies the links between Political Correctness and Marxist-Leninist
doctrine. In the meticulously detailed Soviet Politico-Military Doctrine
that evolved from this we had Diversion ("Diversiya") which
relates directly to the Ideological Struggle, for the mind. Agitation
and Propaganda were elements of Diversion. The connection between formal
Soviet Communist tactics and political-commercial tactics in the West
must be obvious.
Nationhood And Sovereignty Are Fundamental
That we must be conditioned to think only along certain lines must logically
have some ultimate objective in the service of as yet unidentified Forces,
Interests or Powers if we are not to accept Political Correctness as
an end in itself. This means a challenge to "us", as a Nation;
a natural association of culture, tradition and race that evolves over
centuries. We must account for the continuing evolution and any justification
for this in a globalising world in which certain forces would make National
boundaries philosophically and technically irrelevant. This is immediately
apparent in the arguments against political integration in an European
Federal "State" in which ultimate economic control would be
vested in an unelected cabal of private bankers controlling a single
currency. Major C.H. Douglas, M.I.Mech.E., was active promulgating Social
Credit in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. This was a widely promoted and
discussed chall-enge during this period to the debt-usury system of
"money" creation by the private banks. Here is a significant
comment by Douglas when answer-ing questions after he addressed a gathering
in Liverpool in 1936:
What is important is that we should become conscious
of our sovereignty - that we should associate consciously, understanding
the purpose of our association, and refusing to accept results which
are alien to the purpose of our association. We must learn to control
our actions consciously, and not at the behest of some external control
of which we are not conscious" (Emphasis added).
Professor Arnold Toynbee was Director of Studies at the Royal Institute
of International Affairs (R.I.I.A.), 1925, Director Foreign Research
and Press Service, R.I.I.A., 1939-43 and Director Research Department,
Foreign Office, 1943-46. In June 1931 Toynbee addressed a conference
in Copenhagen. The title of Toynbee's Paper was "The Trend Of International
Affairs Since The War". These Conferences were initiated by the
League of Nations Institute for Intellectual Cooperation. The National
Coordinating Committee in Great Britain was domiciled at the R.I.I.A.
and included representatives from the Institute, the London School of
Economics and Political Science (L.S.E.), the Woodrow Wilson Chair of
International Politics at Aberystwyth and the Montagu Burton Chair of
International Relations at Oxford. Here is a key extract from his address(8):
* In the spirit of determination which happily
animates us, we shall have no inclination to under-estimate the strength
of the political force which we are striving to overcome. What is this
force? If we are frank with ourselves, we shall admit that we are engaged
on a deliberate and sustained and concentrated effort to impose limitations
upon the sovereignty and independence of fifty or sixty local sovereign
independent States which at present partition the habitable surface
of the earth and divide the political allegiance of mankind. The surest
sign, to my mind, that this fetish of local national sovereignty is
our intended victim is the emphasis with which our statesmen and our
publicists protest with one accord, and over and over again, at every
step forward which we take, that, whatever changes we may make in the
international situation, the sacred principle of local sovereignty will
be maintained inviolable. This I repeat, is a sure sign that, at each
of those steps forward, the principle of local sovereignty is really
being encroached upon and its sphere of action reduced and its power
for evil restricted. It is just because we are really attacking the
principle of local sovereignty that we keep protesting our loyalty to
it so loudly. The harder we press our attack upon the idol, the more
pains we take to keep its priests and devotees in a fool's paradise
- lapped in a false sense of security which will inhibit them from taking
up arms in their idol's defence.
The Long Trail From Cause To Effect
We are constrained to consider the effects of Political Correctness
mainly within the parameters of the Nation State; here, the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If Political Correctness is a
valid component of the threat to our continuing identity, culture and
traditions, we must relate this to three key factors. First is the condition
or state of the United Kingdom which is being fashioned by forces beyond
the simple "two-dimensional" concept of conventional party-political
and conventional economic influences. Second is to recognise the need
to destabilise society; to undermine subliminally, tactically and through
legislation, the will and potential of the people to recognise the true
threat behind and beyond these conventionally accepted images and resist
it. This means in turn the elimination of personal initiative, thought,
respon-sibility, freedom of expression and strong racial and cultural
identity. All these factors may be identified by research and analysis,
through accumulated information and observation. Thirdly, if Political
Correctness is not to be regarded as an end in itself, what are the
ultimate aims and what are the Forces in whose interest Political Correctness
functions? The Mass Communications Media are to a large extent controlled.
The same elements of the Ruling Elite connect across the boards of an
increasingly centralised - and internationalised - Media, Multinational
Corporations, and in Government circles as advisers, as lobbies of vested
interests, or even in ministerial appointments. Local newspapers on
the other hand are less inhibited. Many remain in private ownership.
The degree of public concern at the state of the Country may be gauged
from trends in the correspondence columns. We base this on our own regional
press, but this must broadly reflect popular opinion across the Country.
We intend to publish further selections from this correspondence in
future editions of On Target as we continue to explore Political Correctness.
The letter repro-duced here was published in the Shropshire Star of
16th July, 2003, with the heading "Why has our society faltered?"
under the pen of the Reverend J. Williams writing from as far away as
* As a vicar and writer in the Church of England
I am being inundated with letters from people from all over the United
Kingdom who are despairing at the state this country is in. My postbag
reveals that there is an unofficial debate going on with people asking,
what has gone wrong with Britain? I would be most grateful if I could
use your letters page to further discussion and debate in your area.
Society has now got so bad it appears that the
very essence of what being British stood for - justice, decency and
common sense - is in meltdown. People are saying the country has gone
mad with crime and teenage pregnancies soaring, family values collapsing,
and teachers being reprimanded for disciplining pupils, road rage, courts
failing adequately to punish offenders and so on. Politicians often
give the problems of poverty, unemployment and bad housing as being
reasons for this rise in crime, however the United Kingdom has always
had these problems to a greater or lesser degree so clearly something
else has gone wrong.
In the past there was a marked fall in crime
as church attendance rose. This was noted by commentators of the day.
One such historian A.J. Pike wrote: "There has never been a time
in which life and property have been so secure". It seems that
it wasn't people's fear of arrest that kept them from breaking the law
but their inner morality. Church attendance had promoted conscience,
self-control and the belief that they were accountable to God. The lesson
from history is surely that these values can only be ignored at a terrible
cost. Today's Britain is paying that price.
The strategy of which we believe Political Correctness to be a key part
has a much longer record and goes far beyond the actions of the present
"New Labour" British Government of boy Prime Minister Tony
Blair. What we do believe is that New Labour, far from embodying or
perpetuating traditional Labour values, is imposing the values and ideals
of International, Fabian Socialism. Under the symbol of the tortoise;
gradual change as opposed to the revolutionary change of Soviet Communism,
the same Socialist objectives of the World Revolution are being achieved.
An important work to which we have often referred is Rose L. Martin's
Fabian Freeway - High Road To Socialism In The U.S.A.(9). Here we should
take note of the story of the frog; placed in boiling water it will
immediately jump out again; placed in cold water with a gradually, imperceptibly
rising temperature, the frog is cooked unaware of its planned fate.
Protest, dissatisfaction and complaint there will always be. The key
is to perceive the trends rather than the absolute. Political Correctness
per se, and its role in national and global affairs has to be a matter
of careful study. On the other hand, the public at large will cast about
in its ignorance like an animal in pain, some with sharp perceptions,
but most with little understanding beyond their own circumstances of
despair and frustration supported by "gut feelings". The next
two letters, both from the Shropshire Star, display these sentiments
and concerns well. The first letter was published on 5th December, 2002,
with the heading "Blair and his team of vandals". The second
letter appeared on 21st December, 2002, with the title "Changing
world, but is it all for the good":
* The seemingly inexorable vandalism of this
Government continues unabated as it seeks to eradicate not only our
culture, society and sovereignty but now our heritage and eventually
our religious buildings. It is obsessed with issues of political correctness,
anti-xenophobia and sexual orientation. But the control-freak culture
of this administration doesn't care a fig about indigenous feelings
and beliefs. Blair can wear his heart on his sleeve when on public display,
fawning over George W. Bush or attending State occasions, but when it
comes to so-called modernising, everything gets trampled under his feet.
The latest attack is on school nativity plays and fundraising concerts
which are often the only way to maintain historic buildings. Through
the introduction of entertainment licences Blair is determined to cut
the lifeline of funding. It's cool to see Christmas subjugated by the
Winter-tide and festivals of Light. The whingers are determined to suppress
our celebration of Guy Fawkes or New Year because a few crackles upset
the family pet. Blair will soon have a whistle-blower at the top of
every street ready to squeal on Santa Claus for breaking and entering.
* I am in my 80s and, like the rest of my generation, gave my country
six years in the second World War, in the Army. "For what?"
we say. Well there has been a lot of invention and progress, like television,
which shows how to commit crime and tells us on the news all the bad
things that have happened. There are, of course, washing machines, cars
(two per household), holidays abroad, computers and many, many other
things - and to pay for it all mothers have to go out to work. The do-gooders
have ruined the country, with no discipline in schools, the police are
powerless in many situations all because the thugs have human rights.
The victims don't, of course. In my day you weren't afraid to go out
after dark, you could leave your door open all night, your bike in the
garden and it would still be there in the morning. The law is an ass.
Life should mean life or better still, bring back hanging. For thugs
bring back the birch. And all offenders, whatever their age, should
be named. Then we come to the M.Ps. and councillors. They reward themselves
with huge allowances and laptop computers and don't have to account
for their claims. Town halls have trebled their staff and built huge
The Daily Mail is, in our opinion, the only mainstream
newspaper that consistently campaigns against the situation reflected
in the foregoing letters. It is therefore ritually identified with the
political "Right", what--ever that is meant to mean, and with
the interests of the "Middle Classes", whatever they may be
deemed to be in the real world. Towards the end of 2001 we attended
a local protest meeting against the United States-driven invasion of
Afghanistan. The meeting was addressed by Paul Marsden, formerly a Labour
M.P., who subsequently defected to the Liberal Democratic Party. The
meeting was run and attended largely by peace campaigners. During an
interval the Daily Mail was mentioned in conversation with a formidable
lady, a dedicated anti-war, anti-nuclear campaigner who would have considered
herself to be "Middle Class". "Oh; that rag" was
the sharp response. This exposed the innate bigotry and silliness of
some of those who can become involved in such movements, no less than
the same deficiencies and subjective, shallow perceptions of those who
assume so-called "Right Wing" positions. Some 15 years ago,
the late Dr Kitty Little, an expert in the field of nuclear science,
quietly demolished the arguments of an anti-Nuclear Power demonstrator
with rational scientific arguments. In the end this good lady could
only protest that "This is what I believe". We do not take
sides. But this serves to illustrate the many emotional and subjective
cross currents as one contemplates the vulnerability of society to the
specious tenets of Political Correctness. We read the Daily Mail impartially
and, we hope objectively, as we read The Guardian, The Independent or
Communist Morning Star. If the Daily Mail reports the chaotic state
of discipline and learning in certain schools, the malfunction of Law
and Order, the vulnerability of the victims of crime or teenage promiscuity,
then so be it. Such matters cannot be "un-made" simply because
they are reflected in a newspaper that does not happen to fit one's
cherished political beliefs or social prejudices. On 10th August, 2003,
Peter Hitchens wrote in the Mail's sister paper the Mail on Sunday under
the heading of "One man and a letter of despair that shames our
* How much longer are the British going to put up with the way they
are being ignored by those who claim to be in charge of the country?
I have tried in every way I know to tug the sleeves of the powerful
and tell them that crime and disorder are out of control. But the safe,
wealthy elite scornfully dismiss people such as me as alarmists. When
I published a book about this issue in the spring, most of the liberal
media coldly ignored it. Others just abused me and called me names.
You see, crime and disorder simply aren't interesting to them because
they live a long way from such things. I had a letter last week from
a former soldier who does not have that luxury and I quote from it here
with his per-mission. He tells me that in 1979 he bought a mid-terrace
house in one of our big cities. But now, as he says: "I couldn't
even give my house away, let alone sell it." Why? Because the louts
and oafs who now rule so much of our country have taken over and the
law has moved out. "I live next door to a drug dealer who deals
in the "normal" sort of things - Ecstasy, skunk, whizz., etc.
Yet although the police know all about him they will do nothing to remove
him. "I have even put up with watching 80 to 90 people a day visiting,
only ever for a minute or two. People smoke their puffs on my doorstep.
What am I to do? The police won't help, the council won't help. I have
had cars destroyed by these scum. Things are far worse than you'll ever
know. I have two children, a girl of 20 and a son of 22. My daughter
is terrified of going out. My son simply tries to stay away as much
as possible." This letter tells of drunks roaming at all hours
of the night. "They set off fireworks, damage cars, knock on your
windows and kick your doors. It never ends. I have worked all my life,
I have paid my taxes, I have served my country - and for what? To live
in fear? Sorry, not me. I am one of those people willing to go to prison
to defend my family and my property. But hang on - haven't I paid the
police to do that? Someone must listen sooner or later. Mustn't they?"
If this were just one letter, it would be bad enough. But it is only
the most eloquent of many that I receive from people all over the country
- in city and countryside, north and south - who are baffled, afraid,
dispirited and angry. What I also hear about is the slow but relentless
rise of dangerous political extremes among the abandoned and defenceless.
People reach for such remedies because the main parties, run by the
rich and the safe, are arrogantly refusing to listen.
THE ULTIMATE POWER OF MONEY
The Role Of Political Correctness
We have often explained that the ultimate earthly Power is that of Money,
the method and means of its creation, and those who control it. Money
acts in the manner of an electric power grid. The Power can be generated
to meet perceived requirements. The flow can be directed, diverted,
increased or decreased and, if need be, cut off. Everything else, from
business to public services and personal finances, hangs from this like
trinkets on a Christmas tree. Today, the creation of money is virtually
out of control on a globalised scale. Instead of being a means for the
free movement and exchange of goods and services, money is traded as
a commodity in its own right. This is just as if electricity was traded
between generating companies or dealers as a commodity as a primary
function of electricity generation. We make one concession to the Christmas
tree analogy. When business becomes so large any serious overload as
in the case of the Savings and Loan (building society), scandal in the
United States, debt rescheduling in Mexico or uncontrolled over-expansion
of production can cause serious breakdowns in the Money "power
grid", severely straining the branches of our Christmas tree; even
breaking these "branches" occasionally if global banks and
businesses go into meltdown as in the case of the Enron affair in the
If we follow yet another analogy we create a
situation of "Poverty Amidst Plenty", as in the case of the
Great Depression of the 1930s. Thus there is insufficient "Money"
available - Power in the "grid" - to facilitate the normal
exchange and movement of the natural resources that remain plentiful
and are needed to sustain us. The analogy? One would not run a train
half-empty for a lack of tickets. Yet money is always made available
- more "electricity" is "generated" - in time of
war, if not to alleviate human suffering and deprivation. President
Abraham Lincoln issued the "Greenback" during the American
Civil War of 1861-63. Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury John
Bradbury gave his name to the treasury note issued during the 1914-18
War. Thus our individual fortunes; pensions, pension funds, mortgages,
debt encouraged by spending ahead of income, small businesses, are forced
up and down like a yo-yo at the mercy of this artificial global market
of created "Money". As we lose homes and pensions and public
services collapse the Chancellor of the Exchequer robs Peter - us -
to pay Paul - Bankerism - to finance huge loans and deficits on funds
"created" and borrowed from the private banking system - the
National Debt, instead of the Government exercising its right to create
its own money. But we must not be allowed to understand this or the
people might rise up in open rebellion. We must therefore be diverted
and dumbed down, our independence of judgement and our thought processes
must be anaesthetized. In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in February
this year we examined this scenario under the title "Why A Major
War Is Needed - The Global Economy And Those Who Control It"(10).
This also included three specific references which merit careful reading;
one by David C.Korten(11) and two by Michael Rowbotham(12)(13)..
James Gibb Stuart is a Scottish businessman, author and co-founder of
the Bromsgrove Group for monetary and economic reform. Long before we
raised the question of Political Correctness with him, he had coined
the term "SMARM" - Socially Malleable, And Responsively Motivated.
He had also written an allegory with the title "Anecdotes of a
Devil's Disci-ple". This was in two parts; "The Initiate"
and "Effects and causes", which we reproduce below:
"Anecdotes of a Devil's Disciple"
Part I - The Initiate
I sold my soul to the Devil when I was twenty-nine years old. By that
time I had acquired a degree in economics, a diploma in company law,
a Ph.D. in mass psychology, a nagging degree of personal debt and a
Habit that could cost as much as £500 in a single week.
On that first occasion H.M.M. (His Mephistophelian
Majesty) could not have been more kind and understanding. Inviting me
into His own private suite at the prestigious C.H.Q., He pointed out
that since personal problems automatically became His problem for all
the myriads of staff in His employ, and since the creation and administration
of Debt were a particular aspect of corporate activities, I should cease
to worry about the escalating financial burden. After all, He commented
disarm-ingly, since Debt is something we should hesitate to use against
ourselves, it would never, ever, be pressed against me whilst I remained
in His service. As for the Habit, that also was an in-house situation
which had to be kept under control, but supplies, when sanctioned, would
be provided by one of the unlisted subsidiaries at a fraction of the
Working for the Devil is immediately identified
as a unique and exclusive experience. Initiates are made to feel that
they are members of a very special club, an elite who are somehow outwith
and above the aff-airs of ordinary humanity. This impression is assiduously
maintained at secret induction sessions where the new incumbents are
quickly made the recipients and the guardians of privileged knowledge,
and encouraged to regard themselves as both masters of the present and
shapers of the future.
H.M.M. (Incorporated) covers such a range of
diverse and appar-ently conflicting activities, that it seemed nigh
impossible for one manage-ment structure to contain and administer them
all. In addition to the high profile financial, industrial and commercial
divisions, I noted that vast departments had been given over to religion,
morality, psychology, propa-ganda and the conditioning of the human
mind. It left me aghast at the sheer scale and versatility of our corporate
endeavours, and innately curious at the ingenious master strategy which
had obviously been conceived to weave all these disparate strands together.
Even so, I did not doubt that H.M.M. had a particular purpose for me
in this mighty cosmocorp. Specialisation had been indicated at an early
stage of the induction process, and soon those with specific training
and acquired skills were being sought out, and directed into the tasks
that best befitted their aptitudes. In my case it had obviously been
decided, on qualifications and previous experience, that I should be
employed in the field of economics.
I was good at economics - not the numbers or
the practicalities or the application as such - frankly I'd never really
got to grips with the seven-times table - but the jargon and the analyses,
and all that flurry of figures and statistics that so impressed the
market. I could quote extensively from the textbook, and argue and pontificate
with conviction, and my rhetoric in a rowdy conference hall could score
points against the most calculating and well documented opponent.
In my time I had also studied, briefly but memorably,
at the Broughton School for Advanced Jargonese, whose successful graduates
could always he expected to pull out a complicated technical phrase
or some high sounding expression of involved methodology where it was
most needed. Critics were instinctively wary of attacking an alleged
expert who could speak casually and convincingly about integrated management
flexibility or responsive transitional contingencies. None of them would
have any idea what it meant if indeed it meant anything at all but they
would never want to admit it.
In the training cadres and lecture auditoriums
of His Mephistophelian Majesty my most eloquent presentations were received
without comment, but when the induction courses ended, I was duly posted
to a professional environment where both my background of legalistics
and my command of textbook economics would be put to full advantage.
I became part of the most unassuming, yet altogether critically important
department within the Company's vast and sprawling network. With my
new colleagues I would become responsible for projecting and protecting
the corporate image in the sphere of public relations.
Nothing about H.M.M. (Incorporated) was more unique than its sensitivity
to public perceptions within indigenous society and in the market place.
I was soon to find that no expense would he spared, no consumption of
time and trouble considered disproportionate, for ensuring that the
Company's profile and policies on all relevant matters were in conformity
with the established norms. Environmentally friendly! Politically correct!
Ethnically compatible! These, and others of a like nature, were the
concepts and catch phrases which I would always have to keep before
me in my interface with the modern communications media which carried
our message to a wider public. Those early studies at the Broughton
School would not be wasted.
Even in those situations where Company strategy
and the overriding profit motive left ethnic or environmental issues
some long way behind, it was still a paramount necessity to ensure that
our image remained untarnished within the popular domain. Thus judiciously
financed research could occasionally establish a hazardous waste as
a public good, and closure of manufacturing plants with much loss of
local employment was downsizing to improve industrial efficiency. Black
could become white if one adjusted the lighting, and even the malodorous
be made to smell sweet.
Euphemisms of this genre were second nature once
one had thoroughly absorbed and understood corporate policy. The Company
had its own private code of conduct, ethics and morality. For the initiated
it was a very easy code to follow. Broadly what was right and proper
in any given situation was whatever happened to concur with the guidelines
from Head Office, and it then became the task of Public Relations to
reconcile the contradictions for instance as between local economic
downturn and rising Company profits internationally.
With the vast resources for research and controlled
communication of ideas that had been placed at our disposal, even that
was not an impossible assignment. We simply resurrected a nineteenth
century ideal and offered it as a unique latter day virtue. Industrial
wastelands were being created, skills and prospects destroyed, communities
reduced to drugs and crime and hopelessness, but with proper handling
and media overkill, it could all be presented as progressive and inevitable
within the principles and the philosophy of the Free Market.
When I reflected at times on what had been accomplished,
I realised that it could not have been achieved through normal public
relations skills alone. There was an element of thought transference
and mind conditioning at a very high level in many of our initiatives,
and when I saw how readily and how regularly state treasuries and prime
ministers could be made to fall in line with our objectives, I began
to suspect the existence within our sprawling Company structure of individuals
and agencies with both the prestige and the influence to control events.
It gave me new insights into the potential, and the ultimate ambitions,
of my new boss, His Mephistophelian Highness. H.M.M. (Incorporated),
that many faceted conglomerate enterprise, was both a symbol and an
embodiment of Power, power that radiated outwards and downwards to command
the attention and the supine cooperation of governments, chancelleries,
academics, leaders of thought and political opinion in every civilised
corner of the globe.
In fact H.M.M. (or UM squared, as the maths.
boys called him) was bidding to become Master of the World. In some
trepidation, yet driven by an insatiable curiosity, I aspired to learn
the Secret of His Power.
"Anecdotes of a Devil's Disciple"
Part II - Effects And Causes
Life was comfortable. I still had my Habit, but supplies were ready
available, and I was managing to keep it under control. The Debt had
gone quiescent. It had not been cancelled, just placed under a moratorium,
no doubt as an earnest of good behaviour. The organisation owned me,
but there was a light touch upon the restraints that held me in check.
I had made friends, consciously and deliberately,
with older and longer established colleagues, amongst them some who
had obviously made their choice, and were content to carry out each
twist and turn of Company policy without qualm or question. Foremost
of these was Fred, who was in charge of my department. He was a calm,
superior type of individual, always apparently in full command of himself
and the situation, whatever that happened to be. We would occasionally
have a quiet drink together after the day's business was over, and I
got to value those little encounters, especially when they gave me opportunity
to ask his views on matters that concerned me.
He was not at all reluctant to confess what working
with the Devil had done for him. "It's been very good for me,"
he declared one evening as we sat together. I can tell you I had scarcely
two bits to rub together when I joined the organisation. Now I've got
a place in the shires, and a catamaran straining at its moorings in
the Monte Carlo marina."
"Well, you're different, I suppose. I can't
get used to thinking of myself as a fixture. You just seem to belong.".
"I didn't actually start here, any more than you did," he
retorted, "though true to popular legend, the Boss did indeed take
me into a high place, and tell me much of what I saw could be mine.
The high place was His penthouse suite, with a splendid view of the
City, and He's been as good as His word, for much that I saw that night
is now mine. I've had insider information on every takeover and merger
both here and in New York over the last ten years, and as you can imagine,
it paid off rather well. So why should I want to give all that up?"
"Well, you know," I stumbled awkwardly.
"Immortal soul and all that! The threat of hellfires and eternal
damnation! Does it not worry you?"
"It's never actually been proved,"
he replied calmly. "Have you been reading the Bible or something?"
"Every now and then I think of it. Buying
myself out, I mean. There must be something I can do."
"What? At your age? Don't even think of
it. Not even with a cool million in the bank. Can't you see that we're
winning all the way? With His Satanic Majesty up there in front, who's
going to stop us?"
"Sorry," I said apologetically. "It's
just that I occasionally get nightmares about the hereafter."
"What you need, old boy," said Fred
cosily, "is some sense of historical perspective. Our Old Man's
been around for a very long time. You and I are mortal, creatures of
the technological age computers, telescreens and electronic transfer.
But the Boss was plying His trade away back there in Ancient Babylon,
when the scribes did their writings on papyrus, and you posted things
by mule or camel. So He's known how to adjust with the times, and He's
fought off plenty of challenges, like that affair with Jesus of Nazareth
in the days of the Roman Empire."
"Yes, but Jesus defied Him on that occasion,"
I exclaimed. "Part of the temptations of Christ, wasn't it? He
was taken up to the high place, and told everything could he his. But
according to the scriptures, he wouldn't he tempted."
"Okay, okay" agreed Fred equably. "He
got away with it that time. But he didn't know how to quit when he was
winning. He soon got his comeuppance, after he interfered with the moneychangers.
Now that was something the Boss couldn't afford to let anyone get away
with, not even today."
"You mean when Christ threw the moneychangers
out of the Temple?" I stared at him open mouthed. "I had no
idea that had anything to do with well, what we're doing now."
"Of course it had. As I've already explained, it's a matter of
acquiring a sense of historical perspective. It helps you to understand
that when this wandering preacher struck at the moneychangers, he was
striking at a vital corporate monopoly. The Company just had to strike
"The Company? In that temple at Jerusalem?
In the days of donkey transport? So how did the Boss get to hear of
"Frankly I couldn't tell you. Let's assume
that with communica-tions on the primitive side, He had to leave a bit
of latitude with His lieutenants. But they certainly acted fast, whoever
they were. It was only a matter of weeks before they had him crucified,
and it was a salutary lesson most people were unlikely to forget."
"Yes, Christ died on the cross," I
mused, "but he was reported to have risen again after three days.
And through his resurrection, didn't the Christians turn it into a triumph?"
"They would, wouldn't they?" remarked
Fred, reaching for his glass. "And I suppose that down through
the centuries they of all people must have given H.M.M. no end of trouble.
But He's had the patience to outstay them, and now, in print, on screen
or television, we can have them maligned, ridiculed and discredited
whenever the whim takes us. I'd say that nowadays we're playing the
Christians like a ju jitsu wrestler handles a stronger opponent, turning
their own strength against them."
"And you really think we can prevail, even
with this terrible promise of a Day of Judgement in the hereafter?"
Said Fred, "You seem to have an obsession
with the hereafter. And as I told you already, it's never actually been
proved. Personally I'll stick to what I see happening down here and
what I see as a winning play."
I thought for a moment. "With the Christians,"
I ventured at length, "what did you mean about using their own
strength to defeat them?"
"Remember your philosophy classes?" he asked at that. "All
those repetitive illustrations about separating cause from effect! Well
we've got the whole damn Church of Christ Crucified dissipating its
energies on the effects whilst apparently ignoring the causes. Take
this recent controversy over Third World Debt for instance. They've
made quite a houha about those miserable suckers down there south of
Capricorn, who've had to starve themselves to meet the interest charges.
There have been umpteen conferences in as many countries, preaching
compassion and atonement, even a millennium accord on debt forgiveness.
The Christian charities have gone into it in a big way, raising relief
supplies to feed the hungry, all the way from the Congo to the Philippines
and the Matto Grosso. No doubt they've come canvassing the Boss for
a subscription. And no doubt He's tipped them a million or two from
His petty cash tray He finds it pays to he generous in such instances.
But of course none of it affects His vital interests."
"So what are the vital interests?"
I asked curiously.
Fred did not answer immediately, and when he did speak, it was with
a different tone in his voice. "You're the economist" he observed
pointedly. "And you've seen the leverage we've been able to exert
against the debtor countries in regard to their resources. Debt forgiveness
was our concept. It was the Company which first offered it to them in
exchange for a lien on their resources. Knowing our Mephistophelian
Master," he continued with a sly grin, "I reckon that was
probably a good enough reason for getting them into debt in the first
"So what you're really saying is that all
those Christian charities, with their gigantic relief efforts, have
got the wrong end of the problem entirely. They're sort of running about
mopping up the bathroom floor without thinking to turn off the tap."
"I'm saying" declared Fred smoothly,
"that whatever happens, H.M.M. always stays in control. The churches
and the Red Cross and the bleeding hearts are doing the running about
and the mopping up, but He's got His hands on the tap. He determines
the causes, they deal with the effects. Still wonder why I'm not worried
about the Day of Judgement?"
"No, I can see what you're getting at,"
I told him. "They get all the trouble and expense of running the
relief operations, whilst we get control of the resources. But is there
no one out there who's smart enough to realise what's going on?"
"Of course there is," he replied quietly.
"There's plenty of them, probably within the churches themselves.
But this is where you have to be impressed with the immensity of the
Boss's power. He crucified Christ after that threat to His corporate
monopoly, and nowadays even the holiest and most devout of Christian
ministers seems reluctant to join his Lord and climb the hill to Calvary."
"I can't imagine crucifixion being regarded as much of a threat
nowadays," I remarked with an attempt at jocularity. "You
suggest they're all afraid of the Old Man? Yet there's many a tubthumping
priest who blasts the Devil from his pulpit every Sunday morning."
"Oh they don't mind confounding the Devil
from the pulpit. What they never get down to is criticising the works
of the Devil in the larger social context. There's few of them bold
enough to throw the money changers out of their own particular temple."
"It's likely to be rather expensive, that's why. Like everybody
else these days, the churches need plenty of funding to pay the bills,
run their charities, and see that the clergy have a comfortable living.
If they were to become too curious and obstructive about the corporate
monopoly, they might just discover that their sources of finance were
"The corporate monopoly!" I repeated.
"It's a money monopoly, isn't it? The Boss keeps people in line
by putting a stranglehold on their finances, and if they step too far
out of line, I suppose they can be utterly destroyed."
"Debt, scandals, exposure, public humiliation
and social degrada-tion! There are more ways of crucifying people than
by nailing them to a cross, and in his time the Old Man has probably
refined them all."
"And it's the money monopoly that's important,"
I said, trying to get my thoughts in order. "That's the one that
has to be preserved at all costs."
"Even if it means murder, mayhem, terror, starvation and an occa-sional
resort to bloody conquest." Fred had finished his drink, and looked
as if he was about to leave. "Some people call it the monopoly
of credit. And it is indeed the most important thing the Old Man has
going for him."
"Would you say that it's the Secret of His
"You might say that. In the global scheme of things, financial
power is the ultimate power."
There was much more I wanted to ask him, but
he was on his feet, and I had to he satisfied with what I had already
heard. It was all useful, and let me see a number of things more clearly.
I knew that thenceforth I had to concentrate on the money issue.
CHARTING THE PATH OF ULTIMATE POWER
We have stated that Political Correctness cannot logically be an end
in itself. It must therefore function in the service of some far greater
Force, or Power. We intend to examine this relationship in its various
dimensions in future editions of On Target. In doing so we realise that
to identify Political Correctness in this light may be seen as something
of an act of faith. The problem is that if one ignores this and accepts
Political Correct-ness at face value, this inexorable process could
well generate nations of Orwellian human "sheep" within a
few generations. Then it will be too late. A few years ago we purchased,
quite by chance, The Official Politic-ally Correct Dictionary And Handbook
(14). This contained an almost unimaginable catalogue of definitions,
supported by no less than 34 pages of references. The book was published
in the outward style of a popular, even satirical paperback. But when
we suggested this to Dr Frank Ellis, he stressed the deadly seriousness
of the book. The more one studies the extent, depth and origins of Political
Correctness the more compelling this uncomfortable truth becomes.
James Gibb Stuart has given us one vision of Ultimate Power from which
our awareness and understanding must be diverted. This Satanic dimension
has a clear link to The New Testament of The Holy Bible. We may see
our destiny here in The Book of Revelations. From the roots of The Holy
Bible comes another dimension; that of The Old Testament. Let us call
this the Power of Political Zionism as expressed by Winston Chur-chill
in his conveniently ignored article in The Illustrated Sunday Herald
of 8th February, 1920 on International Jewry, what we commonly term
"Organised Jewry", under the heading "Zionism versus
Bolshevism. A Struggle for the Soul of the Jewish People"(15).
The seeds of this Power were sewn in The Protocols of the Elders of
Zion(16). First translated by Victor Marsden from the Russian in 1920,
this book is understandably detested by almost all people of Jewish
origin. It is ritually condemned as a vile "forgery", but
this is quite false; any forgery has to have an original. On the other
hand, no people can be homogeneous. The vast majority of Jewish people,
including those no longer of the Jewish faith, have no part in this.
Nevertheless, the Protocols forecast reasonably accurately what is coming
to pass in this growth of Power across the world. The United Kingdom
with a population of 59,000,000, Germany, 83,000,000 and France, 59,500,000
have ultimately shown themselves subservient to the economic and political
Power of the United States, 280,000,000. The Po-wer of Organised Jewry,
through bodies like the World Jewish Congress extends its influence
to every major Nation in the world. Israel, with a pop-ulation of a
mere 6,000,000, leads United States foreign policy by the nose through
American-Jewish organisations and political groups like the so-called
"Neoconservatives", whose primary loyalty is to Israel. Israel
milks the United States taxpayer to the tune of some $8,000,000,000
annually. Israel is a major armaments manufacturer and dealer. Protected
by the United States from international censure, Israel has developed
a massive arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction. No other Nation in
history has wielded such Power. To ignore this second obvious factor
would be pusillanimous self-delusion and would also seriously distort
Three other factors must be taken into account
at this stage. First is that in 1926 Soviet agent Mikhail Borodin informed
Madame Chiang Kai-shek that the Communist World Revolution exploited
the destabilising and idealistic philosophies of Liberal idealism and
Intellectualism(17). Sec-ondly, despite the anti-Elitist, Egalitarian
basis of this Liberal-Libertarian thinking, no such thinking existed
in Marxist philosophy. In his interview with the German writer Emil
Ludwig, Comrade Stalin, dealing with this question [Equalitarianism],
made an express reference to The Critique of the Gotha Programme(18):
* The sort of Socialism in which everyone receives
the same wages, the same quantity of meat, the same quantity of bread,
wears just the same clothes, and receives the same products in the same
quantity - such a Socialism is unknown to Marxism. Marxism only says:
until the final annihilation of classes, and until labour, instead of
being a means to existence, has become the first necessity of life -
voluntary labour for society - everyone will be paid for his labour
in accordance with the work done. . . . It is absolutely clear that
different people have different needs and will continue to have them
under Socialism. Socialism has never excluded difference of taste, of
quantity and quality in individual needs. . . . Equalitarianism arises
from the peasant mode of thought, the psychology of dividing everything
up equally, the psychology of primitive peasant "Communism".
Equalitarianism has nothing in common with Marxist Socialism (Emphasis
The third factor is that of the Globalisation
of Power in the service of Mammon, Bankerism and the Trans-National
Corporations. In his report "American-led Empire's Planned Global
Military Domination", of 7th July, 2003, Craig Hulet points out
in the following paragraph that in the role of the United States as
the obvious epicentre of this Power, ordinary American people, themselves
a primary target of Political Correctness, are no less vulnerable, as
a Nation-State, to these forces:
* The Monroe Doctrine asserted Washington's "international police
pow-er" to intervene against "chronic wrongdoing, or an importance
which results in a general loosening of the ties of civilized society."
The new and proposed deployments are being justified by similar rhetoric.
Just substitute "globalization" for "civilization".
The emerging Pentagon doctrine, . . . argues that it is precisely countries
and regions that are "disconnected" from the prevail-ing trends
of economic globalization that posed the greatest dangers. "Discon-nectedness
is one of the great danger signs around the world," Bebrowski told
an audience at the Heritage Foundation last month in an update of the
"general loosening of the ties of civilized society" formula
of a century ago. . . . This empire is, while seemingly familiar in
many past regards, a "corporate empire" to benefit the monopoly
corporation's elite, stock holders, outright majority owners and the
"banking fraternity" inextricably intertwined within Corporat-ism's
circle of friends. . . . But understand what is missing in these above
very good analyst's works: This empire is not, I must repeat, a simple
Roman model, but a corporate model which leaves America as a nation-state
a simple cog in the wheel, and Americans simple subjects to the corporate
dictate; which may well leave Americans scrambling for jobs in far off
lands; scrambling for work and food here at home; scrambling for understanding
why they were duped. And so easily it would seem. (Emphasis added).
The Politics Of The Forked Tongue - Authoritarian Liberalism. By Aidan
Rankin. New European Publications Limited, 2002.
This book is about freedom, the freedom to choose
when one wants to sit down in familiar surroundings to have a cup of
tea or to sit sucking one's pipe in a leather chair in some London club.
Rankin wants us to be like that and not be part of an intrusive society
each with his political antennas at full stretch to identify with some
group or other shouting from each roof top about the search for an illusory
In essence this review could stop here, but reading
the book is a chilling reminder of what is being done to us by the New
Liberals in the interest of doing good. Rankin's argument about the
forked tongue is that people don't want to read about these issues along
with their breakfast coffee but rather leave them to be submerged in
the traditional goodness of the ordinary Englishmen. In other words
by the individual putting sensitive issues like race in the public domain
is only raising the temp-erature surrounding them. Like race, for example,
our nation has always been a refuge for immigrants and they have always
been absorbed without much fuss or bother, so let it be so.
How Jeff, Rankin's New-Liberal, would arch his back at such an observation.
But it is one of the redeeming features of our society that it is able
to question the aggressive politics associated with New Liberalism.
This would be beyond his comprehension. According to Rankin what he
advocates in the absence of great causes, now such issues are no more
- socialist at one time, in the shape of the great movements of the
1940s and 1950s, whereby there were genuine attempts to meet the day-to-day
wishes of the poor - is instead the seeking out of new causes upon which
the New Liberals have alighted in force; cultural issues to be forced
down our throats in the belief that they are so correct or right that
they cannot be wrong.
And this is what Rankin regards as the core belief
in his book - the issue of political correctness fostered by the New
Political correctness Rankin asserts, is no fad.
We may be amused by some of its idiocies, but there is within it a threat
to our daily lives. We can laugh at calling a person conducting a meeting
by referring to him or her as a piece of furniture or as one friend
suggested what would one call a manhole cover, but when it comes to
liberal authoritarianisms as part of the same coin as globalism, then
we could be in trouble. Political correctness has a longer history than
most of us think. Lenin and Stalin used it to shape a society doing
their own bidding and those who didn't go along with their thoughts
and beliefs were politically incorrect. They thought of themselves as
do-gooders and in order to achieve their revolutionary aims in this
way ended up in creating dictatorships, with consequences known to us
all. Rankin sees in our societies dangerous elements associated with
such thinking. He refers to the suffocating, dumbing down of New Liberals
with similar Leninist fervour who want us all to think the same way.
We only have to look over the past to see what this means - a supine
society whose vision of contentment does not lie in anything resembling
tradition or common sense, but instead by the contentment supplied by
the nearest burger bar. Rankin argues that we don't want this here,
although it is already well advanced as our New Liberals - the Blairs
and the Hoons would prefer us to remain in our mental straightjackets
and accept their strictures upon how we should run our lives. We don't
want targets, we want doctors and nurses doing their jobs in the way
they know how. We don't want history teachers almost afraid to talk
of the great struggles for liberty for fear that the syllabus will miss
out on race or the female struggle for recognition - feminism.
Here, Rankin reminds us of yet another feature of political correctness
which has a forked tongue impact upon society, involving over 50 per
cent of our population. New Liberals of the ilk of Rankin's Jeff would
have women behaving as men, shedding their instinctive femininity to
such an extent that their place in the home, for those who wish it,
is derided. Their standing alongside males in military combat says the
New Liberal is accepted, but no thought is given to the natural reaction
of a masculine male who might wish to shelter her from the immediate
horror of warfare or even more reach out to protect her if she is injured.
In many ways these thoughts in this review may
come as random thoughts but instinctively when reading this book, one
cannot but feel that the search for equality rather than freedom accounts
for many of the ills we suffer at present. For example, the way comprehensive
education has been brutalised has left us with a society where reaching
for the largest common denominator has left us with a youth culture
where tradition means nothing or at most very little and the youth who
goes against the grain, that is, against the enforced political correctness
of some educationists and politicians are left with little space to
exercise their beliefs.
This book is undoubtedly a major contribution
to a close examina-tion of our society, and where, unless we are careful,
it will go. Do we want to forego our traditions in the interests of
authoritarian New Liberals whose every word is aimed at group culture?
Do we want an Orwellian society in which we treat the world along routes
prescribed by to us by do-gooders? Do we want to lose the gift of a
society which does nothing more than lift an eyelid. When confronted
by eccentricity? Obviously not. We want the cricket pitch and our cup
of tea, we want to treasure our liberty and surely we know in the end
that we will never give them up.
by Adrian Lamont
Seven Steps to Justice - Two basic Incomes for
All. Capital Ownership for All. A Proper Deal for Women. Solution to
Middle East and Kashmir by Rodney Shakespeare & Peter Challen. Foreword
by Peter Selby, Bishop of Worcester. New European Publications Limited,
The book opens with a prayer which includes the
following lines: "At a time when many things are clothed in deceit
may we be frank in our dealings with one another". This is the
theme of the book. In fact it is so frank that some of the solutions
it recommends are almost unbelievable. All conventional notions of economics
have to be put aside. The authors, Rodney Shakespeare and Peter Challen,
both members of the Bromsgrove Group describe seven steps to answer
the world's problems - in a radical new way.
The scene is set - there is a dirty bomb terrorist attack in a neigh-bouring
town. How did all this come about? There follows a summary of world
injustices, the misuse of world monetary systems and an introduction
to "Binary Economics". The main objective of Binary Econo-mics
is that all individuals should have two sources of income, one from
his [their?] labour and the other from capital. The nearest institution
we currently have for sharing capital is the Employee Share Ownership
Plan (E.S.O.P.), created by Louis Kelso. But in Binary Economics the
whole process of raising loans is organised in such a way that everybody
gets a share of the capital, when the loan is repaid. This amounts to
a basic income for all. Income from labour is then added on top of this.
Essential to this thinking is that governments are empowered to create
money and provide interest-free loans. This action is deflationary providing
the loan actually generates wealth in the community and nil interest
ensures the value of this wealth is not inflated by adding interest
money into the economic system. For conventional economists, it must
be a strange thought that it is the interest and expansion of accounts
(banks creating ledger money), which leads to inflation.
Well - what are the seven steps to greater social
Step 1 is the acknowledgement that the present
banking system is pretty fraudulent* - a monopoly based on debt and
Step 2 proposes setting up Community Investment
Corporations for public service investment. Their task would be to manage
money loaned by the government - interest free.
Step 3 proposes similar loans to the Private
Sectors. In return companies would be required to issue shares to their
Step 4 - interest-free loans for small businesses.
Step 5 - Government should provide a basic income
for all - funded out of the deflationary measures suggested in Steps
1 - 4.
Step 6. Women to play a significant role in implementing
two basic incomes for all.
Step 7. Setting up the Abraham Society and Kashmiriat
Society (multi-ethnic societies), to solve the problems in the Middle
East and Kashmir.
A last word in comment - is it possible that nations across the world
have been conned into believing they have to borrow money from the I.M.F.
(International Monetary Fund), or World Bank? Could they not simply
create their own loan money? In a properly regulated binary economy,
there would be no need to borrow with interest. The problem in a nutshell
is that, in the past, bankers have developed the expertise in regulating
money - and most governments when they interfere mess it up or become
corrupt. It is heady stuff "creating" money. So perhaps we
need new institutions, both local, national and international - councils
(or watchdogs?), which can develop the necessary expertise and eventually
take over the regulatory functions from the banks.
This book is a valuable starting point for anyone
interested in radical economics.
* A high profile recent case of bank fraud was
the highly publicised Enron and WorldCom scandal when major banks were
implicated and fined for "ripping off" their own customers.
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