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Heritage Quarterly Magazine

"Our Heritage today is the fragments gleaned from the past ages;
the heritage of tomorrow - good or bad - will be determined by our actions today."
SIR RAPHAEL CILENTO First Patron of the Australian Heritage Society
The Australian Heritage Society welcomes people of all ages to join in its programme for the regeneration of the spirit of Australia. To value the great spiritual realities that we have come to know and respect through our heritage., the virtues of patriotism, of integrity and love of truth, pursuit of goodness and beauty, and unselfish concern for other people - to maintain a loyalty and love for those values.
The article below is the feature article for this quarter's Heritage magazine.

When the blast of war blows in our ears

For some, the prospect of war is exciting. The film 1915 graphically depicted that excitement among the young bloods of country Victoria when Australia declared war on Germany. They couldn't get into it quick enough! Released from all those dull, repetitive chores - milking, hay making, washing up, and so on. Or serving day after day behind the counter of a bank, or the haberdashery of a department store. Here was danger, change, camaraderie, and the chance to experience some really big bangs!

The phenomenon is not so prevalent among the older generation, of course, who have seen it and been there, suffered loss, seen the horribleness and, above all, realised the pointlessness. Nevertheless it is surprising how many people, even the elderly, feel that the military equivalent of a bloodied nose for the adversary will somehow clear the air and solve all the problems, and at the same time provide a great opportunity for big boys to play with some fascinatingly large toys.

Nowadays there is so much easily available, independent information that few people are convinced by official propaganda on the reason for planned conflict, and that must pose quite a problem for those in the armed forces, faced with the obligation to unquestioningly "do and die". They're damned if they do and damned if they don't; a demoralizing situation. On previous occasions when Australia has been involved in conflict, it has always been in defense of an ally, or to repel invasion.
Never before have we initiated aggression.

The peace movement is growing massively right across the world, as more and more people come to understand that, as Senator Hiram Johnson said in a speech to the US Senate in 1917:
"The first casualty when war comes is truth", that the reasons for the proposed war on Iraq have little to do with weapons of mass destruction, and that in any event war never has and never will solve disputes.

This magazine is dedicated to upholding our heritage, and our heritage is Christian. Christians have never been afraid to die for king and country, and have usually done so believing they were serving God at the same time.
Who really believes that today?
Perhaps we have come at last to a place where we might be willing not only to listen to the words of Jesus Christ, but to practice them, when He said,

". . . if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good", (Romans 12:19-21), and:

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles". (Matthew 5:38-41).

A Catholic group in Queensland recently held a working bee on the steps of their city cathedral, to package rice to be made available to the Prime Minister of Australia, with the request that he send it to Iraq, on the premise that war never solved anything. Do we have to experience all the horrors of nuclear and chemical war before we have enough humility to actually give Christ's advice a try? Do we also have to sell our souls as well as all we own and most of what our descendents should inherit, before we take His advice on finance?


BALANCE IN SOCIAL CREDIT
By Geoffrey Dobbs

Taken from THE SOCIAL CREDITER of April 11, 1953

THE CONCEPTION OF SOCIAL

Credit which Douglas left with us was a balanced conception. As his first book Economic Democracy, showed, it was so from the first in his own mind, but it seems to have taken a weary time before this inherent balance was grasped by others, as it has, by now, been grasped by those who have followed Douglas closely.*

* Mr. Hewlett Edwards once asked Douglas how many Social Crediters there were. Douglas replied: "Six," Editor, T.S.C.

In recent years there have been a number of dynamic and energetic individuals who have, in a relatively short time, aroused enthusiasm, collected a following, and founded a world movement with a literature, a language, and a way of thought of its own; and it was inevitable that these consequences should follow the appearance of a man of Douglas's face and stature; but in every other comparable case the man, the doctrine, and the movement have had something unbalanced about them, something which has been mercilessly exploited by the powers of evil; only in Douglas, and in the complete body of Douglas's teaching, have we that precious, incomparable quality of integrated sanity which is characteristic also of the Christian faith. It is this balance and sanity which is the main object of the most damaging attacks upon social credit.

Probably the most successful weapon which has been used against us is the suggestion, invariably conveyed by the sort of language chosen when social credit is referred to by its opponents, that we are 'cranks', i.e. unbalanced people holding an unbalanced view; and the existence of a number of groups of people detached from Douglas, publicizing an unbalanced fragment of his teaching as if it were the whole, or indeed the essential, under the name of social credit, and even claiming each to be his 'true' followers, lends the power of verisimilitude to this weapon.

One of the last things which Douglas left us was what we know as The Chart, a diagram setting out certain relationships in the real world. At its focus is the word 'Policy' which more than any other single word, summarises what he had to teach us. This is implicit in everything he said and wrote on Social Credit, and especially in his first book, Economic Democracy but in June, 1937, it became explicit in his address to social Crediters in London, in which he defined social Credit as "the policy of a philosophy" and further defined his use of the word "philosophy" as meaning a "conception of reality".

The Chart, first published in February, 1951, specifically to counteract the tendency to disproportion in the Social Credit Movement, is an immensely massive and condensed statement. It is not permissible to alter it, but it will often be necessary to abstract from it, and to consider special cases in its application to current situations. For the special purposes of this article, the consideration of balance in the conception of Social Credit at the present time, I want to draw attention to the balanced, triple time I want to draw attention to the balanced, triple structure of the centre of The Chart", the three words surrounding the central word Policy. They are as follows:

 
Philosophy
:
 
 
POLICY
 
Administration :
  : Economics

Now Social Credit has also been defined as "applied Christianity", and it has been made clear that if the Policy is correctly called social Credit, the Philosophy is the conception of reality which we find in the New Testament.

The word 'Administration' is of wider application than the word 'Politics', but it is convenient here to consider this aspect of it, in relation to 'Economics.' These basic relationships of social Credit may therefore be considered in the following form:

 
New Testament Philosophy
:
 
 
SOCIAL CREDIT POLICY
 
New Politics :
  : New Economics

In contrast to the Policy which at present dominates the World, viz

 
Old Testament Philosophy
:
 
 
MONOPOLISTIC POLICY
 
Old Politics :
  : Old Economics

A tripod is the 'first structure which will stand, and it is not possible to ignore, or to mix and change the nature of any one, or more, of these three components of policy without either overthrowing, or changing the nature of the policy. At the present time, a great many people are quite improperly applying the name social Credit to a policy which has this sort of structure:

 
Old-and-New Testament Compromise Philosophy
:
 
 
Social-Credit-Monopolist Mixed Policy
 
Old Politics :
  : New Economics

There is a law, called Gresham's Law, which applies to money and credit; it applies also to policies. When they are mixed the bad drives out the good. This is very obviously happening with Compromised Social Credit; the Old Politics have completely neutralized the New Economics.

* * * *

THE 'ECONOMIC' DISPROPORTION

Two clearly defined stages can be distinguished in the development of the Social Credit Movement under the direction of Douglas. In the first from 1918 to 1934, the emphasis was on economics; in the second, from the Buxton speech The Nature of Democracy (June, 1934) to Realistic Constitutionalism (May, 1947) on politics. Running through everything that he wrote or said on Social Credit was a gradually increasing strand of 'philosophy'; better, perhaps, referred to as religion, for it was specifically Christian, and never expressed in theoretical form without being 'bound back' to practice in economics and politics, so that the three threads were always intertwined.

With this important qualification, however, it is true to say that, during the last few years of Douglas's life, this 'philosophic' element, as represented for instance, by The Realistic Position of the Church of England, came more into prominence, so that at the end the structure of Social Credit - philosophy, economics, politics, - had acquired that massive equilibrium and symmetry which was a part of his character.

No more than Shakespeare does he need

The labour of an age in piled stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid
Under a star-ypointing pyramid.

Social Credit is his 'star-ypointing pyramid.' It is tri-podal; it stands firmly upon the earth; and it points to Heaven.
Si monumentum requiris, circumspice!
It is sad, therefore, to 'look around' and see some of the one-legged and two-legged monstrosities dedicated to Douglas by their creators.

The great heresy of the age is the 'economic' heresy, the Marxist-materialist heresy, the idea that history is determined solely or primarily by 'economic' forces, that man lives by bread alone. To describe Social Credit as merely another name for 'The New Economics,' to describe Douglas as an 'economist' or a 'monetary reformer' is to describe him as a crank, as a man who had got something out of proportion.

Both 'economics' and 'finance' are techniques. Techniques, of course, have their importance, but to form a World Movement, and to argue and advocate and oppose techniques, without reference to the policies they are used to promote, is insane. But if policies are to be upheld or opposed, that is politics, and the assessment of policies is only possible on a basis of philosophy; so that all the components of Social Credit are immediately brought in unless sanity and a sense of proportion are abandoned.

These facts are so inescapable that every group of people making pretensions of any sort to the pursuit of 'social credit' has always acknowledged some sort of philosophy and adopted some sort of politics. What those of them who insist on restricting 'social credit' to economics and finance presumably mean is that the philosophy which finds expression in Douglas's economic proposals is not at variance with the prevailing mechanisms of 'politics' which, to anyone who has followed Douglas at all during the last twenty years, can be seen quite obviously to be a part of the structure of the opposing pyramid of centralized power.

It is significant that every reference to social credit in the national or other antagonistic press treats it as an 'economic' theory or 'heresy,' and every reference to Major Douglas, including his newspaper obituaries, treated him as some sort of an 'economist'. The aiding and abetting of this misrepresentation by people claiming to be social crediters, and even 'followers of Douglas,' has an extremely mischievous effect; and in fact a recent damaging attempt to mislead Catholics about the nature of social credit in such a way as to alienate their sympathies can be traced to such a case.

It is a sad, but understandable, fact that many of the pioneers of the movement, the earliest followers of Douglas, to whom we who came later owe a debt of gratitude, have suffered this arrested development. We are sometimes prone to forget our origins; that the social credit movement was the sole victorious and surviving issue of all that turmoil of intense mental activity and discussion which centred around Orage and the New Age in the early years of the century - a turmoil of socialists dissatisfied and repelled by the centralizing tendency which they could already see to be far advanced in socialism.*

* "Our origins" - Historically. Dr. Dobbs is right. Why it was that the Guild Socialists lent an ear to Douglas before anyone else comprised by a group label is not clear. Evidently they were "looking for something." If so, it must not be inferred that what they found was the policy of their philosophy (i.e. that Social Credit policy is the policy of Socialism). It isn't. (Editor, The Social Crediter).

Doulgas's radically different approach to economics was altogether too much for most of these people, and great credit is due to those whose integrity and mental energy enabled them to overcome the prejudices instilled by their socialist background. Even so, 'economic' prejudices are seldom so deep seated as are those occasioned by politics or religion.

It is not surprising that as the full implications of the philosophy which found expression first in the economic proposals emerged in the fields of politics and religion, many of those who had made the tremendous effort required to overcome their prejudices in the first place found that further, and even greater, efforts were too much for them. As a result, since 'economics' cannot exist in a vacuum, they have slipped back into the old rut of their 'social-democracy,' within which the incongruous 'New Economics,' if retained at all, survives as a foreign body, sealed off from all practical influence by relegation to some hypothetical future time when the successful pursuit of 'social-democratic' politics on a World scale will 'bring in Social Credit.'
That is to say, they continue through force of habit, the habit which has been the downfall of all libertarian efforts within the body of socialism,# to look to the politics which centralize power to bring about its decentralization; so that this arrested 'Social Credit,' which finds its inspiration rather in the successful pursuit of power by the methods of ballot-box democracy in Western Canada than in the new methods and new hope provided by Douglas, is merely giving one more demonstration of the hopelessness of trying to escape from the trend of socialism without making a clean break with it. The effect of this is, of course, that, through the continual practice of the 'Old Economics,' even such grasp of the 'New Economics' as has been obtained is progressively weakened.

# See previous note. But, just as the philosophy of Social Credit is not socialism, neither is it Liberalism. Mr. Charles Morgan was probably right in saying that the modern dispute is a dispute concerning the Nature of Man. The man who works to establish his order of society has nothing in common with those who work towards the Right Order. (Editor, T.S.C.)

It is impossible to stop moving against the trend without being carried backwards by it. At every step forward a number of people have dropped out and some of them have turned against Douglas rather than change their opinions; while others have been encouraged and have turned towards him. This is inevitable, for social credit is antidotal to the social disease of the age, and therefore must stress precisely those truths which constitute a denial of the most strongly held prejudices. It is not lightly held and easily surrendered opinions which are responsible for the prevailing 'trend' towards disaster: it is precisely those prejudices which are so widespread and strongly held that people are afraid to oppose or expose them. In fact, the courage required to join issue with a false opinion is a measure of the necessity for doing so.

The tremendous adventure and advance in which the Social Credit Movement in Great Britain is, and has been, engaged, under the leadership of Douglas as transmitted through the Secretariat since 1934, had not been fully realized by anyone abroad who has not visited this country; nor indeed, by many in this country who would call themselves social crediters but have remained out of contact, and sometimes in complete ignorance of what the center and spearhead of the movement was doing.

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