THE STRATEGY AND TACTICS OF SPIRITUAL
By Geoffrey Dobbs
The following thought-provoking address was given in Melbourne during
Dr. Geoffrey Dobb's recent tour of Australia.
We social crediters habitually think of ourselves
in militant terms, as people at war with an enemy. There is some
truth in the analogy, but also danger, because the 'war' in which
we are engaged differs fundamentally from any other conflict, which
is called by that name.
What we are engaged in is a spiritual warfare, that is, a conflict
of purpose, or as we have learnt to call it, of policy. In a sense,
all wars are about policy, but they are conflicts of the same policy
- each trying to damage the other, to attack and enlarge the weak
points in the other and to impose its will by fear upon the other
- even though the war may have started (as did World War II) with
aggression on one side, defence on the other, it ends with 'unconditional
surrender', and the 'Atom Bomb' inaugurating a new era of mass-intimidation.
Such warfare is an expression of Monopolism - perhaps its ultimate
expression - whether in the form of Monopolo-theism (belief in a
unitary Dictator-God, as in Judaism and Islam) or in the form on
Monopolo-humanism (Man is the Ultimate power, which is wielded by
the Top Men). But it is of the nature of Monopolism that it generates
Dualistic conflict. For if 'We' (the Monopolists) alone are 'good'
and have a sacred right to power, any others who challenge us are
'evil' and must be destroyed. In a monopoly there is room for only
one at the top.
Hence the focus of militant monopolism in the near East between the
Chosen People of Allah and of Jehovah, each with its 'sacred right'
to impose its will on others (as, in former times between monopolistic
forms of Christianity). But since
these conflicts are about human power, the divine pretext for them
can easily be dropped in favour of pure humanism, of which the most
organised form is Marxist-Leninist communism - a religion of human
power, based upon a philosophy of conflict as the means of human
advance - essentially Dualistic or Manichaean.
TRINITY OR MONOPOLY
Now let us look at our own religion of Trinitarian Christianity,
with its doctrines of Creation, of Original Sin, of the Incarnation
and Resurrection, and of Divine Grace. One of these, Creation, we
share with the other monotheisms, while some of the others may be
claimed (especially by religious Jews) but are not a consistent part
of their faith.
To start with, the Blessed Trinity saves us from the Manichaean view
of life as a conflict (even though conflict inevitably occurs in
life as a means of survival). For instance, the Family can be seen
as a unity-in-trinity of three natures; fatherhood, motherhood and
childhood, the unity not to be disrupted, the natures not to be confused,
rather than as an eternal battle of the sexes, spewing out disposable
embryos as a by-product.
The essence of the Christian Doctrine of Creation is that God is
good and his works are good - that is, what we call reality and goodness
are the same thing.
As a consequence it follows that God did not create evil. The nature
of evil is most clearly conveyed by the great myth (or story) of
Lucifer, the greatest of the angels, created good by God, who fell
through pride (the same pride as that of men who set themselves up
as God) as set forth in that great poem Paradise Lost and summed
up in the Bible in that lovely flowing hexameter: "How art thou
fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the Morning."
NO BAD THINGS: ONLY BAD USES
In other words, evil is not a power in itself though it sets itself
up as such. It is goodness, fallen, an intention which perverts or
inverts reality from which it draws all its strength. There are no
bad things, only bad uses of things.
Douglas quite often quoted the Latin tag: Daemon est Deus inversus
as a useful indicator of the way evil often completely inverts reality,
turning, for instance, Life more abundant into death more abundant.
But the phrase is capable also of a Manichaean interpretation: that
the Devil is God, upside down, that there are two rival forces or
realities, of Good and of Evil, in eternal conflict, that Evil can
incarnate itself in reality, as can Good, that Evil can create, and
not merely twist reality.
Does this really matter to the ordinary man, or is it just a bit
of theological theory of no practical significance?
Indeed, it does have enormous practical significance in all dealings
with evil, that is, in the major strategy of our spiritual warfare;
for if evil is a twist given to reality, what we have to look for
in combating it is the reality, which has been twisted. You cannot
'fight' distortion without reference to the thing distorted; you
are merely fighting an abstraction.
The Doctrine of Original Sin tells us the same thing, but about people,
that they were created good, but are corruptible (and how!). Some
Christians have been much troubled by statements in some of Douglas's
earlier writings that he did not believe in original sin. But it
is clear from his explanation (e.g. in the World after Washington,
p.4) that he was not using the term in its correct theological sense,
but as a popular synonym for Puritanism: the general attitude "Go
and see what Johnny's doing and tell him not to!" In his last
book: The Realistic Position of the Church of England (p.9) he states
clearly: "It is not necessary to go outside the experience of
an ordinary lifetime to learn that the doctrine of original sin has
a real meaning . . . ".
That same booklet contains the tremendous sentence: "It must
be insisted that Christianity is either something inherent in the
very warp and woof of the Universe, or it is just a set of interesting
opinions . . . ". Notice that he, typically, puts it as a choice
for the reader, not merely an assertion.
'Reality' or 'opinion' - which? The choice has massive practical
In that excellent little book, Introduction to Social Credit by the
late Dr. Bryan Monahan, you will find the following Statement in
the last chapter: "The Tao is the transcendental Good. But there
is also the transcendental Evil, with the same possibilities of Incarnation."
This is an assertion of Manichaeanism, not of Christianity, and explains
much, especially that preoccupation with evil, which dominates our
minds and appears to bestride the World, mainly through our wholly
symbolic money system and the sounds, symbols and images of the public
Unlike some of the oriental religions, which hold matter to be a
coarse and evil burden upon the pure spirit, the Incarnation has
shown us that matter is, in itself, good and holy. All evil is in
the spirit, which is why this is a spiritual war. The only thing
which conquers evil is good, that is, reality. In all war the winning
tactic is always to bring greater force to bear at the time and place
of contact with the enemy.
What I learnt during my sojourn, during World War II, at Toynbee
Hall, one of the cradles of the Fabian Socialist Welfare state was
that it is not the evil in our opponents which is defeating us, but
their good qualities, their courage, intelligence, persistence and
single-mindedness in pursuit of their objectives.
WE SEEK INTEGRITY
It is no good 'fighting' these good qualities. Our strategy is to seek
that integrity which will perceive when and how the good aims which
engaged these qualities have been perverted, and so engage them upon
'our' side, since they are also ours, in so far as we also have integrity
and have not allowed our aims to be perverted from reality.
In this connection it is worth remembering that the people who first
accepted the truth of Douglas's ideas and gave them the publicity which
enabled them to spread, were the Fabian Socialists of the New Age journal
under the great editor A.R. Orage, who had the integrity to see where
State Socialism was leading.
Socialists are in the vanguard of the human mob, rushing towards slavery
and disaster. Conservatives are in the rearguard, but all heading the
same way. The way to head off a mob, whether of people or cattle, is
to divert the leaders, not the tail end. When we get involved in confrontation,
still more in actual conflict, we are fighting the good in our opponents,
the truth which has been twisted round against us. When such conflicts
have been forced upon us we may have to fight for survival, but the
Enemy has already won a victory, and such conflicts should never be
sought. "Truth", as has been well said,
"is the first casualty in War."
OUR MAJOR STRATEGY
So now, what is our major strategy as Christians in the spiritual war?
It is resolution, not revolution, or confrontation.
We have our orders: "Love your enemies! Do good to them that harm
you!" This is often dismissed as impracticable idealism, but it
is the very reverse. It is hardheaded, practical common sense. It is
the only thing that actually works and defeats evil provided, of course,
that is bound back to reality in practical detail every time.
For instance, how can we love our enemies if we do not identify them,
meet them, mix with them, and discover what sort of people they are,
why they are our enemies, and what truth as well as falsehood there
may be behind their enmity? We do not have to like them, though it
helps if we can; but to join in the game of mutual denunciation by
groups of people beating the air with spoken or written words of fury
at the evil of others mostly directed at those who agree with them,
divides the truth, and gets us nowhere except into a morass of futility.
"Doing good" does not mean "do-gooding", a perverted
word for a horrible perversion of the instinct of compassion, meaning
the denial of sin and therefore of forgiveness and the indulgence of
corruption, taking away free will and responsibility. On the contrary,
it means appealing to and stimulating the qualities of integrity, responsibility,
intelligence and courage. It means sympathising with and sharing other
people's real aims and helping them to achieve what they want, in the
world of reality, rather than what we want.
This being our strategy, let us now try to apply its principles to
the tactics of our actions in the current world. If we think it over
we find that, as social crediters, we have something vital and constructive
to offer to the resolution of practically every 'problem', which besets
our fellow men, and once this is realised we soon find we have very
little time for anything else.
EVENTS - AND DOUGLAS
The best-known contribution we have to offer is, of course, in the
economic field. Douglas's analysis of over 60 years ago can no longer
be dismissed with any credibility as 'a fallacy', mistaking temporary
fluctuations of the trade cycle for a permanent feature, etc. The permanent
and growing time-lag between incomes and prices, as demonstrated in
his A + B Theorem and rejected with ridicule, is now an inescapable
fact, established on a vast scale by the essential part played by various
forms of consumer credit in the economy without which it would collapse.
Such a thing had barely been heard of when Douglas first published;
it came in only gradually during the 1930's under the name of 'hire
purchase'. Inflation, as a permanent, built-in feature of the World
Monetary System, as seen to be logically inevitable, is now a dreary
fact of everyday life, while the accelerating displacement of human
labour by technology, as perceived by Douglas, himself a pioneer in
automation (the Post Office Tube, 1914) is at last forcing itself upon
public awareness, and intensifying the economic war for export markets
in a World in which international debt is perennially at crisis level.
All the Douglas chickens have now come home to roost, and all the consequences
of ignoring his insights, in labour troubles, strikes, violence and
social division, have now more than fulfilled the logical expectations
of his many sane and intelligent followers, whose knowledge of at least
some of the means of resolution of these miseries, inherited as a legacy
from Douglas, places upon them a duty to make them known - to ensure
that they have currency and give people a choice of a better alternative.
But how can we do this if we ensure rejection by starting with a wholesale
condemnation of prevailing aims and policies, (commonly called socialism)
including, or not excluding, those genuine objectives which induce
people to become socialists, and which have a historical basis?
THE HISTORICAL ROLE OF SOCIAL CREDIT
In an earlier talk, which has appeared in The New Times I, stressed
the historical role of Social Credit in the main stream of the advance
of Christian civilisation. Among other things it offers, at last, a
rectification of that great social injustice which in the 18th and
early 19th Centuries allowed a major increase in wealth and productivity
to deprive people of their independent subsistence on the land and
in their home industries, and drive them into the towns to become a
property-less, money less, employer-dependent proletariat. It was a
combination of paper debt-money (available only to employers) with
Puritanism in its meaner aspects which inflicted this new form of serfdom
upon 'the lower orders', henceforth to be called 'the working class'
(born to be hirelings) and which gave rise to the policy of 'employmentism'
which is the essence of socialism.
THE TWO DIRECTIONS
But there are two directions in which to move from this injustice of
growing poverty and dependence in the face of growing wealth and independence.
The normal, sane, direction is surely to insist that, in the face of
growing abundance this dependent proletariat should be abolished by
their inclusion in our common inheritance of cultural and technological
advance. This satisfies all the legitimate demands of the Left, which
are compatible with our Christian civilisation: for social justice,
for equality (since work or merit does not come into it) for the dignity
of labour and the right to work by choice rather than the compulsion
of poverty. It satisfies also the requirement for a true, free market
in labour, from which the wholly job-dependent are at present excluded,
as well as the desire of both employer and employed for freedom of
association in work, i.e. both the right to sack as well as the right
to contract out, without the direst penalty of poverty.
The other direction is that taken by the Maxists: to glorify the status
of dependent hired underlings; to maintain that it is 'unfair' that
any should be independent, that for a 'worker' to have a choice of
employers, or to make his own contract and decide for himself when
to work or to withdraw his labour, is to be a 'scab', a traitor to
the working class. All should be totally dependent upon the one employer,
There are many socialists, and others too, who follow this line simply
because the alternative has never occurred or been put to them. As
the great St. Thomas Aquinas said: "It is useless to argue or
discuss with opponents except on tenets that they accept." If
we discuss anything with socialists, it should always be from the Left,
with Conservatives, from the Right, of their position, appealing to
those who are sincere in their aims. The rest will expose themselves.
REAL SOCIAL JUSTICE
Rather than attacking the concept of 'social justice' because of its
perverted use, we should ask: "Where is the social justice in
taxing the workers to supply the non-workers when technology can now
supply more than enough for all?" Where is the 'fairness' in refusing
the right to work and supplement their income to the unemployed and
pensioners? Where is the 'dignity of labour' in insisting that it takes
thousands of forced and intimidated units of the hired-underling class
to bargain with one employer? Would not a national dividend, providing
access to the wealth and productivity now wasted or sabotaged because
human labour and wages are being replaced by electronic devices provide
everything that any genuine champion of the poor and the oppressed
could hope for?
In many public controversies the social crediter will find himself
aligned with the genuine aims of both sides, those which attracted
people in the first place to join a Group or a Party, and in such cases
it betrays our own duty of resolution wholly to take sides, though
of course there are false 'controversies' promoted by the media for
purposes of sensation in which, in a sane world, there are not 'two
sides' (e.g. drug-pushing, child-sex, political murder) and it is fatal
to accept the pretence that there are.
RACE, SEX AND PERVERTED VERBIAGE
For instance, the howling confusion of perverted verbiage about race
and sex is particularly susceptible to resolution in the light of Social
Credit analysis. In the matter of race it is our awareness of the cultural
and genetic inheritance, which is applicable. It is obvious that the
word 'discrimination' in its correct meaning of the accurate and loving
discernment and appreciation of the essential differences between things,
and especially between people, is the key to all social, and especially
to racial harmony. The first step, therefore, is to re-invert the word
'discrimination' from its viciously, and even legally, inverted sense
of its precise opposite (action based on prejudice, i.e. lack of discrimination)
to its proper and traditional sense; and having done so, to draw attention
to the fact that at least 90 percent of the racial prejudice which
is being promoted on the media is being done under the cover and excuse
Consider, for instance, the frequency with which 'race' is dragged
into the human consciousness by our opinion-manipulators in an antagonistic
way, crudely flogging up racial prejudice on the widest possible scale
by constant, undiscriminating reference to human beings in bulk as
'blacks', 'whites', etc. as if skin-colour, and nothing but skin-colour,
was the only important characteristic of men and women. Compare the
quantity and publicity given to hate-propaganda against hate-propaganda,
with that of its alleged hate-object; the frequency with which the
ordinary citizen hears genuinely felt abuse of other races as against
the wholesale broadcasting of it by its alleged opponents, so that
something that might perhaps have offended one person now offends a
million, with all its massive repercussions.
While at the core of this 'anti-racists' racism are those who enjoy
the power that it gives, who seek to extend the sense of grievance
on one side and of guilt on the other and even encourage the making
of complaints and complain when there are not enough of then, the vast
majority who go along with it do so because, like ourselves, they instinctively
dislike racial prejudice, but have been confused by perverted language.
These people are our natural allies in restoring a sane and discriminating
attitude to race, or perhaps it is better to say, we are theirs.
Much of this racial question is concerned with the denial of freedom
of association in work - the basis of all social credit - and with
the glorification of State-forced contact and friction (backed by threats
of fines and prisons) between people who are incompatible or even may
detest each other This has now reached the ridiculous stage of making
it a crime to advertise for the sort of person one prefers or feels
one can work with (even, in New Zealand, for a fellow-Christian) In
this matter we social crediters have a special background and duty
to expound the truth.
The extension of this fanatic dictatorship to cover that half of the
human race which is female in an attempt to deprive them of such independence
as they have in the home and enslave them to 'the labour market', just
when human labour is being displaced by a technology which can make
use of machine operators, is a subject which requires separate treatment
as a special aspect of Social Credit. Again, the national dividend
would provide all the legitimate objectives of the 'Women's Lib.' movement:
the financial independence, the equality, the freedom of choice between
the home and the care of children and the external work or career.
PEACE AND EMPLOYMENT
The 'Peace Movement', which has so exploited the natural instincts
and emotions of women even more than those of men, is another example
where Social Credit provides the clue. Of course all sane people desire
peace and fear nuclear war, but mere verbal protests or demonstrations
are futile so long as 'employmentism' rules our minds. So long as we
insist that, in this age of technological abundance, access to the
bread-and-butter of living shall be obtained (directly, or indirectly
through taxation of others) only through 'jobs', there is only one
solution to the demand for 'jobs for all' and that is the wholesale
destruction provided by war and the wholesale waste provided by the
preparation for it. It is an illusion to suppose that, without infringing
the 'sacred' convention that all new purchasing power must be provided
as debt, any sane production of wealth could distribute its products.
Those who are really concerned with peace will tackle this subject,
and those who are concerned mainly with expressing their emotions regardless
of the consequences, will not.
Another controversy in which it is inadvisable to take sides is that
about nuclear power. It may well be that the immediate dangers associated
with the production of coal or oil are both greater and more obvious
than those associated with nuclear power, which are potentially so
devastating as well as being undetectable without instruments that
they require far greater and more intricate precautions. But the one
thing about nuclear power which should strike a social crediter is
that it expresses in physical terms the ultimate limit in 'time-lag'
or 'debt' economics: consume now; pay later - landing upon future generations
the 'debt' of having to cope almost indefinitely with the potential
radiation-danger of 'hot waste'.
THE 'ECOLOGISTS' AND THE LAND
The capture and perversion of the 'Green', 'Ecology' or 'Conservationist'
Movement by the dictatorial, Marxist Left for lack of understanding
of the part played by Money Power and bureaucracy in the squandering
of the Earth's resources, should not be allowed to precipitate head-on
conflict between farmers and land-owners on the one hand and the genuine
Conservation Movement itself, as if there were no case for sane and
economical use of resources or the protection of the variety of life;
as if also land-owners and agriculturalists under money-stress were
guiltless of the misuse of the land. It is quite apparent that there
is truth as well as falsehood on both sides, and that the conflict
can be resolved only by an understanding of the impact of our debt-and-employment
structure upon the use made of the land, with its living and non-living
resources. The attempt to counter this overwhelming pressure by bureaucratic
regulations, arbitrary acts of preservationism, and forced dispossession
and exclusion of those who actually live upon and know the land, is
absurdly doomed to failure, while a mere 'confrontational' approach
to it is self-defeating.
Scale is the clue to all human operations on the land, which needs
permanent, detailed, personal knowledge and attention, as shown, for
instance, by the English countryside at its best, the product of centuries
of personal care by innumerable people. This is in contrast to large-scale
land-planning by a few bureaucratic or academic brains, whose assessment
at the very best must be crudely vague and generalised, whether it
results in vast damming, flooding or irrigation schemes, monster collective
farms of wild inefficiency, or the allocation of huge areas to Parks
or Untouched wilderness.
FLUORIDATION AND THE NATURE OF DEMOCRACY
The fluoridation issue offers a relatively simple opportunity for demonstrating
in practical terms the negative nature of any genuine democracy (the
right to contract out) and the importance of sticking to policy and
not being involved in technical arguments in the political sphere.
It shows also the need for 'a civil service of policy', i.e. of a few
people with enough technical knowledge to expose the use of phoney
or irrelevant technical arguments to cover the imposition of an unwanted
policy on the public.
Fluoridation is, to date, the most extreme example of practical communism
or collectivism so far inflicted upon human beings. It is described,
even by 'Conservative' Mrs. Thatcher as 'a community measure' requiring
the State-nominated 'Health Authority' to decide whether the alleged
'advantages' (to teeth) balance the loss of individual freedom by objecting
water consumers. That is to say, the most vital and fundamental question
in all politics - that of personal choice as against State dictatorship
even in the extreme case of what one takes into one's own body - is
to be decided on a technical basis of the interpretation of dental
statistics, by an unelected body having no brief or competence even
to consider the basic questions of politics.
The toxic qualities of fluoride have no relevance except in so far
as they provide a reason for objection to having increased intake force
upon one, and the endless wrangling of opinions as to whether fluoridation
is associated with a statistical increase in cancer or other diseases
among the units of population betrays the real issue by implying that
if it cannot be convincingly shown to cause such effects there can
be no objection to treating people in bulk, as farmers do crops or
Since the whole thing has been forced upon the public and their representatives
on the grounds that 'Health Authorities; act upon 'expert advice' from
dentists and doctors not available to the rest of us, it is important
to realise that no 'expert' or specialist of any profession whatever
recommends fluoridation on grounds within his technical competence.
No water supply expert recommends fluoride as a water treatment additive,
no 'health' professional of any sort can prescribe an increased fluoride
intake for unknown people on 'health' grounds, no dentist can recommend
more fluoride for unknown water consumers irrespective of their age,
state of health, or intake from other sources, whether or not they
have artificial dentures.
The 'expert' argument is therefore a piece of nonsense used to cover
an act of political collectivism, and the correct tactic is to expose
to our political representatives the fact that their function is being
usurped under cover of technical advice and to identify the officials
concerned. Whatever the outcome the growth in understanding of the
workings of democracy will be valuable, and essential for further action.
In our warfare of policy as in all other forms of war, it is essential
to keep a constant eye on our opponents' reaction, rather than blasting
off into the void without noting and adjusting the fall of shot. An
example is the continued use of the word 'conspiracy' which has now
been strongly defended so that it has a negative effect. In any case,
what we are now up against is a blatant and obnoxious tyranny, which
should be labelled as such.
JUDAEO - CHRISTIANITY
The Jewish Question is more than a heavily mined site. It is a trap
into which it is foolish to blunder without careful preparation, location
of the mines, and weighing of the advantages to be gained, if any.
The word 'Jew' itself should not be used without precise definition
of its meaning: ethnic, national, or religious: Biblical or Talmudic;
for or against Christ and the prophets. As we know, 'anti-Semitism'
is mainly a device of the Anti-Christian Overjews and their numerous
allies in policy, not only to defend their policy, but to control the
'Underjews' within a rig of gentile fear and resentment; and it is
uncharitable lightly or unnecessarily to activate it.
It was in this rather specialised sense of a policy group that Douglas
frequently referred to the Jewish element in Finance, in bureaucracy,
in Communism, and in the media, in order to point the contrast with
the policy of Trinitarian Christianity with which it is entirely incompatible.
In so far as the Christian Churches are now being linked with Judaism
under the title Judaeo-Christianity and are being invaded by a form
of Liberal Judaism which rejects or confuses the Incarnation, this
issue is vital and cannot be evaded, even in the face of smears of
anti-Semitism, provided there is no truth in them. But there is nothing
but loss and confusion to be had from mere confrontation.
Our general strategic order to love our enemies makes it perfectly
clear that the Jewish Question should never be touched on lightly or
ignorantly, or dragged in unnecessarily. It should always be treated
on a religious policy basis, where it provides an opportunity to expound
the binding back of Christian doctrine in the world of today in contrast
to the policy, which at present dominates the scene, and reflects man
of the beliefs of Judaeo-Christians.