Science of the Social Credit Measured in Terms of Human Satisfaction
Christian based service movement warning about threats to rights and freedom irrespective of the label, Science of the Social Credit Measured in Terms of Human Satisfaction

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"
Edmund Burke

Science of the Social Credit Measured in Terms of Human Satisfaction
'Myth' history is the product of men's minds, whereby reality' is overlaid by fancies, imaginings and suppositions. . . True history is rooted in two factors - the common man and finance. The orthodox historian knows neither. . . History to be effective must be realistic'. To be effective it must start with the individual. 'Myth' history never does this, but deals with useless abstractions and accepts illusions which obscure the truth. It leaves out of account the factors which alone produce events, which are chiefly man operating through his mental mechanism and that pressure which derives from financial domination."
- Thomas Robertson, in Human Ecology: The Science of Social Adjustment (1948)

Vol. 24, No. 1. January-February 2002.


Our Future : Collectivised Dictatorship or a Society Where People Matter?


. . . No matter how seemingly foolproof the theory behind a union (business merger), it may come unstuck when confronted by everyday practicalities such as differing companies cultures or a history of intense rivalry. Normally, shareholders suffer the unfortunate consequences. But in the case of a company such as Fonterra, a malfunctioning merger bodes ill for the whole country. . .' (editorial, New Zealand Herald 22-1-02)

Fonterra is the new diary company now controlling about 99 percent of New Zealand¹s milk marketing and distribution. It is the forth largest milk company in the world, and with New Zealand now the second largest diary producer after the United States, there are huge stakes for large numbers of farmers and the rest of the country. The big is best ideal has been preached ad infinitum for decades, but particularly since the 1960s. Then, farmers and businesses facing difficulties were told they were too small. University trained economists and bankers, career politicians and a variety of ladder climbers have encouraged and overseen in a period of less than 40 years the loss of thousands of farmers and a host of smaller businesses that used to manufacture a wide variety of things now imported.
As the little businesses disappeared, to be replaced by a cultureless globalism, we have ended up increasingly dependent upon a handful of monopolies. Huge amounts of bank credit can be made available for gigantic business mergers; for the transfer of manufacturing from one side of the world to the other; for the transportation of raw material over thousands of miles and there turned in to cheap throw-a-way goods by de-propertied third world slaves before travelling thousands of miles back and sold in super stores to increasingly unemployed or underemployed first world populations.

Fifty years ago New Zealand¹s countryside was littered with little diary factories. Some specialised in town milk supply, others in cheese or butter. Many little towns were dependent on them, and the employees and farmers were often friends. More modern transport systems may have justified some amalgamations, perhaps. But that is not what has happened.
Dairying has been monopolised.

The process probably goes back to the methods adopted by the first Labour government with its solution to the devastating situation during the 1930s Great Depression. With its election in the mid-1930s the new government sensibly made available huge amounts of credit, the process being administered by the then new Reserve Bank. Commodity boards were established or strengthened, including the Diary Board. Many farmers benefited with guaranteed prices offered, the wiping off of some debt, and a guaranteed market organised by the new boards which had access to Reserve Bank credit at 1 percent rates of interest. Unknown by nearly everyone today is that 1 percent loans were also available to assist local bodies. The money never came from taxes. It was new credit made available from the Reserve Bank. The private banks did not then have the complete monopoly over money creation as they now do.
But not everything was praiseworthy. The ancient practise of farmers selling milk direct to the public was gradually banned. The final blow came with compulsory pasteurisation, a process opposed even by some doctors at one time. But this aside a small country demonstrated it could solve its problems without everything being completely monopolised and centralised.

No matter whether it is done in the name of socialism or capitalism, centralisation results in collectivism; the individual is lost in the maze of marketing, markets, turnovers, statistics, projections and profits. The little diary factory of 1960 and the little dairy farmer had a certain kind of relationship. No matter how pleasant the management of a massive company may be the problems of one little diary farmer and whether he survives can never be of much concern, if it is even noticed.

Following the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917, first Lenin, then Stalin, adopted collectivised five year plans. The stated objectives of increased production were never reached. Production always plummeted. But the objective of disenfranchising the old sturdy peasant farming communities was certainly achieved. Stalin knew that the Collectivist State would always be under threat if a section of the population, particularly those of the countryside and smaller towns, remained independent.

What was achieved in Soviet Russia at the point of a bayonet is being gradually achieved in the developed world by a process of gradualism. With the monopolisation of food distribution and processing in the United States has come the corporate farmer, farming huge acreages with modern machinery and itinerant labour. When he survives another year he is encouraged to carry on, perhaps hoping his fortune lies in taking on even more land.
Will the monopolisation of milk processing and distribution here lead later to more corporatisation of farming?
There is already a move along these lines.

The huge increase in the number of farms converting to dairying is being achieved with massive increases in debt. The cost of purchasing a farm, building a modern milking shed and establishing a herd can cost several million dollars. Presently this is sustainable, at least for most. But what of a future decrease in returns, even a small decrease? Large numbers of farmers could not sustain even a small decrease in incomes. The low value of the NZ dollar is about all that sustains much of the diary industry.

The process of monopolisation, the get big or get out disease, has created the scenario for a big catastrophe. If there had been management problems in a little diary factory in 1960 it may have potentially effected a few dozen people. Now it potentially effects tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders. The long term answer does not lie in hoping or praying that Fonterra's management get along well; that's akin to slaves hoping for a kind foreman. The long term answer lies in a complete reappraisal of the function of a society and its production system. If these don't exist for the sake of individuals then we are clearly on the wrong road.
Does the Sabbath exist for man; or man for the Sabbath?
Do institutions and systems exist to serve men and women, or do men and women exist to serve institutions and systems.

New Zealand is one of the smallest countries of the developed world. It has ample infrastructure and resources. We are a long way from the major power centres of the world. We are in a unique position to take a more independent approach, to re-examine the globalist agenda and our role, and to re-establish some sovereignty. One thing is certain, globalisation and monopolisation are not the answer. They will lead with certainty to increasing disaster.
Could we develop the will to change direction? We may be forced to. If the government will not do it, then it will come from local communities rediscovering that local is best.

There is an interesting development in the world. As globalisation advances there is a small and yet barely recognised, but nevertheless, well established movement to re-establish and rebuild at the local level. There is an array of books and magazines, internet sites, groups and alternative money schemes. Some are floundering and others doing well. How much spirit and will and commonsense we have may be the real determining factors in the future of New Zealand. Will we be a monopolised play-thing for globalised elites or will we discover the ingredients that once made England merrie?

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Determining usury contracts

In a no interest contract there is always the risk for both partners. If the risk factor is all on one side, the church determined whether it was a usury or non-usury contract. The usury contract makes one side risk-free and eventually ruins the borrower as it was designed to do. The non-interest contract shares the risk. Both parties rise or fall together. This is one of the oldest rules of Canon Law in determining whether a contract was a usury contract "equal risk"
Richard Kelly Hoskins in War Cycles: Peace Cycles, 1985.

"No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it." Albert Einstein.

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What If?

TV One recently ran a several part BBC production designed to show how a small group of modern Britons might survive when placed in a specially prepared iron age village. As to be expected the transition from a world of CDs, cars and cell phones wasn't easy, but eventually the seven week stint provided enough challenge and interest for most of those involved to settle into the changes. It was interesting to see the sort of technologies available (or believed to be available) to our ancestors of that period. Artifacts prove that people of Britain of those times had a good working knowledge of iron, and many skills related to fishing, construction, fencing, farming and the cooking and preserving of food.
The BBC directors presented the group with a number of situations, such as learning to extract iron from ore, and hosting a visit from an imaginary neighbouring village. Clearly absent, and sensibly so, was any input from an economist. If it were so that, apart from protecting themselves from invasions, our ancestors of the so-called iron age were generally free to occupy themselves primarily with catching or growing sufficient food and keeping their houses weather proof, then it is certain they had considerable time for cultural activities, including music, crude as we may now think this was. The degree of socialising and social support they enjoyed would probably put us to shame. Likewise the amount of free time they probably had.

If the BBC producers had involved a modern economist as an adviser in establishing how the villagers might organise themselves he is likely to have suggested that they must produce more than they needed for their own requirements. This surplus must then be exported to another village, or to a village in France or Germany. The villagers should have very little free time. They must be constantly busy developing more productive farming, fishing, mining and smelting methods. Mothers must work at making exportable products for at least eight hours of each day, besides raising their children which is a much less important task, says the economist. The amount of land commanded by the village must be continually expanded, the economist would advice, least another village claim it, and gain an 'economic advantage'.

Other economists would be advising the other villages to pursue the same policy, which would be called 'sound economics'. If competition became fierce, the economist would have advised that economy must be practised. The more surplus food in existence, the more economy there would be required. Each villager must consume less so there is more for exporting.

Hopefully the real villagers of earlier Britain would have laughed themselves silly at such proposals, and sensibly pointed out that not only would there have been little fun in being constantly busy, but it would have lead to villagers and countries going to war with each other. The economist would have said that war, while sad because of the loss of lives, would still have been better than having no war at all. War would provide the opportunity for more exports, in the form of rocks being catapulted at other villages, while providing the perfect excuse for physically preventing other villages from trying to export to them. War would also provide full employment for everyone making lots of catapults. And full employment is good says the economist. Anyone asking why would be screamed at and accused of being a Neanderthal troglodyte reactionary incapable of facing up to 'modern realities'.

The health of the village economy would be measured in how many catapults were manufactured in a given period. Time and motion studies could be done to ensure everyone was engaged in maximum production. The most successful village would be the one where no one was idle even for a minute. Until the war crisis was over, and the problems of trade solved, socialising and music playing would have to be limited to one evening each month. The size of each house would have to be restricted so that more land was available for export production. Patriotic villagers would be encouraged to hang signs saying 'full employment' and 'produce for export' above their front doors.

The village chief would have to be deposed, maybe even killed, because he was a reminder of the bad old days. Political parties would be established that competed as to who could maintain the highest quantity of exports, maximise 'employment opportunities' and best plan the maximum destruction of enemy villages. After the execution of a couple of the village's reactionary religious leaders a new priest would preach that full employment was essential for the salvation of souls. After all, the devil makes work for idle hands, he would constantly remind his tired flock. But fortunately the BBC producers didn't employ any establishment economic advisors. To be fair we know that the modern professional economist is the lacky of the banker. Without the debt money system few people would be persuaded by the arguments of the economist.

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'You can prove anything with figures; and reason can lead you anywhere; but if you've got a real strong feeling about something, deep-seated and unshakable, it is bound to be right.'
P.C. Wren in Bubble Reputation

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Imagination, Money and You
by C. Pinwill

Sancho Panza once had a dream of a world so far away, that it appeared no larger than a mustard seed, and this world had millions of people inhabiting it which he observed going about their business, though they were each but the size of a peppercorn. To all inquiries as to how, as a peppercorn is larger than a mustard seed, millions the size of the former could be observed as part of the latter, he could but humbly reply that he had no idea of why this was, but could only say what he saw. The difficulty is that nobody else has ever been able to imagine what Sancho could so clearly describe.

But imagination is not only confined by Sancho's lonely ability to transcend relativity. Fashion too, plays its part. In the 19th century almost nobody could imagine a world without private property. During the 20th century, for a time, hundreds of millions dreamed of little else. Because men will insist upon having an explanation for everything in terms of environmental pressures, we always have them ready to hand. So why was it in the 1700's that Englishmen wore stovepipe hats? The weather? A lack of storage space elsewhere? It beggars all imagination now. Which brings us to the severe limitations of imagination.

Only the unimaginative can believe themselves capable of imagining everything they so choose. The rise of objective observation in science has inclined us to see imagination as an undisciplined process, in which reality is open-ended and limitless. This is not the case.

Imagining New Things

For about eighty years now, a few people have been imagining a way in which society might be both richer, and more stable and secure for everyone. Bemused, they have made an enormous effort to understand everything about what they're suggesting, they've tried to get the rest of us to understand it too. And it hasn't worked. This is a pity, because we're all interested. They've been a bit like motor mechanics, lawyers or dentists, trying to give better service by getting us all to understand their improved methods. It would be foolish of professionals to attempt this, of course. But sometimes it's hard to avoid.

About one hundred and fifty years ago, the idea of old age pensions came along. A handful of people in Government could have organised old age pensions immediately, but because a large number of people, and politics, were involved, it took about fifty years to have the idea accepted. Some ideas only need one person to do them.
James Watt built a steam engine, and the world followed his example. Rugby Union needed thirty people to start with (fifteen per side), and then the spectators at Rugby in England could see how it was done. The world's been football mad ever since! Other ideas, like national constitutions, old age pensions, and abolishing slavery, needed majority support to introduce them. This made them difficult and slow to achieve. The really difficult thing about totally new ideas, especially those that need majority support is that without examples, the only way forward is through imagination; But unlike Sancho Panza's dream; a majority must be able to imagine some of them; before they're possible. Thankfully, little understanding is necessary.
Sometime in the future a majority of people may use the Internet, but very few will ever be required to actually understand it

An Imaginative Experiment

If you can imagine a non-violent experiment in which you are the guinea pig, perhaps you can help us all. We are trying to discover whether a particular desirable reform is possible. You will never be required to fully understand it. After much work you may, if you wish, I suppose, but it's not worth considering just now. This idea involves distributing new money creations in a different way. If it has a name; perhaps it's "a democratic money system', or "social credit", but the world hasn't made up its mind what to call it yet. The hypothesis we're working upon is as follows:
"The progression of mass recruitment to any new social idea, towards critical mass ("do-ability") seems to involve large numbers of people in a three stage process. In order both of progress and decreasing difficulty, they are: imagine it, believe it, and consent to it. Understanding is not required here, nor is it possible."

So to the difficult part. Just imagine it. Imagine what? Here we must ask for as little as is enough. This requires realism. We need to imagine something, which is the lowest common imaginable denominator. But from the conclusions of which there is no imaginable escape, if we are to recruit inevitably. From here on it's easier. We are all merely the handmaidens of history.

Imagination Number One

Imagine you lived in a country where every single year for a hundred years, there was always more money at the end of each year than there was at the beginning. Imagine that during this 100 years there were severe depressions and wild booms, bitter wars and much peace, cruel droughts and good seasons too. . . but always, absolutely always, at the end of each year, we always had more money than we started it with. Now open your eyes. You've found it. If you live in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada, or Britain, or the USA, or France, or any first world country, or in most of the others also, your country is it.

Take the following figures for an eight-year period in Australia as an example: Money in Existence (in billions) At 30th June Existing - Annual Increase
1992 209
1993 230 $21
1994 246 $16
1995 264 $18
1996 290 $26
1997 321 $31
1998 343 $22
1999 378 $35
(figures Reserve Bank of Australia, August 2001)

Taking a sample, the 1996-1997 increase was $31 billion. This is approximately $1,800 per Australian, and over $7,000 per family of four

. Imagination Number Two
Let's try a little more imagination.

This time it's harder. Let's try to imagine where the $7,000 per family came from in 1996-1997. Imagine you're looking under the bed at your place - and there it is, all $7,000. Now imagine your friends, one by one, and they're looking under their beds too and, Hey Presto! Their households have each discovered $7,000 also. Imagine all the households in Australia. . . . Before we go any further, unfortunately, we need to remind ourselves that the objective is to imagine where the $7,000 came from. How did the $31 billion get under our beds? What we will need to imagine here, is the miraculous conception of money. Now, I find this very hard to do. And even when I do, somehow, envisage the spontaneous materialisation of money in space and time, and then open my eyes, it's never there. So I can't be sure that I really did imagine it. It's like this when you imagine it growing on trees, too!

So let's "get real" about this imagining.

Imagine a vast building, full of printing presses, that are thundering away, and imagine it's called a Mint, and imagine that trucks are being loaded with printed and coined money and taking it to banks around the country for distribution. Now open your eyes and scratch around in your pockets. So where did I put that $7,000 - must have had a heavy night? If you're lucky you'll probably find at least some evidence that it was there once; a few scraps remaining. We're getting better at imagining, aren't we?

Now look at some facts: Currency (Notes and Coins) in Existence (in billions)
At 30th June Currency in Existence - Annual Increase
1992 15
1993 16 1
1994 17 1
1995 18 1
1996 19 1
1997 20 1
(Australian Reserve Bank Bulletin, March, 1998)

The 1996-1997 increase was only $A1 billion. So we've still got to imagine how the other $30 billion came into existence. Lest the imagination boggle into overload, a little direction is helpful. Let's try imagining that your neighbours to the north and south are having a conversation in your presence. Mr. South mentions that he is putting his motor vehicle up for sale. Mr. North responds that he is interested in purchasing it, but that he will first need to speak to his banker for a loan. Later he informs you that the loan has been granted and you adjust yourself to the familiar vehicle going into the wrong driveway. Now just imagine that the postman brings your monthly bank statement. You open it up and immediately see a debit for $20,000. You know you haven't spent any such amount. You ring your banker in outrage. Your banker says, "Well, you know that a bank's business is lending its deposits out at interest" "Well, yes," you say. "But what has this got to do with $20,000 of my money disappearing?" "Well, this time, we've decided to lend out your deposit," says the banker. "Your neighbour wanted a loan." "No way! You put my money back immediately!" you bellow, "or I'll take my money to another bank! " Your banker is patient. He has this every day when he makes a loan. "Try to be reasonable," he says. "We've considered your interests in this. We could have lent your deposit to a perfect stranger, but we know you're friendly with Mr. North, and our bank likes to personalise our service. Personal service is our motto. Don't you trust your neighbour? You know he's a good chap. So isn't this a perfectly good arrangement?" "I can't imagine anything worse!" you roar. "And furthermore. I'm taking my deposit to another bank". "That's impossible," says the banker, "Your deposit is already in another bank. Mr. South received it for his car, and he banks elsewhere." "I never imagined that the banking system worked like that!" you sob. "Oh, come now!" says the banker, "we've been telling everybody for years, that we banks take in money on deposit, and then lend these deposits out at a higher interest. Don't you believe us? " For the first time in your life, you imagine that perhaps you don't.

It gets harder. Where do you imagine that banks get the money they lend out, if they don't take it from deposits, and they obviously don't? No academic, no politician, and no financial journalist, university economist or bishop has ever been able to imagine it. This one's up to you and me. They create it!! To imagine this, we have to:
1. Imagine that the postman didn't come bringing the bank statement on which the bank reduced your deposit by $20,000. And he didn't.
2. Imagine that the bank didn't take anyone else's deposit of $20.000 either. And they didn't.
3. Then imagine that Mr. South's deposit did increase by $20,000 when he was paid for the car. And it did. Now it's easy to imagine that the bank deposits of the world increased by $20,000, because they have. Only if we can imagine the banks lending money they don't have, can we imagine people getting deposits that didn't previously exist. At this stage, if the penny drops, most say, "If this is true. I can't imagine how the banks get away with it". Can you imagine anyone launching an inquiry into an event that they can't even imagine has happened? So now we can imagine how, if the banks lent $30 billion they didn't have in 1996-1997, we've now got $30 billion in bank deposits that we didn't previously have either. The borrowers of imaginary funds get real debts, and their payees get real deposits.

It seems that imagination murders mysteries. But there's more.

Imagination Number Three
The next thing to imagine is the democratic distribution of all new money creations.

To attempt this we suggest: Imagine you are married, and have two wonderful children. Now imagine the postman comes again, bringing your monthly bank statement. But this time it's different. This time you are mortified to see that the bank has made a deposit of $7,000 into your account. You know that you've made no such deposit. You ring your banker. He explains. "Government authorities have decided to increase the supply of money this year, by the same amount as in 1996-97. In the past, of course, in return for creating additional money, we were allowed to own it. We would then find clients who were prepared to go into debt, and we would lend them this money we had created, at interest. "This has now changed. The Reserve Bank has been directed by Government to create the $30 billion, and distribute it democratically", i.e., we're all getting an equal share at cost, which is nothing." Imagine how upset you'd be. "There's no such thing as a free feed!" you scream down the phone. "We agree this is very upsetting," says the banker. "So it's been decided to assist those who feel this way. Government has set up a special fund for conscientious objectors who don't believe in something for nothing. If you register as one, they will send you an account for everything you receive for nothing. "This will include the $7, 000 of course. But there are other miscellaneous things too. Our records show that you haven't paid anything for the invention of the wheel, or the discovery of fire yet. Then there's sunlight, of course. It's quite expensive actually, what with the capital cost of building suns these days. "You don't seem to have invented any useful new words lately, so as you use the English language every day, there's a charge for that. "Your share of the capital cost of building the earth, and creating the air you breathe, the moon, and space, and time, come to quite a bit also. So, with one thing and another, we will be posting you a bill tomorrow for $365 trillion. This is only the initial payment of course, but don't worry, you've got thirty days to pay. "Personally, I'd encourage you to pay it, because I know too well how getting something for nothing makes one feel uncomfortable, even guilty, and we don't want that."

So, as we couldn't imagine a way to pay this account, we had to accept the fact of something for nothing, although we never lost the faith that it didn't exist. Unfortunately, after this, whenever we were all far too pessimistic to borrow any money and invest it, we got it in the post anyhow, so we couldn't cause recessions or depressions any more. Nor, when we were wildly optimistic, did we get any extra money to speculate with excessively, so a mild type of boom became more or less boringly permanent. With regular cheques for about $7,000 arriving each year for nothing, and what with Australia not having to annually go into debt for an additional $30 billion to get it, and failing prices because business had little in debt charges to recover, which made inflation a thing of the past, as you can imagine. . . . We All Lived happily Ever After!

If you're a person who can imagine what the democratic distribution of money creations is, and can imagine its benefits and accept the good sense of it, and given a choice you'd consent to it. That's not the end of demands upon your imagination, What do you imagine we do about it? While I will suggest a couple of things, the worst thing I can imagine is trying to do your imagining for you. You'll need initiative to do something, but since all your initiative arises from your imagination, I'd only take your initiative away by doing your imagining of effective action; Perhaps "don'ts" are safer:
1. Don't rush to the ends of the earth immediately, imagining that your own circle of people are inadequate to this great reform. Act locally. Nobody is more important than yourself and your friends.
2. Don't try too hard. This is an endeavour to draw imagination out of your acquaintances, not push knowledge into them.
3. Don't imagine that some one organisation exists, or can be made to exist, to which you can enslave yourself to democratise money creations. Free yourself to support it wherever it offers. An effective programme should include
(a) Encouragement to persist with the idea (keep it in an imaginary prison under cross-examination for as long as it takes) until your verdict of consent or rejection is clear.
(b) Communicating your consent to democratise money to those in authority, whatever their attitudes.
(c) Practising your consent-giving as opportunity arises or can be created.

by C. Pinwill

A concept is a word that is used to denote something which is strictly concerned with what the mind can grasp. There are many concepts that occupy the minds of people, some intellectual and many that are not intellectual but are on a plane that is found in the weekly or monthly magazines that are produced incessantly to fill a vacuum that can be only regarded as a mindless pursuit. It requires no effort on the part of the recipient to engage in a serious thought process. Yet those who don't have a vote and cancel out the votes of those who have endeavoured to undertake a learning process to discover what is going on in the world of politics and economics. Politics and economics are two important aspects that affect the daily lives of every person on Earth. The above article asks for the use of imagination. It is through imagination that most of the progress in this world has occurred and yet it is so blatantly discarded as something that relates to fantasy land. The truth is that those people who do not use their imagination are the ones living in fantasy land. It is not the REAL world but one in which it is promoted as the real world because unnatural restraints and limitations are placed upon them and this makes it an unreal world. A small amount of imagination would reveal this to those who choose to do so.

To those who occupy their time in absorbing the endless drivel from those magazines can be added those who are occupied in attempting to justify their beliefs in some cause whatever it may be, without stopping to reflect and use their imagination. To do so may endanger their beliefs so they relentlessly continue in their pursuit to the detriment, not only of themselves intellectually but others in society. The battle for the mind is present in areas that confront each one of us every day. The newspapers, television, radio, magazines, all present a challenge to either succumb or reject the information that is thrust upon us. It may be in advertising, news items, and documentaries or more subtly in movies, in songs and literature that is purported to be simply a novel. The daily pressures of earning a living, protecting employment, and providing for a family leave little time for reflection and imagination. Yet it is only by possessing that little bit of leisure time that it possible to consider why time is so limited or why the treadmill continues to revolve so tirelessly.

There are many who have and do devote their time and energy to draw attention to the problems that challenge the manner in which people spend their lives but again many of these have not indulged in proper reflection or imagination.

"The fundamental currency in which the individual does in the last analysis liquidate his debts is in effect the only inalienable property, of one description, that the individual possesses; potential effort over a definite period of time. If this be admitted, and it is inconceivable that anyone would seriously deny it, it follows that the real unit of the world's currency is effort into time < what we may call the time-energy unit; and it is not necessary to specify the source of energy. '
(C.H. Douglas in Economic Democracy, 1920)

Time may be limited to the individual because there is a distinct limitation on the life span. Energy however is not limited to that of the individual because it is provided by nature in various sources. It does not need too much imagination to understand that the greater the limitations that are placed upon the individual's time the greater the cost that has to be borne to liquidate those debts, which are in the form of living. Nature has provided all the elements for life on Earth and the cost of obtaining those necessities is the time and energy expended. With imagination and the use of the mind the individual has been able to progress beyond the simple involvement in earning a subsistence living, and has been able to provide for much more to ease the pressures that accompany the need to spend most of his or her time and energy in providing the absolute basic necessities of food clothing and shelter.

This being so, the question arises, 'why does the economic system not reflect this fact?"

The article on imagination answers one part of that question, but the answer does require not only imagination but also a positive response. The other part of the answer lies elsewhere in the realm of politics. The above two articles by Chas Pinwill were first published in the Australasian Social Credit Journal, January-February, 2002)

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Afghanistan and Oil

How much might the bombing of Afghanistan (and Iraq) have to do with oil?
Is it about who will control the vast oil reserves of the Caspian Sea region? Many reports indicate that the oil reserves are massive, but the problems are severe, not least its transportation to the major markets. Oil rigs, tankers, refineries and pipelines are needed if the oil is to be profitable. This involves nations, governments, business agreements, royalties, fees, policies, etc.

On some of their past records the multinationals would align themselves with the Devil if there were profit and power to be gained from the Caspian oil. A number of media reports have made mention of a planned or hoped for oil pipeline through Afghanistan. CPC is a giant company formed by a consortium of mostly US-based oil companies. CPC stands for the Caspian Pipeline Consortium. According to a journal Drillbits and Tailings 'less than a decade after the final skirmishes of the Cold War, the men who led the battle on both sides have joined forces to exploit the oil reserves of the Caspian Sea. . . Today British Petroleum (now BP Amoco), Chevron, Exxon, Mobil and Unocal are leading a multi-billion dollar frenzy to extract these reserves from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, the three countries that surround the Caspian together with Russia and Iran. . .' (source: British On Target, 22-9-01)

A new $2.6 billion pipeline was officially opened on November 27, 2001. Built by CPC, it runs from the Tengiz oilfield in western Kazakhstan to Russia. (source: (The Times of Central Asia, 3-1-02) Proposed future routes for piping this oil include through Iran to a port on the Arabian Sea. The United States would have to court Iran for this plan. Iran's current big enemy is neighbouring Iraq. President Bush has threatened to take his 'war against terrorism' to Iraq, after finishing Afghanistan.

The Times of Central Asia (3-1-02) further stated: 'US oil and business leaders who met with [Colin] Powell when he was in Kazakhstan, told him they were prepared to invest up to $200 billion in the country over the next five to ten years because of its energy-producing potential.'

According to Australia's Adelaide Advertiser (17-1-02) US President Dwight Eisenhower, in his 1961 farewell address to the American people, warned against what he called the 'military-industrial complex'

Reports from the Drudge Report, an internet news service (, and America's CNN (18-1-02) President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan believes Osama bin Laden is dead, the victim of kidney failure. If there is any truth in this it would fit with earlier reports that bin Laden had been in a hospital about the middle of last year for dialysis treatment.

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Terrorist Laws

Governments have long realised that during times of crisis, or when their populations feel threatened, this can be an opportunity to further centralise power or impose restrictions or surveillance upon populations. When the Howard government in Australia wanted to impose much stricter gun controls on the general population the policy was more easily carried forward after a lone gunman killed a large number of people at Port Arthur, Tasmania. With the backing of an anti-gun press the Howard government got its way. Nobody with access to media coverage suggested that if responsible members of society were permitted to carry pistols for defence this may have minimised or prevented the Port Arthur murders. No such debate is allowed outside of referenced predetermined by centralised governments and a monopolised press.

The September 11th tragedy in the United States has been followed with strict anti-terrorist laws imposed in that country and in Britain. The laws were so quickly established that they may have been already written and awaiting an opportune time for their adoption.

There is a proposed Terrorism (Bombing and Financing) Bill presently before a panel of New Zealand MPs. It is proposed that anyone financially supporting a designated 'terrorist' organisation will be outside the law. It is stretching our imaginations if we are to believe that existing laws cannot deal with such matters. They can. Britain's Tony Blair now has powers that no former British Prime Minister in modern times has had. President Bush possibly has more powers of restraint and incarceration than any former President ever had, even in times of war. The definitions of a terrorist leave the door open for almost anyone to be charged in the future, depending on the circumstances.

A couple of years ago a Christchurch man had his house secretly searched by our Security Intelligence Service. He was involved in a group opposed to the globalisation of our economy and legal system. There has been a recent report of a Wellington man being visited and questioned by police after writing a simple letter to the newspaper against a government policy. Perhaps President Bush and Tony Blair will use their new powers responsibly. Perhaps? Or the cultural and moral norms that still exist in the US and Britain will ensure that they do not go beyond what is acceptable to the general public. But what of future presidents and prime ministers. After all, it is the same process which led to the highly centralised Germany of 1930 and the rise of Hitler and the highly centralised Russia of 1920 and the rise of the brutal Stalin.
What was achieved by revolution in Russia was achieved by the process of gradualism in Germany - the same gradualism advanced by the Fabian Socialists in Britain, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, etc.

The proposed New Zealand law carries severe penalties, including imprisonment for anyone deemed to be a terrorist or supporting any organisation deemed to be terrorist. On its own that is fair enough. But considering how words like 'extremist' and 'racist' are used against anyone opposing some destructive policies, is it stretching things too far to suggest that anyone in the future opposing multiculturalism or globalism could be called a 'terrorist'?

Existing laws are quite capable of dealing with people who want to plant bombs or hijack aeroplanes. If more security is needed existing laws provide for this. Even during the worst periods of IRA bombings of British civilians it was not proposed that a Prime Minister should be given dictatorial powers. ?

'. . . The FBI was warned a month before the September 11 terrorist attacks that a fuel-laden aeroplane could be used as a bomb, the New York Times reported at the weekend. A flight instructor at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Minnesota had repeatedly contacted his local FBI bureau to alert them to the suspicious behaviour of Moroccan-born Frenchman Zacarious Moussaoui, who wanted to learn to fly a Boeing 747 despite his visible lack of pilot training. . . Despite the instructor's appeals and intelligence forwarded by France about Moussaoui¹s affiliation with the al-Qa'ida network, the FBI did not pursue an in-depth investigation. . .' (The Australian, 24-12-01)

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Israel Reconsidered: Should Conservatives Support Zionism? by K.R. Bolton

This new booklet is well documented with sections on Zionism & Communism, Israeli's Marxist foundations, Zionists armed by the USSR, Zionists inspired by the IRA, Israeli supplied arms to Red China, Israeli betrayals of its own allies, the destruction of Christianity in Holy Lands and how Zionism has smeared patriots like Senator Joseph McCathy, Pat Buchanan and Pauline Hanson. Kerry Bolton is a talented New Zealand writer and researcher. Israel Reconsidered is available for $10 from Renaissance Press, PO Box 1627, Paraparaumu Beach.

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Terrorism and Nuclear Power Stations?

Under the heading, ³Nuclear: Nowhere to go² Zac Goldsmith, editor of The Ecologist, provided this response (December 2001/January 2002) to September 11 and the reaction of the Blair government in the UK. For a regular update on the campaign for localisation instead of globalisation The Ecologist is hard to go past. A subscription from New Zealand is £40 (Unit 18, Chelsea Wharf, 15 Lots Rd, London SW10 0QJ, UK.

With hindsight, it was as predictable as clockwork. The planes hit America; America hit back; Blair put his fingers in the national till and exploited the situation to his heart's content. And because the media have been otherwise engaged, so far at least he appears to have succeeded. The result is that unpopular laws which in normal conditions would have been subjected to national scrutiny are flying by unnoticed. To be fair, Mr Blair had a head start. A few weeks before 11 September Secretary of State Stephen Byers announced new measures that will make it easier for his government to push through controversial development projects without subjecting them to normal levels of public scrutiny. Presumably with Heathrow's proposed Terminal 5 and controversial US-style road projects in mind, mega-projects will now be debated and agreed in parliament before being subjected to dumbed-down public enquiries that instead of addressing the generalities, will now focus on marginal specifics of already-agreed projects.

Civil Servant Jo Moore famously suggested that the WTC attacks presented ideal conditions for the burial of bad stories. She was given a lambasting. But the truth is, that is exactly what Mr Blair's government has been doing since 11 September. And the sesame seeds on New Labour's McDonald's-sponsored burger are plans to revive Britain's nuclear industry with the construction of up to 15 new reactors. In the light of what happened in New York, this is like painting a large bullseye on a map of Britain and inviting anyone with a grievance to engage in target practice.

Soon after the attacks, the International Atomic Energy Agency warned that an attack on a nuclear power plant is 'far more likely' following 11 September. Director general Mohamed El Baradei warned that 'radiation knows no frontiers', and that previous safety measures are now fruitless. 'If the terrorist is willing to die, that changes the security equation drastically', he said. British Energy echoed those calls immediately following the attacks, and pleaded with the government to take protective measures. Their pleas, they said, were largely ignored, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) meanwhile described the prospect of a fuel-laden commercial jet colliding with a nuclear plant as 'unthinkable'; Our government, though, appears to take the view of nuclear installation giant COGEMA which claimed that its plant at La Hague was perfectly safe because 'it is forbidden to fly over it at low altitude'.

On the advice of a Cabinet panel that only a few weeks ago expressed doubts about nuclear (before being ordered to reformulate its conclusions), Mr Blair is to replace all our ageing reactors with new models. So what does that mean for Britain? An attack on Sellafield in Cumbria would be 100 times more disastrous than the Chernobyl accident and would, according to experts, be likely to cause more than 2 million people to die of cancer. At best, a significant chunk of this island would become permanently uninhabitable. But with or without terrorists, the lives of British people dangle from the hands of the technocrats each and every day. And as we all know, technocrats make mistakes. Earlier this year, for instance, Sellafield came close to disaster, when explosive gases were allowed to build up in tanks that store highly radioactive nuclear waste. Amazingly, the BNFL staff on duty ignored warning alarms for nearly three hours, and had the situation been left for another 10 hours, the resulting explosion would have released more radioactivity than at Chernobyl.

Nuclear power is frighteningly unstable. And even without such disasters, routine radioactive emissions ensure cancer clusters around virtually every installation. Sellafield, for instance, enjoys a cancer cluster 10 times the national average. Ugly stuff. So why would any government endorse it? It's not cheap. On the contrary, BNFL has admitted it faces a clean-up bill of £34 billion, and on top of the hundreds of billions of pounds in taxpayer subsidies over the past two decades, the government believes the only way nuclear power can remain viable is if the state relieves the industry of its liabilities. Nuclear energy is the most expensive form of energy by far. And it's not green. Even if we build no further plants, nuclear waste is expected to increase by 500 per cent over the next 10 years. What's more, Mr Blair's own energy advisers have described nuclear as 'a red herring in [the climate] debate. You can,' they told him, 'achieve a low-carbon economy without nuclear.' With a fraction of the allocated money, Britain could replace nuclear power entirely with renewable energy. Wind is already cheaper than nuclear, and with energy-saving devices, we could save 12.5 per cent of the power we use at no extra cost within eight years. What's more, renewables pose no security risk.

To describe nuclear as a gamble is misleading. For in any gamble there are potential wins and losses. With nuclear, we can only lose. There are no benefits. Yet the government continues to support it, while routinely disadvantaging renewables. An honest national debate followed by a referendum would certainly result in the rejection of nuclear and its replacement by alternatives. The only possible explanation for this government's support for nuclear is that it has succumbed to the seedy pressures of corporate lobby groups. For that reason alone, Mr Blair is a far greater danger to the people of this country than any terrorist network. (end of Goldsmith article) ?

Comment: No one knows what would be the effect of ramming a large aeroplane, or for that matter, a small one loaded with fuel and explosives, into a nuclear power station. One thing is for certain, the damage and deaths would be much higher than a plane crashing into a wind farm. I once bought the argument that nuclear power was preferably to oil or coal because it would save the lungs of coal miners and eliminate the pollution from oil and coal burning. But the late Dr Geoffrey Dobbs, a leading scientist and Social Crediter, pointed out that 'we simply don't know the long term consequences of nuclear and its waste' and that the very concept of large nuclear plants stems from the collectivist desire for centralisation. Wind, solar, wave, even hydro, can tend toward decentralisation and localisation. They certainly pose fewer dangers from terrorism, or as enemy targets in times of war. (Editor, On Target)

Bombers and Burqas
by Aidan Rankin

The folloing is reprinted from the December2001/January 2002 edition of The Ecologist. Mr Rankin is Comment Editor of The Ecologist. He was, and may still be, associated with the London School of Economics.

'She was a Home Counties girl, now she's bombing Afghanistan,' crowed a Sunday broadsheet, soon after the anti-Taliban campaign was unleashed. Similar headlines extolled the 'exploits' of a young British born American woman named Ashley, one of the handful of female Top Gun' pilots in the US Navy. Hers, we are told, is a 'Girl's Own Story' and already she is being lionised by publishers and filmmakers, ever on the lookout for a politically correct theme. The only woman in the Black Lions squadron, Ashley has been dropping bombs on Afghanistan every day and, if her own words are credible, experiencing great personal fulfilment.

I was smiling: I dropped my bombs. They hit, she told Sunday Telegraph reporters proudly.

Of the Taliban fighters, she observed: 'they didn't wake up until I dropped one right on top of them. It was really exciting. . . We [female pilots] are very few and far between but we just do our job like everything else. I really love it.' (Sunday Telegraph, London, 21-10-01)

For such human insight, one prominent publishing house is offering 'a very healthy advance'. The lieutenant, its spokeswoman claims, is a 'role model' who can 'take off where Andy McNab and the rest [i.e. male warriors] left off'. The lieutenant's choice of words betrays more than the callousness of youth. It reflects a contempt for human life characteristic of Western - and particularly American - culture in its present 'liberal' phase. All experiences, from shopping to bombing, are interpreted in terms of short-term satisfaction, regardless of ethical considerations and with a soulless indifference to human or ecological consequences. Liberal fundamentalism reduces the bombing raid to a career option to be 'open to women' and so the taking of life - including women's and children's lives - is celebrated as an exercise in 'equal opportunities'. Indeed, for ideological reasons, the US (and sections of the British) Armed Forces place the provision of 'interesting careers' for women above operational effectiveness and the welfare of the young, mainly working class, men, who bear the brunt of the fighting without the sexy photos or 'healthy advances'.

Ashley's 'love' for bombing Afghans is far from heroic. It is tragically remote from the traditional ethos of fighting men, who grit their teeth as they carry out hateful tasks and think of their comrades and countries, not their careers. Contrast Ashley's self advertisement with the words of Lt Colonel David Capewell of 40 Commando, Royal Marines, a force as yet uninfected by the 'PC' virus: 'I have no personal animosity towards the Afghan people. . . We never underestimate anybody, and we will take considerable time working out the Taliban's strengths and weaknesses.' Of the men serving under him, Capewell declares: 'There is no sense of triumphalism or retribution. These are people who are simply here to do a difficult job - and do it well.' However some readers might view military ethics, they at least contain some core values, from which the ecology movement might usefully learn and adapt to our own non-violent aims, our 'truth struggle' to use Mahatma Gandhi's words. These include loyalty, responsibility towards others and the sense of historical continuity that gives a regiment, or any band of fighting men, its esprit de corps. Such values are far removed from those of consumer society, or the rights based culture of demand that modern 'liberalism' promotes.

The warrior does not 'love' war or regard it as a career. Instead, he is likely to do his 'duty' with gritted teeth. The military ethic calls upon men to show courage and integrity. Ashley's career bombing, by contrast, is catwalk combat chic translated to the theatre of war, with liberal lashings of callous nihilism. Were a terrorist to boast of 'smiling', he or she would be viewed with revulsion and held up as proof that terrorists are 'evil'. Ashley's words call to mind those of Bernadine Dohrn, co-founder of the 'Weather Underground', a cell of urban terrorists that splintered from the student New Left. When she heard of the killing of Sharon Tate and her friends by the drug crazed disciples of Charles Manson, Dohrn merely laughed and said: 'Wow! I dig it. It blew my mind.'

The psychopathology of 1960s Marxism-Hedonism has penetrated everyday American life from mall to mess room. It a system of organised amorality that American liberals and, increasingly, their European counterparts, regard as a model of human rights, to be imposed on the rest of the world, by clusters of Starbucks where possible and cluster bombs where necessary. I cite this example of equal opportunity bombing because it has wider implications for the cultural conflict at the root of the 'war on terrorism'. For it is not a war on terrorism at all, or a conflict of Christian and Islamic values, or 'civilisation' versus 'barbarism'. After all, there were more executions in Texas last year than in the Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan.

Nor are the partisans of the 'war' defending Western ideals. Rather, the bombing of the Afghans should be seen as an episode in a struggle, on behalf of liberal fundamentalism. This ideology is concentrated in the US but has increasing influence in Europe, especially in the transnational agencies of the EU and is spreading over the 'developing' world through economic hegemony and a secular missionary impulse. Islamic terrorists, including Osama Bin Laden, are the creatures of liberal fundamentalism. This is true in the literal sense, because Bin Laden and his cohorts were armed and trained by the CIA when the 'enemy' was Communist, instead of Muslim.

It is true in a more profound sense, however, for it is the encounter with modernist Western ideology that fuels support for fundamentalism and a more generalised antipathy to the West, not just amongst Muslims, but amongst Hindus and in traditional African societies that have embraced 'Western' Christianity and take it seriously. Many Muslims cite the behaviour of American troops in Saudi Arabia during and after the Gulf War as the start of their disillusionment with the West. A good number of these young people - men and women - not only failed to observe local customs, but also openly and proudly flouted them, in a manner unprecedented on territory held to be sacred. Their indiscipline was a symptom of the corrosive effects of political correctness, undermining any sense of honour and making them less equipped for battle, let alone drawn-out conflict.

The refusal to respect another culture was also motivated by ideology. Liberal fundamentalists do not regard cultural differences as valid. They have but one interpretation of 'rights'; based on dominance, which they believe to be valid for all human societies - and which, in turn, they claim a 'right' to impose. Western politicians, anxious to hold the fragile 'coalition' together and reassure their Muslim minorities, tell us endlessly that this is not a war against 'Islam'. Yet the attack on Afghanistan and the so-called 'war against terrorism' are proxies for a liberal fundamentalist Kulturkampf, conducted within the US and other Western societies as well as the benighted 'Third World'.

For some years before the 11 September atrocities, the Taliban regime has been a convenient liberal hate symbol - and hell hath no fury like a liberal fundamentalist scorned. The Taliban, who (in ironic parallel to the American 'New Left') emerged from the student movement, are fundamentalists who impose a grotesquely distorted version of Shar'ia law, a form of Islamic political correctness that eschews the scholarship of traditional Islam and has arisen largely in response to misguided 'modernisation' policies, of Soviet and then Western inspiration.

Liberal fundamentalists have singled out the Taliban's treatment of women for ritual denunciation. This is because images of Taliban extremism provide a useful foil for the denunciation of all of 'Islam' and beyond that all religions, cultures and traditions that assign different roles to the sexes, even those that give high status to women. Indeed any person, male or female, who rejects the dominant liberal fundamentalist interpretation of feminism can be accused of being 'like the Taliban', or placed in the same box as 'religious extremists', the word 'religious' pronounced with special hatred and scorn.

Like other bigots, liberal fundamentalists find it easier to attack than discuss. The burqa is now notorious as the Dalek-like, all enveloping robe that women under Taliban rule are forced to wear outdoors. Liberal fundamentalists hate and love the burqa. They hate it because it appears so antithetical to their ideology, which makes a virtue of coarse, loveless forms of sexuality and seeks to abolish differences between women and men. They love it because it provides a propagandist stick with which to beat non-Western cultures. Only Western 'democracy' can give 'equality' to women, the argument runs. The burqa dehumanises women, deprives them of their dignity and symbolises their subjection to 'patriarchy'. Furthermore, it is the logical conclusion of 'male dominance' or any attempt to distinguish male from female roles.

For liberal fundamentalists, therefore, Bomber Ashley is a success story, for she fulfils their imperative of 'challenging gender stereotypes'. But this is where the logic of liberal fundamentalism breaks down and their secular moral absolutism is laid bare. Western liberals accuse traditionalists, in their own societies as much as anywhere else, of limiting 'opportunities' for women. Their version of feminism, however, extols the virtues only of women in 'men's' jobs or 'breaking down male bastions'.

Liberal fundamentalists use political and economic means to force women to have careers, placing 'equality' before freedom and ignoring many women's needs and desires. Bomber Ashley is a hero (it is old-fashioned to say heroine), but a mother who protests against cluster bombs is a potential 'terrorist sympathiser'.

In Britain recently, the government-sponsored Equal Opportunities Commission lamented the fact that girls still choose 'women's jobs', including such trivial tasks as nursing, social care and teaching, or frivolities like drama and hairdressing. Rather than raising the status of these 'female' professions, the liberal fundamentalists of the EOC enjoin women to take up 'male' occupations like engineering. They want 'more women' in the boardrooms of multinationals, not fewer multinationals and stronger local economies. Indeed the rhetoric of modern liberalism abolishes 'sex' as a descriptive term altogether, putting in its place a vague, quasi-sociological concept of 'gender'.

Simone de Beauvoir expresses with refreshing Gallic honesty the true liberal fundamentalist view of women: 'No woman should be authorised to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.'

Liberal fundamentalists claim to be the exclusive champions of equality, but really they value only traditionally 'male' spheres of influence, whether political, military or crudely materialistic. Their philosophy is quite different from the eco-feminism of Vandana Shiva, for example, which aims for a creative balance between male and female principles - a more equitable society and a more equitable relationship between humanity and their nature.

Liberal fundamentalism exalts male stereotypes - for women - but attacks masculinity with puritanical fervour. It is the aim of American feminists, especially, to deprive boys of male mentors and if possible abolish fatherhood altogether. New York polemicist Gloria Steinem summed up succinctly their agenda when she said that 'We need to raise boys like they were girls', in other words force them to deny their true natures as boys. The sexual politics so central to bien pensant liberalism is, in a subtle way, as oppressive as any clerical dogma.

Liberal fundamentalism is founded on moral confusion and double standards. When loyalty and sense of community are undermined, when men and women are pitted against each other in 'gender war' and when tradition or custom count for nothing, then only commercial values can prevail. The bomber and the burqa are not opposites, but two sides of the same dehumanising coin - like globalisation and political correctness. Ecologists of the world, beware!

Australia World Economic Forum Meets Again
by Jeremy Lee

By the time this is read the Australian Prime Minister will be in New York at the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum, which has been shifted from the traditional meeting place at Davos, Switzerland to Manhattan in New York. The meeting is scheduled for January 31st to February 4th. As though the September llth disasters were not enough, citizens of New York must suffer further. The Waldorf Astoria is booked out, except for the glamorous Saturday night soiree, which will be held at the New York Stock Exchange. The names of those attending are familiar - America's Colin Powell. Israel's Shimon Peres, Germany's Gerhard Schroeder, Jordan's King Hussein, South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, Microsoft's Bill Gates, etc., etc. And, for the first time, Australia's John Howard. We doubt that there will be any representatives for the war-ravaged Balkans or the pulverized Afghanistan. Or for Ruanda and Burundi and the earthquake-damaged Congo. But this does not mean that policy for these areas will not be mapped out, as it will for the European Union and the Pacific.
Last year's gathering at Davos was marked by huge protests, and it is certain that the opposition to the "global-map-makers" will be even more intense this year, however it expresses itself.

The Euro is in Place
The massive replacement of national currencies in Europe has been accomplished. Britain has still retained its own pounds and pence, and the Queen has ordered that the Euro will not be accepted in any of the commercial shops and enterprises associated with Buckingham Palace. The countries that have forfeited their national currencies are Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Finland, Holland, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. Describing the implications of the change in The Australian (15-1-02) Alan Wood commented:
"While currency notes and coins account for less than 10 per cent of the money supply in the eurozone (or anywhere else - Ed.) they are a powerful symbol of national sovereignty and identity. "The President of the European Commission, Romani Prodi, recognized this in 1999, when he said: 'The Euro was not just a bankers' decision or a technical decision. It was a decision that completely changed the picture of the nation-states. The pillars of the nation-states are the sword and the currency and we changed that. . . It dramatically marks the subordination of individual states to a collective power. . .'

It could not be expressed more clearly. As the founding Rothschild said, "Permit me to issue a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws."
So those behind Europe's Central Bank and the new common currency knew, and know, exactly what they are doing. Whether Britain will resist the overtures to do away with its own currency remains to be seen. If Tony Blair has anything to do with it, Britain will follow the rest into the global trap. As Alan Wood continued:
". . . Both the proponents and critics of the Euro seem to agree that, over the long haul, a successful monetary union will require political union - a European federation with some sort of central government. . . By putting monetary policy in the hands of the European Central Bank, the members of the eurozone have put themselves in a straitjacket of a one-size-fits-all monetary policy. . . "

The English Channel has, for hundreds of years, kept British sovereignty and independence intact against all European predations. But will it be sufficient against the stealthy designs of the money-power? Is there a leader in Britain still unrecognized who can rally the people at the last moment? Who, in Newbolt's words about Francis Drake,
"When the Dons strike Devon, I'll quit the port of Heaven, and drum them up the Channel as I did so long ago".
Even sadder, what of countries like Australia and New Zealand, which still technically have the constitutional right to issue their own credit, but which have been intimidated against doing so?

Detention Centres: A Rod For Australia's Back

The upsurge in emotional comment about conditions in refugee detention centres has reached farcical and damaging levels. It is absolutely true that the Australian people will not continue to accept hunger-strikes, lip-sewing, child abuse and the like. If there is an answer at this late stage it lies in resolute action by Australia on the international stage. We cannot continue logically to beat ourselves to death with refugees from countries against which we are applying economic and military sanctions. Australia should take a lead in halting sanctions against Iraq, where some 5,000 deaths of women and children are still taking place each month. If we are to offer financial aid to Afghanistan, such aid should be tied directly to repatriating and providing for Afghani refugees currently in Australia. Instead of paying large sums to keep refugees in New Guinea and Christmas Island, the money should be applied to providing reasonable housing and conditions for refugee families in the countries from which they have fled.

So far the Australian Government has refused to provide detailed costings on all the events since the Tampa drama. Some estimates go as high as $500 million. Such a sum could have provided housing and sustenance for the Afghanis back in their own country. If, as President Bush claims, the Taliban has been defeated and the Afghanistan rebuilding process has begun, there is no reason why such a policy could not be introduced forthwith. But we fear for Afghanistan's financial future. The man who will administer the financial system will be Abdul Qadir Fitrat (doesn't that sound like an Ore from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings?) who has been in America for some years. The Australian (15-1-02) said:
"Since the head of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, Burhanuddin Rabbani, asked him to come back to his old job, Fitrat has held meetings with the International Monetary Fund. the World Bank and the US Treasury. "He arrived in Kabul a week ago carrying a 1997 IMF publication, Banking Soundness and Monetary Policy, copies of the banking laws from Tajikistan, the United Arab Emirates, India and Iran, and his dry cleaning from Virginia. By the end of the month he expects a team of IMF officials to help him map out a plan to rebuild the bank. . .
The Government, in consultation with the IMF, is developing alternatives to the afghani - such as adopting the dollar or the euro as the country's currency. . . "

The Enron Collapse

The fall-out from the collapse of the world's biggest energy trading company, Enron, is only just beginning. Enron was one of the biggest contributors to the Republican Party's election campaign, which installed President Bush in office. It contributed a lesser amount to the Democrats. Executives from the accounting firm Arthur Anderson have taken the Fifth Amendment when avoiding questions in court as to who ordered the shredding of documents relating to the collapse. The Australian (15-1-02) neatly summarized the affair:
". . . It contains elements of a classic political scandal. A huge company based in Bush's home state of Texas and led by his biggest campaign contributor files the biggest bankruptcy in US history. A small group of top executives sell shares before it collapses. At the same time, thousands of employees are barred from selling, and lose not only their jobs but their life savings and pensions as well. Meanwhile there are revelations of frequent contacts between the company and top administration officials. . . "
So what's going to get Bush and his mates off the hook? Another "jolly good war for truth and justice?"

The Queenland Constitution

Many forget that each State in Australia has its own constitution, each of which preceded the Australian Constitution. The Crown is part of each State constitution, exercised through State Governors. This was severely compromised by the 1986 Australia Act, but still tentatively exists. Queensland is in a particularly vulnerable position in that it has no Upper House, which was lost in a grubby episode in the early part of the 20th Century. During the Goss administration [Labour, 1990s] the Premier started a process to bring all parts of the Queensland Constitution into a single document, and a Commission was set up. The present Beatty Government has now produced a final document which has been pushed through the Queensland Parliament and comes into force in June. Under original provisions in the Queensland constitution a State referendum was necessary to effect any change. By this provision it is doubtful whether the Australia Act was legal. No referendum was held. Now the new constitution-to-be has large areas where the necessity for a referendum has been eliminated. The politicians can make what changes they feel necessary at the time.

As a constitution is primarily to keep politicians in check, the new provisions are akin to enabling prisoners to make the jailhouse rules. Such things as the future of local government, land titles, etc., can be changed without reference to the people. With no house of review, no opposition in any sense of the word, and politicians in a position to grab extra powers, Queensland is in a precarious situation. Queenslanders should be contacting their State members, asking for a copy of the new Constitution, and seeking as much information as possible about the way it was enacted and the loss of safeguards.

Our Comment: It will be no consolation for Queenslanders to be told that New Zealanders also have no upper house. Ours, known as the Legislative Council, was abolished by a supposedly conservative government, led by Sid Holland, in the 1950s. A more effective replacment was promised. Fifty years later we are still waiting. The only sanctions New Zealanders have left are an increasingly ineffective vote (ineffective because the major parties have the same policy); the need for the Royal Assent on Acts of Parliament; and whatever fear politicians and their advisers occasionally have of public opinion. Not so many years ago an Australian Prime Minister (Bob Hawke) told the then New Zealand Prime Minister (David Lange) that he envied the latter ability to easily gets new legislation through. It took longer in Australia because of the constitutional constraints required to get the approval of their Federal Senate.

Were the Israelis Involved?

Although many of our subscribers also receive the monthly New Times Survey, organ of the Australian League of Rights, we are reprinting the following from the January 2002 issue. If not absolute proof of Israeli involvement or foreknowledge of Sepember 11, it is certainly worthy of much wider circulation:

'Cu Bono?' - 'Who Gains'?

In the September and October editions of The New Times Survey we analysed the background to the disasters in New York and Washington and concluded that the main beneficiary was the state of Israel and that there was likelihood of Mossad foreknowledge of the bombings. Our views have been confirmed much earlier than expected by the revelations from a major US news source, Fox News, of a massive penetration of US administration and intelligence by the Israeli Mossad organisation, and the certainty that the bombings were anticipated before they happened.
In the following article dated December 17, 2001, by US author and commentator Justin Raymond, the implications of the Fox News revelations are analysed. Justin Raymond is the editorial director of ( 520 S Murphy Avenue, 202 Sunnyvale, California 94086). He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (1993, with an Introduction by Presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan, and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against US Intervention in the Balkans (1996). He is an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig on Misses Institute in Auburn, Alabama, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Libertarian Studies, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard.
His article follows:

Sept. 11: What Was Israel's Role? Fox News revelations point to an ominous conclusion. When is American foreign policy going to start putting America first? The US had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by vetoing a UN resolution condemning violence on all sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution condemned terrorism, no matter what the source, called for the creation of a "monitoring mechanism" to prevent violence, denounced executions without trial, and said the destruction of property must cease. You gotta problem with that?

Negroponte's Veto : This administration does
John Negroponte, American ambassador to the UN, justified the US veto by averring that the resolution aimed to "isolate politically one of the parties to the conflict through an attempt to throw the weight of the Council behind the other party." The resolution, said Negroponte, was unsatisfactory because it didn't specifically mention "recent acts of terrorism" against Israelis. Naturally, this scuttled the whole thing, as it was intended to do.

The Victimological Olympics
For this argument, if carried on long enough, would lead to an infinite regression of victimological examples: the pro-Arab bloc would insist on specifically mentioning the supposedly accidental killing of five Palestinian children by an Israeli booby-trap bomb planted near a school. This would be the cue for the Israeli side to come up with a Hamas-Hizbollah atrocity that merits inclusion - and, before you know it, we're all the way back to 1948 with the pro-Arabists demanding the inclusion of the massacre at Deir Yassein, and, naturally, the Zionist bloc doing them one better by moving for some mention of the Roman conquest and persecution of the Jews.

The War Against the World
The US veto undermines the war effort, and makes the Americans seem as if they are waging a war not only on Islam, but against the entire world on behalf of Israel. After decades of trying to prove its bona fides as an honest broker of peace in the region, it is the US that is effectively isolated. The resolution was co-sponsored (or amended) by France and the Security Council vote was 12-1, with Britain and Norway abstaining. Whatever credibility the US had in the Arab world - very little, I'm afraid - was lost with that one arrogant gesture. So much for the grand "coalition" that Colin Powell has been building: the Israeli lobby in the US has demolished it with a single blow. The Last Laugh Is that the demonic laughter of the Mad Sheik I hear, chortling in his cave at this act of American self-sabotage? It may be Osama bin Laden is not long for this world. Yet he will die happy in the knowledge that the US is sowing the seeds of his future warrior army, who will spring like Muslim Myrmidons out of Palestine's blood-soaked earth.

Battleground America
Speaking of sabotage, the story of the gigantic Israeli spy operation in the US - and its mysterious activities in the weeks prior to 9/11 continues to amaze and shock even me. When I wrote, a few weeks ago, that the detention of some 60 Israelis in connection with 9/11 was "ominous" little did I realise just how much of an understatement that would turn out to be. It is often said that, post-9/11, the US is going through what the Israelis have had to endure for decades. The series of Fox News special reports on Israeli penetration of US intelligence assets puts this insight in an entirely new light. For it appears, from what we are learning, that the struggle between two desert tribes in a far away land has truly been brought home to the US: America, we are discovering to our horror, has become a battleground for both sides in that ancient conflict.

Ends and Means
As I related last week, the first part of this astonishing four-part series by Fox News reporter Carl Cameron presents credible evidence suggesting Israeli intelligence had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks. The second and third parts show they had the means to acquire this knowledge. According to Cameron: "Fox News has learned that some American terrorist investigators fear certain suspects in the Sept., 11 attacks may have managed to stay ahead of them, by knowing who and when investigators are calling on the telephone."

All Roads lead to Amdocs
Cameron takes us through an explanation of how and why virtually all telephone calls in the US are billed by a single company, Amdocs Ltd., which just happens to be headquartered in Israel. Chances are that when you make a call, the record of the call and the billing is done through Amdocs. With a virtual monopoly in the US, and tentacles worldwide, Cameron reports that "it is virtually impossible to make a call on normal phones without generating an Amdocs record of it." Amdocs denies any wrongdoing, but sources tell Fox News that, in 1999, "The super secret national security agency, headquartered in northern Maryland, issued what's called a Top Secret sensitive compartmentalised information report, TS/SCI, warning that records of calls in the United States were getting into foreign hands - in Israel, in particular."

Spies in the Woodwork
It's not that anyone is listening in on all these calls, but that these methods are a way to know who is calling whom, when, and for how long - vital information in and of itself. Cameron assures us that the White House and the Pentagon are immune from such surveillance, but an article in Insight, the magazine put out by the Washington Times, showed how Israeli intelligence had thoroughly penetrated the communications system at the Clinton White House. According to co-authors J. Michael Waller and Paul M. Rodriguez, writing in May of last year, the FBI was "Probing an explosive foreign espionage operation that could dwarf the other spy scandals plaguing the U.S. government. Insight has learned that FBI counter-intelligence is tracking a daring operation to spy on high-level US officials by hacking into supposedly secure telephone networks. The espionage was facilitated, federal officials say, by lax telephone security procedures at the White House, State Department and other high-level government offices and by a Justice Department unwillingness to seek an indictment against a suspect." "The espionage operation may have serious ramifications," wrote Waller and Rodriguez, "because the FBI has identified Israel as the culprit."

Monica Tells All
Dozens of officials confirmed the story, telling the authors of this fascinating piece how the Israelis had managed to penetrate not only State Department telephone lines, but also those in the White House, the Defence Department, and the Justice Department. That the President knew this at the time is beyond doubt; it came out, you'll remember, during L'affaire Lewinsky, when Monica testified that, on March 29, 1997, she and Clinton were desecrating the Oval Office and she specifically remembered it because, as the Starr Report put it: "He suspected that a foreign embassy was tapping his telephones, and he proposed cover stories. If ever questioned, she should say that the two of them were just friends. If anyone ever asked about their phone sex, she should say that they knew their calls were being monitored all along, and the phone sex was just a put on."

Little Did They Know
That "foreign embassy" was the Israelis'. It is spooky, in retrospect, to read the comments of the American intelligence and law enforcement officials who sourced this pioneering Insight piece (which, for some reason, is no longer available on their web site but is still available, thanks to the miracle of Google), "It's a huge security nightmare," said one senior US official. "The implications are severe," another unnamed official chimed in. "We're not even sure we know the extent of it," said a third high-ranking intelligence official. "All I can tell you is that we think we know how it was done. That alone is serious enough, but it's the unknown that has such deep consequences."

Out of The Murk
Ah, but the deepness of these consequences is just beginning to be known. As the Fox News revelations make all too clear, they are a lot deeper than anyone, including Waller and Rodriguez, could possibly have imagined last year. The picture that is beginning to emerge out of the murk is this: the Israelis were watching the hijackers and/or their associates, and they very possibly had access to a complete set of the conspirators' phone records, if not direct access to the content of their conversations. In the months prior to the attacks, the Israelis did indeed issue a warning of "massive" terrorist attacks, but, in an effort to protect both their sources and methods, their warning gave no details and was therefore practically useless.

The Comverse Connection
The third part of the Fox series shows how the Israelis had access, not only to phone records, but also to the wiretaps being conducted by US law enforcement agencies. This access could have easily been provided, Cameron points out, by yet another hi-tech Israeli communications company, Comverse, which operates as practically a branch of the Israeli government, and enjoys near monopolistic status here in the US. When you place a call, it goes through a complicated network of routers and switchers. The way wiretapping works is that customised computers are linked to that network via specialised software, and the system intercepts, records, and stores wiretapped calls. But this system has a "back door" that could have easily been opened by Israeli intelligence. Comverse maintains a link to the wiretapping computers, on the grounds that it is necessary for system "maintenance." Over the opposition of some patriotic law enforcement officers, this process was authorised by the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). But that wasn't the end of it. According to Fox News: "Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller were both warned Oct. 18 in a hand-delivered letter from 15 local, state and federal law enforcement officials, who complained that 'law enforcement's current electronic surveillance capabilities are less effective today than they were at the time CALEA was enacted."

Ashcroft¹s Complicity
But Ashcroft is too busy rounding up Arabs and closing down their organisations to worry about the wholesale penetration of our communications system - including "secure" networks at the White House, the Defence Department, and elsewhere - by our wonderful allies, the Israelis. Cameron cites several unnamed law enforcement agents - concerned about the ominous implications of the Israeli penetration in light of 9/11 - who say that even raising the issue is "career suicide".

I hope You¹re Sitting Down
Okay, so the Israelis have the phone lines over at the White House, the Defence Department, the Justice Department, and, for all we know, your local dogcatcher's office bugged to the max. So they have the capability to know where and when practically every phone call in the US, and large sections of the rest of the world, is made, and to whom. As fantastic as it sounds, given the advance of technology and the reputation of the Mossad, I'm willing to believe it. What's really alarming, however, is that, as Cameron reports: "On a number of cases, suspects that they had sought to wiretap and survey immediately changed their telecommunications processes. They started acting much differently as soon as those supposedly secret wiretaps went into place."

Beyond the Beguine
The implications of this stunning news go far beyond my original contention: that the Israelis had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks and simply failed to let us know the details. For it all depends on the intended target of the wiretaps: was it the Israelis, or Bin Laden's agents? If the former were acting differently after wiretaps were put in place, it means only that the Israelis were using their sources and methods to protect their own: if the latter, it means the Israelis were using their sources and methods to protect the Bin Ladenites. That is a possibility no one - including me - wants to contemplate, and, in all truthfulness, I must confess I cannot believe it. I am forced to concede, however, that, given what we now know, it is possible. Until and unless the government comes clean, we won't know for sure.

Investigate the Israeli Connection
At the end of his second report, Carl Cameron remarked to Brit Hume that the question of the Israeli connection to 9/11 "came up in the select intelligence committee on Capitol Hill today," and "they intend to look into what we reported last night." Naturally, all this is occurring in secret, with the likelihood of a cover-up all but certain. What is needed is a public investigation, and full disclosure of the Israeli role, if any, in 9/11.

Where is the Media?
That, of course, is the role of the media - and, in this regard, it is interesting to note that Cameron's explosive investigation has not been picked up by a single news outlet, as far as I know (although I would be happy to be proved wrong) or discussed by a single "mainstream" columnist. Yet Fox News is hardly a marginal news source. In a business where scandal and especially spy stories are hot, you would think that a story like this, with its tie-in to 9/11, would have the other networks and the major media falling all over themselves to get a piece of the action. But not this time, at least so far.

Fan Mail From Some Cranky Flounder
It's funny, but when I wrote my first column on this subject, I got a whole bunch of nutball letters from anti-Semitic cranks who told me that "the Jews" would never let me get away with it, and that I am now a "marked man." This story, wrote one correspondent, "will go nowhere," because "the Jews" control the media, blah blah blah. I laughed, reading these perfervid notes, most of them WRITTEN IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, wondering at the infinite capacity of people to fit reality into ideological categories rather than the other way round. After all, the mere fact that the story was broadcast on Fox News, a major media organisation, appears to contradict the self-evidently absurd thesis that the "Elders of Zion," sitting in a control room somewhere, determine what news we're allowed to read.

The Anti-Semitic Fallacy
I can only hope, for Mr. Cameron's sake, that what amounts to "career suicide" in law enforcement doesn't hold true at Fox News. Israel certainly has many vocal and very active supporters, who are quick to make their opinions known. But it is false to posit a "Jewish-controlled" media, no matter what the ethnicity or political persuasion of editors, owners, or whatever. These media companies are beholden to their shareholders, and to the market. Reporting the news is an intensely competitive business: there is no way to enforce an embargo on certain information, not in this day and age. There is no "Jewish conspiracy" - only the machinations of a particular foreign government and its uncritical supporters in this country, who span the ethnic and religious as well as the political spectrum.

The Truth, At last
It is too soon to say whether or not this story has "legs," as they say, and is going anywhere soon. But one thing's for sure: Fox News has blown the mystery of 9/11 wide open. This isn't going to just go away. On September 11, the American people looked on in disbelief at the sight of not only the World Trade Centre going down but the Pentagon . . . under attack and apparently defenceless. My first thought, at any rate, was: How could this happen? With these latest surprising developments - pointing to an ambiguous Israeli role, at best, in all this - I fear we are just beginning to discover the answer to that question.

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Briefly: Argentina is discovering belatedly that to sup with the devil needs a long spoon. Not the least of its troubles is the unwarranted advice and pressure of the IMF. It has irked the ire of Mr. Jorge Todesca, vice economy minister. "We're working on a very coherent plan," he said. "Frankly, we don't need the IMF to be telling us every two minutes what course we should take when we've only been at this for seven days (The Australian, 14-1-02). "They're doing it from 10,000km way, without much knowledge of the situation. . " The first thing to recognize is that the Argentinian government and the IMF both represent completely different interests. The government is hopefully trying to restore the lives of real people - the men, women and children of the country. But the IMF is representing an international group of money-lenders whose interests come before the well-being of people. The real questions now facing Argentina are whether it has the resources to feed, clothe and house its own people, rather than exporting into a glutted world market to earn enough to pay the money-lenders. Exports can come later and be limited to real surpluses in exchange for any goods and services needed from abroad. The global export game has simply become an instrument for extracting more tribute for lenders. This will be the test of sovereignty for a once great nation.