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28 January 1983. Thought for the Week: "There is nothing so degrading as the slave who has come to love his chains."
THE SERVILE STATE
Many years ago the distinguished English writer,
Hilaire Belloc, wrote a prophetic book with a most descriptive
title, "The Servile State". Belloc feared that step-by-step
the individual would be persuaded to sacrifice his freedom
in exchange for a minimum of material security. The Welfare
State was promoted by those who, like the British planner,
Lord Beveridge, insisted that the individual must be prepared
to go halfway to Moscow in order to avoid the complete totalitarian
Those who have attended Mr. Eric D. Butler's Basic Anti-Subversion School will recall his example of how while a frog thrown into boiling water will try to jump to safety, the same frog placed in cold water can be boiled alive if the temperature is not increased too suddenly. Many can be slowly conditioned to eventually accept what once would have produced violent reaction. The scars of the Depression of the thirties were so deep that for a long period after the Second World War, the provision of "full employment" was generally regarded as a major test for governments.
As a result of a credit squeeze - allegedly designed to fight the same inflation Mr. John Howard is still battling and a minor recession compared with what is taking place now - the Menzies-Fadden Government was nearly swept from office at the 1961 Federal Election. Unemployment was only a fraction of what it is today, but it was the major issue in the election campaign. Twenty-two years later unemployment is now approaching the level of the thirties, but there is no evidence that it is producing the type of electoral backlash of the past.
There is, of course, a degree of truth in the widely held view that the Labor Party has no constructive alternative to offer. Mr. Hayden insists that Labor must offer only "responsible" economic policies, which means that Labor proposes no challenge to the policies, which have produced the present disaster. But we fear that many people, particularly amongst the young, have been conditioned to believe that the present Depression is something inevitable, the result of international factors beyond Australia's direct control, and that the Welfare State does at least make possible minimum physical requirements.
While the Marxists are having some success in recruiting young people, they are also admitting that the present crisis is different from that of the thirties. Growing numbers of young people are either turning to violent non-political crime, or to drugs and other forms of escapism. There is a widespread air of resignation. Much of this attitude reflects the success of the false theme that Australia has "been living beyond its means" and that a "wage freeze" makes some kind of sense. The truth is, of course, that Australia is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and there is no physical reason why all Australians cannot be guaranteed both security and freedom.
Mr. W. Aberhart, Premier of the Albertan
Social Credit Government in the thirties, the only government
which has in this century attempted to challenge the Money
Power and its agents of revolution, is credited with having
told his audience that if they had not suffered enough to
make them react, then it was their God given right to suffer
The battle for the world is now entering a final and decisive stage, one that will shape the future of mankind for centuries to come. The lead against the descent into slavery can only come from those who have grasped that genuine freedom is a spiritual necessity, and who are prepared to fight to ensure that it is unnecessary to surrender freedom in order to gain security.
BIG, BIGGER, BUST
By Neil G. McDonald
Bigness of government needs bureaucrats galore. They put costs and not production into the system. They prod, probe, and gradually destroy what was meant to be an efficient organisation. Now, in industry the big firms are collapsing. Private companies - efficiently run now, with stockpiles of cars, tractors, books and biscuits. Internationals, once thought impregnable, have joined the casualties (Daimler, Leyland, and DeLorian). Qantas and British Airways fly with almost unliftable debts, while Laker and Braniff are receiver held memories.
But, productive efficiency has little to do with the failure (impending or actual) of many crash-dive firms. Established with immense loans, they survive temporarily, only because the day of reckoning is advanced into the future. The killer is a phantom, more skilled than Sherlock Holmes, and more tenacious than the Saint. A mere will-o'-the-wisp; a set of financial symbols having no reflection of reality - is the enemy which slays industry with more stealth than a group of commandos.
American President Abraham Lincoln said;
"I have two great enemies; the Southern Army in front of me,
and the financial institutions in the rear. Of the two, the
one in the rear is my greatest foe."
Fifty years ago, the (then) Prince of
Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) said, "The depression of
economic disturbance has been largely caused by a maladjustment
of distribution. The potential output is far greater than
ever before." Small, skilled units - the self-employed builder,
electrician, or plumber, are more cost efficient than when
employed by a larger organisation. Overheads and disruptions
then begin to erode the personal pride in a job well done.
There is no threat to banks or budgets from either large firms or unions. All receive their licence to live from the financial veil they dare not lift. Individuals and small, informed groups are the only challenge to a faulty system which restricts production and penalises every citizen because of millions, or billions, or unrepayable debt. The apples are on the ground rotting. Everywhere, gates are locked and workers idle.
Urgently needed are not large majorities, but small groups of concerned even angry producers - determined to remove the obstacles, which stand between production and consumption. Voter's policy Associations, armed with information and energy, appear to be the best way to slay the Deficit dragon.
Prime Minister Fraser has sunk to a new low in treacherous hypocrisy with his threat that West Indian cricketers playing in South Africa will be banned permanently from entering Australia, and that even English cricketers playing in South Africa might be banned from coming to Australia. Much as we may deplore the professionalism of cricket along with other sporting activities, the fact is that the West Indian cricketers have gone to South Africa as paid performers. Mr. Fraser expresses concern about the Third World, but when professional cricketers from a Third World country seek to obtain financial security for their families, the Australian Prime Minister seeks to interfere with a basic right. Playing sport in Communist countries is, of course, all right. And exporting to the Communists on credit is highly laudable. Mr. Hayden's instant agreement with Mr. Fraser about the West Indian cricketers merely confirms that the major political parties are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Hopefully the humbug of Prime Minister Fraser and Mr. Hayden will be challenged at the next elections.
Britain's inflation rate has been reduced to 5.4 percent, the lowest for 12 years, while the American inflation rate is the lowest for a decade, 3.9 percent. Both inflation rates have been achieved by savage credit restrictions, which have forced hundreds of thousands of businesses into bankruptcy and pushed unemployed figures to new record levels. The low inflation rates are described as a "glimmer of light". If and when credit restrictions are eased, we can predict with complete certainty that inflation will start to rise again. There is no way out of the growing crisis under present financial policies.
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