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12 April 1996. Thought for the Week: "The emotional epithet of 'racist' is hurled at those who suggest that diversity and separate development between different peoples of different racial and cultural backgrounds is the road to true unity. They support compulsion, which inevitably produces friction, as opposed to inducement."
Eric D. Butler in The Essential Christian Heritage.
INFLATION AND MAD HATTER ECONOMICS
by Eric D. Butler
To the uninformed, an item of news in The Sunday Age of April 7th, and other papers, would appear to be most confusing. The news item said that because the U.S.A. economy was "growing strongly" it was unlikely that there would be a fall in interest rates. The news item also said that "Last month, markets crashed worldwide when figures showed that 705,000 new jobs were created in February. as investors panicked at the prospect of an overheating economy stoking inflation".
Translated into simple English, the above report means that any increase in economic activity results in a higher inflation rate. The temporary surge in economic activity in the U.S.A., as witnessed by the fall in unemployment rates, had followed a reduction in interest rates by the Federal Reserve Bank.
As C.H. Douglas predicted over 70 years ago, it was impossible to sustain the present finance economic system without increasing the rate of capital growth, whether this growth was necessary or not for the production of consumer goods. This capital growth could only be obtained by an expansion of the money supply, this resulting in an expansion of debt. An expansion of debt meant an expansion in debt charges. The overall result must be inflation, which is mathematically certain under present finance economic rules.
Those same rules require periodic reductions in the rate of money expansion - this the result of financial credit creation by the banking system - with a depression. Higher interest rates are one of the mechanisms used in an attempt to slow down economic growth. Such a slow down increases unemployment at a time when the technological revolution is making it increasingly difficult to maintain "full employment". The social implications of a programme of boom followed by bust are horrendous.
It can be said without fear of contradiction, that no set of politicians in any part of the world can preside over any type of stability unless the following questions are addressed: What is the true purpose of an economic system? How can an economic system and social stability be maintained if the economic system can only be sustained by a continuous expansion of debt?
Answers to these questions give rise to further questions. If the true purpose of production is consumption, and true progress results from producing required production in a shorter period of time, how is it possible to maintain a policy of "full employment" without the imposition of totalitarian policies.
A combination of factors has produced a major crisis in the evolution of civilisation. Douglas was emphatic that Western Civilisation was doomed unless realistic answers were found to the above questions. What is required is, for a start, one nation to start reversing present policies. If, for example, Australia has capital works, such as the modernisation of its transport system, and an expansion in its defence structure, then adequate finance should be made available from new credits. The problem of rising prices should be dealt with by the use of new credits to finance the type of 'consumer price discount system' used with such success during the Second World War. A reduction in consumer prices is the most effective way of increasing purchasing power while at the same time preventing inflation.
Adequate credits should be made available to married women who would prefer to stay home and look after their children full time, a type of housekeeper's bonus. The retirement age should be reduced and an adequate pension made available to those prepared to take advantage of this pension. Every effort should be made to shift unemployed young people into constructive production. This policy would have a major effect on present social problems concerning the young.
Unless a programme along the lines suggested is adopted, it can be predicted that crisis will follow crisis as the controllers of financial policy attempt to grapple with an impossible situation. All that the Howard Government can do is to follow behind what is taking place in the United States. And so Australians can expect to hear more of the type of present Mad Hatter economic theories. Higher taxes will have to be imposed somehow. And all the while the oppressed individual is asked to accept this in order to avoid more inflation, or the "overheating" of the economy.
There is an old saying that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first drive mad. There is plenty of madness about at present!
HAYDEN'S GLIMPSE OF CULTURAL AND RACIAL REALITY
by David Thompson
Hayden has some peculiar views, such as his championing of euthanasia, but the fact that he is prepared to assert them more or less fearlessly, can only be constructive if it leads to more honest debate. His comments concerning Sir John Kerr (see previous On Target) appear to have gone a long way towards "de-demonising" Kerr among those who were exhorted to "maintain the rage".
In promoting his book, Hayden addressed a literary luncheon sponsored by The Sydney Morning Herald on April 3rd, at which he proceeded to undermine former Prime Minister Keating's dream of an Asian Australia. Hayden accused the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir, of hypocrisy, and expressed the view that Malaysia itself was a "racist" country. His comments concerning Asia are all the more significant against Hayden's background of Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Hawke Government.
At the literary luncheon, Hayden had declared that some Australian politicians who had been accused of racism in the recent election campaign had been maligned. Voters had not voted for such politicians for reasons of racism, because compared with Asia, Australia was not a "racist" country. (It is also significant that Hayden's seat in Parliament was Oxley, now occupied by Pauline Hanson. Is this some type of backhanded endorsement of Hanson?)
"Prime Minister Mahathir, for instance, evokes memories of the old White Australia policy when it suits him, but in fact Asian racism is rampant and very discriminatory, especially in his country," said Mr. Hayden. He pointed out that Malaysian laws deliberately discriminated against the Chinese, and that Indians in Malaysia are very poor as a result of government neglect. The former A.L.P. leader and Governor General also described the Chinese as "racial supremacists" and the Japanese as "racial exclusivists".
HIGHLY SELECTIVE INDIGNATION
As is to be expected, Hayden was condemned for his comments by the press, and those with an axe to grind. The Australian's foreign editor, Mr. Greg Sheridan, projected as an expert on Asia, cried foul, since the case of Malaysia, a very substantial affirmative action policy in favour of the indigenous Malays, operates to the disadvantage of the more wealthy Chinese and Indians. But this is not racism, says Sheridan. But what is it when Colonel Rambuka of Fiji, following a military coup, re-wrote the Fijian constitution to favour the indigenous Fijians at the expense of the more wealthy Indians? In Fiji it was sheer "racism".
Sheridan is most selective in his indignation. "Affirmative action" in Malaysia is excused on the grounds that the beneficiaries are poor. Similar policies, based on the same motives in Fiji, are simply racist. It is notable that neither Sheridan nor anyone else attempts to refute Hayden's description of the Chinese as "racial supremacists". And neither is there any protest that the Japanese are not really "racial exclusivists".
Hayden has simply described the social realities of Asia. The Japanese position is best demonstrated by their "exclusivist" immigration policy. Hayden refers to the "old White Australia policy", but he may just as well have referred to the Japanese immigration policy as the "current yellow Japan policy". Few criticise the Japanese for being racially exclusive, but if there is any suggestion that Australia should follow the Japanese lead, and apply a little racial exclusiveness to the immigration policy, this is just "racism". Is this because Australia is a wealthy nation, and is not in need of the "affirmative action" immigration policies of poverty stricken Japan?
WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CENSOR THE INTERNET
N.S.W. Attorney General, Mr. Jeff Shaw, proposes draconian new legislation to police pornography and other obscene material on the Internet. Penalties include prison terms and fines of up to $25,000, and the horror of pedophilia uncovered by the Wood Royal Commission in Sydney has produced a reaction of revulsion that calls for any measures that can offer protection to children. Any measures, no matter how Orwellian, to prevent such brutal exploitation of children by sick minds are regarded not so much as censorship, but garbage disposal.
But will Mr. Shaw's proposed censorship measures protect 'children', John Perry Barlow, who founded the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, which is an Internet civil rights group, is quoted as saying, "Our leaders feel the impulse to regulate the unknown....We have government by the clueless, over a place they've never been, using means they dont "possess."
Whether Barlow is right in the case of the N.S.W. Carr Government is yet to be seen, but it is quite clear that only the most draconian measures can control the Internet, a system of millions of private computers connected together by communications service providers on the telephone system in nearly every country in the world.
The Internet was not "invented" by government, or by a private individual, or by big business. If it was "invented" at all, it was by the U.S. military, seeking a communications system that could survive a nuclear war. It began as a relatively small "system", but has grown like a mutating mushroom so that, today, no one in the world can even say how large the network is.
How does the N.S.W. Government propose to police its new censorship legislation? Since the Internet is based upon the international telephone system, Mr. Jeff Shaw would need to be able to monitor every telephone conversation in N.S.W. in order to be able to catch those transmitting pornography, because the "sinews" that holds the Internet together, is the telephone system. Such a massive surveillance system would be enormously expensive, incredibly intrusive, and completely incompatible with the free society. It seems clear that Mr. Shaw has an incomplete understanding of how the Internet works. It is not exactly easy for children, or anyone else, to "stumble" on pornographic material.
When the N.S.W. Office of Film and Literature Classification spent 27 hours hunting for pornography, it concluded that "restricted and refused classification material was difficult to find, at times difficult to download", and only to be found in files dedicated to pornography that would need to be deliberately accessed, like any library. And most pornographic material has simply been reproduced from magazines or books in any case. Children cannot accidentally stumble across obscene material. They have to do so deliberately, and new software can now provide "bars" preventing access to such material.
There is some doubt that the N.S.W. legislation
is designed simply to censor pornography. It has also been
suggested that explicit directions on how to make explosive
devices should be censored. But, as the Sydney Morning
Herald asks, why not information on how to make designer
drugs, perhaps in your own kitchen? "And of the methods of
creating designer drugs are to be banned, why not literature
justifying the drug culture?"
The truth is that the Internet is an almost uncontrollable communication system. So far as the communication of ideas is concerned, it will soon become the great leveler. And it is the last and only communications system not controlled by either billionaires or a government. It is the only communications network where the flow of ideas is completely free. As such it is a threat to any monopoly interests that depend upon deception or secrecy to maintain control of political, economic, academic, social, etc., agendas.
If the question of pornography is important, the only answer lies with the individual. Self-discipline is the most successful form of control. Those who are too young to exercise it are under the authority of parents, who may delegate this authority to teachers or others. The responsibility lies with parents, and so far as the State seeks to undermine such authority, freedom is diminished and totalitarianism extended.
POLITICIANS JOCKEYING FOR POSITION IN NEW ZEALAND
We note with interest that the New Zealand First Party has been joined by two more sitting politicians in the New Zealand Parliament, bringing the Party's Parliamentary representation to five. The Party, which has doubled its support at the opinion polls in the last month, is led by a Maori New Zealander, Winston Peters, campaigning on drastic reductions in immigration. The two defectors come from the governing National Party and the Opposition Labor Party, leaving the National Party's Prime Minister Bolger with a minority government, which is due to go to the polls by November.
These developments are further evidence that New Zealand politicians are beginning to panic about having mis-read the grassroots feeling on issues like immigration. As with the governing elites in Australia, "informed consensus" in New Zealand was that "racism" exists only on the periphery of society by "extreme" elements mainly confined to rednecks and perhaps skinheads and other adolescent gangs. This is a most superficial view, and it appears that New Zealand politicians are about to discover, as did their Australian counterparts, that issues of culture and race are keenly and deeply felt.
MAD COW/POLITICIAN/JOURNALIST DISEASE
The mad cow/politician/journalist disease is not confined to Britain, if it is defined as a state of panic based upon insufficient understanding of a flagrant departure from traditional "organic" farming practices. The problem of disease among artificially intensively farmed animals is not new. The practice of "assisting" nature by feeding intensively farmed animals (or birds) hormones, antibiotics and other drugs to grow more quickly produces a wide range of side effects. Most of the side effects are "treated" by the use of even more drugs or chemicals.
The quality of mass produced food in the 20th century must be much lower than that of last century's food, which was produced more naturally, and refined less. In the British case, it seems clear that the disease problem has been magnified by using animal matter in the manufactured stock feed fed to cattle. Such "re-cycled" ingredients as sheep offal, chicken offal, and even some manure, has led to the present problem in British beef.
Agricultural experts have claimed that if the affected organs from slaughtered cattle, the brain and spinal column, are destroyed, rather than included in processed foods, risk of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans becomes negligible. But media generated panic in Britain, and political pressure from the European Community, appears likely to lead to the destruction of a substantial portion of the British cattle herds.
According to reports in The Australian (1/4/96), however, British consumers seem to have assessed the risk of disease as negligible in most of their favourite cuts, and thronged the supermarkets and butchers. A dramatic increase in beef sales has resulted. "Sainbwy's, a national chain of supermarkets, halved its beef prices and said stores had begun to order new supplies of beef because demand had been so heavy."
The economic aspect of the beef crisis simply demonstrates a few basic rules. The British beef market is suffering from violent deflation. Why? Because prices have plummeted, and supply remains adequate. Presumably, the price of beef has been heavily subsidised by British farmers. If more modest consumer price discounts could be financed by the community on a greater range of items in the consumer price index, inflation could be brought under complete control. How do we know? Because this was achieved in Australia in WW II using exactly the same principle.
FEMINIST FALL-OUT ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN
A researcher from the London School of Economics (of all places!) has prodded the feminist ant nest with recent research findings entitled Five Myths on Women's Employment. Dr. Catherine Hakim had a searing article published in a recent edition of British Journal of Sociology in which she accuses hard line feminists of slanting their research data to produce the results desired by the feminist movement. The results they desire, said Dr. Hakim, was legislation for "equal rights", because such legislation happens to suit their interests as career women, irrespective of the interests of women with other priorities, such as homemakers.
An article from The Guardian summarises Dr. Hakim's argument on the five feminist myths on employment as follows: "It is not true that more and more women are entering the workforce, and nor is it true that women's commitment to work was the same as men's. Expensive or inadequate childcare is not what kept most women out of the workforce, or in part-time jobs. Contrary to common feminist wisdom, part-time workers did not see themselves as exploited, and most were not longing to go into full-time work. Many women were perfectly happy in part-time jobs, even when they were badly paid, because what they cared about most was their families. If they were prone to change jobs more frequently, it was not because of poor working conditions, but their own low level of commitment...."
In answer to the predictable howls of outrage from British feminists, Dr. Hakim simply repeated her broadside, writing "The unpalatable truth is that a substantial proportion of women still sees homemaking as women's principal activity and income earning as men's principal activity in life....The proportion of women who accept the homemaker role varies from half to two-thirds....Most women still go along with the sexual division of labour, many actively preferring it and colluding with men, others not sufficiently inconvenienced by it to make a stand."
The fact is that Dr. Hakim's research, and her conclusions drawn from her own and others' research, has made her massively unpopular with the feminist movement and some academics had refused to speak to her. Even when the research appears to prove Hakim's point, it appears that the career feminists fall back on the proposition that the traditional homemaker simply doesn't know that she is unfulfilled.
The truth is that with ever-greater emphasis on the material, and the inevitable pressures of an orthodox debt based financial system, the single breadwinner family is now at a serious financial disadvantage. If women were offered some sort of sensible financial incentive to remain in the home and rear their own children as an honourable, full-time occupation, the workforce may undergo a rapid revolution, and the social scars of unemployment and poverty may be prevented. But, the usual question, "Where will the money come from"? Financial credit must become the servant of social requirements, not the master of all.
PAEDOPHILE MANIA IN N.S.W.
The tabloid press, in particular, has produced an almost hysterical (certainly sensational) series of headlines expressing outrage, horror and indignation concerning "pedophiles" that have escaped to Europe to avoid being questioned on their activities by the N.S.W Royal Commission into police corruption. One man in particular, Phillip Bell, has been pursued to Switzerland, and hunted by the press throughout Europe. It seems clear that the inquiry has uncovered some of the most degrading sexual corruption of children that the vast majority of Australians had never dreamt could be taking place in N.S.W
Apart from the moral aspects of this, there are two points to be made. The first is that we clearly recall the crowing of the Australian press when the Fitzgerald inquiry began to reveal the depths of corruption in the Queensland police force. This was gleefully attributed to the "style" of government of Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Having failed to convict Sir Joh of any part in the corruption in Queensland, it was clearly implied that Sir Joh was absolutely guilty, and had "got off on a technicality". That is, Bjelke-Petersen's guilt was clearly assumed until he could "prove" his innocence. In the process, the Bjelke-Petersen family was all but bankrupted in attempting to defend Sir Joh in the courts.
The second point to be made is that, among the hysteria in N.S.W. (which may well be perfectly justified) there is a danger of ignoring the legal process, which can protect the individual. The general consensus is that Mr. Phillip Bell is a disgusting individual who interferes with young boys. No punishment could be too severe for him, if only we could get our hands on him! But has Bell ever been charged with interfering with young boys? Has he ever faced the judgment of his peers in a court, and been convicted? Apparently not. And yet he has been adjudged guilty of the most disgusting offences.
Bell may well be guilty of benefiting from police laxness or corruption in N.S.W But the fact that he has been condemned without being tried is not only a possible contravention of his legal rights, but an unproven blight on the N.S.W. police force.
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