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18 July 1997. Thought for the Week: "A people may prefer a free government, but from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertion necessary for preserving it, they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out of it; if by momentary discouragement, or temporary panic, or a fit of enthusiasm for an individual, they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet of a great man, or trust him with powers which enable him to subvert their institutions; in all these cases they are more or less unfit for liberty, and though it may for their good to have had it even for a short time, they are unlikely to enjoy it."
Famous English libertarian of last century, John Stuart Mill
THE ANTI-HANSON BARBARIANS
by Eric D. Butler
The fact that many of these appear to be respectable members of society cannot disguise the reality; they are barbarians. These barbarians include members of the mass media, and even some clergy, who have contributed towards painting a picture of Pauline Hanson as a manifestation of incarnate evil. Some politicians have joined in the chorus of blaming Pauline Hanson for the unemployment and other problems, which their policies have created. The Zionist Jewish press calls for Zionist Jews to play a more "active role" in combating Pauline Hanson. Writing of the French Revolution, the great Lord Acton said that the most disturbing feature of the violence and confusion was evidence of "design".
Every student of psycho-political warfare are familiar with the tactic of blaming those you plan to destroy with the very evils which the aggressors are themselves practising. Pauline Hanson is charged with creating "hate" and "division". And yet at every anti-Hanson demonstration there is a striking difference between those who are genuinely interested in what Pauline Hanson has to say and those present to demonstrate and hurl abuse. Their hate filled faces can be seen on film and in photos. Their mindless chanting and gutter-type abuse is the ugly face of a mob manipulated by evil people.
Concrete evidence of the existence of a sophisticated strategy behind the anti-Hanson protests was provided at the Dandenong meeting where a "pocket" anti-Hanson booklet was available for "only $2". This booklet is provided by the "Socialist Alternative". On the back cover we read: 'How do you answer Hanson's lies? Who benefits from racism in Australia? Should Hanson be allowed free speech? How can we fight the Hanson movement?" Not surprisingly, the "fascist League of Rights" is mentioned on several occasions.
In the chapter What About Free Speech? there is a classical presentation of Marxist-Leninist dialectics. In essence, the handbook says that because of the wide publicity Pauline Hanson has received through the media it is ridiculous to say that she is being denied free speech. No reference is made to the fact that in all the realms of media publicity for Pauline Hanson, most of it is blatantly dishonest and carefully ignores publicising what Pauline Hanson is really saying or advocating. In view of this, state the Marxist-Leninists, there must be anti-Hanson demonstrations. Unless this is done, the Hanson movement could grow like Hitler's Nazi movement. The Hanson public meetings must be challenged because they help "the racist movement grow".
The handbook states, "... it is clear that there is a direct correlation between the emergence of the Hanson phenomenon and an increase of physical attacks upon minority groups Jewish organisations have recorded record numbers of reports of anti-Semitic threats, intimidation and vandalism since Hanson achieved prominence. The mass media is making its contribution towards generating a dangerous political climate by distorting or manufacturing "news".
The media was responsible for the "beat up" story about Hanson's alleged association with the American Ku Klux Klan. There was the story of this organisation emerging in North Queensland. Careful investigation reveals that this story is completely without foundation. But it is all grist to the psycho-political warfare mill which leads to the Marxist-Leninist handbook concluding that 'That's why demonstrating against Pauline Hanson - even to the extent of closing her meetings down - is not about Hanson's right to free speech. It is about the right of Asians, Aborigines and other minorities to live in this country without the fear of the racist attacks that will be an inevitable consequence of Pauline Hanson successfully building a racist political organisation." (Emphasis added)
Prominent commentators like Phillip Adams make their contribution to increasing the level of political ferment by using the most abusive language to describe people like myself. I am, according to Phillip Adams, the most dangerous and evil man in Australia, describing me as "toxic sludge". In a recent Weekend Australian column Adams suggested that all those who wished to protest against Pauline Hanson should wear a yellow ribbon.
At my Taralgon meeting last week a man identified himself as a schoolteacher and warned how teachers were using the children to carry the anti-Hanson campaign, encouraging them to heed the Adams advice. Phillip Adams is not, of course, directly responsible for children following his advice. But obviously some teachers have accepted the Adams technique. Needless to say, any survey of children expressing anti-Hanson views reveals that they are only echoing what they have been told by their subversive teachers.
Such is the state of Australia today that unless the politicians of all parties unite to make it clear that a properly elected Member of Parliament is free to express his or her views without what has been happening to Pauline Hanson, they are merely adding to the creation of a state of national anarchy. Australians must face the reality that the barbarians are now operating within the nation. If the present politicians cannot face this reality and act, they must be quickly replaced by representatives who will insist on law and order being upheld throughout Australia. The time for action is running short.
COMPULSORY WORK OR POVERTY
by David Thompson
While he was in the United States, Mr.
Howard is quoted as saying that it may be necessary for Australians
who are unemployed to move to other locations where employment
opportunities are available. He noted that the United States
is a highly mobile society, where families move home more
frequently than almost any other society. Last week, Mr. Howard
made the significant observation that the high guaranteed
minimum wage that was a part of the "Australian ethos" might
have to be reconsidered, as it is an important factor in the
nation's high unemployment levels. He offered no alternatives
to this, because the only available alternative is to lower
wages, which could be political suicide.
His northern hemisphere trip has confirmed for Mr. Howard that his most serious electoral challenge is unemployment. He now knows that big business will not deliver job opportunities, because business will continue to introduce technology to achieve "greater efficiency". It will increasingly pursue "labor market flexibility", "outsourcing" and "downsizing", all of which means no new jobs, except lower wage jobs. Mr. Howard also knows that small business, the nation's greatest employers, will not readily provide new jobs, because any economic "up-turn" that results from lower interest rates, is more likely to be used by small business to reduce debts.
Mr. Howard is forced to conclude that the best he can look forward to is slow, long-term job growth, over many years. Even this depends upon Australia being able to exploit opportunities for new high-technology industries, which means that the Government intends to introduce incentives to attract new businesses to Australia. If this is possible, one might well ask why the same kind of incentives are unavailable to keep the industries that still remain.
Mr. Howard is presently positioning himself to escape responsibility for high unemployment. He must use the time available to him before the next election to try to convince voters that high unemployment in the global market is "inevitable", but in the long-term it will ease. He must begin to emphasise that a lower wage structure (and therefore a lower standard of living) is essential to be "internationally competitive". The term "internationally competitive" is presently political code, which means "lower wages."
It seems clear that the emphasis on compulsory work, as opposed to conditions and wages levels, will underlie the Coalition's position. If anything, it may even begin to resemble the old Soviet Union's religion of the glory of "work", and the elevated status of "the workers" - or, in Mr. Howard's case, "the battlers". The principle is the same: the individual is not permitted access to the fruits of the amazing technological marvel which he inherits in common with his neighbours, unless he has a job. He may have to uproot his family and move thousands of miles away to find "work". But undermining family stability, and creating an Oceanic region of semi-nomadic work-oriented automatons will more closely resemble George Orwell's 1984 than the free society.
Reality is pursuing John Howard in the form of the displacement of the human being from the production process by the machine. What is his answer? So far, the Coalition offers band-aid answers, like the work-for-the-dole" scheme now being introduced. But can the human benefit, by shorter working hours, a higher standard of living, and better-quality leisure, or is this a life sentence of abject poverty for the increasing proportion of those unemployed? Mr. Howard's political future could depend upon his answer.
FRASER SURRENDERS ON REPUBLIC
Former Prime Minister Fraser, in his
column in The Australian (2/7/97), offers further comfort
for the republican cause by appearing to endorse the end of
monarchy in Australia. Fraser, who sets out to demonstrate
how difficult it might be to select an alternative, writes
Malcolm Fraser has obviously become the victim of the old Marxist psychological weapon, "the inevitability of gradualism". Fraser now appears to accept that abandoning the monarchy is not a matter of choice, but historical inevitability. He denies the sovereignty of the individual, which the monarchy itself symbolises. For a former Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser's position is pathetic. But it is symbolic of the condition of the Liberal Party as a whole.
Is this the same party that once issued the little brochure "We believe ", in which the monarchy was described as the central plank of Liberal Party ideology? What has happened to the Liberal Party? Even more amazing is the position of the National Party, theoretically even more staunchly monarchist than the Liberals. Will the Nationals resist the spiritual rot that has poisoned the Liberals? The truth is that the Coalition is the architect of its own discomfort. Over the many years that Coalition Governments have graced the Treasury benches, they have not attempted to ensure that every generation of Australians was educated about the strengths of their heritage.
FREE SPEECH AND VISITORS VISAS
The case of the visiting black American, Lorenzo Ervin, is of close interest to those who had hoped that the British historian David Irving might have been permitted a visa to speak in Australia. Ervin, former Black Panther convicted of hijacking an aeroplane, was initially arrested for having lied in his visa application, and threatened with deportation, rather than continue his speaking tour. But Ervin was released, and his visa reinstated after the High Court raised concern that Ervin may not have been accorded natural justice. The Government was forced to pay Mr. Ervin's costs, while it considers as a matter of urgency whether Mr. Ervin is "of good character". It will be remembered that David Irving could not get an Australian visa because of his own conviction in Germany for having allegedly "defamed the dead", a law unknown in any other part of the world. This is apparently much more serious than a terrorist hijacking an aeroplane.
We apparently need time to consider whether an activist who advocates terrorism to overthrow legitimate governments is "of good character". It may or may not be of significance that Ervin was invited to Australia by a national anarchist group known as "Angry People". Although Mr. Ervin's incarceration in a Brisbane jail provoked angry protests by "human rights groups", these same groups were conspicuously absent when David Irving's visa was refused. Perhaps the difference is that Irving is white, and therefore only enjoys second-class "human rights"?
KNIVES VERSUS GUNSThe recent tragedy in Tasmania in which a man, separated from his family, killed his children as they slept then committed suicide, is relevant to the firearms debate. Shooters have noted that the killer did not shoot his children, but used a knife, even though his eldest daughter resisted him vigorously. He then committed suicide with the use of a firearm, after cutting off one of his hands with an axe. If anything constructive can possibly emerge from such a gruesome tragedy, it is that perhaps the gun-banners might note that:
· it was a knife that did most of the damage, not a firearm
· a firearm was used in a suicide situation, not homicide
· the father would clearly have committed suicide in some way, irrespective of whether a firearm was available or not.
MEL GIBSON ON 'CONSPIRACIES'
In promoting his new film, "Conspiracy Theory", Australian actor/director Mel Gibson had a number of points to make, which seemed lost on the glitterati press. In an interview published in the American magazine "Vanity Fair", Gibson refers to the Fabian Society's agenda of taking control of the global economy by stealth, and cites Australia's economic and financial decline as an example. "Look at what happened in Australia under Bob Hawke," he said. "A country with a triple-A credit rating; it's now economically pretty sad. In the newspapers, these problems were looked upon as a lot of bumbling and incompetence. But, in fact, they were quite well conceived and carried off. It took, you know, 20 or 30 years for a country with the highest credit rating in the world, with 98% of all known natural resources, and only a population of 15 million, to be ruined. . . it couldn't have been done better if it was purposeful. ..... why go in and take a country with the bayonet when you can use the banking system. Patterns recur all over the world. I watch them recur. And if you tell people about this stuff. they think you're . . . crazy."
Whether Gibson was accurately quoted is another matter, because although he referred to Australia having "98% of all known natural resources" this is clearly not so. Mel Gibson would know, however, that Australia has commercial quantities of 98% of all known minerals, which offers the basis for Australia to be one of the most self-sufficient nations in the world. But in the film industry, in which the pursuit of fantasy is taken to extremes, Gibson may well be casting pearls before swine.
SCIENCE CONFIRMS BELIEFOnce again, modern science seems to be able to confirm the "incredible" biblical record of the creation of humanity, as opposed to the theory of evolution. The first ever study of neanderthal genetic material (D.N.A.) has apparently confirmed what many scientists already suspected: that humans are not directly descendent from neanderthals. There remains a division of opinion whether neanderthals ever inter-bred with humans, with researchers doubting that inter-breeding ever took place. The scientists claim that their analysis suggests that a common ancestor of humans and neanderthals may have lived "500,000 to 600,000 years ago". So far, no single example of any such "missing link" has ever been found by anthropologists, or anyone else, suggesting that the Genesis account is more credible; that each species reproduces "according to its own kind". No fossil evidence exists to demonstrate the transition from one species to any other species.
FROM THE PRESSDouble standard on the right to free speech - "The Weekend Australian", 12/7/97
"Let's call a spade a spade. If a middle-aged, white southern American were to lie his way into Australia to spread a message of civil disobedience and armed uprising, the Left (led by the ABC) would have apoplectic fits and stage mob scenes. On the other hand, the media and some of your correspondents openly support a middle-aged, black southern American's right to do so (and stage mob scenes).
I recently visited Mr. Lorenzo Ervin's web site, which advocates the worldwide downfall of democratically elected governments. His libertarian communist manifesto lists gun running, youth misinformation campaigns and other leftist tools as legitimate means to advance his own brand of racism and hatred.
Ervin is a convicted terrorist who commandeered an aircraft and placed innocent lives at risk. He is not a cuddly ol' black man who has been downtrodden by redneck cops. He still advocates terrorism to overthrow legitimate governments, ours included.
If spokesmen from the extreme Right are banned for advocating anti-government propaganda, isn't it fair to apply the same standard to leftist terrorists? Apparently, the Chief Justice and the ABC think not. So, in all fairness, come on down Davids Irving and Duke! The only apparent difference is pigment."
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