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Thought for the Week: "Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the King."
A blessed and holy Christ-mass Season to all our Readers
COLLAPSE OF A GLOBAL GIANT
by Jeremy Lee
Herewith a selection:
"TALKS COLLAPSE; WTO IN DISARRAY" and "AMERICA LOSES ITS WILL TO LEAD ON FREE TRADE" were the two front-page headlines in The AFR (6/12/99). There followed in both that paper and The Australian a mass of comment: "The disastrous Seattle meeting has badly wounded the World Trade Organisation, the five-year-old agency dedicated to resolving trade disputes and making new trade rules for its 135-member countries.... It is clear from the developing country revolt at the meeting that the days of backroom deals by the rich country members of the WTO's predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, are over.
Instead of leading the rest of the world in the direction of more open trade, Clinton tried to use the WTO, which has 135 members, to chase union votes to shore up his would-be successor, Vice-President Al Gore, in the presidential elections next November.... One European diplomat said US Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky, who chaired the meeting, 'behaved just like she was running out of the restaurant without paying the bill'....
The four leading presidential candidates
- Gore, former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley, Texas Governor
George W Bush and Senator John McCain - favour open trade
but none seems willing to draw attention to those views. 'Labour
is a big factor in all these campaigns and now labour smells
blood,' said one Congressman in the 90-strong delegation that
observed the talks. 'Congressmen have watched what happened
and they will be running scared. You can say goodbye to any
more free trade negotiations for the next 10 years'...." Reported
Joanne Gray from Seattle (Australian Financial Review,
"PROTESTERS CLAIM DING DONG VICTORY"
said another headline, adding: "When Mike Moore, the head
of the World Trade Organisation, closed down the trade talks
circus on Friday night, a cheer went up at the back of the
convention centre. "Hundreds of members of conservation, human
rights, labour and health groups were hugging each other,
happy not only to dance on the grave of capitalism, but also
to take credit for blocking talks on a fresh wave of trade
Robert Garran (The Australian,
6/12/99) was not sanguine: ".... The Seattle meeting was an
organisational debacle that requires a radical reappraisal
of the WTO's structure and processes.... The message was that
wooing the US labour movement - a vitally important constituency
for Vice President Al Gore's presidential hopes next year
- was more important than achieving a result in the trade
talks. "Europe was equally guilty, however. One important
goal of the talks was to push the European Union faster on
farm reform. Europe's farm subsidies of $US142 billion ($213
billion) greatly exceed Washington's $97 billion ($146 billion).
Europe has been far more transient that the US in scaling
back its farm support, and is the key to opening up agricultural
markets worldwide. Its agenda for the talks seemed designed
to frustrate substantial reform of the farm sector, a tactic
that had much to do with the meeting's failure...."
Florence Chong had a different slant (The Australian, 6/12/99): ".... Why the chair of the WTO, US Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky, finally decided to suspend the meeting is a matter of speculation. "But one thing is clear: Barshevsky averted certain failure to reach an agreement on the agenda for the new round because of growing anger among developing countries that were not in the negotiation loop...."
The Australian Financial Review
- to its credit - presented two opposing views side-by-side.
The first was a woeful attempt by Labor's live-in globalist,
Gary Johns, to argue that only elected governments should
express views at such conferences: ".... How is it that some
interest groups claim a moral superiority over the democratically
elected government representatives with whom they compete
for public attention and approbation? How can they be right
all the time and governments wrong? The fact is that they
seek to undermine the legitimacy of democracy by suggesting
an inherent bias against the dispossessed...."
An article by William Mansfield, assistant
secretary of the ACTU, was reasoned and moderate: ".... Not
surprisingly, the global economy works well for the multinationals.
Under the WTO they created, global corporations now control
about a third of all export trade. But the global economy
does not work to the benefit of working people; the 200 richest
people in the world have a greater combined income that 2
billion of our poorest brothers and sisters.... Every day,
some 250 million children across the world go to work rather
than to school, making goods that flow freely across national
The most interesting contrast was between
the Editorials of Murdoch's Australian and The Australian
Financial Review - both on December 6th: The Australian
said: ".... Since WTO director-general Michael Moore prematurely
closed the talks, there has been a flurry of finger pointing.
While the protesters undeniably affected the mood of the talks,
they failed to stop the meeting. More critical was the Clinton
administration's call for developing nations to improve their
labour standards. As US President Bill Clinton no doubt hoped,
this played well with his trade union constituency - but it
only further alienated those developing nations which are
WTO members but which know that their low labour rates are
one of the few competitive advantages in trading with the
West. Long-standing tension between the EU and US over agriculture
subsidies has also been blamed for the breakdown in talks...."
The AFR's Editorial, on the other hand, made the most lasting and significant admission: ".... When historians look back at how a free trade meeting could collapse in a country, which has been an advocate of open trade for half a century and is experiencing its longest peacetime period of growth, the motif should not be the black-clad Seattle riot policeman. It should be the mobile phone equipped anti-globalisation activist contributing to the diverse web of anti-WTO Internet sites around the world. It is this use of the twin levers of the global economy - technology and telecommunications - by those who oppose the WTO that highlights the conflict at the heart of the proceedings "
There is no doubt the pressure for centralised control of world trade will continue. Seattle was a momentary breathing space. It is also true that the fast-developing network round the world, cutting through the "divide-and-rule" of party politics, is going to gather cohesion and strength. Every effort will be made to disrupt the Internet or at least that part of it producing political unity and will, in the period ahead.
by Alfred King
My generation has never experienced a decent society. Though my parents fought a war against Germany and Japan, against totalitarianism, and for freedom of thought and expression: the aftermath of that war has produced the opposite result. Their slogan was "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". Today, each of us must be so careful in what we say and believe.
The tyrant of political correctness, under its many names and guises, reigns supreme in Australia ruthlessly humiliating and crushing any individual or group who does not follow its rules to the letter. Words are the means by which ideas and knowledge are passed from one individual to another. Over time, a censorship by political correctness on what we are allowed to say about, for example, the holocaust, is also a control on how much we know and believe about it.
The ultimate destination in this line
of thinking is perhaps the General legislation, which has
been used to punish Fredrick Toben for the heinous crime of
speaking his mind. This legislation enshrines in law that
the holocaust did happen in occupied Europe between 1939-45,
and it is illegal to even question this. This development
is certainly a change in our legal system, but is it progress?
The German legislation does not address
other holocausts that have taken place, and for which there
is a lot more real evidence. For example, the current war
in Chechnya has highlighted the fact that Stalin executed
many, and then deported most of the remaining Chechnyans to
central Asia in 1945 because he had an idea that some of them
had collaborated with the German forces during the previous
years. No western government is keen to take the Russians
to task over this example, one of many crimes against humanity.
When considering political correctness, the question must be asked: "who sets the agenda, who decides what is, and what is not politically correct?" This might be the first step in the return to a decent society.
MAKING MONEY FROM NOTHING
Although readers will be aware that notes
and coins form less than 10% of the total money in circulation
(the rest being 'credit' which is produced by central banks
at the touch of a keypad), an interesting article appeared
this week on where Australia's currency is made. Our notes
are made by a Reserve Bank subsidiary, Note Printing Australia,
at Craigieburn in Melbourne's outer northeast. The Royal Australian
Mint in Canberra makes the $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c coins,
from blanks made in Korea!
At the start of each calendar year, the Reserve Bank sets out the requirements for the following year. Production is kept steady all year round. Demand varies according to economic conditions. The Reserve has printed extra notes in the lead-up to 2000, as people are expected to hoard more cash for fear of the Y2K bug. The Reserve doesn't keep track of money lost or damaged in the community, but the introduction of polymer notes in 1992 has meant less printing, because they last longer than paper notes. Thus, the production of money is costless, and it could be issued debt-free if desired. Note also the contradiction of C.H. Douglas' rule that money should be issued as goods are produced and destroyed when the same goods are consumed.
JANE FONDA ONE OF THE 100 WOMEN OF THE CENTURY?
by Betty Luks
Jerry Driscoll an F-4E pilot and in 1978 the Commandant of the USAF Survival School, was a former POW in Ho Lo Prison - known as the 'Hanoi Hilton'. Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed and dressed in clean PJs he was ordered to describe to a visiting American peace activist the 'lenient and humane treatment he'd received at the hands of his captors'. He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed and dragged away. He was subsequently beaten.
From 1983-85 Colonel Larry Carrigan was the 3447FW/DO (F-4Es), he spent six years in the 'Hanoi Hilton' - the first three of which he was reported as 'missing in action'. His group also got the cleaned/ fed/clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit. They, however, had time to devise a plan to get word to the outside world that they still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper with his SSN on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking encouraging snippets such as, "Aren't you sorry you bombarded babies?" and "Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?" Believing this had to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper and she took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the cameraman had stopped rolling the film, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge - and handed him the little pile! Three men died as a result of the subsequent beatings. For years after their release, a group of determined former POWs, including Col. Harrigan, tried to bring Ms. Fonda and others up on charges of treason. However, to date, Jane Fonda has never been formally charged with anything and continues to enjoy the privileged life of the rich and famous.
ANTONY SUTTON AND VIETNAM
Dr. Sutton was a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution for Revolution, War & Peace from 1968-1973. Whilst attached to the Hoover Institution, his task was to investigate western technology in relation to growth of the former Soviet Union's industrial and military might. He reported his findings in a monumental three-volume series, but summed up his report in National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union. He found that Western financiers and Western big business, with the connivance of Western politicians had created the Soviet Union's entire industrial and military might.
At the very time when American (and Australian) soldiers were being killed - and captured - in their thousands in Vietnam, American companies were shipping to the USSR technology and equipment that produced the weapons and ammunition that was used against their own young countrymen. The Soviet Union was the main supplier of war material to the Communist Vietcong. Jane Fonda is not the only one who should be tried for treason.
Further reading: National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union by Antony Sutton. $18.00 posted.
ARE MEMORIES IMPORTANT?
by Tom Fielder
Though such as those expressed in song - country and western style: "They stopped the Imperial forces And for their country, bled, Now someone's buying from us What they could not take with lead..." Someone remembered a war criminal, who, on his way to the gallows boasted, "We will own Australia in 100 years..." Now in my 'sunset years' I recently returned for a sentimental journey without my life-long partner, friend and wife, to stay with a 'digger' who was on military service at the time of the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney. I commented to my friend on the many coaches of Asian students assembled in Hyde Park opposite St. Mary's Cathedral that I had observed during my morning walk. "Yes," said he. "Every third face in Sydney is Asian..."
It was we generous Aussies who built the schools they occupy and the coaches they ride in. We built the roads, the transport system, provided the power, water, gas and an abundant food supply. Plus the infrastructure represented by law and order and stable government. We established a Parliament of which the Crown is a part. A Parliament over which the Queen represented by the Governor General reflects the Coronation Oath of love, mercy and justice. And the Oath itself is a product of the influence of 1,000 years of the Christian revelation on the British Crown - a heritage that is totally alien to the Asian mind.
At this time of year, our thoughts go back 2,000 years to the birth of the divine child, the baby Jesus, the expected one born in a stable. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." So, in Christ, God was made flesh (real) for our better understanding. In His life and death and resurrection we were given the victory over evil. The role of the Social Crediter is to consummate the victory with correct action and to help others to a better understanding of the meaning of correct action.
Unless there is a body of Christians willing to take up the challenge a Christian Society will be but a distant memory and Christian philosophy merely an interesting set of ideas in a few isolated minds. I will not return to Sydney - am I paranoid? Or is my memory of the "harbour city" symbolic of the prophecy of the war criminal? What did I see that made me think so? I saw a fair-haired Australian girl in the kneeling position of my cousin Des B... who was decapitated in New Guinea - and what was she doing? Nothing really. She was the shoe-shine-girl merely cleaning the boots of a Japanese businessman in the now restored Queen Victoria Building... Lest we forget.
WE GIVE, THE GST TAKESLetter to the Editor, The Australian, 8/12/99: "I have been a volunteer assisting charities for some 30-plus years and if I named them all it would be some list. I have raised money for schools, sold chocolates for my children's sporting clubs... Others have given far more than me. We do what we do because we believe in community, we believe in people and because generally have that special ethic within us. So what, then, is this all about that charities will have to pay GST? Is John Howard serious? Has Peter Costello conferred with his famous brother Tim?
In the US volunteers can claim many expenses as tax deductions. They need to do that to attract volunteers. Here we do it out of love and respect and humanity. But how many volunteers will be able to keep up the effort when they realise that sizeable chunk of their sweat will now go into tax revenue, especially when Kerry Packer sits back, drawing on his cigar and playing at a roulette wheel somewhere?
Come on Mr. Howard, leave our charities alone, before you force them into oblivion and then you have to pick up their duties." A.T. Kenos, Moonee Valley, Vic.
WHAT OF OUR FARMERS?
Needlessly, but because of the myopic
vision of farm leaders and the National Party, the dimming
hopes of primary producers have been fixed on the successful
outcome of agricultural talks at the WTO. At the very least
these are another year away.
It went on: "Hundreds of Queensland farmers would be forced off their land in the next 12 months as rural conditions deteriorated, a rural aid organisation warned yesterday. "The coordinator of the Toowoomba based Bush Connection, Ms. Mary Louise North, said that on average she received four phone calls a week from families forced off their properties Factors like deregulation, commodity prices, economic rationalism and not to mention bank policy have seen people leaving. 'It's looking very grim for the next 12 months."'
The very things cited as the reason for the continuing exodus are the policy of the National Party. Unless the one-eyed globalists who have temporarily seen "free trade" snatched from their grasp can come up with something else, the disaster will be an irreversible catastrophe.
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