20 June 2003. Thought for the Week: "Every
prohibition of individual initiative is a victory for the
enemy to exactly the extent that it is effective. Not only
does it, in itself, represent one more step towards the Slave
World, but, except under certain conditions, it sets up a
habit of pathetic acquiescence which is exactly what is required."
C.H. Douglas in "The Big Idea"
THE PROPOSED ATTACK ON THE SENATE
Not content with his (temporarily) unassailable
position in the polls, and his assumed entitlement to decide
everything, from Australia's war status to who should be the
head of State, Prime Minister Howard has now announced that
he wishes to reduce the powers of the Senate. Instead of a
"house of review" he says, it is now a "house of obstruction.
It has had the temerity to block some of his legislation.,
which he thinks is unforgivable.
Since he came to power in 1996, the
Senate has passed 1205 bills and rejected 28. One or two of
these were quite draconian, like the ASIO anti-Terrorism bills,
which suspended or watered down a number of ancient rights
and freedoms. None of which has smoothed Howard's ruffled
tail-feathers. Like Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating before
him, he doesn't like his programme being questioned in any
way, let alone blocked. He hasn't used the Keating phrase
"unrepresentative swill" in describing the Senate; but his
general attitude is much the same as the last Labor Prime
The Senate was established as a States'
House, as a check on a perceived threat by a central government
on these formerly colonial governments which had ceded a few
of their powers for the sake of the new federation. Few people
realize that the writs for a Senate election are issued by
State Governors - not the Governor-General, as in the case
of the House of Representatives. Senate candidates nominate
themselves to State Governors, and State Premiers can, theoretically,
block unsuitable candidates. Some will remember that Premier
Joh Bjelke-Petersen nominated his own replacement, Albert
Field, for a Labor Senator who had died in office.
Theoretically there is nothing to stop
a State Government from requiring a statement of loyalty to
the State and to the Constitution before being allowed to
stand for office. Why, for example, should a State allow anyone
from a party pledged to the abolition of the Senate to stand
for office? The party system has destroyed the original idea,
making Senators just as subservient to the Party Whip as those
in the Lower House. Nevertheless, the emergence of minor parties
holding the balance of power in the Senate has made it a much
less odious body than that of its lower counterpart.
An excellent article by Mike Steketee
(The Australian, 12/6/03) pointed first to what Howard
and his predecessors had done to the House of Representatives:
.So thoroughly have they debauched its role that, were it
not for the requirements of the Constitution, we could close
it down tomorrow and it would make no difference. Party discipline
has become so tight that legislation never gets blocked in
the house and seldom receives proper scrutiny. The house does
not fulfill its role of holding the Government accountable,
as is obvious from the farce that passes for question time
..Oppositions in Australia regularly complain about the decline
of parliament. But their enthusiasm for reform just as routinely
flags when they get into office because they are reluctant
to relinquish the control the present situation gives them
. Howard wants to do to the Senate what successive governments
have done to the house - neuter it
It is comforting to find a few journalists
capable of discerning what is going on. Whoever wins in the
'ratings game' between Crean and Beazley can hardly be expected
to put up a strong stand for the Senate.
WHERE ARE THOSE WEAPONS?
So complete has Howard's intimidation of
his fellow members in Parliament become that no MP has so far
dared ask him for the evidence of weapons of mass destruction
that were the alleged reason for Australia's entry into the Iraq
war. In both Britain and the US there is growing question for
an explanation, and demands for an inquiry into whether intelligence
information was 'doctored'. Bush, Blair, Powell and Rumsfeld are
on the defensive. Dr Hans Blix has added to their discomforture
by stating his opinion that war was needless and premature, and
that he remains to be convinced that WMDs exist. Most informed
people had decided that it was a beat-up before the first shot
was fired. But Howard, like "Wee Willie Winkie" goes his merry
way unscathed. A neutered parliament has let him off the hook.
THE LONG-TERM PLAN
Emerging here and there, like the tip
of a largely-submerged iceberg, is the exposure of a long
term strategic plan, written three months before President
Bush gained office. Michael Gaddy wrote in the Sierra Times
(US) of 2 March 2003 under the heading THE DEATH CERTIFICATE
OF OUR REPUBLIC the following:
. I. Like many other supporters of
the Constitution, have been asking since the 2000 election;
exactly what drives the foreign policy of the Bush Administration?
The answer is revealed in the doctrines of the Policy for
the New American Century, (P.N.A.C). Neil Mackay, in the Scotland
Herald, reveals the master plan now driving the Administration:
* A Secret blueprint for United States
global domination reveals that President Bush and his Cabinet
were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure "regime
change" even before he took power in January 2001. The blueprint,
uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of
a "global Pax Americana" was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now
Vice President), Donald Rumsfeld (Defence Secretary), Paul
Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W. Bush's younger brother
Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's Chief of Staff).
The document, entitled "Rebuilding
America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A
New Century", was written in September 2000, by the neoconservative
think-tank Project for the new American Century (P.N.A.C).
The plan put forth by PNAC reveals, regardless of whether
Saddam Hussein was in power in Iraq, an attack there was preordained.
Maybe this can explain why they continue the war beat no matter
how many times this administration is caught prevaricating
Inside the document prepared
by PNAC is the following:
"The United States has for decades
sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security.
While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate
justification, the need for a substantial American force presence
in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."
The document also outlines a "blueprint
for maintaining global United States preeminence, precluding
the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international
security order in line with American principles and interests.
This American grand strategy must be advanced as far into
the future as possible"
It (i.e. the PNAC blueprint):
· Refers to key allies such as the United Kingdom as "the
most effective means of exercising American global leadership".
· Describes peacekeeping missions as "demanding American political
leadership rather than that of the United Nations".
· Reveals worries in the Administration that Europe could
rival the United States of America.
· Says "even should Saddam pass from the scene" bases in Saudi
Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently - despite domestic
opposition in the Gulf regimes to the stationing of United
States troops - as "Iran may well prove as large a threat
to United States interests as Iraq has".
· Spotlights China for "regime change" saying "it is time
to increase the presence of American forces in Southeast Asia."
This, it says, may lead to "American and allied power providing
the spur to the process of democratization of China".
· Calls for the creation of "United States Space Forces",
to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to
prevent "enemies" using the Internet against the United States.
(How long will it be before those of us who oppose this quest
for empire become the "enemy"?)
· Hints that, despite threatening war against Iraq for developing
weapons of mass destruction, the United States may consider
developing biological weapons - which the nation has banned
- in decades to come. It says: "New methods of attack - electronic,
'non-lethal', biological - will be more widely available
Combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space,
cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes.
forms of biological warfare that can "target" specific genotypes
may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror
to a politically useful tool."
· Pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous
regimes and says their existence justifies the creation of
a "worldwide command-and-control system."
The only reference we have seen to this
document in the Australian media has been a comprehensive
article by Kenneth Davidson, Staff columnist, in The Age,
(Melbourne), March 20 2003:
Davidson substantiated the contents of
the report, asking this question:
.The question for PM John Howard must be to what extent
does his Government subscribe to the Bush strategy outlined
in the think-tank's document? Howard says Australia's participation
in this war is in Australia's national interests. How? To
answer this question we must know why the war is being fought
in the first place. For all I know, Bush, Howard and Tony
Blair may be absolutely sincere when they claim that getting
rid of Saddam is a humanitarian act that will make the Iraqis
better off, or that Saddam has the will, the motive and the
weapons of mass destruction capable of threatening other countries.
But these are not the real reasons for the invasion. The real
reasons can be summed up as deciding who controls Middle East
oil and gets access to the water from the Tigris and Euphrates,
and what currency will be used to pay for the development
of the oil and water resources
THE LITERATURE OF SOCIAL CREDIT &
THE SOCIAL CREDIT OF LITERATURE
by Dewi Hopkins
The Australian Heritage Society launched
the Social Credit booklets of Anthony Cooney and Michael Lane
at the League of Rights' 2002 National Weekend. Subsequently,
writer, poet, and retired school teacher, Mr. Dewi Hopkins
of the United Kingdom has written such an excellent review
of the books we thought our readers would find much of interest
in the review.
"I have long considered that reviews
are really conversations among writers with readers listening
in." Well, our readers can now 'listen in' to his contribution
to the writers' debate as to the worth of the works of Cooney
and Lane. Source: Liverpool Newsletter, Spring AD 2003).
"It is easy to describe the appearance
of a book as a milestone, but that is the only way to welcome
these six. Their publication is a milestone indeed, and the
Australian Heritage Society is to be congratulated. Anthony
Cooney and Michael Lane are the most significant Social Credit/Distributist
writers active at present: and that implies no contempt for
a number of others. We can all be Indians, but we can't all
I would describe Mr. Cooney and Mr. Lane as traditionalists,
and having used that vague term I shall have to show what
I mean by it; for on another day I would be just as likely
to call them revolutionaries, in the sense of that word understood
by most of the writers considered in these books. By traditionalist
I mean (here at least) one who is in a tradition: not one
who seeks novelty for its own sake in order to stand out from
past and present as an innovator, but one who, seeing truth
and goodness, holds to it and even enriches it with his own
contribution. As has been often pointed out, it is such a
person that is a real 'original' or, as Lewis and Tolkien
put it, a subcreator.
The best criticism comes from within
The tradition within which Cooney and Lane work is that of
Christendom, or western civilisation, though both are well
aware of virtues that exist in other traditions. The best
criticism is within the tradition, and if we look at, say,
our major literary critics they have been engaged in judging
not only poetry and prose but also, and in the process, the
development (which for a considerable time now has seemed
a decline) in the culture of the society (western society,
that is) and the interactions of its distinctive parts.
It is useless to conceive of a culture as a thing separate
from both 'high' and 'popular' culture if we wish to advance
the cause of Social Credit and/or Distributism: obtuse to
say, 'Oh, I don't read poetry or take much interest in art,
and I don't know much about music.' If the money power is
ever to be defeated it will be by a people that knows itself,
with a confident and integrated knowledge. Everything seems
to combine to achieve the opposite result now, and this tendency
has to be reversed before anyone can effectively take on the
| "CLIFFORD HUGH DOUGLAS"
So it should come as no surprise to find Mr. Cooney starting,
in Clifford Hugh Douglas, from the new mathematics and relating
it to poetry and music and to Douglas' thought and writing. Some
of Mr. Lane's readers in Triumph of the Past might have been surprised
to find his actually describing Douglas as a poet and his writing
as poetry. Mr. Lane is, of course, like Mr. Cooney, a scholar
and has published work on the Anglo-Saxon of Beowulf.
Still, there you are; if you choose to read serious writers you
have to be prepared to read them seriously, and to fathom out
"ONE SWORD AT LEAST" - G.K.
Speaking of which, it is in this sense that they both remind
me of G.K. Chesterton. To read him you must be prepared to
see sparks fly; and mighty glad I am that Mr. Cooney has engaged
in a dazzling piece of literary criticism that again reminds
me of Chesterton himself who, as a literary critic, almost
invariably saw straight to the heart of a matter and expressed
his judgements with startling clarity.
It would have been well worth mentioning among recent reprints
Chesterton's The Victorian Age in Literature, published
recently by Edgeways Books, an imprint of The Brynmill Press.
In the case of Chesterton's poetry, it is shown to be in advance
of modernist poetry, not only in that he did compose some
free verse (inspired perhaps by Walt Whitman) but also in
that his best poetry is multi-levelled, shifting within one
poem between times, places and situations. He is referred
to as constantly focusing and refocusing his "camera."
'Reviews' are really conversations
I hope I shall be forgiven for expressing my amazement that
Mr. Cooney must have been writing this at the very time when
I was writing for Mr. Lane's Triumph of the Past that
another poet, the Scot, Andrew Young, had what I dubbed 'the
cinematic imagination' and that the cinecamera was an invention
waiting to happen. Another friend on reading my essay, telephoned
to express his own surprise on finding that he had used (or
as he thought 'coined') an expression in an essay that he
had sent to his editor only to find that it had been used
in my essay already. How or whether this synchronicity can
be accounted for I do not know, and I bring in this personal
note because I have long considered that reviews are really
conversations among writers with readers listening in.
"SOCIAL CREDIT ASTERISKS"
- Anthony Cooney
I think that if I entered Anthony Cooney's study I should
find the air alive with static electricity from all the ideas
generated there over the years. You will see what I mean if
you read Social Credit Asterisks, which deals in the
liveliest way with a number of topics with no connection obvious
to the uninitiated to Social Credit, but each one related
to a quotation from C.H. Douglas: thus getting beyond the
usual range of Social Credit writing.
Political analysis, social comment -- all are excellent, but
what I think I found most entertaining of all was his scourging
of the 'God slot,' in which all is shown to be chummy, chummy-churchiness,
without the sense of sin and with no content whatsoever of
Christian teaching or controversy.
HILAIRE BELLOC 1870-1953
The book on Belloc is incisive, with, even so, amusing and
sad autobiographical details engaging my sympathy before the
account of Belloc's work on history and tradition leading
inescapably to his exposition of Distributism. Whereas he
gives us the detailed theory as well as the historic justification
of Distributism down from ancient Rome and through the middle
ages into the modern period, Chesterton less directly conveys
the very spirit of the movement in all his writings.
Unlike them, Douglas (between whom and Belloc there was recognition
and mutual respect but also rather sharp difference - which
Mr. Cooney manages, to my satisfaction anyway, to reconcile)
remains a somewhat elusive figure because he forbade the writing
of a biography. Cooney gives us what he can and laments the
paucity of recorded informal sayings.
I can offer one here, related to me more than once by the
people to whom it was spoken. When they were a young man and
woman they had told Douglas that they were fully persuaded
by his ideas and proposals and asked him, "What should
we do now?" to which he replied, "My dears, you
are writers. What you must do is write." And I was assured
that he did not mean that they should write Social Credit
Therein, I am convinced, lies the real "real Social Credit."
We are given what talents we are given, and we must develop,
enjoy and use them. To give us the conditions in which we
can practise this freely is the true policy of Douglas, Chesterton
and Belloc and of the Christian Church when (occasionally)
being true to itself.
Only from this cultural background will worthwhile individual
initiative come; and it is against this background of "tradition
and the individual talent" that I like to view the newest
talent upon the stage.
And now Michael Lane
Michael Lane is a highly educated young man (young compared
with me, that is, and I hope he will be pleased, even if surprised,
to be so described), and in his monthly Triumph of the
Past connects to the age-old Tradition and also shows
great respect for wisdom wherever it is to be found (India
or Japan, example.) This is the traditionalist. Being aware
that nothing comes from nothing he has studied everything
he can find that embodies the Social Credit and leads to Douglas.
It is inevitable that what he finds will not simply say what
Douglas said before Douglas said it (just as the Chesterbelloc
had a vision of the same reality as Douglas but not viewed
from quite the same angle.) He is a meticulous researcher,
painfully careful to say just what he means and willing to
express reservations where necessary. He is zealous but no
"HERALD OF SOCIAL CREDIT"
The two books considered here have already appeared in parts,
as essays in Triumph of the Past, but here they are
presented as most satisfactory wholes. Tom Robertson and Charles
Ferguson, both of whom realised the flaws and frauds of the
monopoly financial system, need careful exposition because
- like Douglas -- they do not give up their riches at a first
But they are riches indeed, and I can only acknowledge Mr.
Lane's presentation of them has enlarged my understanding
considerably. I still need to read Herald of Social Credit
more than once again to be sure that I have fully grasped
him, partly because Ferguson's prose style is as dipped as
Douglas' and his use of some terms such as 'capital' and 'finance'
seems to vary between one meaning and another but his proposals
to free people to finance themselves independently of the
banks through local initiatives seem so radical as to be too
good to be true. Examples show a basis in history, however.
"HUMAN ECOLOGY & SOCIAL CREDIT"
Integrity of the sound man in a sound society:-
Robertson's concept of Human Ecology, too, sounds novel, but
it embodies not only financial understanding but a view of
the integrity of the sound man in a sound society that ties
it in with the view of Chesterton that truth is quite simply
His dissatisfaction with the Christian Church is rather ruefully
acknowledged by the (Catholic) Mr. Lane to be far from baseless
and this is one of the things that make Lane my kind of writer:
that he has an open-minded attitude to criticism. His defence
of the Church is none the less convincing for being restrained
A sense of joy that I am engaging with a real person:
All this, as I say, makes him a traditionalist - and one with
a place in the Great Tradition - an impeccable researcher,
historian and exponent; but what I also find in him is what
I find in all the authors I have mentioned (and certain others,
naturally.) That is, a sense of joy; that in reading him I
am engaging with a real person. I cannot escape the feeling
that now, at last, something is going to come of it all. For
eventually the mask of careful impersonality is dropped, and
there comes an inspiring peroration. I experience the pure,
laughter-inducing pleasure that depends not on jesting (though
jesting is a good thing too) but on high intelligence and
a fine grasp of vital truth. I am sure that the final chapter
of his book on Ferguson holds out promise that an initiative
is on the way. I hope to live to see it brought to fruition."
Books by Anthony Cooney:
"Clifford Hugh Douglas" $5.50; "Social Credit
Asterisks" $8.50; "One Sword at Least - G.K. Chesterton"
$8.00; "Hilaire Belloc 1870-1953" $6.50. Prices
include postage and handling.
Books by Michael Lane:
"Human Ecology: and Social Credit" $9.50 "Herald
of Social Credit" $11.50. Prices include postage and
handling. Available from all League Book Services.
DECLINING NUMBERS IN THE BUSH by Betty
As if the crippling drought was not enough,
many rurual centres face the prospect of declining numbers
warns Linda Brady of "The Morning Bulletin" 6th
"The crippling drought, vanishing
services and a perceived lack of opportunities are driving"
the young people from the bush. For every four young people
who leave Central Queensland's rural areas, only one moves
in to "fill the void". In practical terms that is
one young person to do the work that four persons once did,
which translates into three less in numbers requiring the
services of the local doctor, the publican, the mechanic or
the local food store.
Linda Drake, Family Support worker for "Lifeline"
said a key reason for the exodus was most likely the impact
of the drought. "A lot of these young people have seen
their parents doing it tough" she said, "and they
can see no other alternatives." The present drought came
hard on the heels of the early 90's drought, which left many
a farmer and grazier in a precarious financial situation.
Another reason for the decline in numbers is that many young
women are unwilling to live in the such isolation. "A
few years ago," she explained, " young women really
targeted young men on the land - they saw them as having great
prospects - but even young women can now see what has happened
to farming, thanks to the drought, and life on the land is
Pity Linda Drake couldn't see what the policies of successive
governments have done to the people on the land!
If it wasn't for the diabolical financial
policies of governments, in the good times the farmers and
graziers could have 'put enough away' to see themselves through
the bad times.
One young person observed that governments and the bureaucracy
continually move the goal posts with such things as land clearance
and irrigation. "Sometimes you look at the sums and they
just don't add up," said Emerald farmer Wayne Reeves.
He also thought many young people did not want to struggle
and battle through like their parents. "It is,"
he said, "a hard life - hard on families and hard on
One wonders how long it will be before the cities feel the
effect of what is happening in the bush?
Betty Luks' Queensland visit
Betty Luks reports that her recent trip
to 'in-house' League meetings in Queensland proved to be of great
value. New contacts were also made as she travelled round the
State. Of great concern to Queenslanders is the deliberate destruction
of the logging, fishing, dairying and cattle industries, Land
Rights and the looming Water Rights battle.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday,
25th June 2003. Video Showing on the Big Screen: John Pilger,
"Paying the Price, Killing the Children of Iraq" and
"War on Iraq".
The venue is the Lithuanian Club, 16 East Terrace, Bankstown,
where there is ample parking and situated only 600 metres from
the Bankstown Railway Station. There are nearby facilities for
a meal before the meeting. The cost of attendance is $4.00 per
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS'CLUB
Please note there will not be a meeting in June and the next
CSC will be held on Monday 7th July 2003. Details of speaker
have yet to be finalised.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The State Weekend
will be held over Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August.
GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA REGIONAL DINNER
The 34th Gippsland Regional Dinner will be held on Wednesday
9th July 2003. The venue will be P J's Colonial Café,
22 Church Street, Traralgon (halfway between Seymour and Hotham
Streets). Guest speaker will be the National Director of the
Australian League of Rights Betty Luks who will be speaking
on: "The Usurping of Power by Politicians World-Wide".
Dinner will be $30 per person and drinks to be purchased from
the bar. Please make out cheques to Gippsland Socred, (a group
set up to promote Social Credit in Gippsland). Remittances
to D. Sykes, 225 Neaves Road, Callignee Vic. 3844 before 2nd
WEST AUSTRALIA STATE WEEKEND
The West Australian State Weekend will be held Saturday 9th
and Sunday 10th of August. Make a note in your diaries NOW.
The theme for the Seminar is: "Insanity Fair". Guest
speakers will include Mr. Geoff Muirden of the Australian
Civil Liberties Union, and Mr. Tom Lawson on Australia's most
crime-ridden capital city - Perth.
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