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4 July 2003. Thought for the Week: "It is no longer necessary, except through ignorance, that "man should earn his bread by the sweat of his brow," for the inventions and discoveries which have matured and which are now in full practice are more sufficient, with very light labour, under a right direction, to supply the wants and insure the independence of all without real injury to any."
Robert Owen, in 1829, taken from "The Fig Tree" 1938.
THE FACTS CLOSE IN ON HOWARD
John Howard now needs enough major issues
to obscure the embarrassment over the Iraq war; and they're
in the pipeline. 1200 troops and 300 police to the Solomons,
the sale of the remainder of Telstra, a new Governor-General,
health and education will all serve to erase memories of the
great deception over going to war. As politicians remind themselves
regularly, a week's a long time in politics, and the memory
of voters is notoriously short.
HOWARD'S OPINIONS: In a three-page Question-and-Answer
interview with Fred Benchley (The Bulletin, 6/5/03)
Mr Howard made two significant points:
Nothing since that time has given any
indication that Howard is prepared to modify his views - at
least publicly. But the issue won't go away. More and more
examples of the duplicity over the war are destined to keep
popping up, niggling away at "honest John's" frankness.
In response the Howard statement on June 16, i.e."We
went to war in a just cause, on a proper legal basis, to liberate
an oppressed people", Paul Kelly (The Weekend Australian,
June 21-22, 2003) under the heading WHY WE FOUGHT - REALLY,
started by saying:
That's a serious charge from a lead article
in one of Australia's major dailies. Paul Kelly went on to
say that Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz - key members
of what has become known as "the Cabal" - were the
main instigators of the plan to "do" Iraq.
THE LAST STRAW: What Howard's craven
party colleagues refuse to question is now breaking out in
Britain. The Australian (26/6/03) carried the following
under the heading DODGY DOSSIER AND IRAQ DEATHS EMBARRASS
BARTER GROWTH SOARSThe use of a form of barter using alternative "barter dollars" continues to grow. Businesses join an association which lists products in a directory, and are able to trade goods and services between themselves using "barter dollars" which are exchanged simply by debiting one account and crediting another when purchases take place. The Australian (24/6/03) reported:
" There are two major exchanges in Australia, Bartercard and Business Barter Exchange (BBX).
Australian company Bartercard is a global player in the bartering industry, turning over $1 billion a " year and having a membership of 20,000 in Australia and 45,000 worldwide.
This home-grown organization has offices in New Zealand, the US, the UK, Asia and the Middle East. Membership is growing annually at 20 per cent. .
BBX has over 13,000 members across Australia and New Zealand, and turns over about $120 million annually. Almost anything can be purchased using barter, from toiletries to holidays to investment properties ."
Strictly speaking, such schemes cannot accurately be called "barter" They are in effect financial schemes using a different sort of currency.
They are another sign of the struggle against the current global money monopoly. When Local Government can be persuaded to look at the idea, the break-through will accelerate further.
(See the article "A Local Currency Scheme at Banjo Bluff" New Times Survey, February 2003. Also, Michael Lane's "Charles Ferguson - Herald of Social Credit" $11-50 posted from the Australian Heritage Society, P.O. Box 163, Chidlow, WA 6042)
THE ABUSE OF POWER - ASIO BILL PASSEDThe Sydney Morning Herald carried the headline "New terrorism law raises spectre of agency abuse" in its report of the ASIO bill recently passed - thanks to the support of Labor.
"The key point," insists Simeon Beckett, barrister and spokesman for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, "is that this reform is not aimed solely at those who have committed a terrorism offence. The ASIO plan allows for people to be detained solely because they have information about a terrorism offence - a power even police officers do not have when questioning a suspected murderer Notwithstanding that the abuse is the power to detain and compulsorily question, the accountability mechanisms are woeful."
No doubt about it, these Liberals have 'Big Ideas', but from whence do they come?
We refer the reader to C.H. Douglas' warnings in "The Big Idea" and L.D. Byrne's Introduction to the matter.
"There is, I think, one safe rule to apply to all Schemes, Plots, and Plans. It is, I believe, called the Golden Rule, and it is not new. Disregard all the fine phrases. Disregard all appeals to your "Public Spirit". Don't bother about Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Don't waste time trying to find out who the Proletariat are going to dictate to, when we're all propertyless, and so all Proletariat.
Merely enquire, "What are you going to do to me, and how do I stop you if I don't like it? Can I kick your inspectors and your Ogpu-Gestapo and your Kommissars out of my (excuse me, my mistake, the proletariat's) house, or can they kick me?
If I believe that it isn't my business to spend the rest of my life making tractors for China, and say so, do I get my coupons, or don't I? In the bad old days, to quite a considerable extent, I did.
I should have been just like everyone else in that respect, only the coupon merchants (who seem to have names suspiciously similar to the Planned Utopians) said that what they called a reserve of labour, and other people called them unemployed, must be available and so couldn't have any coupons.
If you ask the Utopian this kind of question, you will discover an interesting fact -- that one of the biggest parts of the Big Idea is the indispensability and invulnerability of the Ogpu. Or call it the Gestapo -- or the G-men. Or the "snoopers". We don't hear much about the Ogpu nowadays, but, like Benjamin Cohen of the U.S.A., it's there. And so we come to the core of the matter -- it isn't the scheme that matters -- that's just to keep you quiet It's the sanctions that matter. You think the World State would be governed by Saints? Remember the wise Lord Action, "Absolute Power corrupts absolutely".
Further reading: "The Big Idea"; "Brief for the Prosecution" by C.H. Douglas; "What should we tell our children?" by Jeremy Lee. All books available from League Book Services.
QUEENSLAND PROPERTY RIGHTSQueensland's Senator Len Harris has vowed to put the State's contentious tree clearing legislation under the spotlight in the Federal Court later this year.
Senator Harris is spearheading a planned class action against the State Government's Vegetation Management Act to prevent 'agricultural genocide' in Queensland.
The State's sole One Nation Senator plans to use two cases where the Act has impinged on property rights to test the legality of tree clearing legislation.
Senator Harris explained, "One concerns a cane farm in Mackay which was leased land and under the lease conditions, the owner was required to clear a certain area on an annual basis. The Queensland Government refused to give the clearing permits and then took the leases away. This brings leased land into the equation."
The other case involves a landholder in south west Queensland who has breached the Vegetation Management Act on three occasions. "The reason I am doing this is based on contact from a considerable number of concerned Queenslanders who have been breached under the Vegetation Management Act," continued Senator Harris.
"We need to go to Federal Court to get a determination in relation to property rights and how they are being impacted by the Vegetation Act."
by John Pilger
New Statesman, June 22, 2003:
America's two 'great victories' since 11 September 2001 are
unravelling. In Afghanistan, the regime of Hamid Karzai has
virtually no authority and no money, and would collapse without
American guns. Al-Qaeda has not been defeated, and the Taliban
are re-emerging. Regardless of showcase improvements, the
situation of women and children remains desperate. The token
woman in Karzai's cabinet, the courageous physician Sima Samar,
has been forced out of government and is now in constant fear
of her life, with an armed guard outside her office door and
another at her gate. Murder, rape and child abuse are committed
with impunity by the private armies of America's 'friends',
the warlords whom Washington has bribed with millions of dollars,
cash in hand, to give the pretence of stability
In Iraq, scene of the second 'great victory',
there are two open secrets. The first is that the 'terrorists'
now besieging the American occupation force represent an armed
resistance that is almost certainly supported by the majority
of Iraqis who, contrary to pre-war propaganda, opposed their
Editor's note: We are sometimes accused
of being unpatriotic because of our criticisms of western
leaders such as Bush, Blair and Howard and Australia's involvement
in the war of aggression and occupation of Afghanistan and
Iraq. After all, we are reminded, they are 'our' troops in
the war zones. Yes, much to my shame. My answer is summed
up in a scene from Shakespeare's "Henry V".
And there you have it. When the so-called 'leaders' of our 'so-called' Christian nations act with honesty and integrity we will not be ashamed - as we now are! When their policies are based on Christian civilised values, when we see the good fruit of their policies, when they adhere to the Golden Rule, they will be accorded that respect.
THE DEVIL CAME FOR MUGABE by YKWThe Devil came for Mugabe, in 2003,
And Mugabe awoke with a hoof on his throat and he struggled and howled to be free,
And tripped on the racks of his English shoes, and clawed at his English suits,
And crashed down the unlit corridors where his wife has collected her loot,
Screaming "you may not condemn me - there are by-laws and statutes and fines."
But the Devil replied "God's law trumps that, and by his law you're mine."
Come, see what you've done to your people, see what you've done to your land,
And then I'll haul you back into the light, and see if you understand;
Then the Devil seized him by his neck and dragged him up into the night
And Bob hung limp, for one against one was not his idea of a fight!
They spiralled down to a wasteland, and
Mugabe sprawled on his face,
"Free to do what?" asked the
Devil, "to cower and cringe to survive?
Mugabe licked his lips and whispered
"all freedom comes at a price,"
"Sons of despair" said the
Devil "and daughters of desolate shelves,
A scream rose up from the city, a scream
rose up from a cell,
"Here are your generals" the
Devil hissed, "your ministers, judges and hacks,
"What gave you most pleasure Mugabe?
Which wickedness tasted most sweet?
Then the Devil's right hand grabbed Mugabe,
and Mugabe he screamed in his fright,
The Devil meandered down Second, and
strolled up Samora Machel,
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