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3 October 2003. Thought for the Week: "Purchasing
power is not, as might be gathered from the current discussions
on the subject, an emanation from the production of real
commodities or services, much like the scent from a rose."
"The simplest and most satisfactory conception of money
is that it is simply a ticket which enables the holder
to obtain goods and services upon demand
You do not make
money by making goods
BACK-DOOR DEALS WITH SADDAM
by Jeremy Lee
Which merely goes to confirm that what happens for public consumption and what happens behind the scene are two different things. However, by mid-1999 BHP ceased angling for Saddam Hussein's favours. Perhaps they ran into trouble from Vice-President Dick Chaney's Halliburton?
MEGAWATI SPELLS IT OUT TO THE U.N.
President George Bush's popularity is dropping at about the same rate as the American dollar. His behaviour at the recent General Assembly of the U.N., where he appeared anxious and unsure of himself, was in stark contrast to that of a year ago, when he arrogantly demanded the U.N. do his bidding. Nothing is more pathetic than the sight of the bully who has lost his punch!
While it is all diplomatic politeness in public, there is no doubt there are many who are enjoying America's discomfort - particularly the French, who even had "French fries", "French omelettes" and "French wine" decried at the height of the euphoria for war. Even the benign and timid Kofi Annan has been gently sticking it to the U.S.
With the latest attacks on United Nations personnel in Iraq, it is going to be a major job mustering a U.N. peace force, and finding enough money to bail George Bush out of his horrendous financial problems. Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia, who is herself facing major problems in the scattered and densely-populated archipelago of Indonesia, did not mince words at the U.N. She must be conscious that her country contains the biggest Islamic group in the world. Terrorism in Indonesia has not gone away. In fact, the latest judgments in the Bali bomb trials may well have enraged more of the population. She condemned the West as responsible for the climate of violence across the world in which terrorism thrives. She put the West's Middle East policies at the heart of Muslim dissent.
She said: " Indeed, so many eminent Muslims in Indonesia believe that once the major powers behave in a more just manner and make clear their impartiality in the Middle East, then most of the root causes of terrorism, perpetrated in the name of Islam, - which in any circumstance cannot be justified - would have been resolved". (The Australian, 25/9/03)
She pointed out that the Bali bombers, during their trials, had cited their hatred of the US and their behavior in Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan as the cause of their actions: " The motives and justifying arguments of their movement apparently arise from the prolonged unjust attitude exhibited by big powers towards countries whose inhabitants profess Islam, particularly in resolving the Middle East conflict .These sentiments have been argued by Islamic leaders throughout the world, and are a clear reason why the United States should remove itself from any attempt to arbitrate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and stop funding one side."
The latest act of 27 Israeli ace-airmen in refusing to serve in what they describe as an "illegal and immoral" war situation is a reproof of George Bush as well as Ariel Sharon, and vindication of Megawati's remarks.
An increasing number of reviews round
the world are directed to a film that won't be launched officially
until just before Easter next year. The film, being made under
the direction of Australian film star Mel Gibson, has caused
consternation and remonstrations, accusations of 'anti-Semitism',
laudatory statements, delegations for selective pre-views
and general controversy. Gibson himself has said he might
become a target for assassination.
The film, to be called "The Passion", covers the last 12 hours before the crucifixion of Christ - the arrest, the midnight interrogation before the Sanhedrin, the appeal to Pontius Pilate, the whipping-up of the mob when Pilate appeared inclined to release Christ having "found no fault with this man". It is strictly faithful to the narrative of the gospels in the New Testament.
Among the most vociferous of the critics are the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and progressive elements in the Christian church. There has, for a number of years, been "dialogue" between Christians and Jews, aimed at eliminating areas of conflict between the two faiths. Inevitably, this has resulted in the attempted eradication of any emphasis on parts of the gospels which reflect unfavorably on the Jews of Christ's time, and which sent His disciples into hiding "for fear of the Jews". In fact, many Jews consider that parts of the New Testament are "anti-Semitic".
Gibson's "The Passion", evidently, does not spare its audience. The scourgings, the Crown of Thorns, the painful and tragic journey up the "via dolorosa" to Golgotha, the nailing to the Cross, the agony of Mary and the other women who witnessed the crucifixion are portrayed in every detail.
Gibson himself, a traditionalist Catholic, is financing the film to the tune of $A40 million. He's putting his money where his mouth is. So keen is he to create an accurate and authentic picture that even the original languages of the time - Latin and Aramaic - are being used. Sub-titles will appear
Deal Hudson, who attended one of the
previews, wrote a double-page article in The Weekend Australian
(13-14/9/03) in which he observed:
The last comments are portentous. The Zionists have never feared anti-Semitism. Some of their leaders have claimed it is essential to their cause. But a resurrected Church and a resurgence of Christian faith? Now that really would be something. No wonder the possibility is feared.
For film-viewers the end of the year looks enticing; the third and last part of Lord of the Rings, (including the highly relevant Cleansing of the Shire); to be followed in time for Lent with Gibson's film.
HOW DARE YOU BE OUT OF WORK?
Despite his catholic faith and his seminary training for the priesthood, Minister Tony Abbott takes the old puritan work ethic extremely seriously - so much so that he is tightening up the dole for the 700,000 Australians who receive it. Miss a lined up job interview and you're in trouble. Whether you are sick or homeless, if you haven't provided a good excuse within 48 hours, the wheels begin to turn remorselessly, and within a fortnight your payments grind to a halt.
While those who shirk while there's plenty of work available are a burden to others, the true employment environment mitigates against full employment. The true unemployment figures have been cooked for a long time, and a large proportion of what is conveniently called "full employment" is in reality part-time employment, or simply useless government 'make-work' schemes. That is the real crisis which Abbott - and his counterparts in the Labor Party - simply dare not face.
Trying to juggle punitive levels of tax revenue around to satisfy the myriad of hands held out has long failed Australians. It simply creates an ever-expanding underclass of part-time employed, people who can't find jobs within reasonable access to their means, and now joined by two-income families at the lower end of the income scale who are gradually slipping behind.
There is now an argument as to whether people can pay their taxes by time payment. Household debt is out of control. Yet the ALP is advocating raising taxes even higher. None of this appears in the only figures the government takes seriously - Australia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). How many have a share of a grossly inadequate cake is not considered.
We are not far behind the situation in the biggest economy in the world - the US. Blighted by unemployed workers and wide scenes of destitution, America is now a colossus with feet of clay. Douglas's "Critical Moment" is there for all to see.
THE LACK OF REALISTIC FAITH IN TODAY'S WORLD
by Betty Luks
Farmers' organisations and business lobbies
are weeping and wailing over the lack of markets open to them
for their goods and services. In this technological-automated
age, there is no lack of goods and services, the problem is
lack of opportunities to get money in exchange for them; it
is the lack of purchasing power, or the fact that what purchasing
power is made available via the banking system comes with
a corresponding debt.
The problems, if the farmers and businessmen would only realise it, stem from the policies of Mammon, the financial system of the bankers; that system is quite separate from the goods and services systems. As C.H. Douglas explained in Monopoly of Credit, "purchasing power does not emanate from the production of real commodities or services, much like the scent from a rose."
People find it hard to get their mind around this fact. They confuse systems that have to work in harmony with Natural Law, such as agriculture, with the man-made fraudulent financial system which bears no relation to Natural Physical Law, let alone the Natural Moral Law.
It can be predicted with complete certainty that unless a nation regains sovereignty over its own currency and credit (money) system, and ensures the system reflects the physical realities of the nation's production, it will never, it cannot, secure peace and prosperity for its own people.
THE ORIGINAL CUSTOM OF BARTER
We are all distinct, unique individuals and we perceive things, we 'see' things in 'our mind's eye' in different ways and from different examples. One analogy will become clear to one person but not another. It takes a different analogy for another person to grasp the truth embedded with.
The following illustration, taken from The Essential Elements of Social Credit may be of help in grasping what we understand as the real purpose of a money system and why we insist the under-girding philosophy governing a nation's money system is so important.
The direct consequences of the ancient custom of bartering. Barter is concerned with the distribution of goods, and what we are looking for are the natural consequences of the custom, that is, the exchange, the distribution of goods. Exchange of goods requires an excess of goods (collectively).
Since the exchange of goods serve no useful purpose unless the bartering individual has excess of the commodity bartered, the first necessity of barter is the existence of more than one individual in possession collectively of more than one commodity.
Further, these commodities must be in excess of the need of their possessors to consume them or to use them. As an example: A prehistoric hunter has an assortment of flint arrowheads which he has made, but no food. Another pre-historic hunter has broken his last weapon in killing an animal for food. As a result of the needs of both, and because both can see a benefit in the arrangement, arrowheads are bartered for meat.
The example is worthy of investigating,
and provides information along several lines:
This statement holds, even if, let us say, the flint-chipper and the hunter shared the labour of transportation.
Assuming that the individuals associate voluntarily and that their policy (objective) is that consumable goods should be forthcoming with the minimum of trouble to themselves, the optimum rate of exchange, food for flints, is that rate (which may well vary from time to time) which is related to the highest yield from their association.
NEXT STEP OF 'FAITH' OR 'BELIEF'
Now, suppose that instead of effecting exchange of food for flints directly, a record of the obligation to pay, an IOU, is handed to the hunter for flints and to the flint chipper for food, a set of instruments would have been created (i.e., a document that states some contractual relationship, or grants some right) entitling someone to food and flints to the amount stated on the 'acknowledgement of indebtedness'.
IT IS NOT UNTIL THE EXPLICIT NATURE OF
THE DEMAND ON THE FACE OF EACH CERTIFICATE IS MERGED IN A
SINGLE 'UNIT' - SUCH AS MONEY - THAT ANY CONFUSION ARISES.
The effect upon individuals of such consequences
is not necessarily incapable of correction or adjustment,
if the appropriate associations are established to secure
Consider in the place of the food and flints of pre-history, a more extended list of exchangeable commodities: say to the number of ten? No matter what 'monetary' values are attached to the products, the 'monetary' losses or gains do not alter the quantity of commodities in existence.
Barter is concerned with the distribution
of goods and any increment of association - any benefits,
any increase - from it, must be distinguished from the increments
arising from other associations which are associated with
its practice, i.e., with the practice of the distribution
of goods; such as the use of 'money'.
DEFINITIONS OF CREDITC.H. Douglas Control and Distribution of Production 1929
Real credit is a correct estimate of the rate, or dynamic capacity, at which a community can deliver goods and services as demanded. Financial credit is ostensibly a device by which this capacity can be drawn upon. It is, however, actually a measure of the rate at which an organisation or individual can deliver money. The money may or may not represent goods and services.
THE FABRICATION OF HISTORY
by Betty Luks
Writing history, at any time, would be like trying to describe a spring morning, the writer describing only the most obvious which took his eye, but sometimes the background events proving to be of much more significance, and having in the long-term, far greater consequences in the fortunes or misfortunes of a nation or nations.
The following letter to The Australian,
26th Sept. 2003 is a good example. In responding to Greg Sheridan's
(another of Rupert's paid 'titans') suggestion that the U.S.
(read neoconservatives, the Cabal surrounding George Bush)
could save the world, the Rev. Dr Vincent Zankin, of Rivett,
THE REVEREND GENTLEMAN FAILED TO DISCERN!
There is no 'religious divide' between the 'Christian Zionists' - a contradiction in terms - orthodox Jews, and the United Nations. All three groups share the same vision of a New World Order based on the centralisation of financial, economic and political power - ruled with 'a rod of iron' by their very own, very human, messianic political dictator(s).
Brilliant commentator on world events during the 20th century, South African-born journalist and author, Ivor Benson 1907-1993, summarized his observations and research into those events and of the forces that shaped the history of the 20th (and 21st) century - not so readily discerned by the casual observer of the brightest spring-morning. Benson asserted even the briefest survey of the 20th century would be incomplete without a closer look at the relationship of those supposed mighty opposites - capitalism and communism.
The key to the riddle is the word capitalism. Most people, most of the time, make the mistake of supposing that the word capitalism means one thing whereas, in fact, it has two meanings.
It is essentially 'anti-capitalism' and
At the centre: An illegitimate Money Power drawing its main strength from usury: a global usurocracy: Supercapitalist-Communist-Zionist nexus: with a co-ordinated world-wide Jewish nationalism.
NATIONAL WEEKEND GETTING CLOSER
Details are: The New Times Dinner, Friday
10th October, 2003;
Speakers for the Seminar: Betty Luks, National Director, Australian League of Rights - "The New Day"; Eve Hillary, Health Care Professional and Researcher - "They are Stealing Our Children"; Donald Martin, National Director British League of Rights - "Is the European Union Faltering?" and Bill Daly, National Director, New Zealand League of Rights - "Is a Revolt Against Globalism Happening?" The MEA Tape Library technician will be there to tape the speakers. Looking forward to meeting up with you and sharing fellowship!
The "New Times" Dinner ($29.50 per person) and Seminar bookings ($15.00 per person) are to be sent direct to the League's Melbourne postal address. Money Order or Cheque, made out to Australian League of Rights:- Box 1052, GPO, Melbourne 3001 - no later than Friday, 3rd October 2003.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKSIvor Benson: A masterly overview of 20th Century history: "In This Age of Conflict".
Eric D. Butler: Looking at the world through the eyes of a Christian realist: "Releasing Reality"; "A New Britannia in the Southern Seas"; "Social Credit & Christian Philosophy"; "The Red Pattern of World Conquest"; "The Truth About Social Credit"; "The Achilles Heel of the Conservative Movement" and "The Essential Christian Heritage".
Jeremy Lee: "What Will We Tell Our Children?" "How Great the Vision?" Jeremy's latest video is a winner -- "Retell the Story".
Available from all League Book Services.
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