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21 June 1968. Thought for the Week: "A government abdicates if it tolerates any non-governmental agency's use of violence. If the government forsakes its monopoly of coercion and compulsion, anarchic conditions result. If it were true that a democratic system of government is unfit to protect unconditionally every individual's right to work in defiance of the orders of a union, democracy would doomed."
Ludwigg von Mises.
SIGNS OF LIGHT ON THE RHODESIAN ISSUE
"Conservative peers now seem determined to risk a major political and constitutional crisis by rejecting a statutory order extending sanctions against Rhodesia" - The Age, Melbourne, June 18.
It would appear that at last a revolt against
the mesmerism of the mass media is to take place. The catalyst injected
into the world political body by the magnificent stand made by the Rhodesian
people on November 11, 1965, is now beginning to express itself more
tangibly than ever. The House of Lords, if it fulfills the expectations
of the above report, may trigger off a revival of understanding about
the true nature of authority in Britain which could challenge the whole
basis of the Socialist disease now racking the tortured body of British
and Western society.
Here in Australia there are similar indications
of a return to sanity on the question of Rhodesia and it is to be hoped
the Government will correctly read those signs and return to a realistic
policy of extending the hand of friendship and justice to Rhodesia.
Indicative of some of the sanity prevailing was the comment of Geoffrey
Tebbutt in the Melbourne Herald, June 13,
And Alan Ramsey in The Australian, June
13, although maintaining a thin veneer of The Australian's anti-Rhodesia
editorial policy was most forth right.
Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes contributed the final
word in a letter to The Age replying to an editorial calling
on the Government to go the full distance with the Security Council
directive. Sir Wilfrid completely exposed the double talk and hypocrisy
of the Australian Government's policy towards Rhodesia and described
the editorial as
There is little doubt that such "straws in the wind" could be the first signs of a welcome return to sanity, the first chink of light at the end of the long tunnel.
KENNEDY ASSASSINATION PROJECT INTO CANADIAN ELECTIONS
Mr. Eric D. Butler provides the following report from Calgary, Canada, as he moves across Canada lecturing on international affairs and surveying the current Canadian Federal Elections:
"I was astonished to find that immediately after
the killing of Senator Robert Kennedy, this tragedy was immediately
projected into the Canadian elections. It would have been natural and
normal for both the Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and
the leader of the Progressive Conservative Opposition, Mr. Robert Stanfield,
to have expressed their deep regrets. But they, or their advisors, apparently
felt it necessary to go beyond this and tell Canadians that they should
ensure that similar violence did not erupt in Canada. As political assassinations
are not part of the Canadian tradition, and as the rule of law is more
widely respected in Canada than in the U.S.A., it seemed to me that
the political leaders were pandering to the mass emotionalism being
generated by the mass media, some of whose representatives suggested
that Canadians, like Americans, were some way associated with the brutal
murder of Senator Kennedy.
A vicious article in the Toronto Star (described as a "liberal" paper by the Vancouver Sun which republished it) attempts to smear Mr. Ron Gostick for publishing documental material concerning Mr. Trudeau's background, suggesting that the generation of "hatred" against Canadian political leaders was similar to that which resulted in the Robert Kennedy assassination.
In the national TV debate between Canada's party
leaders on June 9, the question was raised whether Canada should not
consider tighter gun laws and finger-printing, this because of the Kennedy
killing in Los Angeles.
As I propose to show in a coming article in The
Intelligence Survey, much of the mounting violence in the U.S.A.
can be traced to those encouraging a permissive philosophy and an attack
on the rule of law. Here are several relevant statements I have collected:
It is not the conservative anti-Communists who are responsible for the erosion of respect for the rule of law, who are fanning the flames of revolutionary riots and creating the atmosphere in which some men can be stirred to create acts of violence, including political assassinations, but those who attempt to brainwash people to believe that they should seek "freedom" by attacking traditional values and institutions. The revolutionaries are the real hate-mongers.
THREATS OF BLACK POWER IN AUSTRALIA
"All Australia needs is a catalyst to set off violence." Mr. Perkins said. "We have taken 185 years of second-class citizenship and we are not having any more of it." By Black Power, I don't mean that we are going to rape or shoot you. That is the last alternative, although it has to be kept in mind. "- The Age, Melbourne, June 15.
Charles Perkins is a self-styled Aboriginal leader
in Australia. It is certain he would never be accepted by the Aboriginal
people to act as their spokesman. But in the climate of propaganda on
racial issues generated for malicious purposes, a man with a small amount
of Aboriginal blood in his veins, but with some drive, and a purpose
no matter how twisted, is of immeasurable importance to the revolutionary
movement in Australia. The irresponsible vapourings reported above could
be ignored but for the fact they are assured of wide presentation by
an irresponsible press.
Such was forthcoming in the Press the following
Monday morning when headlines informed us that there was to be a "National
Vigil in Support of Aborigines." The vigil to be organised by the Aboriginal
Affairs Department of the National Union of Australian University Students
in conjunction with a petition organised by the Federal Council for
the Advancement of Aborigines and Tortes Strait Islanders. We have no
doubt the former organisation has its quota of Communist sympathisers,
while the latter organisation with which the students are working in
such close harmony is a well-known Communist Front.
The advice offered by Ludwig von Mises is fundamental to good government, and when an individual publicly threatens the populace with violence and the stirring up of race warfare the government should take action. It is to be hoped there are enough responsible Australian citizens left to point this out forcibly to our government.
THE POLICE AND SENATOR KENNEDY
"Curiously, this monstrous act, this tragedy,
might have been avoided had Senator Kennedy accepted the protection
offered by the Los Angeles Police Department" - Review of the News,
The report makes it clear that the Kennedy campaign
organisers traveling with Robert Kennedy not only refused to have anything
to do with the police but also attacked them. So intense were these
attacks that the Fresno Police Department put out a most revealing press
Los Angeles Mayor, Sam Yorty, revealed that
Sirhan, like Lee Harvey Oswald, the slayer of John Kennedy, kept a diary
in which the following is to be found. "Communism is good. Any brand
of Communism is good - Russian, Chinese, or Nasser. Long live Nasser:"
THE PRICE OF JAPANESE CARS
"The motor industry has disagreed with the Acting
Prime Minister (Mr. McEwen) over the reasons for increases in the price
of Australian built cars" - The Age, Melbourne, June 15.
It will be recalled that on May 10 the Japanese had agreed to increase the price of their cars after being accused of unfair competition. It was made clear to them that other steps would be taken to bring the price of Japanese cars up to the level charged by the local industry. It has now been made clear by the spokesman for local industry that it was not "unfair competition" they feared but the rising costs which force them to put up prices. Mr. Mc Ewen should deal with the rising cost impact before forcing Australians to pay more for motorcars - Australian or Japanese. We might then start to get more genuine competition.
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