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28 May 2004. Thought for the Week: "We are speaking 'metaphorically' when we speak of families as 'building blocks of society' and it is always important to know how far a metaphor can be taken and at what point it starts to promote harmful assumptions if we allow the image into our subconscious, it goes on to do harm. A block or brick is an inert thing locked into a solid structure - immovably and without freedom to grow or develop in itself or in relation to other bricks. It conveys the truth that society consists of families in relationship. The strength of the whole depends on the strength of the parts - 'society' is as strong as its weakest parts and the security of the bonding between them
A far richer metaphor, which avoids this solid-state conception of society, is, "Ye are members one of another," suggesting a lively relationship within the family and society as a family of families. "Society" consists of the relationships between individuals and their association in countries and nations, between individuals and their association in groups, organic (living, dynamic) relationships.
Dr. Geoffrey Dobbs in "Home Quarterly".
by Jeremy Lee
Since the Budget was brought down, we
have had an upsurge in petrol prices, which if they persist
could see all other 'spin' swept into the cold. Most predict
we'll be paying up to $1.10 per litre for some time to come.
We'll be told to blame world parity pricing and those devils
The Costello Budget planned to raise
$13.3 billion in Excise tax on petrol, or $660.00 for each
man, woman and child in Australia. But, thanks to OPEC and
the Iraq war, this looks like being much higher. Of course,
the story doesn't end there. The Howard government has long
held that GST is handed to the States and is therefore a State
tax (even though it is legislated and raised by the Commonwealth)
So, in Queensland's case and that of
northern New South Wales, Canberra grabs 8 cents a litre GST
on petrol, hands it to the States, who then hand it back to
the motorist in the form of a subsidy! Truly, the ways of
our beloved and respected leaders are a mystery to us all!
IT'S OFFICIAL - LABOR ENDORSES 'FREE TRADE' AGREEMENTS
Taken from Neil Baird's email, by Lynn
Stanfield of Taree.
About sixty concerned citizens from throughout the N.S.W's North Coast heard the Senator and the Labor candidate for Lyne, Graeme Watters, confirm that they will continue to support the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreements, if Labor should win Government in the forthcoming elections. This was despite the well-spoken pleas for a reversal of FTA decisions by speakers for Pork Producers, Chicken Growers and Dairy Farmers, who were in attendance. These Primary Producer Representatives, outlined the threat to local jobs, through unfair competition and the absolute devastation of our Primary Industries if infected produce was able to slip through our Quarantine.
The delegation, requested of Senator Conroy that he report back to the Senate Special Committee, investigating Free Trade Deals, that there were very real concerns about our Australian Quarantine Services' ability to protect our Primary Industries from imported diseases when there were already, lessening standards of quarantine being generated to accommodate the FTA. The gathering heard alarming disclosure that there was already a steady flow of Raw Chicken and Eggs being imported from Thailand."
Editor's comment: The real aims of the 'Labour' Party, recorded over 80 years ago by Clifford Hugh Douglas, are worth mentioning again "The aims of the rank and file and the Central Executive have not so much in common as those of the Central Executive and their alleged adversary, the "Capitalist"..." (These Present Discontents & The Labour Party & Social Credit. 1922)
Mark Latham now has the task of convincing
the 'sheeple' that although Labor is also willing to sell
out what remains of the people's sovereignty to the New World
Order, there is a way we can all benefit. If I have read the
picture right, he will be promoting a 'Stake-holder Society'
where we will have the best of both worlds - as a 'worker'
and a 'capitalist'. We will be encouraged to see a 'Stake-holder
Society' as the alternative to the Market and the State.
A 'STAKE-HOLDER SOCIETY'
Summed up, the Idea of a "Stake-holder Society" is one where ownership should be widely distributed rather than concentrated in the hands of the State or the Wealthy Sounds good? Clifford Hugh Douglas wrote on the matter in "Social Credit" 1924. In 1976 the Canadian journal, Seed, Volume III No. 5, again warned its readers, though the proposal seemed plausible, it was based on a false premise.
The Delusion of Ownership
One wonders what the effect of distribution of corporate profits among all Canadians would be -- for the consumer, and for industry. In fact, we already have extensive examples of "profit-sharing"-- in the forms of taxation and nationalised industry.
Comment: This was written in 1976. What would the 2004 small employer now have to say after experiencing the added burdens of the GST and trying to compete with Third World imports, or the worker for the push by 'privatised' -- read corporatised -- industries for lower wages and longer working hours? There is not too much in the way of profits or lucrative wages to be 'shared' here ed
When a company's profits are being taxed at, say, a rate of 80%, a version of involuntary profit-sharing is in force. The consequences of this are, of course, higher prices, difficulty in maintaining investment capital, insolvency, and often, "nationalisation", another type of compulsory joint ownership and, ostensibly, "profit-sharing"-- largely intangible.
Industrial profit-sharing, it seems to me, similarly must carry all the liabilities of ownership and few of the advantages. For one thing, does the displacement of the wage by the share give the worker more real disposable income? Or is it a means of constraining the reinvestment of income in industry -- a method of converting income to capital to support the unending capital expansion (and proliferation of costs) which is a feature of the present economic-financial system? Does this sort of shareholding in the ownership of the means of production give the individual increased access to the product?
In this regard, C.H. Douglas has noted that "property" is "decentralised sovereignty". Does worker ownership (or minimal, partial ownership) of industry increase the sovereignty (or autonomy) of the individual? Does he own anything that he can utilize except with the consent and co-operation of a majority of the other shareholders? If, for example, a man has one ten-thousandth ownership of a fractionating tower, can he do anything with it? Though he might be one of the "common owners" of the facility, it is the sort of thing that can operate only as a whole (or, from the point of view of the owners, as a collective).
The shareholder will have a very small
vote in how, what is "his", will operate -- a point
that has been tersely summed up in Douglas's suggestion about
what is likely to happen to one of the "common owners"
of the Post Office should he endeavour to relieve the local
postal station of "his" share of the stamps. What
individuals want is not a fraction of a fractionating tower,
but access to the product of that installation -- oil, or
gasoline. It is as consumer that the individual wants the
means of ownership -- not as part of a productive collectivity.
IT'S ALMOST A FORM OF BRIBERY?The Australian Shareholders' Association (ASA), the nation's largest shareholder group, is pushing for an end to party political donations by publicly listed companies, arguing that the gifts are a form of bribery that can corrupt the democratic process. (Can corrupt the political process?...ed)
The present chairman of the group, Mr. John Curry, said the organisation plans to contact publicly listed companies and explain the new policy position, "which has come amid increasing speculation about the timing of the next federal election," reports the Sydney Morning Herald 21/5/04.
Mr. Curry said the ASA believed companies should be allowed to lobby political parties but ultimately it should be the shareholders, rather than the boards, who decided whether a gift should be made.
What! Could it be those venal politicians might have to get out among their 'real' electorate and earn the right to represent the people within the electorate rather than act as well-paid messenger boys for the Big Boys in Banking and Business?
BASIC FUNDWe are getting there! The fund has climbed to $31,253.00. Thank you to all the loyal supporters. One of the tasks of the League is to ensure the knowledge of events which have already 'gone down the memory hole' in the politically correct institutions, and the knowledge of the true purposes of finance, economic and politics, must not only be kept intact, but must also be made available to the coming generations - and we are certainly doing that.
Behind the scenes, and thanks to the industrious band of loyal workers, and the wonders of technology, this is proceeding. More people than ever are now reading League material. But we need those loyal supporters to keep us financially 'buoyant'. Thank you.
NO 'FAIR' TRADE HERE - ONLY 'FREE' TRADE
Queensland's Senator Len Harris has demanded
an immediate ban on imported prawns as the state's $140 million
a year industry fights for survival. The prawn industry is
under threat from Chinese imports that are being landed in
Australia for as little as $5.50 a kilo. The cost of production
for an Australian trawler to catch prawns in the wild is $7.80
IS THERE ANY MORE OF THE 'FARM' TO SELL?by Don Auchterlonie
David McKenzie writes in the Weekly Times of 12/5/04: "The US trade deal will make it tougher to get Asian countries to agree to big cuts in trade deals ANU Professor Peter Drysdale told the Senate inquiry. "It will undermine our capacity to do deals with Asian countries on agricultural liberalisation for a very long time to come ANU professor Ross Garnaut told the inquiry that Japan and Korea would happily sign up to a similar bilateral deal with Australia if the word "sugar" was scratched out and replaced with "rice" He said "I think Australia will deeply regret the agricultural aspects of the US deal Dr. Andy Steockel, director of the Centre for International Economics, agreed the trade-related gains were not substantial, but the big benefits for Australia would come from the increased US investment generated by partial relaxation of Australia's foreign investment rules for US investors."
If foreign investment was any good for Australia we could have relaxed the rules without a "trade" deal, with 90% of our businesses already foreign owned it is hard to see what is left to sell.
THE FAIRYTALE WEDDING
by Betty Luks
The bias was showing
Some facts which he chose to ignore
As for the sneer at the 'House of
The continuity of Kingship
LOCAL SURVEYING TAKING ON
Actionists in the S.E. of South Australia
have organised themselves to offer a service to their local
community by ascertaining what they want of their local government
-- and informing the local government of the results.
TRAFFIC LIGHTS/INTERSECTION CHANGES
A NEW SHOPPING COMPLEX
VALUE OF THIS SURVEY
MAJOR CONCERNS INCLUDE:
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKER'S CLUBThe next meeting of the SCSC will be held on Thursday 27th May, 2004. A Video Viewing is planned for the evening. It is the video taken by the South Australian League of Rights in 1987, of Alexander Downer, Foreign Affairs Minister in the present government, making an excellent defence of the Commonwealth Constitution. It is quite an education, to observe seventeen years later, how the views of politicians can dramatically change when they reach the higher echelons of power.
The venue is the Lithuanian Club which is situated approximately 600 metres from the Bankstown Railway Station; proceed along South Terrace, past West Terrace to 16 East Terrace, Bankstown. The meeting commences at 7.30pm and cost of attendance is $4 per person. Bring a friend for the first time and the $4 fee will be waived.
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service. Should you want a certain book, it can be ordered through the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah 2259 or Phone: 02 4358 3634.
IMPORTANT BOOKS - SOME MESSAGES ARE TIMELESS
Bush in Iraq: the recolonisation of
Iraq by Tariq Ali:
The Culture of Critique by Professor
Prophecy & Politics by Grace
Sexing It Up: Iraq, Intelligence and
Australia by Geoffrey Barker:
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