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10 September 2004. Thought for the Week: "The threat to independence in the late 20th century from the new electronics, could be greater than was colonialism itself. We are beginning to learn that decolonisation was not the termination of imperial relationships but merely the extending of a geopolitical web which has been spinning since the Renaissance. The new media have the power to penetrate more deeply into a 'receiving' culture than any previous manifestation of western technology."
Edward Said in "Culture and Imperialism".
WHO'S FOR LOCAL CURRENCIES?
by Betty Luks
"Then we went into the bush, driven
by the secretary, in the pastor's "4 x 4" vehicle.
We were invited by the Secretary General of the Justice and
Peace Commission, Mr. Jean Marie, a father of 8 children,
who is involved with church activities. He managed to gather
all the people of the village to meet us. We began with the
recitation of the Rosary, and then gave a talk on the cause
of their poverty, and the way out, by establishing a local
money system, like in Switzerland and in Argentine, where
they call it 'social credits'.
THE WARLORDS OF WASHINGTON
In a recent article "The Warlords of Washington", John Pilger argues the case for George Bush winning the coming presidential election, seeing him and his party as the 'lesser evil of the two'. He assessed the situation - up to a point:
"Most of the US's recent wars were launched by Democratic presidents. Why expect better of Kerry? The debate between US liberals and conservatives is a fake; Bush may be the lesser evil. On 6 May last, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution which, in effect, authorised a "pre-emptive" attack on Iran. The vote was 376-3. Undeterred by the accelerating disaster in Iraq, Republicans and Democrats, wrote one commentator, "once again joined hands to assert the responsibilities of American power".
The joining of hands across America's illusory political divide has a long history Wading through the blood, a new breed of popular historian, the journalist in the pay of rich newspaper owners, spun the heroic myths of a supersect called Americanism, which advertising and public relations in the 20th century formalised as an ideology, embracing both conservatism and liberalism. In the modern era, most of America's wars have been launched by liberal Democratic presidents - Harry Truman in Korea, John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson in Vietnam, Jimmy Carter in Afghanistan.
The fictitious "missile gap"
was invented by Kennedy's liberal New Frontiersmen as a rationale
for keeping the cold war going. In 1964, a Democrat-dominated
Congress gave President Johnson authority to attack Vietnam,
a defenceless peasant nation offering no threat to the United
During the past 60 years, only once has Congress
voted to limit the president's "right" to terrorise
other countries. This aberration, the Clark Amendment 1975,
a product of the great anti-Vietnam war movement, was repealed
in 1985 by Ronald Reagan.
Pushing lesser 'evilism'
The whole world may well breathe a sigh
of relief: the Bush regime is both dangerous and universally
loathed; but that is not the point. We have debated lesser
evilism so often on both sides of the Atlantic that it is
surely time to stop gesturing at the obvious and to examine
critically a system that produces the Bushes and their Democratic
shadows. For those of us who marvel at our luck in reaching
mature years without having been blown to bits by the warlords
of Americanism, Republican and Democrat, conservative and
liberal, and for the millions all over the world who now reject
the American contagion in political life, the true issue is
'AMERICANISM' - JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR 'MAMMON'
The "continuation of a project" which John Pilger identifies today as "Americanism" has a much longer history than that of the last 500 years. That which Pilger describes as a 'project' Clifford Hugh Douglas described as the policy of a philosophy. It is a body of beliefs carried down through the centuries by a group of people and applied when the power has been gained and the timing is right. Its goal? World power and control.
This philosophy of the will-to-power,
i.e., this body of beliefs, was clearly identified by Jesus
Christ 2000 years ago - Mammon. In his commentary on the Gospel
of Matthew, William Barclay gave some interesting history
of the word 'Mammon':
Nations are 'Instruments' of a Policy
He who writes history, chooses history
Hewlett Edwards wrote in "The
Cultivation of History"
We must have freedom to choose or
Magna Carta, King John and Runnymede
The Interlocking Activities of Church
(Authority), King (Power) and People (Law)
All the signs are again warning us
A FURTHER 'CRYSTALISATION OF POLICY'
Ballarat letter writer Ron Fischer
summed up the core problem
A NEW AND DYNAMIC WAY
A problem of distribution not scarcity
SOCIAL CREDIT AND CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
Bearing in mind the definition of
Social Credit is
Anthony Cooney wrote on the subject
of 'faith' and 'works' in relation to the social credit of
In the Epistle to the Galatians, Paul
is warning against the false teaching that the "Works
of the Law" justify a man. He is not saying that "Good
Works" do not Sanctify a man's moral character. He is
saying that the works of the Law do not justify a man by a
sort of celestial book-keeping.
I conclude: the "work ethic" of the Middle Ages was Sufficiency. Yes, there were greedy men who wanted more, but the tone of that society was sufficiency of production. A tool-maker works to a thousandth of an inch. For a carpenter a sixteenth of an inch is sufficient precision. It would be a great waste of time, skill and effort for a carpenter to work to a thousandth of an inch. It would be absurd for him to do so to "create employment," or "increase exports."
Sufficiency is the message of the
Anthony asks: What is the National Dividend
for? To end poverty? I suggest this is an effect. The purpose
of the National Dividend is to decentralize credit all the
way back to the individual, in whom it arises as "Unearned
Increments of Association."
THE LATEST ISRAEL ESPIONAGE PROBE: DOES IT MATTER?
by Mark Weber: https://www.ihr.org/news/040901_weber.shtml
In the current administration, a cabal of high-level pro-Israel "neoconservative" Jews -- including Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Richard Perle of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board; David Wurmser in the State Department; and Douglas Feith, the Pentagon's Undersecretary for Policy -- played a decisive role in pushing the United States into war in Iraq. This is so widely understood by Washington insiders that US Senator Ernest Hollings was moved in May to declare that Iraq was invaded "to secure Israel," and that "everybody" knows it.
eferring to the cowardly reluctance of his Congressional colleagues to openly acknowledge this reality, Hollings said that "nobody is willing to stand up and say what is going on." With few exceptions, members of Congress uncritically support Israel and its policies due to "the pressures that we get politically," he added.
In Britain, a veteran member of the House
of Commons candidly declared in May 2003 that pro-Israel Jews
had taken control of America's foreign policy, and had succeeded
in pushing the US and Britain into war in Iraq. "A Jewish
cabal have taken over the government in the United States
and formed an unholy alliance with fundamentalist Christians,"
said Tam Dalyell, a Labour party deputy known as "Father
of the House"
During the 1980s, Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with blunt exasperation about the Zionist hold on Washington: "I've never seen a President -- I don't care who he is -- stand up to them [the Israelis]. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wasn't writing anything down. If the American people understood what a grip those people have got on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens certainly don't have any idea what goes on."
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Professor Saunders is to be congratulated
for spelling out a process which is supported by both sides
of the republican discussion.
AIDC hopes you find this worthy of publication.
Your Bulletin was handed to us by your subscriber Mr. Langford,
for which we thank him.
PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOCIAL SECURITY
"Perhaps we are asking the wrong
questions during election years," writes an American
voter. While he is focussing on the American scene we are
sure the overburdened Australian taxpayer relates to the following
"OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK"!
Social Security could be very good if
only one small change were made. That change would be to Jerk
the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators
and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with
the rest of us ...then sit back..... and watch how fast they
would fix it. If enough people receive this, maybe a seed
of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.
NATIONAL WEEKEND COMING UPIt is most encouraging to hear of the folk who intend to make the trip to Albury. We know of folk coming from as far afield as West Australia, Queensland and South Australia. We do hope the nearer Victorians and New South Welshmen will do their states' proud by having a goodly contingent at the weekend.
Remember the National Weekend is to be held in the border town of Albury, NSW. It will take place over October 8th, 9th & 10th, 2004. We will have the pleasure of hearing such great speakers as Wally Klinck of Canada, Jeremy Lee of Queensland and Roy Gustard of New South Wales. National Director, Betty Luks will open the Seminar by welcoming everyone in attendance. Make sure of your accommodation at the Hume Motor Inn by phoning and booking your rooms - Phone: (02) 6021 2733. All meetings will be held at the Hume Motor Inn in the Main Function Room, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury, NSW. The flyer with all the details will be sent out soon.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
"Howard's War" by Alison
Broinowski. Why did John Howard lead Australia into a highly
unpopular war with Iraq? The war has cost Australians more
than $700 million, so far, but has predictably made Iraq and
its neighbours more unstable - and hasn't delivered any of
the results our leaders 'promised'. How could it have been
'in Australia's interests' when it has made us a target for
terrorism and put us at odds with our Asian neighbours? John
Howard mightn't have revealed his real reasons for going to
war but this book does.
"Guantanamo: What the World Should Know" by Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray. David Hicks' Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny has written as Introduction to the book. "Make no mistake, Guantanamo is a prison where cruel and inhuman and degrading treatment - even torture as we know - is practised, and it is utterly illegal," writes Michael Ratner. He warns his readers, "Alarm bells should be ringing throughout the West. Liberty, democracy and the right of dissent are at stake. The recently deceased former president Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union -- "The Evil Empire". Is America turning into a fascist state? It is just incredible the way human beings can justify their own barbaric actions! This is a must read. Price: $30.00 posted.
"Not Happy, John" by
Margo Kingston. In the triumphant first-flush of toppling
Saddam Hussein, John Howard invited George Bush the President
of the United States to visit our shores and speak on the
matter which had so bitterly divided the nation. She writes
on that presidential visit: "
what I experienced
on 23 and 24 October last year made me fear for our democracy's
future. I saw a Parliament on its collective knees before
a condescending Imperial Caesar, led by a lame provincial
governor of a Prime Minister so blind to the duties of his
own democratic office, so unmoved by the issues still rending
his own people, that he turned what might have been a healing
thank-you visit into just another vehicle for his own ambitions.
I saw him do so at the expense of Westminster traditions and
norms of civilised behaviour that I'd thought were above partisan
politics. I saw elected politicians - elected by us, the Australian
people - shouted down, physically manhandled and viciously
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