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8 October 2004. Thought for the Week: "Political parties divide and are concerned not to decentralise power but to capture power and to increase their holding of power in order to perpetuate themselves. Political parties do violence out of expediency to sound principles, i.e., they distort reality for the purposes of their own survival and expansion.
They do violence to true science, and political parties by their inherent nature do violence to true Social Credit when they act in its name.
Social Credit itself is a science -- the science of understanding and utilizing the principles of association in order to generate positive increments (as opposed to decrements) of association.
Political parties are the object of opportunism for those who seek personal gain from political office through securing of special privilege. They are a focus of power which is susceptible to infiltration and diversion from original aims -- the dangers of which have been demonstrated consistently by parties purporting to take up the 'Social Credit' cause.
Some men and women of character do enter political parties -- but they are soon weeded out if they place principle above power." Wallace Klinck, Canada. September 2004.
THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS ARE UPON US
by Betty Luks:
We need to be reminded of some important lessons from history. To this end, I offer a portion of a speech a Roman soldier made to the Roman Senate during the worst of Rome's licentiousness, corruption and decay. As a professional soldier, he had served his nation in many parts of the Empire before finally retiring to his family estate near the capital of Rome. He was so appalled at the state of his nation on his return, at the risk to his own freedom and life, he felt compelled to address his fellow Romans thus:
"In this very Senate, not many years
ago, a senator was done to death because he spoke the truth.
Not by knife or sword or spear was he murdered, and not by
honest stones. No honourable hand struck him down, for there
was no honourable hand here. He spoke of Rome. He cried out
that Rome was no longer a republic, and that she had become
a bloodthirsty empire, ruled not by men of wisdom and not
by law, but by Caesar and his legions, and his generals and
his rapacious freedmen and his palace politicians.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF "HOW THE VIRGIN BECAME A WHORE"Readers who subscribe to The New Times Survey will have read Uri Avnery's account of how the Oligarchs took over a collapsing Soviet Empire while under the presidency of an ailing Boris Yeltsin. (September, 2004). Naomi Klein's account of what the Neocons are really up to in Iraq presents further evidence of the world-wide links between these people .. no matter in which country they reside and what politics they profess. What the neocons are attempting to accomplish in Iraq is the agenda for all nations, it's just that in some countries it is more gradual than others -- such as what is happening to Australia. Read and judge for yourselves.
BAGHDAD YEAR ZERO
by Naomi Klein, Common Dreams Centre.
Published in the September, 2004 issue of Harper's Magazine,
September 26, 2004.
A country had just been 'cracked wide
The honey theory of Iraqi reconstruction stems from the most cherished belief of the war's ideological architects: that greed is good. Not good just for them and their friends but good for humanity, and certainly good for Iraqis. Greed creates profit, which creates growth, which creates jobs and products and services and everything else anyone could possibly need or want. The role of good government, then, is to create the optimal conditions for corporations to pursue their bottomless greed, so that they in turn can meet the needs of the society. The problem is that governments, even neoconservative governments, rarely get the chance to prove their sacred theory right. Despite their enormous ideological advances, even George Bush's Republicans are, in their own minds, perennially sabotaged by meddling Democrats, intractable unions, and alarmist environmentalists.
The old Iraq to be erased
But to the authors of this plan, these would be small prices to pay for the economic boom that would surely explode once the proper conditions were in place, a boom so powerful the country would practically rebuild itself. The fact that the boom never came and Iraq continues to tremble under explosions of a very different sort should never be blamed on the absence of a plan. Rather, the blame rests with the plan itself, and the extraordinarily violent ideology upon which it is based.
Economic 'shock therapy' needed
The theory is that if painful economic "adjustments" are brought in rapidly and in the aftermath of a seismic social disruption like a war, a coup, or a government collapse, the population will be so stunned, and so preoccupied with the daily pressures of survival, that it too will go into suspended animation, unable to resist. As Pinochet's finance minister, Admiral Lorenzo Gotuzzo, declared: "The dog's tail must be cut off in one chop."
That, in essence, was the working thesis
in Iraq, and in keeping with the belief that private companies
are more suited than governments for virtually every task,
the White House decided to privatise the task of privatising
Iraq's state-dominated economy.
L. Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. occupation of Iraq from May 2, 2003, until he caught an early flight out of Baghdad on June 28, admits that when he arrived, "Baghdad was on fire, literally, as I drove in from the airport." But before the fires from the "shock and awe" military onslaught were even extinguished, Bremer unleashed his shock therapy, pushing through more wrenching changes in one sweltering summer than the International Monetary Fund has managed to enact over three decades in Latin America. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate and former chief economist at the World Bank, describes Bremer's reforms as "an even more radical form of shock therapy than pursued in the former Soviet world."
The tone of Bremer's tenure was set with
But Bremer's economic engineering had
only just begun. In September, to entice foreign investors
to come to Iraq, he enacted a radical set of laws unprecedented
in their generosity to multinational corporations:-
If these policies sound familiar, it's
because they are the same ones multinationals around the world
lobby for from national governments and in international trade
agreements. But while these reforms are only ever enacted
in part, or in fits and starts, Bremer delivered them all,
all at once.
A Wal-Mart can take over the country!
In only a few months, the postwar plan
to turn Iraq into a laboratory for the neocons had been realised.
Leo Strauss may have provided the intellectual framework for
invading Iraq pre-emptively, but it was that other University
of Chicago professor, Milton Friedman, author of the anti-government
manifesto Capitalism and Freedom, who supplied the manual
for what to do once the country was safely in America's hands.
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SOLDIERS TOLD TO RE-ENLIST OR FACE DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ
As you read the following news report,
ask your self: How many children from the Bush, Cheney or
Blair or Howard or Downer families are enlisting to fight
their wars? These wars are not in genuine defence of our own
nation. Why should my children be maimed and killed in their
wars for more power and control?
A Fort Carson spokesman confirmed the
re-enlistment drive is under way and one of the soldiers provided
the form to the Rocky Mountain News. An Army spokesman denied,
however, that soldiers who don't re-enlist with the brigade
were threatened. The form, if signed, would bind the soldier
to the 3rd Brigade until Dec. 31, 2007. The two soldiers said
they were told that those who did not sign would be transferred
out of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The second soldier, an enlisted man who was interviewed separately, essentially echoed that view. "They told us if we don't re-enlist, then we'd have to be reassigned. And where we're most needed is in units that are going back to Iraq in the next couple of months. So if you think you're getting out, you're not," he said. The brigade's presentation outraged many soldiers who are close to fulfilling their obligation and are looking forward to civilian life, the sergeant said. "We have a whole platoon who refuses to sign," he said.
A Fort Carson spokesman said Wednesday
that 3rd Brigade recruitment officers denied threatening the
soldiers with Iraq duty. "I can only tell you what the
retention officers told us: The soldiers were not being told
they will go to Iraq, but they may go to Iraq," said
the spokesman, who gave that explanation before being told
later to direct all inquiries to the Pentagon.
Under current Army practice, members
of Iraq-bound units are "stop-lossed," meaning they
could be retained in the unit for an entire year in Iraq,
even if their active-duty enlistment expires. A recruiter
told the sergeant that the Army would keep them "as long
as they needed us."
The Army envisions building each unit
into a cohesive whole and staffing them with soldiers who
will stay with the unit for longer periods of time, said John
Pike, head of the defense analysis think tank Global Security.
"They want these units to fight together and train together.
They're basically trying to keep these brigades together throughout
training and deployment, so I can understand why they would
want to shed anybody who was not going to be there for the
whole cycle," Pike said.
"I don't want to go back to Iraq," said the sergeant. "I went through a lot of things for the Army that weren't necessary and were risky. Iraq has changed a lot of people." The enlisted soldier said the recruiters' message left him troubled, unable to sleep and "filled with dread." "For me, it wasn't about going back to Iraq. It's just the fact that I'm ready to get out of the Army," he said.
Soldiers' choice at Fort Carson
JEREMY LEE FOR LAUNCESTON, TASMANIAThe Launceston Conservative Speakers' Club are pleased to announce Mr. Jeremy Lee will be their guest speaker at the October meeting. Fresh from the League's National Weekend Jeremy will be keen to meet up again with his many Tasmanian friends.
The meeting is on Friday, 15th October (please note the change of date) and the venue is the Max Fry Memorial Hall, Gorge Road, Trevallyn. Commencement time is 7.30pm. Title of his address is: "The Light is Dawning".
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS"A Race Against Time: Racial heresies for the 21st Century," edited by George McDaniel. What does the future hold for the West? Must our Civilisation give way before the waves of Third World newcomers? It is increasingly clear that race and civilisation cannot be separated; that only the people who created a culture can sustain it. Price: $45.00 includes postage.
"Killing Hope: US Military &
CIA Interventions since WW II," by William Blum.
"Responsible Government in a Free Society" by Dr. Geoffrey Dobbs. What are Christians to think about the centralisation of power? How do we go about regenerating our society? It is one thing to be aware of the problems now besetting us. It is another thing to present some constructive solutions. In this little gem Dr. Dobbs deals with the historical understanding of the responsibility of the People and 'government'. Price: $7.00 posted.
"Republic? More Power for Politicians"
by Dr. David Mitchell.
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