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3 December 2004. Thought for the Week: "Why does Sir Stafford Cripps, as gentle a Parlour Pirate as ever slit a cream bun, advocate the wholesale looting of the well-to-do, when he would faint at the suggestion that he should steal a teaspoon? We are not seriously helped by saying that what this country needs is a little common honesty. It needs a great many things. Additional grey matter between the ears of some of its leading men would be a help. There is small doubt, however, that Great Britain and America are handicapped by a system of political thought which takes its immediate rise from Puritanism, although Puritanism, as well as what is commonly called "capitalism", which is an ally of Puritanism, can be traced much further back.
Philosophically, one of the characteristics of Puritanism is the transcendence of God, as distinguished from the immanence of God. Arising directly out of this philosophy there has grown up a convention, to use the mildest description, that to be respectable it is necessary to be "other worldly."
"Thy kingdom come" is noble, but "Give us this day our daily bread" is vulgar, and "Let me get at the bread which is going to waste," is downright immoral."
"The Enemy" by C.H. Douglas, The New English Weekly 1933.
WHITLAM'S 1975 'DISMISSAL'
by Betty Luks
The constitutional 'reserve powers'
of the Governor-General
BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE FROTHY 'LOANS
"The froth of what has been termed
the "foreign loans scandal" has unfortunately obscured
the deeper implications of this affair. Intent on stressing
the point that Whitlam, Connor and Cairns had gone about their
attempted loan-raising in a secretive and unorthodox manner,
dealing with shadowy figures some only hinted at but not named,
the media generally has been more concerned with providing
Australians with sensationalism than the real essence of the
"Admittedly all the ingredients
of human drama have been present: There was the mysterious
T. H. Klemlani, the intermediary who was to lead Mr. Connor
to the fabulous petrodollars. Senior Treasury officials so
strongly disapproved of Mr. Connor's fund-raising methods
that they had Scotland Yard make investigations about Mr.
Klemlani. "Uncle Harry" Gilham, the London finance
broker, made a distinctive contribution with sold documents,
claiming that he also had others damaging to the Whitlam Government.
There were stories of documents forged, and of others being
"While Prime Minister Whitlam had no alternative to first removing Dr. Cairns as Treasurer and then from the Ministry, he was no doubt hopeful that this would not only remove the strongest potential thwart to his leadership of the Labor Government, but also tend to direct attention away from the loan-raising activities of Mr. Rex Connor. But this was not to be and so, in typical Whitlam manner, a special meeting of the House of Representatives was called for Wednesday, July 9th, with the Opposition challenged to "put up or shut up." It must be conceded that after a massive build up by the media, the Parliamentary clash was a non-event.
"Mr. Whitlam admitted that Mr. Connor had been authorised to raise loans of up to $4,000 million. But his Government was only doing what all previous Governments had done, except in a different manner. Nothing illegal had been done, a point, which Mr. Whitlam challenged the Opposition to dispute. The debate did not touch the fundamental question of why the Government was attempting to obtain loans at all. The only suggestion, supported by Mr. Frank Cream after being elected Deputy Prime Minister, was that the loans were too great, and were being sought in the wrong manner.
Why was it necessary for Australia
to 'import' foreign capital in the first place?
"If Mr. Whitlam, Minerals and Energy
Minister Connor, and their supporters are so keen to ensure
that Australia's vast natural resources are developed and
controlled by Australians, why do they not adopt a financial
policy, which enables the necessary development to be financed
domestically? Why seek to increase enormously Australia's
"In view of the size of the proposed Connor loan, and the manner in which it was authorised, the Whitlam Government is vulnerable to the charge that perhaps it acted unconstitutionally by describing the loan as being necessary for "temporary purposes," thus by-passing the necessity of obtaining Loan Council approval. According to Mr. Whitlam, the Executive Council was advised by Attorney-General Murphy, now safely on the High Court, that the Loan "could probably be regarded as borrowing for temporary purposes within the meaning of the Financial Agreement."
One of the most serious suggestions concerning the proposed Connor loan comes from the distinguished constitutional authority Professor Colin Howard, that Mr. Whitlam may have thought that the borrowed millions could be used to keep the Government afloat if the Opposition refused Supply. It is certain that the Whitlam Government will do everything possible to keep itself in office."
Realistic financial policies needed
No sooner did the Fraser Opposition come
to power than the League circulated a flyer predicting the
Fraser years would be even more disastrous than the Whitlam
years if they didn't change their financial policies. They
were! Fraser didn't!
ITS TIME FOR THE WHOLE TRUTH
In the July 1975 edition of On Target
the 'thought for the week' came from Dr. Revilo P. Oliver's
"Christianity And The Survival of The West".
The ABSOLUTE from which we deduced
our moral codes, laws, and political systems?
UKRAINE ON BRINK OF CIVIL WAR?Both sides in Ukraine's disputed presidential election have warned of a civil conflict, as tens of thousands of people continue to protest in Kiev.
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko rejected the official results declaring Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych as president, and urged a general strike. Outgoing President Leonid Kuchma called on world leaders not to interfere. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Washington "cannot accept" the election result as legitimate and correspondents say the opposition supporters show no signs of ending their three days of protests.
Calling for a general strike, Mr Yushchenko told a vast crowd of supporters in the central Independence Square that Ukraine was on the brink of a "civil conflict".
What does the new year bring for the
League? New projects are already on the drawing boards. But
first, let's look at what has been accomplished, week in week
out, over the past year.
So, with the continual support of that
band of amazingly dedicated League folk, we can 'clear the
decks' for more work and the new projects.
AMERICA BECOMING 'EXPENDABLE'?
Keep a close watch on what is happening
to America as the blood of its young is spilt on the desert
sands of Iraq; as its financial debts reach astronomical proportions
(and yes, the nation has been the most productive in all of
known history); and as the value of the US dollar slides.
Chinese exchange rate threat to 'world
As a reserve currency fulfils world needs
in addition to the functions of a domestic currency, the favoured
country can haemorrhage debt for a protracted period on a
scale that would promptly wreck any other country's currency.
This advantage is a two-edged sword, because it permits the
reserve country to behave irresponsibly by running large trade
and budget deficits. When the tide turns against the reserve
currency, its exchange value collapses.
Flight from the dollar is already
US imports of goods and services rise each time a US factory moves offshore or a US job is outsourced. Goods and services produced offshore by US corporations for US customers count as imports and worsen the trade deficit. The US cannot reduce its trade deficit by increasing sales to China of goods made by US firms in China
It is amazing that US policymakers and
economists do not understand that dollar devaluation is meaningless
as long as China keeps its currency pegged to the dollar.
America's greatest trade imbalance is with China. In 2000
the US merchandise trade deficit with China became larger
than the chronic US trade deficit with Japan. By 2003 the
US trade deficit with China was almost twice as large as the
US deficit with Japan: $124 billion versus $66 billion. This
year the US trade deficit with China is expected to be $160
billion, a 29% increase from last year.
The combination of cheap Chinese labour
and an undervalued currency are destroying US middle class
living standards. As America's industrial base erodes, so
does its competitiveness and ability to close its trade deficit
through exports. Currency markets cannot correct the undervalued
Chinese currency, because China does not permit its currency
to be traded and there are insufficient stocks of Chinese
currency in foreign hands with which to form a currency market.
Suddenly, Chinese manufactured goods -- including advanced technology products -- on which the US is now dependent will cost much more. Overnight, shopping at Wal-Mart will be like shopping in high-end department stores Recently, Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company declared its intention to close all US plants and to manufacture offshore for US markets. Each time the US loses an industry, America's export potential declines and America's imports rise. This scenario guarantees a rising trade deficit and the end of the dollar's reserve currency role.
Dr. Roberts was the US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during 1981-82.
LAWMAKERS PUSH TO IMPEACH BLAIRPrime Minister Tony Blair faced fresh accusations that he misled Britain about the case for war in Iraq, as lawmakers stepped up their campaign to have him impeached. Twenty-three lawmakers have signed a motion calling for a parliamentary committee to investigate Blair's conduct in the run-up to the war and decide whether he should be removed from office.
Several celebrities, including former Monty Python comedian Terry Jones, actor Corin Redgrave and author Frederick Forsyth, are backing the impeachment bid, the first in Britain for more than 150 years.
"What we are seeking to do is decide as Parliament whether Tony Blair is a fit person to hold that post," Liberal Democrat lawmaker Jenny Tonge told a news conference. The motion was included today on the House of Commons order paper, meaning that it could eventually be debated, at the discretion of parliamentary officials.
But it stands virtually no chance of being passed in a vote. With only 23 lawmakers backing the motion, campaigners are more than 300 votes short of the majority they would need to prevail in the 659-member Commons.
SAGA OF THE PEOPLES' - COMMON WELL BEING -- BANK"Once a nation loses control of its currency and credit to selfish private interests, it matters little what political party is in power or who makes its laws. Usurious banking, by its intrinsically evil and antisocial nature, will wreck any nation once it usurps power and will ultimately destroy itself, as will any finite self-centred positive feedback evolutionary system. Until governments of countries resume control of the issue of their currency and credit and understand that the creation of the lifeblood of the economic body is its most godlike activity and responsibility, all talk about real democracy is just hypocrisy and deceit."
Peter Lock in "The Saga of the Peoples' Bank" $3.00 posted from all Book Services.
WHAT'S NEXT ON THE AGENDA?
Have you noticed the way the mass media
are raising 'religion' as a coming factor in politics? What
do they mean by 'religion'? Do they mean an organisation or
institution known as a church? Or, do they mean what I think
of when I dwell on the matter?
Even atheists and agnostics have their own 'religion'. Just because they don't believe in a higher spiritual Being, or a spiritual dimension of Life, doesn't mean they don't have their own belief system! Fabian socialist prime ministers of Australia, Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating most certainly had a set of beliefs, out of which stemmed the policies they imposed upon this nation. We are living with the 'bitter fruits' of those policies today! They most certainly did apply their 'religion'! Just as are John Howard and George Bush now doing so.
The same applies to all the statements
of Christian leaders about the Common Good, or Social Justice,
or Development and Peace. But, what do all these wordy statements
mean in practice? By their 'fruits' (i.e., by what
they do and by the results of what they do) we will know
NOW U.K. POLICE INVESTIGATE THE 'CHRISTIAN VOICE'!From: email@example.com 16th November, 2004.
In January of this year, newspaper columnist Richard Littlejohn was investigated by Scotland Yard, after he criticised the award of an MBE to the head of the Gay Police, Inspector Paul Cahill, and suggested that homosexuality was a 'career move' in the Metropolitan Police. Now it is the turn of the Christian Voice.
The police have launched a Scotland Yard investigation following the launch last month of website, www.true-vision.org.uk in which Christian Voice sent up the pro-gay police initiative, 'True Vision', together with Home Secretary David Blunkett's identification earlier this year of evangelical Christians as terrorists.
Inspector Steve Deehan of the Metropolitan Police, who is also projects manager of the 'Gay Police Association', confirmed that Christian Voice is under investigation.
The Gay Police Association cannot tolerate any view -- other than their own. Just as predicted, they are trawling the bottom of the legislative sea for any law which can be used to shut up their opponents. Although the threat of prosecution may amount to nothing, it shows the way things are going
However, if David Blunkett carries out his threat to bring in legislation against stirring up religious hatred, we can be sure that homosexual activists will argue that speaking against homosexuality should also be a crime. The 'Gay Police Association' (funded by the taxpayer - the Christian Police Association isn't) will be at the forefront of the campaign.
THE PUREST BUNK -- FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN HEALTH ISSUES
From Health Sciences Institute e-Alert,
16th November 2004
Here are just three of the wildly
generalized scare headlines
IMPORTANT BOOKS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY READING
"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. The West has been soundly conditioned to react Pavlovianly to a number of psycho-political terms; 'swear words' such as 'communist' or 'fascist', terms intended to conjure up mental pictures from Stalinist purges to slave-labour camps. A 'Them' agin 'Us' reflex. "Them" can mean a peasant in the Philippines, a mural-painter in Nicaragua, or a legally-elected prime minister in British Guiana - but all, somehow, presented as part of the same monolithic conspiracy; all in some way, a threat to our Way of Life. William Blum has done a mammoth service to his people by listing the destabilising, revolutionary activities of the U.S. Military and the CIA, from China in the 1940s to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Price $40.00 includes postage.
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