5 March 2004. Thought for the Week: "There
is, I think, one safe rule to apply to all Schemes, Plots,
and Plans. It is, I believe, called the Golden Rule, and it
is not new. Disregard all the fine phrases. Disregard all
appeals to your 'Public Spirit'. Don't bother about Liberty,
Equality and Fraternity. Don't waste time trying to find out
who the Proletariat are going to dictate to, when we're all
propertyless, and so all Proletariat.
Merely enquire: "What are you going to do to me, and
how do I stop you if I don't like it? Can I kick your inspectors
and your Ogpu-Gestapo and your Kommissars out of my (excuse
me, my mistake, the proletariat's) house, or can they kick
We don't hear much about the Qgpu nowadays, but, like Benjamin
Cohen of the U.S.A., it's there. And so we come to the core
of the matter -- it isn't the scheme that matters -- that's
just to keep you quiet. It's the sanctions that matter. You
think the World State would be governed by Saints? Remember
the wise Lord Action, "Absolute Power corrupts absolutely".
C.H. Douglas The Social Crediter, 1942 republished in The
PAIN, POWER, AND THE PASSION
by Betty Luks
I was moved by Michael Novak's description of the effect the
film The Passion of Christ had on him (The Australian
25th February 2003). He established his position by affirming,
"For me, Jesus Christ is One with the Creator of the
stars, sun and moon.... Architect of the whole universe, including
the enormous cold silence of the galaxies
He is the
Word in whom and with whom, and by whom were made all the
things that have been made
He acknowledged that to devout Muslims and Jews "such
assertions must reek of blasphemy, and that Holy One is too
great to be imagined in human form, too transcendent to be
spoken of except by indirection."
But, he penned: "I have never sat in the presence of
a religious film with anything like the power of The Passion".
I believe most Christians would relate to the impact such
vivid depictions of Christ's sufferings had on Mr. Novak when
he wrote: "At the end, I wanted to weep, to be silent
and to commune with my God, on whom my sins had heaped such
And his words on 'the overwhelming threatening
presence of evil' bear consideration:
"And the sudden alarming appearance of the serpentine
presence and power of evil. This drama goes far beyond one
time, one place, one people; it is situated in the soul of
each of us, where a war is being fought out".
These words would sound rather strange to those who have never
contemplated the nature and power of evil. For many people
today, evil has no existence.
As for the troubled relationships between
Christians and Jews:
"One of the sins I was led to consciousness of during
this screening is the sin of Christians against Jews. One
could see forming here the historic separation between Christians
Mr. Novak, who holds the Jewett chair in philosophy and religion
at the American Enterprise Institute, might like to expound
on Christ's words to the leaders of that organised religion
who were implacably opposed to Him, as recorded in the New
Testament. Known today as Judaism, in the historical context
of the New Testament, it was known as the Tradition of the
Elders. It is quite educative to study the history behind
the events depicted in the film. Not the 'pop versions' presented
to today's church-goers, but some of the historical facts
that have been pushed down the memory hole.
Have I become your enemy because I tell
you the truth?
This was the question Mr. Benjamin Freedman of New York City
asked Catholic convert, Dr. David Goldstein LL.D. in 1954,
when he expressed his concern at the suppression of historical
facts which were helping to 'fudge' history. Later, the letter
was published as a book: "Facts are Facts,"
and is widely available for those who want to investigate
the assertions made.
Mr. Freedman quoted Rabbi Louis Finkelstein,
the head of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
who in the foreword to his own work, "The Pharisees,
the Sociological Background of Their Faith", page
XXl stated: "
Pharisaism became Talmudism,
Talmudism became Midieval Rabbinism, and Midieval Rabbinism
became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout these changes in name
spirit of the ancient Pharisees survives, unaltered
Rather than blame for "the
forming of the historic separation between Christians and
" being laid at Christian's feet, it seems
to me it was Jesus Christ who was responsible.
Both religions have a philosophy and from those philosophies
stem policies. What would Mr. Novak say to the accusation
of Jesus to the leaders of the Tradition of the Elders, which
embodies the spirit of the Pharisees as recorded in the NT:
"Ye do the deeds of your father
he is a liar, and
the father of it."
The following is an excerpt from an address
by Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffrey AC CVO
MC, "Leadership Matters" Breakfast, 25th February,
2004. On the occasion of West Australian Newspaper Business
"In addressing leadership this morning, I've talked about
its essential qualities, its practical application, its ethical
base and how it's demonstrated in the community.
And - in citing examples of successful leadership - I've implicitly
raised the question of who has been our greatest-ever leader.
Views on this, of course, will differ. But - in reality -
one person stands out.
This person came from extremely humble beginnings and had
no personal possessions of any value. He had no adult home
and certainly no palace. His time to impress lasted just three
But he had a deep faith and vision, and an extraordinary ability
to inspire, unify and bring people along with him.
By demonstrating supreme moral and physical courage, he embodied
a universal wisdom and creed that has transcended time, place,
culture and language - such that his example continues to
inspire many, many hundreds of millions - billions - of people
around the world today.
That person, of course, is Jesus Christ - the greatest personification
of true leadership the world has ever seen or will ever see.
PROMOTING PUBLICLY CREATED MONEY
A meeting was organised by the Forum for
Stable Currencies, for Wednesday 25th February 2004, in the House
of Lords, in Committee Room G. Speakers included Rev. Peter Challen,
James Gibb Stuart and Alistair McConnachie, editor and publisher
of 4-page monthly journal "Prosperity: Freedom from Debt
Slavery", which is dedicated to promoting the policy
of publicly-created, debt-free money.
The group is calling for the British Treasury to review the benefits
of increasing the proportion of publicly created money. It already
has 20 signatories of MPs.
A FINANCIAL SYSTEM AT THE SERVICE OF
THE HUMAN PERSON
From Wallace Klinck, Canada:
While discussing the Jan/Feb issue of Michael the bi-monthly
journal of the Louis Even Institute for Social Justice, and
the Institutes' activities in promoting Social Credit in countries
around the world, most recently in Poland, Mexico and Ecuador,
reference is made accordingly to: "...a conference on
Social Credit entitled, 'A financial system at the service
of the human person,' (which) was organized in Zakopane, in
the south of Poland, by the Catholic Action of the Archdiocese
of Krakow. The organisers invited us to send representatives,
so there were from Poland, Mr. Janusz Lewicki of Wroclaw,
who is in charge of our Polish edition in that country, and
Dr. Szczesny Gorski of Poznan, who writes books and gives
lectures on Social Credit, and from Canada, Alain Pilote,
who is in charge of the edition in English of Michael,
and Mrs. Diane Boucher, of Quebec City, who holds a master's
degree in computer science and another one in economics."
Last time I talked to her, I understood
that she was working as part of a doctoral program on an enhanced
version of her earlier computer model or simulation of a functioning
Social Credit economy, and who was one of the main speakers
at this conference.
The official aim of the conference was 'to explain in a synthetic
way the Social Credit idea, and to emphasize the possibilities
of its implementation in Poland.'
On December 4, four representatives spoke
about Social Credit on Radio Maria in Torun.
Mr. Lewicki wrote to the Michael journal: "The
Congress in Zakopane was a great success for Social Credit
in Poland. There were 50 people from different areas in Poland:
professors, doctors, economists, and even a lady who is a
member of the Polish Parliament."
Wally Klinck suggests:
Anyone wishing to enquire about Diane Boucher and her computer
simulation of Social Credit, etc.--or about the general activities
of the Louis Even Institute--write, phone or fax the Institute
as listed. I have never seen Mrs. Boucher's work but do know
someone who visited her and was very impressed at the sophistication
and detail of her research.
The Jan/Feb issue of Michael the bi-monthly journal
of the Louis Even Institute for Social Justice discusses Diane
Boucher and her work. (Maison Saint-Michel, 1101 Principale
Street, Rougemont, P. Quebec, Canada, J0L 1M0--Tel. 450-469-2209
and Fax. 450-469-2601 in Rougemont and Tel. 514-856-5714 in
But what about the old fable of the Fairy Gold C.H. Douglas
wrote about in Social Credit? Gold which disappeared as it
was grasped. Look around you, this can be seen in its every
day embodiment if one has eyes to see.
To the man who has one million dollars, it may be theoretical
hardship, but the filching of the Widow's mite by a gradual
rise in prices is pocket picking of the meanest type
and the evil it depicts is the evil of inflation
in a money economy, inflation is at the very core of evil!
STAKEHOLDERS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
In On Target, 20/2/04, we reprinted an
article by Mr. Bevan O'Regan, "Stakeholders and Property
Rights" which first appeared in OzNews November
2003. The article prompted Mr. Graham Strachan of Queensland
to reply. For the record we want it known it was never our
intention to embarrass Bevan, we hold him in high regard,
but for the sake of open discussion and better understanding
of the battle we are engaged in, we were pleased to receive
Dear 'On Target',
"I hate to disagree with Bevan O'Regan a man whom I admire.
But if the battle for the retention of property rights in
Australia is to be won, it will not be on the basis of misleading
theories and home-made law. The arguments have to be factually
and legally correct, or the farmer challenging the authorities
will not only emerge defeated, but looking silly into the
bargain, which tends to discredit the cause itself.
Mr. O'Regan claims that "The Green Movement have (sic)
engineered, through the University of Melbourne, a plan that
has made farmers cringe and believe that groups such as the
Department of Land and Water Conservation (DLAWC) and Departments
of Natural Resources have somehow been given authority to
challenge property owners of (sic) their property rights."
Mr O'Regan's theory may have some foundation in fact, who
knows? But that is NOT the basis of what is happening. Bureaucrats
in those departments HAVE been given authority to do those
things, and the 'somehow' is legislation - legislation passed
pursuant to written Agreements between federal, state, and
local governments drawn up at meetings of the Council of Australian
Governments (COAG) and the Australian Local Government Association
The legislation implements the Australian government's commitments
under Agenda 21, an international instrument signed by Ros
'Whiteboard' Kelly on behalf of the Nation at the June 1992
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
in Rio de Janeiro. Agenda 21 is 800 pages long, consists of
40 chapters, and is a comprehensive programme for the planning
and management of the economic and social development of the
entire world during the twenty-first century.
Both the major political parties are committed to it. While
a Labor government signed it, the Coalition government registered
its commitment to its continued implementation at the Millennium
Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 8 September
2000. There, Prime Minister John Howard signed the Millennium
Declaration, Article 22 of which states: "We reaffirm
our support for the principles of sustainable development,
including those set out in Agenda 21, agreed upon at the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development [Rio 1992]."
Information about Agenda 21 and the progress of its implementation
by all levels of government in Australia is readily available
on the Internet - the websites of COAG, ALGA, and the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Why Mr O'Regan would seek
to lay the blame on the Green Movement and the University
of Melbourne when the real culprits are Australian governments
at all levels is a mystery.
Farmers reading and acting on Mr O'Regan's legal theories
could well find themselves in more trouble than they bargained
for. For example, he dismisses as 'utter rubbish' Section
61 of the Native Vegetation and Conservation Act 1997 (NVCA),
which confers on government officers a statutory right of
entry upon private property. "The law courts," he
says, "are again dotted with case-law of would be and
could be government agents failing to observe the Act of Trespass.
A property owner is still King of his castle."
First of all there is no Act of Trespass, if by that he means
a statute. As for the case law, perhaps he has in mind Plenty
v. Dillon  171 CLR 635, which held that police can't
legally force entry to serve a summons. But for virtually
everything else they can, and the case made it clear that
the common law right to exclude trespassers can be overridden
by a statutory right of entry by government officials. Where
that right exists a property owner is NOT still 'King of his
castle'. Farmers following Mr O'Regan's advice and ordering
government officers to 'move on' could well find themselves
in court charged with obstructing government officials in
the course of their duty.
Mr. O'Regan then claims there are 'property
rights' protected by Schedule 4 of the NVCA. Schedule 4 is
a very important clause, he says, because it states: "'The
provision does not operate to effect in a manner prejudicial
to any person the rights of that person existing before the
date of the publication'. This means the government cannot
shift the goal posts."
In fact the government can and does 'shift the goal posts',
regardless of anything in Schedule 4 of the NVCA. Schedule
4 only refers to Regulations under the Act, not the Act itself,
and its effect is not to entrench rights, but to protect whatever
rights existed before a regulation comes into force. So far
as the future is concerned there is nothing to stop the legislature
not only 'shifting the goal-posts', but doing away with them
altogether. Like it or not, that is the reality of the situation
the farmers face.
When he goes looking for the source of
'property rights', Mr O'Regan claims to find them in a number
of places, none of which will stand the test. First he states
.Local Government with its planning laws
and zoning laws guarantees that the purchaser of land is automatically
given property rights. These rights in NSW were set in stone
as far back as 1979 with the declaration of the 'Environmental
Planning and Assessment Act 1979."
While the nature and extent of these 'property rights' that
were 'automatically guaranteed' is not clear, one thing is
certain: they were not 'set in stone'. What Local government
giveth, it can taketh away (sic). Furthermore, Local government
planning laws can readily be overridden - and are being -
by State legislation designed to achieve 'sustainability'
goals under Agenda 21.
If the State government enacts a Water Plan for an area -
as it has in the Barron region of North Queensland - farmers
will be told how much water they can pump from a bore on their
land, regardless of any 'rights' they might claim to get under
zoning laws. The Vegetation Management Act will tell them
what they can do with natural vegetation on their properties,
and if an area on their property is declared to be the habitat
of an endangered species, they will be told what they can
and can't do with that too. In fact each Local government
throughout Australia either has, or will soon have, its own
Local Agenda 21, and any inconsistent zoning laws will be
changed to enable its implementation.
Confusing the issue further for farmers
is the notion being promoted by certain groups that the common
law contains 'God-given rights', including property rights,
that can never be overridden by statute. The legal position
is that statutes can, and routinely do override the common
law, and indeed can replace it altogether as is gradually
happening. It is well settled legal principle under the Doctrine
of Legal Positivism which dominates Western jurisprudence,
that if a statute evidences a clear intention to override
or replace the common law, it cannot be struck down as being
inconsistent with it. The statutory basis is to be found in
the Imperial Acts Application Acts and the Statute of Westminister
for the Federal Parliament; and the Australia Acts for the
State Parliaments; see also Carnes v Essenberg & Ors 
Mr. O'Regan again raises the Magna Carta,
which at one time (I understand) he hoped might contain a
'right to farm'. He says, "State Planning in 1979 used
a Royal Commission into Land Tenure as its basis for continuance
of 'Property Rights'. From the pages of this Royal Commission
one reads that by implication of Section 29 of the Magna Carta,
the term 'existing use rights' and 'continuance of use' is
the basis for the state's planning."
Well it would indeed take some 'implying'. First of all, neither
of the phrases 'existing use rights' nor 'continuance of use'
appears anywhere in the Magna Carta. And Section 29 reads:
"No constable may compel a knight to pay money for castle-guard
if the knight is willing to undertake the guard in person,
or with reasonable excuse to supply some other fit man to
do it. A knight taken or sent on military service shall be
excused from castle-guard for the period of this servlce."
Farmers no doubt will gain a good deal of comfort from that.
Secondly, while the Magna Carta might enjoy a special status
in England where it forms part of the unwritten 'constitution',
in Australia it has never been any different from any other
English statute imported at the time of colonisation and can
be overridden, modified or abolished altogether by the legislatures:
Chia Gee v. Martin (1905) 3 CLR 649; Carnes v Essenberg &
Ors  QCA 339. Like it or not, that's the reality.
Thirdly, regardless of anything said
or done in 1979, since the commitment of the Australian government
to Agenda 21 in 1992, and the reafffirmation of that commitment
in 2000, Agenda 21 and principles of 'sustainability' are
now the basis of planning and land use law in Australia at
Federal, State and Local government level.
Australia's farmers' property rights are definitely under
threat, but farmers are not going to be assisted in defending
those rights by misleading explanations as to who and what
is behind it, and home-spun theories as to what the law is.
Graham Strachan, Barrister. Email contact: email@example.com
Author of the books 'Globalisation: Demise of the Australian
Nation', and '22 Steps to Global Tyranny', (both
available from League Book Services) and also the 'Water
Report' on CD.
ARGENTINA'S GOVERNMENT BAULKS AT IMF
It Pays to Get Tough with IMF, by Mark
Weisbrot 23rd February, 2004
"For the second time in less than
six months, the government of Argentina stood up to the International
Monetary Fund -- and the IMF backed down. Last week the Fund
approved the latest installment of its lending to Argentina,
after having failed in its efforts to get a better deal for
Argentina's private creditors.
Argentina's debt default on $88 billion
This is unprecedented. The IMF is the most powerful lending
institution in the world, and is used to having its way --
especially with a country that is not so big (38 million people)
but is one of the Fund's largest debtors in the world. And
it's not like Argentina can get easy credit elsewhere. The
government is currently in default on $88 billion of debt,
the biggest sovereign debt default in history.
Argentina has offered the private creditors a "haircut"
-- or reduction -- of 75 percent on their debt. This might
sound like a lot, but it would still leave Argentina with
an enormous debt burden of more than 90 percent of GDP.
Argentina went through devastatingly hard times
To do better than this, the government of President Nestor
Kirchner would have to run large primary (not counting interest)
budget surpluses. This is exactly what the IMF wants from
Argentina: squeeze its taxpayers and citizens and use any
surplus due to long-awaited economic growth to pay off foreign
Kirchner had other ideas. From 1998 through 2002, Argentina
suffered one of the most devastating depressions in the history
of Latin America. It went from having the highest living standards
in the region, to a country with the majority of people living
below the poverty line.
When Kirchner was elected last May, he pledged not to "return
to paying debt at the cost of hunger and exclusion of Argentines,
generating more poverty and increasing social conflict."
Standard fare - deeper poverty and massive unemployment
IMF economists had plenty of loans to encourage the disastrous
economic policies that led to the country's economic collapse.
Chief among these was the "convertibility plan"
that fixed Argentina's peso at one-to-one with the U.S. dollar.
Together with trade and financial liberalisation, this helped
destroy the country's manufacturing jobs, and set the stage
for a series of financial crises in the late nineties.
And the Fund pushed its standard fare of high interest rates
and budget cuts to deal with the crises as they unfolded,
making matters worse.
But when the currency finally collapsed, and the financial
system imploded at the end of 2001 -- when Argentina was flat
on its back -- the IMF offered nothing. The country descended
into deeper poverty and massive unemployment, and was left
to recover on its own. This it finally did, growing 8.7 percent
IMF -- Organiser of private creditors' cartel
The case of Argentina has enormous implications for our understanding
of what the Fund actually does and does not do. Not only does
it pay its clients to take economically destructive advice
-- as it also did in Asia, Russia, Brazil, during the 1990s.
It also fails to act as a "lender of last resort"
- - the common understanding among policy makers of what the
Fund's purpose is -- when such a lender is most urgently needed.
Furthermore, we can see more clearly than ever in the IMF's
60-year history its role as organizer of a creditors' cartel,
as it openly tries to use its muscle on behalf of the private
foreign creditors. Ironically, the U.S. Treasury Department,
which has the dominant voice within the Fund, decided that
the IMF should back down and approve the latest loan installment,
in spite of Washington's bitterness over Argentina's treatment
of its foreign private creditors.
Some of the European countries and Japan showed their anger
by abstaining -- they never go so far as to vote against the
U.S. -- because their constituents want a better deal on the
debt. The European companies that own Argentina's privatised
utilities also want a rate increase for Argentine consumers.
Apparently Washington decided after the Monterrey Summit in
Mexico -- where Bush was the most unpopular president in the
Americas -- that this was not a good time for a showdown with
Argentina. There will be more confrontations in the months
ahead, but with Argentina running a large trade surplus, it
does not need any "help" from the IMF.
Indeed, some analysts -- including conservatives who believe
in the "free" market -- are now questioning why
the IMF (and the World Bank and other multi-lateral lenders)
shouldn't share the losses of the private sector and take
a haircut on their own loans. Now that would truly mark the
end of an era.
Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and
Policy Research (www.cepr.net) in Washington, D.C.
DON'T FORGET THOSE SUBMISSIONS TO THE
The Senate inquiry into an Australian Republic.
Submissions are due by 31/3/04.
The Terms of reference are:
(a) the most appropriate process for moving towards the establishment
of an Australian republic with an Australian Head of State: and
(b) alternative models for an Australian republic, with specific
(i) the functions and powers of the Head of State
(ii) the method of selection and removal of the Head of State,
(iii) the relationship of the Head of State with the executive,
the parliament, and the judiciary.
THE TWILIGHT OF THE ELITES
by David Flint
This book challenges the policies promoted by the "elites"
(those in positions of influence in the media and other high
profile positions) and presents sensible and practical alternatives.
The chapter headings give an outline of what David Flint has
to say:- The Success Story of the Twentieth Century: The Australian
Federation, The Elite Agenda and the Media, A Commonwealth
without Borders, A Treaty for the Dissolution of Australia?
Any Republic Whatever it Takes, An Elite Population Policy?
Financing Their Agenda, Restoring the Federation. An excellent
outline of traditional Australian values capable of inspiring
a challenge to current and future "elite" policies.
$30.00 posted within Australia.
THE BIG IDEA by C.H. Douglas: SPECIAL
Single copy: $7.50 posted; FIVE copies $30.00 posted.
Most certainly a prophet to the English-speaking people wherever
the streams of history have taken them. Clifford Hugh Douglas
warned of the attacks on their culture and traditions, and
from whence those attacks originated. First written over sixty
years ago, in serial form, in The Social Crediter between
January and May 1942, C.H. Douglas' The Big Idea accurately
predicted just what has happened before our very eyes. This
book must go out in its thousands.
We are making it available at a special price to those who
want to give the book a wide circulation. It has proved to
be a prophetic warning.
end for your copies today. All League Book Services.
ERIC CUMMINS TAPE NOW AVAILABLE FROM
MAYO TAPE LIBRARY
"The Latest Development in the anti-Republican
Fight: with particular reference to the Senate Committee Inquiry."
CSC Adelaide 1st March, 2004 is now available. Mr. Cummins runs
his own publishing business and is currently editor of an Australian
Monarchist League magazine. We must fight to retain our Constitutional
Monarchy. Send for the taped message. $6.00 posted from Mayo Tape
Library, Box 6, Hahndorf, South Australia 5245
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We note the annual Inverell Forum is coming
up -- 26-28 March, 2004. The venue is: Flanders House Conference
Centre, Evans Street, Inverell. This year's event has a great
line-up of speakers: Senator Len Harris, Eve Hillary, Jeremy Lee
to name but a few. Compere is Dennis Stevenson. More information
is available from Inverell Forum, P.O. Box 987, Inverell, NSW
2360 or Phone 02 6723 2351.