22 April 2005. Thought for the Week: "Human
nature is full of riddles and contradictions; their very complexity
engenders art - and by art I mean the search for something more than
simple linear formulations, flat solutions, over-simplified explanations.
One of these riddles is: how is it that people who have been crushed
by the sheer weight of slavery and cast to the bottom of the pit can
nevertheless find strength in themselves to rise up and free themselves
- first in spirit and then in body - while those who soar unhampered
over the peaks of freedom suddenly lose the taste of freedom, lose the
will to defend it, and, hopelessly confused and lost, almost begin to
crave slavery? Or again - why is it that societies which have been benumbed
for half a century by lies they have been forced to swallow, find within
themselves a certain lucidity of heart and soul which enables them to
see things in their true perspective and to perceive the real meaning
of events; whereas societies with access to every kind of information
suddenly plunge into lethargy, into a kind of mass blindness, a kind
of voluntary self-deception?"
Alexander Solzhenitsyn in "The West's Betrayal of Civilisation."
SUBVERTING EDUCATION: A CONSPIRACY TO DUMB US
by James Reed
"If people cannot write well, they cannot
think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking
- George Orwell
One can be sure that a conspiracy - that is, organised intentional human
action to a specific end - exists where so many extraordinary events
occur together that the probability of a mere chance occurrence is diminishingly
small. If I said that I flipped a coin 5,000 times and it turned up
heads 5,000 times, although this may be possible as a matter of abstract
logic, it is most likely that the coin used is a 'brummy' one. The same
argument applies to our education system. So many events of extraordinary
corruption occur that we can be certain that the matter is not due to
The Universities in Ruin
Let us start at the top. Two phenomena have jointly destroyed the traditional
liberal view of the university as preserving a culture of learning about
the great works of the West. First, a large series of political reforms
- most recently by Education Minister Brendon Nelson - have made the
universities into an export business; indeed a $5-7 billion a year business.
Universities are flooded with overseas, primarily Asian students, and
the entire institution revolves around them. Rather than being primarily
concerned with achieving educational excellence with our own people,
our universities have become businesses which differ from corporations
like McDonald's only in what is served. In such a context, dumbing down
The second source of decadence and degeneracy
in the modern university radiates from the humanities and social sciences
departments. This source is so well known and documented that insightful
articles about the decline can be found even in our daily papers. Anne
McIlroy, head of the English department at Genazzano FCS College in
Melbourne, in an article "Who's for Shakespeare?" (The
Australian 10th February, 2005) informs us that English literature
study, rather than encouraging interaction with the great works of the
West, now simply supports the new class ideology of the Left - feminism,
social criticism and "deconstructionism".
No longer can Shakespeare's works be considered "great", supplying
insights into the human condition. Rather, Shakespeare is considered
a racist, Euro-centric and patriarchal. Students, in accordance with
the literary philosophy of "deconstructionism" are encouraged
to consider all texts as equal, just as all men are, allegedly, equal
under Leftist ideology.
Thus "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "Sex in the
City", truly horrible television programmes, rank alongside - and
maybe "above" (contradictorily) Macbeth and Hamlet. Goethe
is out and garbage is in.
Clearly, a disintegration of the culture of the mind is inevitable.
Of course what applies to English literature holds true even more strongly
in university departments such as politics and sociology.
The Decaying School System
Boys are suffering in the high school and primary system. On the average
they achieve substantially lower grades than girls at both primary and
high school. This has resulted from a feminisation of the school system
where continuous assessment, which girls favour, dominates exams, which
boys generally do better in. In primary schools over 90 per cent of
teachers are women and most are politically Left.
McIlroy quotes Wayne Sawyer's editorial in the journal English in Australia
as an example of this politicisation: Sawyer laments that the re-election
of the Howard government shows that teachers have failed in their job!
The result of this alienation is often violence by boys: thousands of
teachers in the public school system have been bashed. Alternatively,
boys commit suicide, with suicide accounting for 25 per cent of male
deaths in the 15-24 year age group. Australia has one of the highest
rates of youth suicide on the planet.
In another sense, both boys and girls at Australian schools are doing
poorly academically. As Kevin Donnelly, author of Why Our Schools are
Failing, points out in a recent article (Fads No Substitute for Teaching,
The Australian 15th January, 2005) by international standards
all Australian children are doing poorly.
The trends in Mathematics and Science Study, undertaken by the International
Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement which measured
traditional mathematics, found a poor performance by Australian students.
This is supported by the widespread existence of remedial classes in
the sciences to bring first-year students up to scratch. Matters are
worse in the arts where students have been found to have difficulty
spelling and composing sentences with correct grammar.
The Conspiracy to 'Dumb Us Down"
Kevin Donnelly points his finger at "progressive education"
as the culprit for this sorry state of affairs. Thus phonics was replaced
by the "whole language approach" where students learned to
guess the word by relying on memory of the shape - an Asiatic approach
to language. Donnelly does not trace the origins of "progressive
education" but a number of excellent books from the League do.
For example, Marion Wallis in The Subversion of Australian Education
and Jean M. Wallis in The Disaster Road, have, to state their
thesis simply, contrasted traditional education with the "progressive
A traditional education has as its philosophy, grounding in Christian
philosophy as a belief in absolutes in morality and a divine ordering
of the Universe. Morality is based on the natural law of God and man
is responsible for his actions.
"Progressive education" is based upon Humanism - that there
are no absolutes or eternal moral truths as man is alone in a purely
mechanistic universe. Man is not responsible for his actions, but is
a puppet of external forces. Hence, as in communism, man can and should
be controlled to produce "heaven on earth".
It is no coincidence that our present Leftist-dominated
school system pushes Asianisation, anti-Europeanism, multiculturalism
and other pernicious ideologies, for these are mechanisms of thought
control and ultimately person control. To see how this is done in detail,
see these two excellent books. (Available from all League Book Services).
The decay of our education system - or rather the planned destruction
of it - must of course be met by organised political action through
people determined to counter this influence. This will be a long-term
process, as the "Long March" of the Left through our institutions
is now complete.
Those having children at school now, or about to go to school, cannot
of course wait. It is recommended that you purchase a copy of John Taylor
Gatto's Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling,
which shows in detail that compulsory schooling kills student creativity
and the young's potential for learning.
The school system has become a method of social domination and control.
Having read these books parents should vote with their feet and enrol
their children in "alternative" but "traditional"
schools - even if it means further economic belt tightening. Our children
are the future and the sacrifice is worth it. Consider as well the possibility
of home schooling your children. This option is becoming more plausible
with evolving home schooling networks and resources.
Remember: our chance for the future and the survival of civilisation
ultimately rests with our children.
HOMOSEXUAL LOBBY SEEKS TO SILENCE CALGARY BISHOP
by Paul Fromm
A Human Rights Complaint has been filed against a Catholic Bishop in
Canada - "Filed for Defence of Traditional Marriage."
Paul Fromm writes from Canada:
A decade ago, we tried to warn the churches that they were next. Once
the thought police had gotten the Doug Collins and Ernst Zundels, their
next targets would be the churches. The powerful homosexual lobby has
been salivating at the opportunity to shut up and shut down their critics.
Barbara Kulaszka, the gutsy Eastern Ontario attorney who has acted for
us on occasions, repeatedly warned fellow lawyer Gwen Landolt of "Real
Women", that religious groups like RW would be next. Intelligent
self-interest might have dictated that groups like RW join us and intervene
for freedom of speech in the Zundel case. They didn't.
Now, the churches - at least those who believe in anything more than
God being some touchy feely fem - are in the firing line. The less than
candid federal politicians assure churches and other religious leaders
(Sikhs, Hindus and Moslems) not sold on marrying Bruce and Barry that
they'll never have to perform gay marriages, if that violates their
The 'kicker' is that it's the provinces, not
the feds, who actually have jurisdiction over marriage. Provincial human
rights commissions have been targeting Christians for over a decade.
Christian mayors (Hamilton, St. John) have been fined or forced to declare
Gay and Lesbian Pride Days. Men like Scott Brockie in Ontario were fined
by the Ontario Human Rights Commission for refusing to print letterheads
for a homosexual archive group. Don't believe the assurances.
Columnist Lorne Gunter writes:
"Since the adoption of the Charter 20 years ago, courts - and the
well-financed activist groups that use them to advance their causes
- have established a hierarchy of rights. On this new totem pole, protection
of religious belief is at the bottom (right next to property rights).
(National Post, April 11, 2005)
In fact, strong reasons to question the assurances has arisen in Alberta.
No less than his Grace Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary is now being dragged
before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a pastoral letter, no
less, to his own flock reminding them that the Church's doctrine on
the sanctity of marriage means a man and a woman, not Bruce wedding
Barrie, or Nora having nuptials with Nancy. He also invited them to
involve themselves in the political process, as the Liberal Party revolutionaries,
aided by the NDP and the Bloc intend to redefine marriage.
Charter of Human Rights no guarantee
For voicing his religious views - supposedly protected under the Charter
- the Calgary cleric now finds himself in peril of fines or other punishment.
The bishop is a fighter and has answered his critics: "My rights
to freedom of religion and free speech have been violated. Those that
support same-sex marriage want to shut the churches out of this important
debate. Those who favour same-sex marriage have been given full opportunity
to state their views on this issue. But now they are saying that anyone
who speaks out against same-sex marriage is discriminating against homosexuals."
(LifeSiteNews, March 30, 2005)
Canadians readers may wish to let the Alberta Human Rights Commission
or Premier Ralph Klein know their views on the matter:
To contact the commission or Alberta Premier Ralph Klein with your concerns:
IT IS OVER 30 YEARS SINCE THE LEAGUE WARNED
.. SENATOR MURPHY'S "HUMAN RIGHTS" BILL IS FRAUDULENT
Few Australians had heard about Senator Lionel
Murphy's 1973 Human Rights Bill until some of the Church leaders, at
the time, protested that the wording of the legislation could result
in a restriction of the freedoms of the Churches. Although the Human
Rights Bill, it was said, was designed to bring Commonwealth legislation
into line with the requirements of the United Nations Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights, it was pointed out by the Church spokesmen that
the Covenant clause concerning the rights of the family had been deleted
from the Murphy legislation. While the protests of the Churches were
legitimate, they tended to obscure the more far-reaching implications
of the Bill.
The Human Rights Bill recalled the famous satire, Animal Farm,
by the former Communist George Orwell, in which the animals find that
their Bill of Rights, written up on the farm barn door, did not protect
them against the ruthless exploitation of the pigs after they had overthrown
the farmer. It was true that it was still stated, "all animals
are equal", but now it also read that "some animals are more
equal than others!"
Common Law Rights
Under the guise of protecting Australians' rights and freedoms, protected
until then through the separation and division of power, and common
law rights upheld by an independent judiciary, the Human Rights Bill
expanded enormously the power of the Commonwealth at the expense of
the States, and the individual. It was a successful attempt to violate
the Federal Constitution by the use of the External Affairs power. Clause
5 of the Human Rights Bill "binds Australia and each State".
Federal officials are now able to force the States to conform to the
pattern of law established by the Commonwealth. The consequences have
The roots go back to Communist ideology
The roots of the Human Rights Bill go back to the establishment of the
United Nations, and the dominant role of the Communists. In the numerous
conferences concerning human rights, there was a clear-cut cleavage
between the Western and Christian view that certain rights are inalienable,
derived from God the Creator and not from the State, as argued by the
At the time, Dr. Charles Malik, Chairman of the U.N. Human Rights Commission,
disclosed that a study of the discussions of the Commission revealed
how the Soviet influence dominated. He explained: "The concept
of property and its ownership is at the heart of the ideological conflict
of the present day. It was not only the Communist representatives who
riddled this question with questions and doubts; a goodly portion of
the non-Communist world had itself succumbed to these doubts."
The Communists reluctantly permitted the right to own private property
(clause 17) to appear in the wordy Declaration of Human Rights, but
by the time the Covenant was drafted, clause 17 had disappeared!
What 'the state' grants today it can take back
There was no reference to property rights in Senator Murphy's Human
Rights Bill. It reflected the humanistic philosophy of those who drafted
the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. If individual rights are
granted by the State, then it is obvious that what the State grants
today it can take away tomorrow.
Looking back on some of the actions of the Whitlam Government, it was
rather hypocritical for Senator Murphy to be stressing how concerned
he and his colleagues were about the "individual's rights".
They most surely had mastered George Orwell's "double-speak".
Section 11, sub-section (2) stated:
"Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression, including
freedom to speak, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds,
regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the
form of art, or through any other media of his choice."
The League reported at the time
One of the first acts of Senator Murphy and his Labor colleagues when
they came to office was to attempt to close down the Rhodesian Information
Centre in Sydney. They also tried to deprive the Rhodesian Information
Centre of postal services. Here was a blatant example of an attempt
to deny Australians the right to receive information "regardless
of frontiers". That right was only protected by a decision of the
Australians take note: The Western Christian nation of Rhodesia no longer
The biggest threat hanging over our heads to our rights and liberties
is the on-going push (no matter which political party is in power) of
centralising all power in a central government at Canberra and the destruction
of the Federal system of Government, which was designed to keep power
divided between the Federal and State Governments.
Senator Murphy's Human Rights Bill, introduced
into the Senate on November 21, 1973 was a giant step in the 'long march'
of centralising the powers of the Commonwealth Constitution in Canberra.
But the communist/humanist Human Rights legislation is now 'lining up'
the Church in its sights. What a pity Churchmen could not see that Ernst
Zundel's, and Doug Collins' battles, for their right to freedom of speech
was just as much their battle.
As Paul Fromm of "Canadian Assoc. for Free Expression" noted
in his article:
"Barbara Kulaszka, the gutsy Eastern Ontario attorney who has acted
for us on occasion, repeatedly warned fellow lawyer Gwen Landolt of
"Real Women", that religious groups like RW would be next."
Welcome to the battle fellow Christians!
SAFEGUARD THE OATH OF OFFICE
by Phillip Benwell, MBE
National Chairman, Australian Monarchist League
The moves by the State Labor (Republican) Governments to remove the
Oath of Allegiance to The Queen are morally, if not legally, unconstitutional.
The current Oath in New South Wales for all Members of the Parliament
is to: "be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors according to law. So help me God."
This inviolate Oath is taken not just to The Queen as a person, but
to the institution of Government under The Crown, binding Members of
the Parliaments to protect all tenets of our constitutional democracy.
The proposed Pledge, which is not an Oath, of:
"loyalty to Australia and the people of NSW" is essentially
meaningless as it does not bind the Parliamentarians in the same manner
as the current constitutional Oath does.
Given the fact that the people voted in a referendum less than five
years ago, it is strange that politicians are now wanting to be 'loyal'
to the people by rejecting out of hand the decision of those very people
to retain our Constitutional Monarchy!
The fact that the NSW Constitution Act empowers
the Legislature to alter the Constitution without the requirement of
a referendum, does not absolve the Parliament from their responsibility
to seek a special mandate from the people on this issue.
It is important that as many people as possible phone talk-back radio
and write Letters to the Editor protesting at these moves to remove
by stealth that which the People have voted to retain.
P.S. According to one guest at the Queen's reception to Charles and
Camilla, which followed the service of prayer, Charles responded "from
the heart" when he said: "God bless my parents, my family,
my wife and damn the British press." Source: International Express,
FROM 'FIREBRAND' TO - 'SCHOLARLY TRANQUILITY'?
by Betty Luks
Is the Michael Brander who wrote the Quadrant, March 2005 article,
"Alexander Solzhentisyn and the West" the same Michael I have
known of and whose paths have crossed, now and again, for the past 25-or
so years? That Michael, over the years, has been quite a firebrand.
The Quadrant article suggests a more mature and reasonable Michael.
Brander insists the West failed to understand Solzhentisyn - including
those who admired him. In his 1978 Harvard University address, "A
World Split Apart," Solzhenitsyn delivered a "polemic against
the modern world in general" and the Western World in particular."
"Even those commentators wishing to defend Solzhenitsyn, by trying
to reconcile his statements with respectable currents of Western thought,
failed to understand what he was driving at," charged Michael Brander.
Solzhenitsyn, through personal experience had understood what "modern
Western thought" couldn't. Modern western thought itself was "the
the Soviet system was one consequence of it."
His Harvard University audience found that accusation "hard
As for the critics of the great writer, Brander thought they tried,
"to compartmentalise him ideologically, not realising that he was
voicing a traditional Western view of society that preceded the modern
world itself and countered every 'advance' towards the modern society
we have today.
The mistake is at the roots
"How did the West decline from its triumphal march to its present
debility?" Solzhenitsyn asked
"the mistake must be
at the root, at the very foundation of thought in modern times. I refer
to the prevailing view of the world which was born in the Renaissance
and which has found political expression since the Age of Enlightenment,
the proclaimed and practiced autonomy of man from any higher force above
him." Solzhenitsyn had summed up the matter elsewhere: "Men
have forgotten God."
Well done Michael, a good read.
A TRULY GREAT 'SPECIAL' ON SOLZHENITSYN'S BOOK
The League Book Services will make available Solzhenitsyn's
book "Rebuilding Russia" and the 4 speeches in booklet
form for the price of $15.00 POSTED!
· 1975 New York City: "A Legacy of Terror".
A warning to what is left of Western Civilization, but also a denouncement
of the West for financially and materially building up the strength of
Communists regimes. (They are still doing it!)
· 1975 Washington DC: "Words of Warning to the Western World".
A dramatic warning to all the world - and to Americans in particular.
He strips bare the crimes and excesses of the communist masters in his
native land. And he denounces the West for a "senseless process of
endless concessions to aggressors in the Kremlin."
· 1976 BBC address: "The West's Betrayal of Civilization".
A moving appeal to the British peoples to rediscover their souls while
there was time to avoid complete disaster.
· 1978 Harvard. "A World Split Apart".
In this speech the great (exiled at the time) Russian author touched some
raw nerves when he laid the present day situation in the West on the line.
He was of course denounced by the Communists but also by such liberal
papers as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
MORE 'BRICKBATS' AND 'POSIES'
by Betty Luks
Some of the older-generation are finding it hard to come to grips with
the new generation of writers - they are used to the style of ones such
as Jeremy Lee and Eric Butler. But, we must 'pass the baton on' to the
younger generation if the work of the League is to continue and grow,
therefore, we ask our older, most loyal supporters, to bear with them.
Space is often a governing factor in the publications. At times there
is a need to qualify a statement - but no space to do so.
One correspondent was "shocked at the vehemence" of the attack
"on those dissidents" who say the corporate rape of the planet's
resources for greed and growth must cease. ("So Red that They are
Green", On Target Vol. 41 No.9). James Reed was dealing with the
environmentalist movement "which is typically globalist in its orientation
and consists of a vast network of Non-government Organisations and government
organisations committed to a common goal." That is not referring
to individual dissidents.
We would agree with correspondent D.R.'s contention that "The old
established industrial economies are all based on the needs of waging
war" - but would add: "under the pressure of the modern money
system, with its chronic lack of purchasing power, the pressure is great
for industrial nations to export, export, export - and export wars eventually
lead on to military wars."
It is ten years since the late Geoffrey Dobbs completed his series "On
Planning the Earth" in the UK journal "Home". In that series,
Geoffrey wrote of James Lovelock's Gaia theory. James Reed has the added
advantage of following up where that theory has led - and who is pushing
it and why. Philosophically (philosophy: a concept of the Universe) the
Gaia theory is not a Christian concept.
Those who do write to us, be assured all mail will be passed on to the
person/s concerned as feed back. Just to encourage us, from time to time,
we also receive letters praising particular articles - and the work we
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 28th
April, 2005 commencing at 7.30pm. The venue is: The Lithuanian Club, 16
East Terrace, Bankstown (approx. 600 metres from the Bankstown Railway
Station). Guest speaker will be Joan Michie and her subject title is:
"A New Meaning of 'Democracy'". A graduate of the Universities
of Melbourne, Sydney and Armidale, Joan has worked with the Australian
Government's development aid programme in various countries of the world.
She will examine the political applications of the concept of democracy
in the post-war period, concentrating upon selected countries and events.
Cost of attendance is $5.00.
THE FINANCIAL VULTURES ARE GATHERING AROUND
The "Herald Sun" 30/3/05 reported:-
"A global heavyweight and a local boutique corporate advisory outfit
have won the first stage in the $30 million-plus race to sell the rest
of Telstra. UBS and the Caliburn Partnership will conduct the first
stage of the Telstra sales process, dubbed T3, by spending several months
studying how the Government can maximise the financial windfall from
selling its 51.8 per cent stake".
The government says that this early win does not guarantee this organisation
a role in the actual sale. However the companies that did the initial
studies in the first two Telstra sales eventually gained the contract
for those sales.
What does this mean for us - REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS
TO MOBILISE PEOPLE TO ACT to keep Telstra in public hands.
HASCO BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE BATTLE:
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This has been illegal in Victoria since the 1980's. Please folk, let
us not upset those we want to encourage to act and let us not break
the by-laws either.
CD-ROM "LIONS FOR FREEDOM"
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