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17 August 2007 Thought for the Week:
"No one has ever seen Society, or heard it, or felt it. Each of us apprehends it only in fragments, and then what we are actually able to give our attention to is a separate instance of association and its result. For example, nobody has ever seen Society do any of the things which Society is commonly said to do.
When anyone has been said to be a witness of the vengeance of Society, inflicted upon one or more of its members, what was actually seen was a hangman, a rope, a support for the rope, a moveable platform, a superintending officer, a stopwatch and a victim. Inquiring into the antecedents of these things one sees books, schools, churches, fields in which hemp is growing, factories, the instruments of carpentry and joinery, wig-makers, watchmakers, and homes and so on "
- - Taken from "The Elements of Social Credit : Course of Lectures," 1946.
THE ECHO OF SHOTS FIRED
Here in Australia we don't have columnists in the largely Murdoch-run media like the late Samuel Francis. Although Francis did not criticise the financial system he was an excellent critic of US immigration and multiculturalism. In particular he saw US conservatives as working, intentionally or unintentionally, to undermine the American nation.
Peter Gemma is editor of a tribute to Samuel Francis' defe3nce of American nationalism, "Shots Fired : Samuel Francis on America's Cultural War," (FGF Books, Vienna VA 2006). The book collects Francis' columns, essays and speeches. Uniting all of these pieces is a belief that a nation is a people "bound by blood, place and history." For Francis society is "a contract between the dead, the living and the yet unborn, and its proper ordering, its government as well as its social arrangements, should reflect its concrete, historical institutions, manners and memories." Take away such bonds and society soon dissolves into a war of all against all, as Thomas Hobbes once put it.
But there has been a revolution and the government no longer serves the interests of the American people. Neo-con republicans differ little from Democrats who have the same centralist one-word agenda. "The people and forces now in power in this country - in government, the culture and Big Business - are the enemies of the real America and the real civilisation of the West."
Francis believes that the elites rule more through the influence of culture than through the control of production (i.e., economics and finance). This is, I believe, an error of the book, where Francis accepts the philosophy, unintentionally, of enemies from the left such as the Marxist Antonio Gramsci. Clearly both the cultural domain interacts and depends upon the economic and the economic in turn upon the cultural.
Social Credit has always had a non-reductionistic, sensible holistic view of social structure. The American critics are, for my taste, too much under the influence of liberalism and methodological individualism. Nevertheless this is an excellent book, well recommended for all concerned about the survival of western civilisation and our race.
AUSTRALIA : AN ELECTED DICTATORSHIP
by Ian Wilson LL.B:
Murray Wilcox observed that the Commonwealth has been using finance to influence State policy for years, but now the practice is accelerating, indicating "serious deficiencies in the quality of our democracy." He said: "It seems inherently wrong that, without any constitutional or parliamentary mandate, the Commonwealth should overrule State and Territory ministers and officials in respect of management issues within the latter's constitutional domain."
Wilcox suggests that these deficiencies in our democracy can be addressed by measures such as having the Speaker of the House of representatives resign from his/her party, increasing the use of "conscience votes" in Parliament and strengthening the distinction between Commonwealth and State powers. On the latter issue, Wilcox did not address the centralist philosophy which has gripped the High Court of Australia since its creation. Ask yourself why, time after time, based on the most flimsy of arguments, centralist judgements have always been delivered? I conjecture, for one reason or another, the Courts have not been sufficiently separated or insulated from the culture of politics. Public policy considerations - typically of a centralist nature - have held the day.
The answer is
political decentralism and devolution of powers as C.H. Douglas, L. Kohr and E.F.
Schumacher have all observed. (My thanks here to James Reed).
JUST BLAME IT ON THE FULL MOON
Example 3 : the USA wants to install a network of missile defences in Eastern Europe to shoot down missiles that may be launched from Iran. Naturally enough, Russia doesn't think too highly of this and Russia may point its own missiles on European targets. President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with The Times, 5/6/07 : "It is obvious that if part of the strategic nuclear potential of the US is located in Europe and will be threatening us, we will have to respond."
And it gets better : "This system of missile defence on one side and the absence of this system on the other increases the possibility of unleashing nuclear conflict." It seems that these grim, constipated men, living on saturated fat and alcohol, are never happy unless they are threatening everybody with nuclear annihilation. Iran does not have missiles with the range, so the threatening nuclear war will be all for nothing, if it happens.
another quote from the good Red President :"Is it not sort of funny? It would
be funny if it were not so sad." I'm laughing myself to death, slowly.
PRIME MINISTER RUDD, FEMINISM, APOLOGIES AND ALL THAT
to worry, just make it a feminist, personal issue - rather than one of political
consistency - and all will be well with the opinion polls. And it was. My favourite
quote came from Therese, where she said that if Kev had pressured her to sell
her multimillion dollar business he would be "sleeping on the couch". I'd take
the couch, ouch!
We are going to have interesting, politically correct, times ahead. Even Paul Keating has emerged from the shadows to walk once more in TV land, giving his version of how Labor can bury us, even faster than Kev.
PAUL KEATING - OBAMA RUDD
The American equivalents of Rudd-Gillard
are Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, Democratic White House hopefuls. It doesn't
really matter which one becomes president of the US, because both will do a good
job of continuing the destruction of the American nation, pushing on from the
horizon set by the Bush family.
the next stage in the operation will be cultural: The average punter has been
bashed by the Right on the right side of his/her head for too long. It is time
for a change of pace. Now the left side of the head gets a good work-over for
god knows how many years. And down civilisation goes again.
MARKETING THE ILLUSION OF BARAK OBAMA
by Brian Simpson
Americans are not told, but anyone with a grain of demographic knowledge can see
that the future of America is one where whites become a minority in the next few
decades. This apocalypse will happen faster than any so-called global warming
or environmental meltdown.
Barak has been said to be "handsome" and
"fresh". If one looks at his face as one would a Hollywood plastic surgeon, couldn't
a non-racial critique be made of jug-like ears, pointy chin and smallish head?
If the debate is put at the level of beauty, rather than moral integrity, that
is precisely the sort of considerations one is led to.
RE-HEATING AND RE-EATING THEIR OWN ACADEMIC VOMIT
The death in this case is the professional death of the academic. But plagiarism is widespread in academia. It is well known foreign students frequently pay to have essays written and assignments done. Sometimes fellow students sit in for a payer during examinations. Higher degree theses by foreign students are often so poor in English that other students and language professionals are paid to "panel-beat them into shape".
Plagiarism in this case is institutionally
supported - anything to keep the milk from the cash cows flowing. Self-plagiarism
is also common in academia. Here lazy academics pass off their old work for new
GOVERNOR ARTHUR PHILLIP AND THE -- GULAGS?
David Flint's Opinion Column:
The Argentinean report was that just as the first lady Senator Cristina Fernandez launched her bid for the presidency the day before, a fresh corruption scandal hit the centre-left Government. Two ministers in the government of Senator Fernandez' husband, President Nestor Kirchner, were under a cloud. The Defence Minister Nilda Garre was to be questioned over her alleged role in possible tax evasion over government weapons sales. And the Federal Court ordered the seizure of the personal assets of the disgraced Economy Minister Felisa Miceli who had been forced to resign in relation to accusations of corruption. $US64,000 ($A 73,000) had been found in her parliamentary office bathroom.
Under the Argentine's constitution, Presidents are not allowed to stand for more than one consecutive re-election. The candidature of the President's wife is seen as an attempt to circumvent this and to keep the Presidency in the Kirchner family. Parallels are being drawn, as you can imagine, with the candidature of Senator Clinton.
So how does this relate to Mr. Turnbull's assertion that Governor Arthur Philip was the commandant of a Gulag, that is, a Soviet or indeed Nazi style concentration camp? Before answering that, let me make one point about Australia and Argentina, both of which were settled by European powers.
When we federated in 1901, Australia and Argentina were the world's richest countries on a per capita basis. Today Australia remains one of the world's richest countries. She has always been a democracy and has played a significant role in the defence of freedom and democracy in the world. She lost more men in the First World War than the United States of America. For most of both wars, Argentina was a neutral. Argentina has endured terrible dictatorships, she is the only country to fall from the first world to the third, and her armed forces have been notable mainly in interfering in politics and snuffing out the people's freedoms.
Now why is this so? A former economics minister in the Menem government spoke about this on an ABC's Four Corners programme in 2002. He said the two countries were similar but with one important difference: "Australia has British institutions. If Argentina had such strong institutions she would be like Australia in ten or twenty years": "The Twilight of The Elites," 2003, pp 42-45.
The difference is not result
I was surprised to read that Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, the Environment and Water Resources
Minister has said that "It is hard to believe ... in our prosperous country, that
we were once a gulag, a gulag of the southern seas, a hell on earth."
MEET THE FRENCH PRESIDENT
Before he became President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy said in a 2004 interview : "Should I remind you the visceral attachment of every Jew to Israel, as a second mother homeland? There is nothing outrageous about it. Every Jew carries within him a fear passed down through generations, and he knows that if one day he will not be safe in his country, there will always be a place that would welcome him. And this is Israel."
According to the Australia Israel Review (June 2007, p.22) "It is well known that Sarkozy's mother was born to the Mallah family, one of the oldest Jewish families of Salonika, Greece In Greece, several family members became prominent Zionist leaders To this day, many Mallahs are still active Zionists around the world."
we infer from Sarkozy's metaphors and use of the term "visceral" that the fear
of anti-Semitism is carried in the social DNA like a kind of race memory? Or is
the fear an environmental thing, passed from generation-to-generation by social
learning? Where does this anti-Semitism come from? What is the ultimate cause?
Interested? Want another viewpoint?
GERMANY PAYING FOR THE HOLOCAUST - - FOREVER?
Germany since 1951 has paid about $61.8 billion in reparation payments to Israel and victims of the Third Reich. German firms have paid out about $49 million in compensation to wartime forced labourers. Now, children of the survivors of the Holocaust are filing a joint class action to receive funds for psychological treatment of "second generation" Holocaust survivors.
This has the potential to generate an infinite regress, where Germany, if it survives, will be paying the Holocaust generations - forever. Thus in 2,000 years time there could there not be generations who still suffer psychologically - for could not the hurt of generation 2 be transferred to generation 3 and so on? There is no reason why reparations should ever end by the logic implicit in the reparation demands.
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