10 July 2009 Thought
for the Week:
“The mediaeval preachers used to insist that religion which stopped short of actual conversion was like unto filthy rags. They had the root of the matter. Every attempt to treat a symptom of the financial disease diverts attention from the disease itself. The Labour revenge-complex-all-power-to-the-State-Party, with its “planning” and bureaucracy, is a great deal further from a Christian economics than even the Liberal laissez-faire, with all its abuses.
Both are Whiggism – an assumption of moral superiority used as a cloak behind which to exercise authority in support of the hidden potentate Mammon.
There are many readers of this review who are in despair at the revolting exhibitions of human frailty which are, so far as they are able, assisting the bankers against the Social Credit Movement. I do not share that view. The Devil does not waste time, and he is the Father of Lies. If the Devil were not active in it, there would be no virtue in the Social Credit Movement. But that is no reason why he should not be known for what he is. “They know not what they do” does not mean that nobody else shall know what they do.
Labels mean little. There is enough of the genuine spirit of Christianity in the world today in the followers of every creed, to form the basis of a genuine democracy, and a genuine democracy can rest only on that spirit.”
- - C.H. Douglas “Those Who Are Not For Us,” The Fig Tree 1936
C.H. DOUGLAS WARNINGS STILL RELEVANT
by Terence Holmes
I was delighted to learn a few months ago, that there existed a BBC recording of C.H. Douglas. To hear his voice is a delight in itself – and the subject of his speech is still so relevant for today.
In this address entitled "The Causes of War" he says:
"The technical definition of 'war' is any action taken to impose your will upon an adversary, or to prevent him from imposing his will upon you."
Douglas reminds us that International Trade, and specifically, the attempt to maintain a 'favourable balance of trade', is tantamount to an act of economic war.
**Every country, in this scenario, is trying to increase its own purchasing power - at the expense of the target market. Obviously, not every country can have a favourable balance of trade - someone loses out, and that country loses local opportunities for employment.
Under the current financial system, this means the loss of local purchasing power and the 'economic' retaliation is to attempt to capture more international markets to regain that purchasing power which has been lost.
Douglas also states that economic war almost invariably results in military war, and that once the principles of this coerced international trade have been established, we have set ourselves on the road to conflict.
What is different today?
Australia produces many times more wheat than she consumes - not primarily because we want to help the hungry of the world, but just so that we can import money in an attempt to address the chronic shortage of purchasing power at home. We see the constant attempts of overseas corporations to invest heavily in our resource industries - China being the topical example (even the Chinese Government!).
Our tariff policies, our immigration laws, our incentives for overseas students all encourage it, and ASIC seems to be under constant pressure (from outside AND inside) to relax their policies on protectionism - all for the cause of human rights/globalism/ equality, etc.
I find it disturbing that 'protectionism' is now a dirty word – another success of globalist propaganda. What's next? I surmise 'suicide' will be promoted as a worthy, altruistic cause.
A global free market with no national boundaries is promoted as the panacea for poverty, yet we see that Poverty amidst Plenty is still common everywhere.
Douglas insightfully said "You cannot solve a problem merely by increasing its boundaries" - and that "the seeds of war are in every village."
Douglas sums up the situation in saying that the causes of war, and poverty amidst plenty, are the same, and the answer to them both lies in a simple rectification of the money system.
The audio recording of this speech can be heard at the following page - http://douglassocialcredit.com/douglas.php
BRAZIL SLUM A BEACON FOR ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE
... Betty Luks
Of course there is more to it than the following article suggests, but here is another example of local people coming to grips with the basic question of a local currency (a local accounting system) thereby attempting to overcome the chronic lack of purchasing power, and, hopefully, ensuring their own survival and sustainability.
The Epoch Times 22 May-4 June 2009:-
“At a time when big financial
firms are reviled by many
for leading the world into
crisis, a ramshackle bank
on a potholed street has lessons in
economic independence that are
catching on around the world.
With its own money, the palma, that
is trusted and heavily used, many of
the 32,000 residents of the Palmeiras
slum in the north-eastern Brazil city
of Fortaleza go days without seeing or
using Brazil's national currency.
Backed by the community bank
that hands out zero-interest loans in
the currency, the 11-year-old palma
is accepted by businesses throughout
the area, whose residents credit it
with transforming the local economy.
It has spawned more than 30 linked
community banks from the Amazon
region to south-eastern Espirito Santo
state, in 2005.
And lately, Pahmeiras residents say,
the palma has shielded them from
the crisis fallout spreading through
Latin America's biggest economy, where millions of poor struggled to
get access to credit even before the
financial turmoil struck.
"The palma has helped people get over this crisis, the loans have helped give people continuity," said Joan
Perreira de Souza, the 46-year-old
owner of a local supermarket that has
expanded in recent years thanks to
loans made in palmas. "It's not total protection, but it is
New wave of interest
Experiments in local currencies and
trading schemes, whose backers say
they work by keeping wealth within
a community and strengthening local
ties, have been around for decades.
But the crisis has sparked a new
wave of interest in such models as
communities, including in the United
States and Europe, seek to insulate
themselves from the credit crunch.
"I think it's like a backstop - if everything falls down, what would we be
left with," said Mary Fees, secretary of
Britain's LETS LINK UK network of
local exchange trading systems. She said there had been a surge in interest
from Britons in recent months,
including from those who had lost
their jobs and were seeking another
way to sell their skills.
Crisis-hit communities across the
United States are creating or reviving
their own currencies - from the
"plenty" in Pittsboro, North Carolina,
to the "cheers" that is accepted by
some businesses in depressed Detroit
- in a throwback to currencies known
as "scrip" used during the Great
for Wall Street? Go local.
The benefits of local currencies
could be more psychological than
economic, some sceptical economists
say. Tim Harford, author of “The Undercover Economist,” book that
explains the economics behind
everyday life, said any extra money
spent on local goods instead of
"imports" would likely be cancelled
out by the fall in spending on
community goods by outsiders.
(** What did Douglas have to say? “Every country, in this scenario, is trying to increase its own purchasing power - at the expense of the target market. Obviously, not every country can have a favourable balance of trade - someone loses out, and that country loses local opportunities for employment.”…ed)
"If it makes people feel good, makes
them think about local products, that's
great," he said. "I just wonder if the
energy it takes to set up could be used
for other local projects."
Excluded from credit (purchasing power…ed)
Yet the Palmeiras slum, which was
formed by residents of an uprooted
fishing community in the 1970s,
appears to be a model of success. It was impossible to find sceptics on
a recent day as customers lined up at
the bank's three cashier stands to take
out palma loans and make deposits. As in most other, such systems the palma has a value at parity with the national currency but can only be used within a certain area. Local retailers offer a 5 per cent discount for purchases in palmas and say that about
30 per cent of their sales are now made
in the currency.
"We found the reason we are poor
is not because we don’t have money,
but that we were losing money.
For everything we wanted to buy, money was going outside of the neighourhood," said Joaquin de Mello the
bank’s general manager. “The crisis has shown that big, all-powerful banks without social control
don't work because they exclude a lot
of people who don’t have access to banks.”
A decade ago, residents had to leave
Palmeiras just to get a haircut because
of a lack of local businesses. But the
combination of a local currency and
available credit has helped hundreds
of small businesses get started, they
said. "People outside don't have the
same luck we do," said Moeme Alves
de Souza, a 53-year-old who runs a
corner bar with her sick husband, after
counting out her latest 100 palmas
She uses palmas loans to finish her
local shopping, while a loan from
the bank in the national currency has
helped her son expand his tire-fixing business next to the bar.
Stores throughout the community
sell locally made products such as
detergents with the Banco Palmas
brand. Local production keeps youths
out of trouble and helps her business
by improving security, said supermarket owner Ms de Souza.
The enthusiastic Mr de Mello has an ambitious target of 1000
community banks in Brazil by the end
of 2010. "There is enormous demand,"
His advice for Wall Street? Go
local. "The crisis is producing an error because banks are joining together,” he said. “The lesson of crisis is that you
have to decentralise and get closer to
the people. The more you merge the
more you discriminate and reject."
THE REAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS
by Brian Simpson
While environmentalists are championing the existence of a climate change crisis, the real environmental crisis is the destruction of soil and the depletion of water. In Central Asia the construction of huge hydro power stations in Tajikstan and Kirghizia will impact upon downstream countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenia, resulting in water shortages and damaging ecologies. This type of situation is repeated across the world for various reasons.
It is not merely water which may be in short supply in the future due to expanding human populations and development, but soil as well. As detailed by Professor David Montgomery in his book “Dirt: The Erosions of Civilisations,” modern techno-mechanised agriculture is depleting topsoil. Civilisations in the past that collapsed were, among other things, abusing their soils.
The Roman Empire left the soils in the Mediterranean depleted and these soils have not yet recovered. Soil erosion is thus a much more important problem than climate change because we can see soil erosion and we know that it is happening right across the world.
But, unlike big money-spinning topics like climate change, there is not the political will to do something before it is too late and our soils are gone like the soils of the Roman Empire. Less soil and more mouths to feed is a recipe for disaster.
A FITTING END TO KEV O7 'S ONE BIG IDEA
by James Reed
While Big Kev 07 is making more than his fair shake of the sauce bottle of the ute-gate affair (in Italy, they apparently have real affairs, with real women, not merely utes), Obama’s man has tipped cold water over Kev’s Asia-mad idea for an Asian-style European Union (The Advertiser, 12/6/09, p.1). Kurt Campbell, “a Democrat and a Hawk” (i.e. a Demohawk) said that Asians hated to be compared to Europe (why? racism?) and it was the role of the US, not Australia, to oversee any new institution. So get back into your ute Kev and know your place in the world!
In fact, even the Chinese are getting into the habit of Big Kev bashing. Professor Xu Xaonian, economics professor at China Europe International Business School in Shanghai has said that Kev’s (“Lu Kewen”) piece on neoliberalism causing the economic crisis was “shallow and crude”.
The essay casts a “moral verdict without seeming to care about truth or logic”. “Lu is either short of economic knowledge or is misleading his readers” (The Australian, 19/6/09, p.1). We couldn’t put it better ourselves.
NEEDS BUT A SHEET OF GALVANISED IRON FOR HOME
by John Steele
These are the words of a fellow army man who responded to a fellow grunt’s complaint about our tents when we were on patrol: “All a man needs for a home is a sheet of galvanised iron”. This tough-guy quote has stayed in my mind long after my army days. I was reminded of it when seeing the big coloured picture (The Weekend Australian, 30-31/5/09, p.17) accompanying the story “Our Fourth World”.
The story deals with the plight of outback Aborigines, especially with regard to drink and drug problems, and argues that the situation is so bad that it will take a generation to deal with. In my opinion, considering the billions that are spent in this area, largely to line the pockets of urban elites, it is doubtful that these problems will be met, even in a generation.
Perhaps the answer lies in a return to traditional lifestyles, of abandoning modern living rather than living on the fringes of White man’s world. The coloured picture that I mentioned with the story has a young Aboriginal man returning to his humpy home at Papunya in the south of the Northern Territory. No doubt the White city elites are shocked by this banged-up home of tarps and galvanised iron. But the lad has done a good job! The home is cheap – dirt cheap.
And what is more sensible – working your whole life essentially to pay off a home – which is nowadays usually taken from working men after divorce – or living like a free man?
Our culture has become so drenched with materialism and consumerism that those who want to live rough and tough are treated as freaks. So much for our decadent world.
THE MYTH OF ASIAN LANGUAGES
by James Reed
Periodically, the cry rings out from the elites: “learn Asian languages or die”. One such article “Future Depends on Asian Languages” (The Australian, 10/6/09, p.33) according to Professor Michael Wesley of the Asia Institute at Griffith University, who has released a report entitled Building an Asia-Literate Australia an $11.3 billion mass Asian language literacy program needs to be undertaken. Within the next 30 years, he believes, half of all Australians need to become competent in Mandarin, Japanese and Indonesian, the language of the major trading partners.
According to Wesley: “The world of the future is going to be an Asian Centred knowledge economy and essential to getting ahead in the knowledge economy is getting our human infrastructure right and essential to that is being able to speak to people in languages other than English”. Students up to year 10 under this ideology would receive up to 150 minutes in an Asian language each week. It is not stated how many new Asian languages the good professor will learn.
Asianist Education Minister Julia Gillard is already touting a four year $62 billion Asian Languages and Studies in School Program “as part of the fix to a worrying trend towards Australian monolingualism”(The Australian, 25/6/09, p.79). Doesn’t that sum it all up. I hope that she is going to learn an Asian language.
Never mind that English is already the lingua franca of global business and science and not an Asian language. Really, what this is about is an expensive Asianisation program to further colonise our school children. Already high school kids I know are being taught how rich and wonderful Chinese history is, and that British history is just ‘racist’. We are already enslaved.
The elites also want Confucius Institutes to be able to bid for their slice of these billions that the Asianists have to waste. It is well known that the Confucius Institutes offer ‘a positive view’ of China: the institutes are jointly run by local universities and Hanban, part of the Chinese government. They serve, some Chinese critics say, as ‘propaganda vehicles for the Chinese Communist Party’ and they are coming to a university near you.
WHY WE NEED TO CLOSE DOWN THE UNIVERSITIES
by Brian Simpson
Having already read James Reed’s piece on the Asian language scam, I have come over to his position that the university system needs to be closed down. For the reasons that he gives, what comes from the arts/social sciences section is all bad. We are far better off without the professors and associate bottom-feeders. Let them do hard manual labour on the roads.
I am tired of all the nonsense about postmodernism, ‘readings’, ‘texts’ and all that, all the senseless debates at the public expense. All of the Commonwealth Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council Grants on topics which deeper critical reflection reveals are fundamentally absurd.
How about a grant funding research into the idea that access to energy is a fundamental human right for six billion people? How about funding an entire research centre on the basis of achieving equity in health for six billion people? Then there are countless feminist, cultural studies and sociology departments, departments of multiculturalism etc., devoted to the task of attacking Anglo-Saxon males.
The Universities are demonic, toxic, polluted – choose your metaphor. Their once honourable purpose has gone. They exist now only to destroy our ideals. As such, they need to be financially starved to death and eliminated.
They would make great shopping centres or amusement parks – or better yet, knock down the sand stone structures and build homes for the poor. That would be a fitting end for these towers of evil.
THE INSANTIY OF 'DEVELOPMENT '
from Len the Cleaner
The pro-immigration pieces continue to appear in the Adelaide media with no rebuttal. The elites worry about a slow-down in building projects – as if there are not enough buildings in Adelaide already (The Advertiser, 16/5/09, p.34).
The City Messenger (14/5/09, p.1) has a page one story “Migrants Back City” celebrating the flood of business migrants into South Australia.
The business migration scheme has been shown to be an illusion, yet the business elite want to double Adelaide’s population. All this with major problems of sustainable water supply.
All these people are about is quick profits. When Adelaide is destroyed as a liveable city, the corporate elites will jump ship for more profitable havens.
THE LAW AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
June 24, 2009 was a big news day for The Advertiser. For example, there were stories claiming that men preferred food to sex (p.11). Then of course there was the big story covered in all the papers about the 11th hour plea deal made by US singer Chris Brown (a black) regarding his assault on female singer (also a black) Rihanna.
A shocking photo is published of this poor girl’s face after Brown beat her senseless in February this year. Brown’s plea deal enabled him to avoid gaol but he will get 180 hours of community labour and domestic violence counselling. This seems an incredibly light punishment for an assault which left this girl nearly unconscious with her face bloodied and bruised.
Closer to home, the Federal Court awarded a woman $466,000 as a victim of sexual harassment and unfair dismissal. The female worker of the Hickinbotham Group was subjected to sexual harassment by two male workers who sent emails propositioning her for sex. Other allegations were rejected by Justice Mansfield. The importance of the case is that the lady was treated as a problem because of her complaints and was sacked on the alleged grounds of poor work performance.
While some may see this as a victory for the feminist industry, I do not. The key thing in the case is not annoying emails – which if this was all there was would constitute a trivial issue - but the sacking of a person for standing up for their rights at work. I think there would be a good novel here when this case is finally resolved. The woman’s legal costs have been estimated to be over $1 million, which means that a legal battle of enormous dimensions has occurred.
Having said these words in support, I wonder what the results of a case would be of an Anglo Saxon male seeking equivalent justice. How about the hypothetical of a brilliant, politically incorrect, right wing academic, deprived of a university position because of the stifling politically correct anti-white racist hierarchy of the modern university? What do you think the outcome of this sort of case would be?
CALIFORNIA NIGHTMARE, ON SUCH A DEPRESSING DAY '
by James Reed
Where are the pop group the Mammas ‘n’ the Pappas, singing California Dreamin’ when the people need them? According to an insightful article “California Collapsing – US Economy Next”, (Coming Depression website) California has a US $24.3 billion budget deficit, foreclosed homes are skyrocketing, house prices crashing and unemployment is the worst it has been in 64 years. The official rate is 11.5% but it is soon likely to be 15%.
Former muscle-bound Governor (now Terminator again) of California has been terminating government jobs with no lack of “salvation”: “Our wallet is empty. Our bank is closed. And our credit is dried up”. The Californian economy is larger than India’s or Russia’s. When it finally goes right down the gurgler, so too will the economy of the United States.
GRAND JURIES IN THE USA:
The link below is to the 1st of 9 videos on YouTube by Orly Taitz a California attorney.
These constitute her testimony to common law Grand Juries being convened in America in connection with Obama's ineligibility to be President. Her testimony is the primary information informing the common law Grand Juries.
The 9 videos lay out the complete case very clearly and are fascinating and enlightening:
WHEN DISCUSSING ISRAEL, GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!
by Betty Luks
The ABC has apologised to the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council after a complaint about a report on Israel’s West Bank Barrier. The ABC said that both the International Court of Justice and Israel’s Supreme Court had found that the wall was illegal.
As a matter of fact, only the International Court of Justice has, while Israel’s Supreme Court has found the wall legal (The Australian, 25/6/09, p.3). That’s the important thing: get the facts straight. But now can we discuss the International Court of Justice ruling?
TALKING TURKEY ABOUT JOBS
from Len the Cleaner
With all the propaganda about how the Australian economy is doing so well in the current economic ill-weather, it is good to see a bit of reality about unemployment in the Murdoch press (“Reality Bites – Jobless Rate Off the Rails”, The Advertiser, 12/6/09, p.4).
The national jobless rate grew by 0.2% in May to be 5-7%: one in seven employees are looking for work. That is, 651,000 Australians.
Yet Rudd continues to bring in migrants at record rates and no political voice is raised against this policy of national suicide. Perhaps societies become so decadent and corrupt that after a point no one cares anymore and in fact, there is a longing for death, the social death of civilisation. Are we there yet?