29 July 2011 Thought
for the Week:
Europe slowly crumbles under its debt, Andrew Bolt’s Blog, 21 July 2011: The real problem confronting our economy isn’t global warming: French President Nicolas Sarkozy today flew to Berlin for a summit with Angela Merkel aimed at forging a common stance on the Greek rescue package as the eurozone lurches closer to collapse…
Mrs Merkel, who is increasingly agitated at Germany being called upon to be the main bailout partner for countries like Greece, Ireland and Portugal, is seen by her countrymen as increasingly weak and without direction… Germany’s share of the bailouts and the euro rescue fund already amounts to €140 billion.
But that vast figure is still not enough to stem the debt problems of other countries. International bankers fear a global financial meltdown of a magnitude greater than the Wall Street Crash of 1929 if the eurozone countries fail to tackle their debt mountains.
- - http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/europe_slowly_crumbles_under_its_debt/
DEFAULT IS NOT INEVITABLE
Wallace Klinck, Canada
The following is a response from Wally Klinck to a social credit discussion group: What is not realised is that when a nation is contracting accumulating debt it is not paying its way financially.
That is a technical state of, or progression toward, default, because financial prices are not being liquidated at their rate of creation, and is only "averted" by increased borrowing in a futile effort to stave off the final day of reckoning which would of course be foreclosure on the assets of the nation as a whole.
Inasmuch as all nations are increasingly under the burden of increasing debt, private and public, this raises the fascinating, and hopefully instructive, question of who ultimately would be the one foreclosing creditor agent.
Nation's live financially and physically in the present by drawing on the future through the instrumentality of debt which is the means by which financial costs in a given cost-accountancy period are carried forward as an inflationary charge against future production.
The Nature of Industrial-Cost-Accountancy
My impression is that you (within the discussion group) have not the faintest idea of the nature of industrial cost-accountancy as it interacts with the credit system in a modern capital-intensive economy. You compulsively adhere to blindly accepted inadequate or deceptive definitions and concepts which have been inculcated in your mind through your exposure to orthodox economic ideas.
Social Credit is heterodox and holds different concepts about the nature of economic reality and necessarily uses quite different definitions and terminology. If you have, as you claim, studied the "dismal science" of economics "as she is taught" I am quite satisfied that you have been thoroughly brainwashed. I went through the same academic mill. Social Credit, you proclaim, is "crazy and discredited by almost everybody"? This is a ridiculous statement because most people (including most academics) know next to nothing about the subject--a fact that is glaringly obvious in light of various ill-informed and utterly irrelevant criticisms…
Champions of Freedom
Anyone can champion "freedom" and most people would probably agree with this general sentiment. However, one has to have means to incarnate the principle in our organic affairs which, whether we like it or not, involves association at various levels ranging from the individual through the family, circle of associates, community and nation.
We derive great benefits from successful associations and in all of them, in order to "play the game", we have to observe certain rules and make certain concessions for such associations to flourish.
The important thing is that associations of all sorts must genuinely serve the interests of individual members and that individuals hold the power of invalidating and/or atrophying an association or function by means of the right of "contracting out" where that association or function is deemed by the individual as not to be serving his or her interests.
I don't doubt that you are "educated" but my impression is that this has resulted in a heady abstractionism substantially separated or detached from the real world in which ultimately most humans must live. Unfortunately, abstractionism can and inevitably does result in an inability to realize the very real freedoms to which we aspire.
Politics cannot be divorced from philosophy or religion
I would point out also that politics cannot be divorced from philosophy and or "religion." The present financial system is firmly established on the basis of a "do ut des" (this for that) philosophy in that money is strictly issued only for production, or in the case of consumer loans through and recoverable from future production. This is strictly in accord with the doctrine of 'Salvation through Works" and is diametrically opposed to the Christian doctrine of "Salvation through Grace."
Society is metaphysically (or philosophically) based
Policy derives from philosophy and mechanisms are constructed to give effect through policy to the particular metaphysics of a society. Anyone who imagines that the present world financial system, i.e., the "Monopoly of Credit" is not based upon a specific system of "religious" tenets is entirely deluded. Social Credit was not specifically designed to be compatible with Christian principles but it was through experience and observation discovered to be so.
When it is suggested that following a withdrawal from military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc., "there will be plenty in the kitty" he misconstrues the actual situation. Great military expenditure releases a vast amount of consumer incomes which are paid out in financing such adventures. These incomes are spent by consumers and tend to buoy and sustain the economy. Indeed, cessation or reduction of such military activity typically brings about a major credit (i.e., monetary) contraction with consequent trade depression and all the adverse social and economic conditions which inevitably ensue.
Under the present grossly defective financial system, the United States of America is economically driven by war without which the nation could not function and would falter and fail due to lack of effective consumer demand.
We nations all are given no option of a stable, advancing economy but rather one of expansion with inflationary exponential growth of unsustainable debt or, alternatively, contraction with widespread foreclosure upon real assets and financial ruin for the people who create the nation's real wealth and who give meaning to that production.
THE GAME OF ‘BEGGAR-MY-NEIGHBOUR – ECONOMIC ORTHODOXY
Economist Frances Hutchinson and Chair of the UK Social Credit Secretariat warns that unless the ‘rules of the game’ are changed, mankind is heading for disaster - “Transition Mapping for Local Authority III”, The Social Crediter, Vol.87, p.27, Summer 2011:
"Humanity is currently engaged in a peculiar game of beggar-my-neighbour monopoly capitalism. In theory all players set off from Go as equals on a level playing field. In practice, individuals can only enter the game according to rules laid down by a complex series of interlocking institutions which are beyond human comprehension or control. Powerful interests dominate huge international cartels directing political and economic policies in every country of the world.
The overwhelming majority of individuals have no choice but to seek to stay on the board (i.e. to secure a money income in order to stay alive), by working in service to the system. That is, they do the work demanded of them by the companies and the bureaucracies of national states. The companies need workforces to extract mineral wealth, food and other materials from the land, to manufacture machines, transport systems, armaments and consumer goods, and to educate and service the workforce.
The overwhelming majority of individuals simply allow themselves to be fed into the system, and to be fed by the system, without questioning the purpose, morality or logic behind the entire scheme of things. Few feel any sense of responsibility for their own personal role within it: they simply follow the rules of the society into which they are born.
This state of affairs will continue until humanity succeeds in destroying its life support systems completely unless the economic thought of heretical thinkers like Clifford Hugh Douglas are dusted off and studied in the light of twenty-first century circumstances".
Read further here…. http://douglassocialcredit.com/resources/tsc/2011_summer.pdf
DARLING DOWNS SET TO BE TURNED INTO A QUARRY
by Jeanette Keogh
If you love the Darling Downs – please help us save our Homeland.
You may not be aware that around 95% of the Darling Downs is now covered by coal mining permits of one form or another. In fact, Environmental Activists now warn there will be THIRTY OPEN CUT COAL MINES on the Darling Downs within the next ten to twelve years.
They not only plan to turn our rich farming land into a worthless lunar moonscape, they also plan to mine a number of suburbs and towns as well.
While many are still in the permit stage, no coal mine has ever been blocked on environmental grounds in Queensland. Which means that once these applications progress, there will be absolutely no hope of stopping them.
Why is the State Government allowing mining on the prime farming land and scarce water resources of the Darling Downs, the richest food bowl in Australia?
Good question. The simple truth is that after nearly twenty years in power, the State Government is broke. They have already sold off State assets such as the railways and the ports.
They are now determined to give the Mining companies every thing they want – even if it will wipe out our lifestyle, our livelihood and our farming food bowl.
They are doing this for the money: Governments need mining royalties in order to hold onto power – in this case, to spend on social programs for their favoured city voters – the very people who keep them in power.
Clearly, these politicians believe that the Bush no longer matters, that country people are completely expendable, right down to driving them off like homeless refugees from their own land - and slowly and deliberately removing the sovereign rights of ownership over their own land.
Did anyone ask you – do you mind if I take your land rights away? Do you mind if I say there is nothing you can do to stop miners entering your land and doing exactly what they want, right down to the destruction of your land and water? You can go to court and make a fuss, of course, and spend all your money on lawyers, but the truth is that the Government simply doesn’t care. In fact they will send you out a special little handbook they have written on how you need to behave when the miners enter your land – and they expect you to cop it sweet.
You may ask – why haven’t I heard of this before? Why haven’t I read any of this in the Courier Mail and the Chronicle? Well, we all asked ourselves the same question. It seems that democracy is dead in Queensland and the Media is too afraid to speak out against their masters. So we have decided to truthfully and fully inform the people ourselves.
We have carefully researched the following facts, and we believe it is your right to know what is happening here. We are all working closely with Alan Jones and other prominent Australians who are equally outraged by what is happening here and joined us in our fight to protect the Darling Downs. Alan was here with us on Sunday, he covers our battle every day on his national radio program - and he will be back again to help us very soon.
We would welcome any help or support that you can offer us, especially in attending forthcoming Protest events and Town Hall rallies.
This is real and this is DEMOCRACY AT WORK.
Please step up and become involved in the fight to save our Homeland before it is too late.
First step: send this email to ten people you know, and ask them to send it to ten people, and so on.
INFORMATION IS POWER! For further information, you can contact
• Friends of Felton - www.fof.org.au
• Toowoomba Coal Mine Action Group (Glen Zimmerle: http://twmbacmag.wordpress.com
• Lock the Gate Alliance – www.lockthegate.org.au
• The Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Breeders are strongly against coal - https://www.htba.com.au/default.aspx?pageaction=news&articleid=40
HUMAN RIGHTS, COSMOPOLITANISM AND QUANTUM HOLISM: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
I recently came to examine the journal World Futures which contains various papers on issues about the human condition and the sustainability of human civilisation and the species. Many papers have a globalist and cosmopolitan bent, perhaps deeper than the material criticised by writers at this site. Elisabet Sahouris “Why True Globalisation Depends on New Scientific Models” World Futures, Vol.62, 2006, pp.17-27, seeks a future of a “truly cooperative global family” but this is done from a scientific position rejecting mechanistic materialism, the founding belief of consumer culture. Consciousness is taken to be as fundamental as energy.
Amar Dhall, “On the Philosophy and Legal Theory of Human Rights in the Light of Quantum Holism”, World Futures, Vol 66, 2010, pp.1-25, argues that quantum mechanics shows that the world is holistic and interconnected and that this provides a more adequate foundation for human rights than at present, i.e., we are also all “connected”.
What then to make of all this? I for one am suspicious of attempts to read off philosophies from developments in physics, particularly one as counter-intuitive as quantum mechanics. Sure, subatomic particles have a connection (known as “non-locality”) but that does not show that people have the same sort of connection.
Any such attempt to reconstruct a jurisprudence and philosophy of law from basic physics seems to my mind to commit the so-called “naturalistic fallacy”, attempting to derive an “ought” from an “is”.
Further, what happens to all of this stuff when quantum mechanics is ultimately replaced by say the “string theory” (the world is made of vibrating “strings”)? There are indeed no limits to the absurdities contemplated by our intellectuals, particularly philosophers.
IS TONY ABBOTT A ‘RABBIT’ OR JUST ONE OF THE “GANG”
by Chris Knight
One of the United States’ leading liberal philosophers is John Rawls, author of "A Theory of Justice". Although one might guess that Rawls was an open borders man, his book The Law of Peoples (1999) gives a spirited, liberal defence of closed borders. Here is Rawls’ defence, concise and sensible: “Role of Boundaries.
An important role of a people’s government, however arbitrary a society’s boundaries may appear from a historical point of view, is to be the representative and effect agent of a people as they take responsibility for their territory and its environmental integrity, as well as for the size of their population.
As I see it, the point of the institution of property is that, unless a definite agent is given responsibility for maintaining an asset and bears the loss for not doing so, that asset tends to deteriorate. In this case the asset is the people’s territory and its capacity to support them in perpetuity; and the agent is the people themselves as politically organised…they are to recognise that they cannot make up for their irresponsibility in caring for their land and its natural resources by conquest in war or by migrating into other people’s territory without their consent.”
“It does not follow from the fact that boundaries are historically arbitrary that their role in the Law of Peoples cannot be justified. On the contrary, to fix on their arbitrariness is to fix on the wrong thing. In the absence of a world-state, there must be boundaries of some kind, which when viewed in isolation will seem arbitrary and depend to some degree on historical circumstances”. (pp. 38 – 39) Good one, John. Pity Gillard and co are not listening.
THE FAILURE OF SECULAR ETHICS
by Chris Knight
Leading theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg is “Dreams of a Final Theory: The Search for the Fundamental Laws of Nature” (Vintage, London 1993) says in Chapter 7 “Against Philosophy”:
“The insights of philosophers have occasionally benefitted physicists, but generally in a negative fashion – by protecting them from the pre-conceptions of other philosophers”. (p.132).
In the 20th century, scepticism (the view that there is no knowledge) and relativism (the view that there is no objective truth, only framework or culturally relative truth) emerged in influential intellectual movements. This was seen in the humanities (philosophy), law and the social sciences. It produced movements such as postmodernism, deconstructionism, the strong programme of the sociology of knowledge and in law, critical legal studies and critical race studies. These positions all reject the idea that science can give us objective and rational knowledge.
Ethics too has been under attack, primarily from relativism, generated from multiculturalism and ethnic pluralism. This pluralism allegedly shows that there is no universal point for an objective ethics, just an infinite cloud of incommensurable moral positions.
H.T. Engelhardt’s “The Foundations of Bioethics” (1996) addresses this epistemological problem from a Christian ethics position. He agrees that the problems of scepticism and relativism show the inadequacy of secular philosophical moral reasoning.
Traditional ethical positions “beg the question, arbitrarily affirm a particular point of departure, or invoke an infinite regress”. (p. ix) This represents “the collapse of the Western philosophical hope to ground the objectivity of morality” and “brings all secular bioethics into question”. (p.65)
Engelhardt believes that commitment to Christianity, a non-secular framework will resolve these problems.
Secular ethics places the entire knowledge programme on man, while Christian ethics begins by accepting human original sin and limitations. The Christian viewpoint does not seek to try to build a utopia on Earth, recognising that this world is imperfect and ultimately will face death. It is a far more realistic approach to ethics. It does not demand moral absurdities which secular ethics imposes upon us. It is thus more faithful to human nature. For that reason it is to be preferred.
WORTH PONDERING ON: THE HUNZA PEOPLE AND THE WHEEL OF HEALTH
The League has from its beginnings carried books by the early pioneers of organic farming and gardening and the wholeness of health. One such book was Dr. G.T. Wrench’s “The Wheel of Health” first written in 1938 and republished in 2006:
“Where India meets Afghanistan and the Chinese Empire is closest to the Soviet republics, there amidst a congress of great mountains, is the Native State of Hunza…”
Why the interest in these people? The doctor had discovered in the writings of a Dr. Robert McCarrison this sentence:
“These people are unsurpassed by any Indian race in perfection of physique; they are long-lived, vigorous in youth and age, capable of great endurance and enjoy a remarkable freedom from disease in general” and the good doctor obviously wasn’t satisfied till he had discovered their ‘secrets’ to good health.
Just as Prince Charles continually directs his readers to ‘the wholeness of Life’ in his latest book “Harmony” (see below) so does Dr. Wrench write about the wholeness of health. Remember he was writing before WWII. “Fragmentation, I take it, arises from the invasion and domination of thought by specialists. A piece of required knowledge is isolated and is studied with great technical skill
and intensity by a specialist. This simplification of knowledge
by devotion to only a fragment of it is suitable to the intelligence of the average man, and, as there are great numbers
of average men, it is easy for present-day civilisation to cultivate a number of specialists or simplicists, men to whom
thinking is simplified by cutting it down to one problem or
set of problems, or one technique or even one particular part
of a technical process. It is not only a division of labour, but
a division of knowledge which leads to the separation of the
intellect from the wider reality of life.
Simplicism, the binding of man to one job or one small
department of knowledge, affects every branch of modern
life and not only science. If one breaks away from one's
special box to seek the wide world of knowledge, and thinks
to find a way under the tutorage of experts, one soon finds
oneself in a Sudanese dust-storm. So finely fragmented is the
knowledge, one loses sight of the real world. I am, however, here only concerned with this fragmentation in the matter of research upon nutrition, and in the argument that diet is a whole thing, already proven in the living world,
wherever there are animals and plants, vigorous and without disease…(italics added…ed)
“All this knowledge would be quite useless to the Hunza people. They have, for long, found a diet that is "adapted
to promote optimum development." They have formed it out
of foods not widely different from European foods, for, as
McCarrison says in the Cantor Lectures:
are not, in essence, so different in India and in England”. The chief difference is that they have a settled traditional diet into which they are born and a settled traditional way of growing it and caring for it. They have a whole system, a diet as a whole thing, whole not only in itself, but in its history, its culture, its storage, and its preparation.
And with their whole diet they preserve the wholeness of
their health. This also we (westerners) have failed to do. Our health or
wholeness has fragmented no less than our diet.
A swarm of
specialists have with the invention of science settled on the
fragments to study them. A great deal is found out about
each several disease; there is a huge, unmanageable accumulation of knowledge, and this and that disease is checked or overcome. But our wholeness has not been restored to us. On the
contrary, it is fragmented into a great number of diseases and
still more ailments.
We have lost wholeness, and we have got
in its place its fragmentation with a multiplexity of methods,
officially blessed and otherwise, dealing with
the fragments in
That was written in 1938, one wonders what the good doctor would have to say about the ‘health and wholeness’ of whole populations in the 21st century.
An Earlier Fragmentation
In his latest book “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World” Prince Charles reminds his readers of 1600’s ‘great divorce’ - the split that occurred between faith and reason as a result of the Church charging Galileo Galilei, then a professor of Mathematics at Padua University, with heresy. Due to his use of the telescope to study the stars Galileo had come to the realisation that the Earth was not the centre of the universe as the Church at that time taught.
But the disconnection and fragmentation didn’t stop there
Westerners have managed to disconnect the spiritual life from that of the material world in which they live. A much more integrated view of the wholeness of Life existed before the rise of scientific rationalism.
Which brings us up to Modernism, which Prince Charles insists “has deliberately abstracted Nature and glamorised convenience and this is why we have ended up seeing the natural world as some sort of gigantic production system seemingly capable of ever-increasing outputs for our benefit. Modernism compounded what had already become a general attitude in industrialised countries towards the natural world and, as that definition has become more predominant, so the view we have of our own role in Nature's process has been reduced..."
This ideology was far from benign or just a matter of fashion:
"The Marxism of the Bolshevik regime totally absorbed, adopted and extended the whole concept of Modernism to create the profoundly soulless, vicious, de-humanised ideology which eventually engineered the coldly calculated death of countless millions of its own citizens as well as entire living traditions – all for the simple reason that the end justified the means in the great ‘historic struggle’ to turn people against their true nature and into ideological, indoctrinated ‘machines’ and the Prince points out: “That loss has come with a price: a myriad of environmental and health problems…”
“Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World”. Special, $30.00 plus postage from Heritage Bookshop Services
SA’s STATE SEMINAR AND DINNER
The South Australian State Weekend will be held on 13th and 14th of August 2011. The Public Schools’ Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide has been booked for the two days. This will be a major event in celebration of the League of Rights’ 65th year. Make every effort to attend. The theme for the seminar is “Breaking New Ground”
Speakers, Saturday 13th August 2011: Commencing 12.45pm
• Dr. Frances Hutchinson, Chair of the Social Credit Secretariat, economist and author from the UK.
Her topics will be: “The Writing of Understanding the Financial System” and “Try It on a Map” - Dr. Hutchinson explains that if we understand the present we will have a better grasp of the future.
• Mr. Bill Carey, farmer of Streaky Bay SA, will speak to “Australia: Latecomer in Present World Drama”. Bill Carey is a farmer from Streaky Bay on the west coast of South Australia; not for him and his fellow farmers are the experiences of ‘green and shaded lanes alongside gently flowing streams’ as Dorothea Mackellar describes ‘the old country’ in her poem “My Country”. Oh no! The Australian farmer has to contend with ‘a wilful lavish mistress’ - a ‘wide, harsh brown country, a land of droughts and flooding rains’.
Together with the late Jim Cronin, Bill set up “Bankwatch” in the late 1980’s to help drought-stricken farmers about to be forced off their lands by the banks. Read here
Speakers, Sunday 14th August 2011 Commencing 11.00am
• Dr. Frances Hutchinson, “Finance and the Threefold Commonwealth” and “In Praise of Idleness”, insisting it’s time to move beyond anger, blame and protest. It’s time to work towards a vision of routes out of all this mess!
• Mr. Harry Dreckow and son Brenton will speak to: “We Went the Organic Way”
Harry pioneered organic-farming in his area of Mylor and has now handed over to his very capable farmer-son Brenton.
• There will also be “Time Out for Some Creative Thinking”: What do you think of the proposition that “Waste = Food” in this wasteful, extravagant western world?
Charges for the Two-Day Seminar are: One Day-$20.00 : Both Days-$25.00
Meals: Saturday Bawden Memorial 3-Course Dinner $32.00 : Sunday 2-Course Lunch $20.00
* * Phone Doug and Jean Holmes on 08 8258 7005 and make your bookings NOW