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7 October 2011 Thought for the Week:
Society and Credit: “The credit of a society belongs to the individual members of that society, and Governments should have to come to individuals for required credits in the same way that a company is dependent upon shareholders for its share capital. A State Monopoly of credit creation and issue is one of Karl Marx's ten steps for Communising a State. This policy is an expression of a philosophy diametrically opposed to the philosophy of Social Credit. Douglas said that the proper role of the State is to distribute dividends to individuals. The individual must be free to decide how best to use his own credit”.
- - Eric D. Butler, “Releasing Reality” 1979
Technocracy, the Grid System, Smart Meters and the proposed Carbon Imprint: “The Grid Electricity Scheme, the Child of the brain of Samuel Insull, the London-born Chicago Jew, who was pursued around Europe by a United States warrant on a charge of fraud probably represents the sabotage of fifty million sterling value in serviceable plant alone… and immensely greater military vulnerability”.
- - Clifford Hugh Douglas, “In Whose Service is Perfect Freedom” (Appeared serially in The Social Crediter from 1939 up to 1940)
NEW NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE OF RIGHTS
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Louis Cook as the League’s new National Director. We all look forward to working with Lou in his new role and he can be sure of our support and loyalty. Mr. Don Auchterlonie who served as the national director for six years has agreed to take on the role of Victorian State Director. Thank you to both men.
“Making a Difference”: The 65th ‘New Times’ Dinner and the Annual Seminar recently held in Bendigo Victoria proved an overwhelming success. Pastor Chris Field and his son Topher Field were outstanding and we look forward to circulating their presentations when our hardworking editing team complete their work. For those who want to view Topher’s social commentaries already up on the web go to https://www.topher.com.au/
TRADER TELLS BBC - STOCK MARKET IS ‘TOAST’
The headlines read: Trader Tells BBC That Goldman Sachs Rules the World and the Stock Market is "Toast".
Now how does one reconcile such a ‘dog-eat-dog’ approach to one’s fellow man with the Christian concept of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? It is a preference for money, in terms of personal advancement, above all other considerations that leads to all kinds of evil!
Social Dynamics: The League’s “Social Dynamics” DVDs posted on the front webpage are still the best introduction to the ‘money question’… after you have downloaded them we suggest you download Jeremy Lee’s MP3 on Global Debt.
BREAKING NEW GROUND
Frances Hutchinson, United Kingdom:
As I travelled home and rested from the journey I had a good deal to think about. All the topics we covered at the State Weekend, and the Second Weekend, on the theme of "Breaking New Ground," are indeed opening new avenues of thought, which will lead, I am sure, to the inspiration of fresh courses of action. Looking up at the planes criss-crossing the sky, travelling in all directions across the world, one falls to wondering about the travellers who keep the airlines in business. Why are so many people leaving their homes to travel vast distances in a matter of hours, only to return in a matter of days or a couple of weeks? The vast bulk of air travel is generated by the corporate world. Employees of global corporations travel to conduct their business, whilst tourists are encouraged to spend their money on touring from place to place on endless holidays. As they take off and land they see nothing of the countries which lie between their homes and their destinations. And even in the countries they visit, the vast majority of modern travellers live in a world cocooned from nature and the local ways of life.
I am so grateful to Arnie and Beata Luks for introducing me to the local flora and fauna, and the local ways of life, during my stay in Australia. As we travelled around the Adelaide area I listened to the history of the place, and the stories of the people who have lived there. A mere two hundred years ago the overwhelming majority of travellers to that land were settlers, leaving behind for ever their friends, families and familiar climatic conditions. Travel was by sailing ship, a matter of spending weeks on end at sea, in the heat and cold, living on a diet of dried food and stored water. Some, like the German Lutherans of Hahndorf, settled as a community, on land they were granted by negotiation, and which they subsequently farmed generation after generation. Others, as refugees from persecution, took employment on any terms offered until they were free to establish farms or businesses of their own. From the early 1800s to the unsettled decades of the mid-twentieth century, settlers came from England, Scotland, Ireland, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, as the local family names, place names and architecture proclaim.
My journey to the other end of the world drew me to read once more the speeches Douglas presented in Sydney and Dunedin in January and February 1934. It is small wonder that those "Two Important Speeches", brought forth the tidal wave of criticism from the powers that be, as mentioned in one of my talks. Douglas spoke authoritatively about the world-wide popular people's Social Credit movement which was spreading at grassroots level. He also spoke of the failure of economic thought to catch up with the realities of the technological revolution which was producing actual and potential surpluses in every staple product throughout the 'developed' world. Instead of facing the facts and adapting to the realities of the real economy, finance was seeking to adapt reality to the dictates of financial economy.
As Douglas explained: "During the past year there was held in London - in 1933 - one of the greatest conferences that ever met together, a world economic conference, and the entire agenda of that conference was to consider means of making the production of the world fit the consuming power of the world, not to make the consuming power of the world [i.e., the money system] fit the production power of the world, but to bring down the production power of the world to the existing purchasing or consuming power of the world." This conference (though re-routed to Manhattan) features in Eimar O'Duffy's “Asses in Clover”, from which we drew considerable amusement during my time with you. As a re-reading of the two speeches shows, at this point in time Douglas still believed that the 'powers that be' were simply misguidedly clinging to 'outworn and obsolete theories'. All he needed to do, it seemed, was to present clear and logical arguments, and in time common sense would prevail.
The events of the following two years brought about a change in the tone of Douglas' mode of address. Gone is the buoyant optimism of these two speeches, following the attacks in print and the media, from Crowther, the Labour Party and elsewhere, coupled with the early manipulation of the situation in Alberta which prevented Douglas from playing a direct role in the unfolding of events subsequent to the election. (See “The Political Economy of Social Credit and Guild Socialism”, which, together with “Understanding the Financial System”, remain the only authoritative accounts of the history of what actually happened during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.)
I have long felt that the later part of Douglas' life and work, from the late 1930s to his death in 1952, was marred by his frustration at the failed promise of the first part of his career (1918-1934). In those early years, during which memories of the First World War were vivid in people's minds, the common sense of what Douglas was saying seemed to sweep all before it. Eric Butler, Elizabeth and Geoffrey Dobbs and other familiar figures in the movement were yet to come onto the scene. By the time they did so, the mood had changed to one of anger and frustration, with optimism playing second fiddle. I was very much encouraged by being able to join you for a brief while. In my early researches into Social Credit I focused upon the early period of Douglas's writings. These seemed to be solid, sensible and free from the controversies surrounding the later period. My expectation was Douglas' common sense economics only had to be presented clearly, and thoughtful academics would lead the way in teaching the new economics to the next generation of students. Instead, obstacle after obstacle was placed in my path. Finally, I came to the conclusion that the situation was hopeless.
This is the social art, social sculpture, social architecture of which we spoke, emerging to challenge the soul-less social sciences of academia
What I brought back from Australia was a renewed sense of optimism. Yes, bureaucracy rages across the land, as it does in all parts of the world today. Yes, education has been reduced to processing cogs in the wheels of bureaucracy. And yes, the icy grip of finance holds sway upon the cultural, political and economic spheres of society. But that is only for the present. The seeds of past opposition to rampant materialist fundamentalism are beginning to sprout in Australia. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the thinking of individual men and women is changing, as they become aware that all is not what they were led to believe from their education and the mass media. Where livelihoods and health are concerned, individuals are finding solutions to their problems and in the process providing inspiration to others. This is the social art, social sculpture, social architecture of which we spoke, emerging to challenge the soul-less social sciences of academia.
I'm not at all sure that you gained all you hoped for when you so generously invited me to travel across the world to speak at your annual gathering. What I do know is that the visit to Adelaide has restored my sense of purpose. A guiding hand took me from late summer in Yorkshire to early spring in Australia, where everything looks so full of promise for good things to emerge in the not-too-distant future. We in Yorkshire and elsewhere in the UK look forward to maintaining the personal contacts already established so that we can continue to work together.
Once more, I thank most warmly all concerned at the Australian League of Rights for all the arrangements which made possible my visit to Adelaide”.
AUSTRALIA IS ON AN ASIAN GOOD BEHAVIOUR BOND!
by James Reed
This sort of rhetoric was more common in the Keating days. It is so absurd that it does not require much refutation: anyone who knows anything about Asia knows that most of these societies are not even democracies and almost all have racially restrictive immigration policies. Woolcott’s blabberings are strictly for domestic consumption, something our new class elite regularly require.
CHINESE GLOATING OVER THE DECLINE OF U.S.
by James Reed
Editor’s comment: The Heritage Book Services once carried a book titled: “The Asian Mind Game: a Westerner’s Survival Manual” in which the author Chin-Ning Chu explained why gullible westerners were at such a disadvantage when dealing with Asians whether in war, trade or business. We do not understand the Asian mind-set – to our disadvantage.
THE CAMP OF THE SAINTS AND OUR POLITICALLY CORRECT HIGH COURT
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
Perhaps the only thing which Gillard has done right in her time as PM is criticising the High Court for its judicial activism in migration. How often are discussions of this court based on “public policy” and “social wellbeing” – and yet as Gillard noted, the Court has essentially allowed the people-smuggling business to continue. There’s public policy for you! And as for the claim that the majority of judges were just interpreting section 198A of the Migration Act according to precedent and law – Gillard is again right. There is nothing in the plain words of that section to require some Third Party processing country like Malaysia to have legal obligations towards asylum-seekers. The majority simply imposed their own pro-asylum-seeker politics upon the law. It just felt like the right thing to do.
Indications are that Gillard and Abbott will work together to amend the Migration Act to counter the High Court. But beyond that the 1951 UN refugee convention, implemented for Jewish refugees, has led to the lawyers’ lobby claiming that “under international law… Australia must accommodate boat arrivals and abandon its campaign of stopping the boats… the Australian government does not possess the valid power…” (The Australian, September 3-4, 2011, p.11)
CONSERVATIVE SEX IN THE CITY
by James Reed
Watch five minutes of an episode and be amazed at the selfishness of these women. Of course we have the same thing in men’s shows like Californication. This entire dialogue is a long way from traditional conservatism. And of course it is not: it is just free market John Howardism in disguise, going places Little John never dreamt of going.
MONETARY NEWS ALERT FROM AMERICAN MONETARY INSTITUTE
The email headlines (21/9/2011) read: “Major Historic Progress was Made by Congressman Dennis Kuninich”:
Social crediter Wallace Klinck of Canada responded:
(US) Congressman Kucinich may be sincere but he is fatally flawed in his advocacy for protecting "jobs" and of state provision of "jobs" for the nation. Every engineer worthy of the name is trying to eliminate the need for human intervention in production processes through increased efficiency achieved by refined technology. At the same time virtually every half-baked politician is trying to put the workers displaced through the blessings of technology back into wage-slavery again. And if they have to resort to war in order to accomplish the task they do not hesitate--apparently without moral compunction.
Distribution of product is a different issue which must be realistically separated from incomes derived from money costed through the price-system. The purpose of production is to create desired goods and services with an absolute minimum of input cost of which labour is one--not to create "work.". Making an end of a means is a penultimate sin in Christian thought for the very good and practical reason that it causes major dysfunction, waste and destruction--perverting and denying thereby the real nature and purpose of human existence by stopping up the Abundance of the Kingdom.
THE JOYS OF CHOCOLATE
by Brian Simpson
THE FAILURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE
by James Reed
As for democracy – well, we really don’t have it through our present system. In fact Graham goes so far as to argue that democracy in the majoritarian form is simply paradoxical. A person P may believe that Britain should adopt the Euro, and that the matter should be decided by referendum. Thus that person P is a majoritarian democrat. But suppose the matter is put to the vote and the Euro proposal is defeated. Then P believes that Britain should adopt the Euro and also that it should not: a contradiction!
AFTER THE RESOURCES BOOM: HOLE IN THE GROUND AUSTRALIA
by Brian Simpson
But what if the dire predictions of ecological doom made by ecologists prove true? I don’t mean Bob Brown – I am thinking about scientific papers predicting increased soil loss, water shortages and resource shortages. I know that our side of politics assumes that global climatic change is all bunk because some scientists disagree, and yes, oil company scientists dismiss peak oil as well. But surely on scientific and factual questions, we non-specialists should have an open mind? It could be true and if it is true, then what?
CHINA CRASH: THE FRAGILITY OF TECHNOLOGY
by Chris Knight
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
On the constitutional indigenous question
- - Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Victoria
Second Collie coal mine sold, product going overseas?
- - Signed: John C. Massam, Greenwood West Australia
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