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25 January 2013 Thought for the Week:
The Church of the Servile State: “Every religion, apart from open devil worship, must appeal to
a virtue or the pretence of a virtue. But a virtue, generally speaking,
does some good to everybody. It is therefore necessary to distinguish
among the people it was meant to benefit those whom it does benefit. Modern broad-mindedness benefits the rich; and benefits nobody
else. It was meant to benefit the rich; and meant to benefit nobody
else. And if you think this unwarranted, I will put before you one
“It is not the straits to which the Church may
be reduced, along with the rest of us, which disheartens us;
united in faith we could endure and achieve anything. It is the
ready accommodation to, even the anticipation of the will of
Mammon, both on the parochial and on the World scale…”
Moral and Imaginative Exhaustion
NOT BY DROUGHT, NOR BY GLOBAL WARMING... BUT BY CRAFTY USURERS
Headed “Down Town”, the Weekly Times 27th December 2013, reported:
- - Author unknown
HEADLINES SPELL IT OUT: BUT MEDIA NEVER QUESTIONS AS TO CAUSE
by Betty Luks
Examples of this Usury-ridden, debt-laden land
Tell me fellow Australian, have you not had enough yet? Are you going to just give in without a whimper? Or are you going to insist your local state and federal politician take up the matters that are of concern to you and your fellow Australian AND DEAL WITH THEM?
I repeat a portion of G.K. Chesterton’s quote taken from “Utopia of Usurers”
Chesterton was of course referring to the Church’s traditional teaching on the true purpose of a money system and the evils of Usury. Historically Religion/Capitalism brought about great changes in the people’s thinking and understanding on this fundamental matter. Download from League’s website - “The Enemy Within the Empire” by Eric D. Butler
The Heritage Bookshop Services and Veritas online carry the following
And “O'Malley MHR” by Larry Noye. In a brisk conversational style Larry Noye describes the experiences of King O’Malley on his arrival in Australia around 1888. He immediately made an impression with his colourful oratory. He served three years in the South Australian Parliament, and 16 years in the fledgling Federal Parliament.
CAUSE - USURY/DEBT: EFFECT - HERDING US ALL INTO GULAGS
Electricity Cost to Skyrocket:
I have been advised that rural depots with less than 15 staff will be axed, the call out time for maintenance will quadruple. What will happen in our storm seasons? In some instances rather than travel 50 km it will be 100’s of km to repair a service. This is yet another example of the Bligh/Newman era.
SCIENCE AND ART – AND THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF CREATION
We have quoted Owen Barfield on a number of occasions. Barfield insisted modern man must take into account his perception is in one direction only, therefore it would seem he lacks the ability of taking into account the multi-layered and multi-direction concepts that C.H. Douglas presented.
Michael Lane in “Social Credit of the Left” explained it takes a well-rounded perception and intellect to grasp the wholeness of Douglas’ writings:
Dr. Bryan Monahan also helps the student in “An Introduction to Social Credit”
THIS ‘MODERN’ PROBLEM HAS ROOTS STRETCHING BACK INTO THE PAST
What appears to be a ‘modern’ problem of ever-increasing financial debt has roots that go far back into history. As a young man Henry Swabey wrote articles for the Social Credit quarterly “The Fig Tree”. His life-long study into the history of Mammon/Usury was published in the late 1990s and is online to be downloaded. The foundation of his study was based on Natural and Moral Law. Sadly, I doubt there are many ‘shepherds of the flocks’ who could explain to their faithful following just what this entails. Go to: “Usury and the Church of England” by Rev. Henry Swabey,
Australia’s history reveals the people have been betrayed by their governments for quite a long time. Even before federation governments of various political persuasions co-operated with bankers behind the scenes and brought in legislation to the Bankers’ advantage. That historical fact is brought to light when one studies the Australian Commonwealth Constitution against an understanding of how the ‘credit’ system of the banks works, plus with reading some history of Money Systems. In the early 1900s a politician named King O’Malley (a former banker) fought to have legislation passed setting up the Commonwealth Bank as a ‘People’s Bank’.
Remember. Over time and with the collusion of the various political parties, the Commonwealth Bank was taken over by the private banking system and is now part of the international banking system. Larry Noye has written about King O’Malley in “O’Malley MHR”. Send for your copy today.
ICELAND LOOKING TO REMOVE BANKS’ POWER TO CREATE ‘CREDIT’
The news from Iceland is that twelve reviews were submitted to the Committee set up to study the issue. Six of the submissions were from outside of Iceland supporting the separation of the money (credit) creation function from other banking practices. The fact that a number of reviews were submitted from outside of Iceland, attracted the media’s attention.
The Central Bank of Iceland warned of ‘economic isolation’ from the rest of the world if this separation is undertaken. Moreover, the chief economists at the Central Bank stress the need for more research and time for preparing this type of change to the banking system. Our correspondent who sent us the news noted “the chief economists of the central bank are not very familiar with the proposals for change. The intent is to give a group of experts the task of making an independent evaluation of the best way for Iceland to make this separation of money creation and present banking practises”. Well done Iceland!
But one can hope this is only the beginning. It is not enough that the people of Iceland free themselves from the debt-money system of the international bankers, but that to be truly free, they must take into account some important principles of an evolving democratic system, as well as the ongoing effects of not just the Industrial Revolution, but the further developing of Automation and Technology within industry - otherwise the financial system approved of will be the one based on the ‘Old’ Economics and not the ‘New’ and the people will not be as free as they may hope for.
ICELANDERS NOTE: IRAN TO PHASE OUT DOLLAR & EURO IN TRADE
It seems Iran’s leaders don’t anticipate problems with foreign trade once they have phased out the dollar and the euro. “Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Shamseddin Hosseini says the country plans to phase out the dollar and euro in its future international transactions after the US and the European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on Iran. “[Iranian] government has made up its mind to phase out vehicle currencies such as dollar and euro in its [foreign] trade,” Hosseini told reporters on the sidelines of the first meeting of the heads of Economic Co-operation Organization’s tax organizations in Tehran on Monday. He added that after the imposition of sanctions on Iran by the US and the EU, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) immediately moved to change the country's hard currencies reserves into euro and gold which “was beneficial to the country.” The Iranian minister noted that a change in trade model would reduce the country’s need for vehicle currencies, including dollar and euro.
Hosseini stated that Iran’s trade partners have welcomed the decision due to the currency war waged by the US through devaluation of the dollar and also because of the West's financial crisis which has convinced other countries to phase out vehicle currencies.
CULTURE DEMOLITION, IN FAST FORWARD
The Permaculture Research Institute website’s editor Craig Mackintosh, has written on “The ongoing cultural destruction of the Ladakh people and their environment thanks to the cancerous growth of the ‘corporate world’”. He explains: “Ladakh is a mountainous region in northwest Jammu and Kashmir in north India and in the area known as the Trans-Himalaya, (the lands beyond the Himalaya: Tibet, Xinjiang and northern Pakistan). It's slightly smaller than Scotland, the settled population live between 2700 m and 4500 m, and nomadic encampments even higher, and it's the largest and the least populated region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sometimes known as ‘Little Tibet’ (the ancient Ladakhi dynasties came from a Tibetan lineage), Ladakh is a worthy subject for permaculture discussion, as despite its inhospitable terrain and cold-arid desert climate, the Ladakhi people, historically, not only survived amidst their high altitude elements, they had actually improved the landscape over centuries of habitation and agricultural use, whilst living in (mostly) peaceful habitation with each other.
Way Station for Ancient Trade Routes
Industrial Revolution in fast forward
With this in mind, I’d like us to consider what it would have been like to have crammed the last 250 years of the industrial revolution into a period of, say, just 30 years. Why, you ask? Well, this is the story of Ladakh’s modern history. Where many of the changes of the industrial revolution — positive and negative — have been relatively imperceptible for us, in Ladakh, where these same changes can be observed within a few short years, we can get a much clearer look at the impact the modern industrial age has had on all of us. Observing these before and after effects leads us to question many commonly held beliefs about the contemporary view of ‘progress’.
Isolated from modern intervention and influences for centuries, the Ladakhi people suddenly came face to face with a steady flow of trucks, aircraft and an influx of tourists, as the Indian government spied an opportunity for increased economic activity. The isolation and beauty of their culture and terrain became the draw card that has since turned their world upside down.
But the flipside to this is the amazing fact that the Ladakhi people not only survived, but they developed a rich culture that embraced their harsh environment, nurtured it into life and sustainably harvested what it had to offer. Although a tough life, people were content, inequality was hardly known, and without outside interference these people could well have continued their sustainable lifestyle indefinitely.
Unlike with our modern, clock-watching western lifestyles, work and play were not separated in traditional Ladakhi life. Whether in the fields, in the kitchen or tending animals, fun and work blended together as singing, conversation and comfortably-paced effort seamlessly intermingled. Children played and assisted — getting, by involvement and osmosis, the most relevant education for their little worlds, every waking moment of every day.
Life was entirely practical. Most were skilled in spinning, weaving (for clothing and carpets), shoe-making, brick-making, carpentry and masonry. And where strength was not a limiting factor, men and women shared in all these tasks. The only ‘technology’ utilised was the single water-powered grinding stone that each village operated communally to turn their barley into flour.
If a specialised skill was needed, like metalwork for instance, these services were normally provided without charge. Traditional Ladakhis lived instead by reciprocity, exchanging goods and services cooperatively. Even material goods Ladakhis sought from regions outside of their borders — like tea, spices, jewellery, and salt, for example — were traded in exchange for goods they produced, like fine wool, dried apricots and so on.
Although interrupted by the occasional tragedy, life was otherwise one of healthy, muscle- and bone-building exercise, fulfilling, cooperative labour, and meaningful and lasting social interactions. The modern, capitalist every-man-for-himself mindset could not survive in this place — and the words ‘poor’ and ‘rich’ could hardly be used. Everyone was there for everyone else. Indeed, within the constraints of their harsh climate and limited resource base, I can’t see that it could have worked in any other way.
The ‘development’ of Ladakh
Before the trucks and tourists arrived, agriculture and animal husbandry were the mainstays for the Ladakhi people in tiny villages scattered across the region, but when the money economy slammed onto their doorstep, there began a steady migration of people from those villages to the capital — the town of Leh — and in some cases even to towns and cities outside of Ladakh.
Breakdown of the family
This scenario is, sadly, being played out across the region. The breakdown of the family unit is arguably the biggest casualty from this economic shift. Separations were almost universally unknown before, but are now increasingly commonplace, whilst young men and women are falling prey to temptations they could never have known before.
Over the few decades since the region opened up to outsiders in the 1970s, community-based interdependence steadily surrendered to chasing the rupee — the carefully managed development and cycling of natural resources gave way to the process of extraction and profit. Where Ladakhis had been ‘true economists’, preserving and improving what they had, with no pollution and no waste, now they were looking for the ‘better life’ held out to them by billboards, magazines, TVs and the apparent wealth of gadget-wielding international visitors.
In the 1970s Leh’s population was only around 5000 people. Today it is twenty-five times that. As Ladakh has urbanised, Leh’s population has burgeoned and the strain on its infrastructure and resources has been pronounced.
Breakdown of the Ecology
In Helena Norberg-Hodge’s excellent book “Ancient Futures”
TV, film, magazines, music and tourist dollars — they’ve all lead Ladakhis to think of their traditional way of life as primitive and without merit, and to think of the western way of life as a goal to be achieved. To them we come across as rich, happy, and living lives full of leisure. Just as we are waking to the realisation that our western civilisation has come to a dead-end, and needs to turn about, due to both energy and ecological issues, without even getting into sociological issues, Ladakhis, like a great many other cultures worldwide, are clamouring to follow our lead.
As I wrote previously about another sustainable culture I witnessed being dismantled: Plugging into the global economy at this time could be likened to leaving a lifeboat to hop aboard the Titanic – just to serve drinks at a short-lived party on the upper decks. Many in the west are coming to realise we need to relocalise by rebuilding interdependent communities – something the Black Thai people can teach us a great deal about. In my mind, abandoning such a rich culture now would be bad timing, to say the least.
Through disuse, many Ladakhis today are losing the skills that had kept them nobly independent for centuries. And for what? To cram themselves into filthy urban hovels where all of their needs come to them via supply lines outside of their control.
Communities that never needed money before are now coming unglued as they strive and clamber over each other to get it. Beautiful, harmonious co-operation has given way to ugly, self-interested competition.
DVD: “Economics of Happiness” a documentary on the life of the Ladakhi people narrated by Helena Norberg-Hodge is available from Heritage Book Services. The time has come when we also must rebuild our own culture, the Ladakhi people are not the only people who have forgotten how to be self-reliant and independent.
Social Credit Secretariat Chairman Frances Hutchinson, has produced an excellent series on “Home Economics” to answer the question: “Where do we go from here?” Download “Home Economics” Talks:
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