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18 April 2014 Thought for the Week:
A Blessed Holy Week to Our Readers
The Risen Lord: But on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala arrived at the tomb, very early in the morning, while it was still dark, and noticed that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. At this she ran, found Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have put him." Peter and the other disciple set off at once for the tomb, the two of them running together. The other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. He stooped and looked inside and noticed the linen cloths lying there but did not go in himself. Hard on his heels came Simon Peter and went straight into the tomb. He noticed that the linen cloths were lying there, and that the handkerchief, which had been round Jesus' head, was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself, a little way apart. Then the other disciple, who was the first to arrive at the tomb, came inside as well, saw what had happened and believed. (They did not yet understand the scripture which said that he must rise from the dead.) So the disciples went back again to their homes.
But Mary stood just outside the tomb, and she was crying. And as she cried, she looked into the tomb and saw two angels in white who sat, one at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had lain. The angels spoke to her, "Why are you crying?" they asked. "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they have put him!" she said. Then she turned and noticed Jesus standing there, without realising that it was Jesus. "Why are you crying?" said Jesus to her. "Who are you looking for?" She, supposing that he was the gardener, said, "Oh, sir, if you have carried him away, please tell me where you have put him and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" At this she turned right round and said to him, in Hebrew, "Master!" "No!" said Jesus, "do not hold me now. I have not yet gone up to the Father. Go and tell my brothers that I am going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." And Mary of Magdala went off to the disciples, with the news, "I have seen the Lord!" and she told them what he had said to her. In the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples had met together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood right in the middle of them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he showed them his hands and his side, and when they saw the Lord the disciples were overjoyed. Jesus said to them again, "Yes, peace be with you! Just as the Father sent me, so I am now going to send you." And then he breathed upon them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive any men's sins, they are forgiven, and if you hold them unforgiven, they are unforgiven."
Philip Benwell writes
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IT’S ONLY TAKEN 320 YEARS TO PUBLICLY ADMIT THE TRUTH!
And what are the economics departments of universities going to do with all their misleading economics textbooks?
As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power.
The Bank of England was formed in 1694 - and with it began the National Debt
Bank of England News Release - Quarterly Bulletin pre-release articles: Source: here. . . “Where does money come from? In the modern economy, most money takes the form of bank deposits. But how those bank deposits are created is often misunderstood. The principal way in which they are created is through commercial banks making loans: whenever a bank makes a loan, it creates a deposit in the borrower’s bank account, thereby creating new money. As ‘Money creation in the modern economy’ explains, though, banks cannot create money in this way without limit: how much banks lend will rest on the profitable lending opportunities available to them which will, crucially, depend on the interest rate set by the Bank of England. In this way, monetary policy acts as the ultimate limit on money creation. This description of how money is created differs from the story found in some economics textbooks. For instance, in normal times, the central bank does not in practice choose the amount of money in circulation. Nor is central bank money ‘multiplied up’ into more loans and deposits. Rather, the Bank of England implements monetary policy – which is set to be consistent with low and stable inflation – by setting the interest rate on central bank reserves (‘Bank Rate’). This then influences a range of interest rates – including those on bank loans – and, in turn, the aggregate amount of spending in the economy…” (emphasis added…ed) Read further here " Bank of England on Money and Money Creation in the Modern Economy" written by Positive Money March 12, 2014 – and watch the videos Bank of England Charter 1694: Source here . . .
THE FACTS WERE EXPLAINED IN THE 1920s…
As you read this 1920s letter to the Manchester Despatch by C.H. Douglas, keep before you the recent words of our latest Federal Treasurer, this time Liberal Joe Hockey.
Major C. H. Douglas in the "Manchester Despatch" UK - 1920s Out of the welter of discussion and recrimination which has been proceeding on the subject of the economic and social crisis through which the world in general, and this country in particular, is passing, one idea stands out clearly. It is a new idea, and yet it has been, I think, grasped by a majority of the population.
It is that the crisis, the poverty, and the mental and physical distress which are the features of these present times, are in a certain sense artificial. We are starving in the midst of plenty. It is not goods and services which are lacking - it is the money with which to buy those goods and services which either actually exist or could potentially be made. Money is only a ticket system.
It would appear that every effort has been made to confuse and obscure this issue. The crisis is described as an unemployment crisis, whereas a little consideration will make it clear that our scientists, our organisers, and our engineers have been engaged for hundreds of years, and successfully engaged in producing this so-called ''unemployment" crisis, which properly considered is, of course, the successful transfer of economic labour from the backs of men on to the backs of machines.
That is what we have been trying to do, and that is what we have succeeded in doing. The machines are capable of making the goods, but the unemployed cannot buy them because they lack money, and to them a situation which should be one of freedom and leisure, appears disguised as one of economic catastrophe.
The actual and potential wealth of the world is demonstrably beyond all the requirements of the highest standard of living for the whole of the population. What are we told by our politicians and our inspired Press and Broadcasting agencies? That we cannot afford even our present standard of living, that our taxes must he increased, which, if it means anything at all, means that we have less money to spend on our personal requirements and can therefore draw less upon the real wealth of the country.
That we must work harder and our social services must be curtailed. That the wages of labour must be cut down, and the dividends of railway shareholders, amongst others, must be so reduced that they, in turn, will be powerless to obtain even that portion of this abundant and increasing wealth to which they have been accustomed.
Obviously these two claims, first, on the one hand, that the world is rich and getting richer (which is the claim of the engineer and the scientist), and on the other hand, that it is poor and getting poorer (which is the claim of the financier and his protagonist, the orthodox politician) cannot at one and the same time be true.
In spite of every hindrance to the formation of an instructed opinion, the man in the street has arrived at the correct conclusion. The scientist is right, and the financier is wrong. Now, the first step towards understanding how it is that the financial system presents a fictitious picture of poverty when, in fact, there is no fundamental poverty anywhere, can, I think, best be taken by realising that when you make goods or grow food, you do not thereby make the money with which to buy the goods that you have made or the food that you have grown.
The greatest factor in the creation of real wealth is the cultural inheritance of civilisation - scientific knowledge, tools, processes, organisation, and so forth. A second factor is that of raw materials, and especially solar energy, and a third factor, of diminishing importance, is that of labour. This cultural inheritance is beyond dispute the birthright of the community and not of any section of it.
But the money which is required to distribute this real wealth comes from an entirely different quarter. There is now no dispute possible in regard to the matter. It is actually made by the banks, and the ownership of it is claimed by the banks.
The process is mainly a book-keeping process and has been epitomised by a well-known banker - the Rt. Hon. Reginald McKenna - in the words: "Every bank loan and the purchase of every security creates a deposit, and the repayment of every bank loan and the sale of a security destroys a deposit."
Suppose you grew a ton of potatoes, and I wrote you out a cheque for £5 and took your potatoes. If you were willing to accept my cheque indefinitely, it is obvious that as fast as you grew potatoes I could come into possession of them by writing out cheques for them. It is also obvious that if your only method of getting the goods and services which you require was by obtaining cheques from me for the purpose of handing them on to someone else, that so long as I retained the monopoly of writing cheques I should be potentially the owner of everything you and your neighbours could produce.
Although banks have the monopoly of the creation of money, no bank has ever been known to give money away. It lends money: that is its business, and it expects repayment, with interest. In consequence, there is a certain volume of money flowing out from the banks in the form of loans, and a certain volume of money always returning to the banks in the form of repayment of loans.
It is this volume of money, and not the amount of available goods, which governs the purchasing power of the general population. In order, quite ineffectively, to enable goods to be disposed of in the face of an inadequate supply of purchasing power, prices are driven down, with the result that producers make a loss and their producing plants are put out of action.
While the technical details of this situation are too complex for treatment in a short article, it is accurate to say that ultimately the core of the problem can be put into four words - "the monopoly of credit," and that the solution of the problem is also contained in four words - "the distribution of credit."
Put into language which anyone can understand, this means that just as the cultural inheritance, to which I previously referred, is the birthright of the community and forms the main basis of our immense productive capacity, so the financial purchasing power necessary to transfer this production to the members of the community essentially belongs to them and not to the banking system.
We are all of us entitled not merely by right, but by expediency, to a large and increasing dividend based not upon work, but upon our inheritance, and without that dividend it is impossible for the economic system to function since it is obviously useless to produce goods if they cannot be used, and the orderly production and distribution of goods depends upon orders backed by money.
If our present civilisation survives the growing stresses and strains which are being placed upon it by an ineffective monetary system, future generations will owe a great debt to such individuals as Mr. Montagu Norman, the present Governor of the Bank of England. For he has succeeded in demonstrating, even to the more public spirited amongst our bankers, that the banking mentality is conspicuously unsuitable for the position of immense power in which circumstances have combined to place it.
Neither a change of system nor a change of personnel by itself is sufficient, and in the last resort the issue lies in the outcome of a conflict between reactionary financiers and the general population. Not only do we require a radical modification in the credit and financial system, but this modification requires for its operation a type of mentality which is capable of distinguishing facts from figures.
If our civilisation can provide both this change of system and the personnel to operate it, we can pass within a short period of time into, at any rate, an economic millennium. Found here . . .
THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST STEWARD
by Betty Luks
How I pondered over these words: I found many commentators thought this parable difficult to interpret, but noted that though the disciples were the primary audience, the Pharisees were also included (v. 14). The physical goods in question were a hundred measures by quantity and weight of oil and wheat and in his accounting records, the steward reduced the amounts of quantity and weight for his own kind. The facts were, the steward ‘doctored the books’; in modern terms he “cooked the books” of his Master – just as is happening in the 21st century! Let’s look again at the article "Fundamentals of Social Credit in the Teaching of Jesus" which first appeared in The Fig Tree in 1936 and we republished here…
Faithful Dealings between Man and Man: The Rev. G.R. Robertson explained the Greek word generally translated as 'faith' in the New Testament could also be translated as "faithful dealing" between man and man in that famous passage where Jesus took the scribes and Pharisees to task for their hypocrisy: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and anise and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy, and faithful dealing between man and man (thereby enabling them to draw on the 'social credit'); these you ought to have done, and not left the other undone". Paying of tithes and burning of incense were only the phylacteries of religion - social justice and 'credit' were weightier matters. St. Paul wrote, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy… faithfulness." (R.V.) It is translated "good faith" by Weymouth and "fidelity" by Moffatt.
Rev. Robertson wrote: Jesus is saying to the religious leaders of his day that man's trust in the reliability of his neighbour should be the outcome of true piety, and, as such, should be the concern of religious leaders and teachers, if they are functioning properly. Do listen to the “Social Dynamics” audio's here…
HOW CAN A TAX BE ‘JUST’ WHEN BASED ON A FRAUDULENT ACCOUNTING, OR BOOK-KEEPING SYSTEM?
The daily papers tell the story of WHAT is happening but do not tell WHY it is so. “Farm Debt Heat Builds” : “Declarations to help growers hit by high power, water cost” : “Foreign investment in agriculture won’t make it rain money” : “Transport costs in focus”.
In the 1994 postscript of “A Just Tax” Geoffrey Dobbs explained how he came to write the 1952 article for Theology a leading UK Anglican theological journal. It seems the theological world was “ransacked” for someone who had any ideas on the subject of “the just limits of taxation” – but none could be found and an approach was made to Geoffrey Dobbs.
As in Christ’s time on earth, the 21st century Children of Light are just as dull of understanding as was the case two thousand years earlier. Read further here. . .
Reader Alert - Financial System Inquiry 2014 by Louis Cook
From the FSI website: First round submissions to the Financial System Inquiry have now closed. The Secretariat will starting making first round submissions publicly available at close of business 4th April. All submissions to the Financial System Inquiry, with the exception of those marked confidential, will be made available on the Inquiry’s website: www.fsi.gov.au.
Submissions on all of the terms of reference are welcome but respondents should not feel they must address each of the Inquiry’s terms of reference in making a submission. Submissions should highlight particular issues, ideas, data or research that may be relevant to the Inquiry. The Inquiry will publish an interim report in mid-2014 setting out initial findings and seek public feedback. (My emphasis) A final report is to be provided to the Treasurer by November 2014. Readers are urged to keep watch on this inquiry and be ready to make comment. The following submission is an example to follow: -
SUBMISSION TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM INQUIRY/THE HON. JOE HOCKEY
In his preamble, Mr David Murray states that: "An important role of the Inquiry is to assess the current state of the Australian Financial System and the extent to which the system meets the needs of the users of the system."
The next stage of the Inquiry will be most important for we will see the direction of submissions. I expect most will deal with the technical aspects of finance and how it affects organisations connected with the finance industry but there will be little joy for the individual keeping in mind there have been other Inquiries and there always seems to be a need for another review, nobody is satisfied except the bankers.
‘Financial policy’ is not being examined in any depth at all! The present administration has a belief in ‘debt’ and even worse; the existing system is totally unacceptable, for it tolerates poverty whilst the ‘finance managers’ are some of the highest paid individuals in the country. In two ways poverty militated against the flowering of individuality.
The basis of independence is most definitely economic; it is simply hypocrisy to discuss freedom of any description which does not secure to the individual an average economic equivalent for the effort made. Secondly, and more importantly, poverty was accompanied by its "twin evil . . . servility."
Physical want is bad enough, yet after all it is only a "transient phenomenon." Servility, however, was "a definite component of a system having centralized control of policy at its apex."
If direction of ‘financial policy’ is the role of elected governments, then the elected officials are the ones who should rightly suffer the wrath of electors if desired results are not forthcoming.
Your participation in this Inquiry is important.
USING THE TRUTH TO DECEIVE US
from Don Hank, laiglesforum.com
What I have just described is the Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston fight of 1964. I used a tactic employed daily by media and government, inserting accurate enough details but omitting the most important details that the public would need to assess the situation correctly. At the time of the fight, Liston was suffering from severe bursitis and at one point could not lift one of his arms beyond waist level. This “handicapped man” was in fact a ruthless ex-con who had learned boxing in prison. Sports reporters considered him the most feared boxer in history. His arrest weeks after the fight was for drunken driving and driving without a license.
Now if reporters had reported this fight as I did above, they would have lost all credibility. Yet in matters of war that cost the lives of young men, they - and their cohorts in politics - report in precisely this manner when describing a supposed enemy in an effort to stir up war from scratch. After 911 at ground zero, G. W. Bush, his arm draped around the shoulder of a NY fireman, said on live TV, “The people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon.” The people responsible were all Saudis, every one, and strong evidence later surfaced that the Saudi government had supported the terrorists. Yet, the people who “heard from” us were the nation of Iraq. Classic bait and switch! Source: here. . .
THE LUDDITES GOT IT RIGHT AFTER ALL!
Source - Editorial The Social Artist Spring 2014: The Luddites got it right after all!
That puts great responsibility upon the individual. Freedom cannot be given, because the giver can retract the gift. Hence in order to be free individuals must understand the system of oppression, so that they can unite to generate the necessary political will for change. Douglas placed great faith in the democratic system. The National Dividend could, he asserted, free all citizens from wage slavery, enabling them to decide the terms on which they would co-operate or associate with others. As the Alberta Experiment demonstrates, however, there were deep-seated political and cultural obstacles to the implementation of so visionary a reform of the money system (See “Understanding the Financial System” for details).
The tragedy of the twentieth century is that such far-sighted thinkers as Rudolf Steiner and Clifford Hugh Douglas have been consistently, repeatedly and ruthlessly silenced by the cultural institutions (again, see “Understanding the Financial System”. In this issue of The Social Artist we reprint David Adams’ seminal article on the work of the renowned German artist Joseph Beuys who originated the term ‘social sculpture’ or ‘social artist’. Inspired by the Anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Beuys sought to generate “a conscious dialogue regarding a social reform into three independent spheres, maintaining a free cultural and educational life, a democratic equality of rights, and a new cooperative economics”. Douglas would probably have been utterly bemused by Beuys’s means of communicating his thinking on the social order. But Douglas, and the Luddites before him, would have stood shoulder to shoulder with Beuys as he portrayed the power of money over social relations.
EVEN IN TERMS OF CONVENTIONAL LIBERAL MORALITY…
Racism in some cases may be justified by Chris Knight
Now for the argument Liberal morality generally is either Kantian/deontological or utilitarian. The former means basically accepting objective principles for dealing with moral issues. The principles are justified in various ways – the Christian may see these principles as given by God but atheists may hold that these principles are innate to being, arising by virtue of existing, or from the nature of reason and rationality itself. It is necessary, as for all moral philosophies, to work out some sort of ordering of these principles because principles can conflict (e.g. liberty with equality). Antiracism is not a basic deontological principle (like freedom), but arises from an application of the equity/equality principle. My concern here is with utilitarianism, which in some shape or form is the ruling ethics of the Establishment. Utilitarianism says that the rightness and wrongness of acts is judged by consequences. There are no moral absolutes because circumstances determine things. Hence situational ethics. Some utilitarian’s have sought a basis for their “Faith” in “pleasure”, “Utility”, “satisfaction” and the like, foundations which have al failed. As well, some schools of thought think that utilitarian concerns justify moral rules (“rule utilitarianism”), but most utilitarians are “act utilitarians”, applying utilitarianism directly to the alleged rightness or wrongness of actions.
It is now known that the “Spanish Flu” of 1918 that killed 50 million people world wide originated in China: it was the Chinese Flu: “1918 Flu Pandemic that Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say”, here… This Flu which killed more people than World War I seems to have originated by the use of 96,000 migrant Chinese labourers in Canada, who were then taken to work behind British and French lines on the Western Front. The Flu killed healthy and young people, which is a signature of bird flu. Further, China suffered a much lower mortality rate than the West, indicating some resistance. Archival evidence also indicates that a respiratory illness that struck Shanxi Province, northern China in 1917, was alter identified by the Chinese as identical to the Spanish Flu. Thousands of Chinese labourers used on the Western Front also had flu-like symptoms. The Chinese workers had been treated badly, being transported in sealed railway cars because of “racist” sentiment. Their camps were also surrounded by barbed wire. But if “racism” has been taken to its logical conclusion then Chinese labourers would not have been used in the first place. Even supposing that this immigration ban was based on racist sentiments, it would have had the utilitarian merits of preventing the Spanish Flu pandemic, saving 50 million lives… So who still says that “racism” can have no benefits?
SOCIALIST HOUSING, THE UNIVERSITIES AND ASIANISATION
by Peter West
At least $80 million of taxpayer money has subsidised these units for the foreign elites. All this could have been seen because apart from Queensland there are no regulations stating that National Rent Affordability Scheme tenants have to be Australian citizens. Probably, it was intended for this scheme to subsidise foreign students in the beginning. The scheme’s total cost is $5 billion.
As Judith Sloan has noted, a one-bedroom NRAS dwelling gets roughly the same subsidy as a three-bedroom dwelling, gearing the scheme towards university accommodation and the education market. The need for such a scheme in the first place came about because of a shortage of rental accommodation, produced by globalist forces, such as mass immigration and the international foreign student marketplace – talk about getting Aussies to ‘dig their own graves’!
NO MORE FREEBIES FOR ILLEGALS?
The Standard Hong Kong
Canberra is taking an increasingly hardline stance on asylum-seekers arriving on smuggler boats. Saturday marked 100 days since an asylum-seeker had arrived by boat in Australia, although the government refuses to say how many vessels have been forced back to transit hubs such as Indonesia. The government would still provide asylum-seekers with clear instructions in multiple languages on the application and assessment process and would also provide interpreters, Morrison said. The government will provide a small amount of additional support to those considered vulnerable, including unaccompanied minors. Source here. . .
LAUGHING AT “THE LAW”
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
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