MANKIND’S MOST IMPORTANT BATTLE by Betty Luks

In a letter to The Melbourne Anglican, I referred to a Bishop’s use of dialectical terms as evidence of his own acceptance of Left/Right dialectics – a method used to divide and rule a people.  The good Bishop was taking ‘the Christian Right’ to task for “making Jesus’ teaching all about the individual” and thereby weakening “notions of community and its importance”.My concern was that the Church’s leaders were themselves guilty of ‘weakening notions of community and its importance’ but for different reasons.

And has been insisted in Social Credit and Australian League of Rights circles for the last fifty or more years:  "The real trump card of Christianity is not just that we believe in God. The mystery we are about is much more than that: It’s that the material and the spiritual coexist.  It’s the mystery of the Incarnation.”

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LETTER TO THE MELBOURNE ANGLICAN

http://tma.melbourneanglican.org.au/opinion/perspectives-on-trump-161116Oh dear, I might be entering waters too deep for me and will flounder - but here goes. I am going to take a Bishop of the Church to task.First Bishop Browning you show you have accepted the Left/Right dialectics by your choice of words.  It has been a method to divide and rule the people for quite some time now. I thought that the recent presidential election was a good example – the mainline news presented the election as a two-horse race, ‘them and us’.  How many readers/viewers would have known there were other candidates ‘in the race’?

You write:  “In making Jesus' teaching all about the individual, Christian Right has got it wrong: “Donald Trump has championed the Christian Right's "corralled version of Christianity", and in doing so further weakened notions of community and its importance:"

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ROBERT DE NIRO’S RANT, JOBS AND AI by Wallace Klinck

Robert De Niro seems to have become somewhat emotionally and intellectually unhinged.  Rather than expressing blind outrage and issuing unflattering epithets he might offer some rational analyses and criticisms.  His intemperate outburst has not left me in any way better informed.  I have not viewed his film “The Comedian” which might provide evidence deserving a more specific response.

The essential problem is that both the Right and Left (and the Centre) make the fatal mistake of thinking that wealth derives only from human effort and/or that sharing in the benefits arising from economic activity can be justified only or essentially by one’s direct contribution to wealth creation via work or labour.  This is the most irrational and ridiculous assumption that one might imagine—and actually stems from Puritanism and Pharisaism, being the core assumption of Marxism.  It is based firmly on the Judaic concept of 'Salvation through Works' and is diametrically opposed to the Christian concept of 'Salvation through Grace'.  The fact is that in today’s technology-based economy wealth is produced primarily not by human effort but by non-human energy and entirely different factors of production, including increasingly and primarily our age-old accumulating Cultural Heritage of know-how and technique.  Indeed, it has been widely predicted that within about twenty years nearly fifty per cent of all “jobs” in America will be eliminated by automation and artificial intelligence.   Any normal mind would consider this as a magnificent achievement and an event for great jubilation for which we should be eternally grateful to a loving and beneficent God and an abundant nature.  But no, we lament “No Jobs—no income! We are doomed!  We have too much!”  How bottomlessly and utterly stupid can humans be?!!!

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Social Credit is The Answer!


What is Social Credit and Why Is It So Important in this fourth industrial age?

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LEST WE FORGET: REMEMBRANCE DAY 11 NOVEMBER 2016

As Australians take a minute to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars it is important that the Causes of War are brought to our attention.  After all, it is our young men and women who have been maimed and wounded, who have given their lives.WAS DOUGLAS WRONG IN 1943? In Programme for the Third World War (XI), (The Social Crediter Vol10, No.15 June 1943) C.H. Douglas wrote of his BBC “Causes of War” broadcast experience: 

“About four years before the outbreak of the second world war, seven broadcasts on “The Causes of War” were delivered from London, one of which it was my fate to give…  I suppose two thousand millions of individuals are affected by the present war.  I should place the number of individuals who would be quite unable to say with approximate accuracy what it is about at roughly nineteen hundred millions, so we are left with this simple alternative.  Either the total population of the world likes war without knowing what it is about; in which case it is obviously absurd to do anything to abolish it, or, on the other hand, we can find the causes of war if we examine the actions of a minority hidden amongst less than a million individuals….

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THE DELUSION OF SUPER-PRODUCTION by Eric D. Butler

Source:  The New Times, April 1990, Vol. 54, No. 4.The most prophetic article of the 20th Century“The guns were still smoking at the end of the First World War, the hospitals filled with the maimed and dying, and the politicians preparing to impose policies in Europe which would sow the seeds of another major conflict, when a relatively unknown British engineer, C.H. Douglas, wrote the most prophetic article of this century.  Entitled "The Delusion of Super-Production", it appeared in the December 1918 issue of the "English Review".This article should be compulsory reading for those who, seventy years later, (now 98 years… ed) still preach the message of greater and more efficient production as the solution to Mankind's problems.  So far from the easing of the Cold War leading to a more stable and secure world, the basic cause of unrest remains...

In "The Delusion of Super-production", Douglas wrote:“ . . .. Compared with the economic power of absorption, the world was over manufacturing before the (First World) war in nearly every direction.  If any person capable of independent thought disagrees with this statement, he will no doubt be able to explain the immense development of advertising, why the cost of selling a sewing machine, amongst many other instances, was higher than the manufacturing cost; why a new model, not novel in any real essential, appeared from most of the motorcar works each year, thus automatically depreciating the value of the previous year's fashion, and why, in spite of all these and countless more desperate efforts to stimulate absorption at home, the stress of competition to sell was daily growing more insupportable, the main pressure, of course, appearing in the guise of labour troubles, unemployment, strikes for higher wages, etc., but being quite definitely felt all over the social structure and being focused from a national point of view in the struggle for markets of which war was the inevitable and final outcome."Douglas correctly predicted that a continuation of the First World War was inevitable if industrialised nations sought to make their internal economies work by fighting for export markets….”Continue reading…. http://www.alor.org/New%20Times/pdf/NT5404.pdf

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THE USE OF METAPHORS AND ABSTRACTIONS by Dennis R. Klinck (from the SEED journal)

Social crediters’ reference to ‘money’ as an abstraction needs to be ‘teased out’ further.  The matter was raised in the article “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear!” in the hope that within the Social Credit discussion group ‘Greg’ could have grasped what social crediters meant when they referred to ‘money as an abstraction’ and thus helped him to ‘see the light’.  Betty Luks


The following is from the "Seed" journal September 1974Ezra Pound and the Pound of Flesh“Here’s one, to a very doleful tune, how a usurer’s wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags  at a burden…”  
The Winter’s Tale, IV, iv, 263-5The words of Autolycus in the above epigraph are an ironic, and comic, comment on the interesting phenomenon of the literalization of metaphors – the mistaking of the ‘figurative for the literal meaning of verbal expressions.  

The metaphor in question is that which expresses usury in terms of breeding, formulated most typically by Ben Franklin: “Remember, that money is of the prolific, generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more, and so on”.1

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Who hath ears to hear, let him hear!

I see that Jim’s patience with Greg (Social Credit Discussion Group) has finally worn… not just thin… but out! It was Greg’s reference to Owen Barfield’s “Saving the Appearances” that sent me scurrying to the book’s Index in anticipation of what Barfield may have had to say about ‘abstraction’ in the hope that his explanation might have shown Greg that social crediters’ references to money as an abstraction could have been of help for him to see ‘the light’.Greg referred to Barfield’s book so I thought it worth pursuing the matter.  But it is what Barfield had to say on “The Mystery of the Kingdom” Chapter XXV that summed up what is a problem not just for Greg but many another when they first approach the body of knowledge known as Social Credit. I have read that Douglas was once asked “What is moral?” To which he replied “That which works best!”  And I would venture to say that this is Greg’s problem.  The whole idea of ‘something for nothing’ (other than the Grace of God in theological terms) just goes against his grain (his underlying theology and philosophy).  I attach portions of two books that I found helpful.  Both books could be read with benefit.Betty Luks

“Saving the Appearances” backcover:  Saving the Appearances” is about the world as we see it and the world as it is, it is about God, human nature and consciousness.  It draws on sources from mythology, philosophy, history, literature, theology, and science to chronicle the evolution of human thought.  Barfield urges his readers to do away with the assumption that the relationship between people and their environment is static… “Splintered Light” backcover:  Verlyn Fleiger’s study is of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasies and his use of Owen Barfield’s concept of the fragmentation of meaning, showing how his central image of primary light splintered and refracted acts as a metaphor for the languages, peoples, and history of Middle-earth.I would suggest these two books be obtained and studied.

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LEGALITY WITHOUT EQUITY – AN INGENEOUS FORM OF WARFARE by Betty Luks

“Legality without equity is clearly identifiable as an ingenious form of warfare in which moral violence is cunningly substituted for physical violence without incurring any risk of retribution under common law.”  - -  Ivor Benson in “The Zionist Factor” Helen Bender, daughter of the late George Bender presented a challenging and heart-rending paper at the recent ALoR’s Annual Seminar.  Helen spoke of the struggles and heartache her father experienced over a ten-year period with the Coal Seam Gas industry before finally taking his own life.Her Facebook page reads:  In memory of the late George Bender who struggled for 10yrs against the CSG Industry and paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Her Facebook page can be found here… https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeBender68/ While the struggles of George Bender seem to bear no relation to William Shakespeare’s plays, bear with me and think on these things.  In Shakespeare’s play "The Merchant of Venice", Shylock demanded ‘his pound of flesh’ from a living man, whereas in George Bender’s case, because of Queensland’s laws, the man George Bender took his own life - his whole life. 

Think on these things:Ivor Benson notes in “The Zionist Factor,” the legal structure of Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice” is “fallacious since no system of law would permit a man to put his own life in jeopardy as one of the conditions of a contract.  The legal framework of the drama is no more real than so much stage furniture and painted scenery.  What is profoundly real is Shakespeare’s most elaborate statement of the relation of positive law to equity in the dealings of man and man….   It is the relation of common law to equity which, more than any other aspect of law, comes into question in the quarrel between the money-lender and the merchant of Venice…”Surely the same could be said in the quarrel between George Bender and the CSG Industry? "It is the relation of common law to equity more than any other aspect of law…"

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LACK OF COHERENT PHILOSOPHY FROM WHICH TO DERIVE POLICY by Wallace Klinck

The ad hoc nature of the economists' approach betrays their lack of any consistent and coherent philosophy from which to derive policy.  They have no locus standi. They are approaching the situation in media res (into the middle of things) as being merely a matter of technical manouevering because they do not recognize the Cultural Heritage and the nature of inheritance as being innately due to all citizens by right of birth and existence.  Nor do the economists in general seem to recognize the role of orthodox industrial cost-accountancy in the situation.  Historically they have ignored or denied its relevance. 

*locus standi: a right to appear in a court or before any body on a given question: a right to be heard

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THE REALISTIC POSITION OF THE CHURCH Taken from C.H. Douglas’ “The Realistic Position of the Church of England” (1947) “Quod Ecclesia Anglicam libera sit, et habeat sua jura integra”

“Before the Church of England can become what it should be, an integral, primary, and effective part of the Constitution, so that the phrase "Christianity is part of the Law of England" may have real meaning, it is faced with the problem of restoring its locus standi*. It must be insisted that Christianity is either something inherent in the very warp and woof of the Universe, or it is just a set of interesting opinions, largely discredited, and thus doubtfully on a par with many other sets of opinions, and having neither more nor less claim to consideration. The Roman Catholic Church has always recognised this, and has never wavered in its claims. It may be (and here I write with diffidence and proper humility) that the most direct path to an effective Church, is at least, close rapprochement, and at the most re-union of all the Churches making claims to Catholicity. But on the matter of the appointment of its high officials, Archbishops, Bishops, and Deans, I do not feel so diffident, because that is a principle of organisation, in respect of general experience in which I have at least average experience. Whether disestablishment is consequential or not, it appears to be beyond question that Church officers should be free from outside patronage,….” * locus standi:  a right to appear in a court or before any body on a given question :  a right to be heard-- http://alor.org/Library/Douglas%20CH%20-%20Realistic%20Position%20of%20the%20Church%20of%20England.htm

Faith is Fragile by Senator Cori Bernardi

ED - Senator Bernardi may not know that Eric D. Butler predicted many years ago that if the main political parties did not change their financial policies then this nation would end up in chaos and disorder - and so it has.  Possible, just possibly, the Liberals will have a look and return once more back to their founding principles.  They were genuine conservative values as expressed at the time.

South Australian Senator Cori Bernardi wrote:Faith is fragile. Once it is lost, it is very hard to see it restored."To many, the sentence above will be seen through the lens of religious faith alone, but the fragility of faith extends far beyond that realm.Our society depends on faith; faith in our institutions and in others is the single most important ingredient that unites our society. If we believe that our highly evolved system of interaction, discipline and ethics is working for our betterment then we are more likely to respect it. In short, we have faith in it.But when we lose confidence in the system, the system itself starts to break down. For many, that seems to be happening now.

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HOW DOES A POLICE STATE HAPPEN by Jeremy Lee

This article was written by Jeremy Lee who passed away a few years ago.  

If the idea of a Police State was announced in advance, it would never happen! The people would resist, find leaders, rise up and stop it. But, of course, the loss of personal freedom never happens in one moment of time, but gradually, inch by inch, never moving fast enough to cause too much opposition, taking a backward step now and then, in order to take two forward steps later.

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SOCIAL CREDIT, POLITICS AND THEOLOGY by Betty Luks

I have been following a thread of the Social Credit discussion group.  It seems to me that when a newcomer begins to study Social Credit the subject invariably turns to the philosophical differences between Traditional Christianity, Puritanism and Judaism. Judaeo-Christianity (Judaised Christianity) is so widespread these days I guess it is difficult to avoid the subject. I realise that I have been 'swimming' in the stream of history that draws on its Roman and Greek (western) roots.  Eric D. Butler wrote on the importance of that stream of history for western Christianity.  One such booklet "The Essential Christian Heritage" sends the reader to that stream. Going over older material in preparation for this article, I realised it would not be a straightforward matter to discuss why Christianity had become ‘Judaised’ nor why the theology of various churches had changed over the years.  But here goes.

A number of years ago, Canadian Bishop Robert Crawley in "The Rock," a Traditional Anglican Communion publication, wrote of the consecration of openly co-habiting homosexual priests and the performing of 'same-sex' marriage ceremonies in his country as the logical outcomes "of a fundamental change in the very basis of the theology of the Anglican Communion" which has taken place over a number of years and observed it was a mistake to isolate these events or to treat them as "the last straw" for Traditional Anglicans. Bishop Crawley went on to explain:

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Social Credit and Mass Migration by M. Oliver Heydorn


We live now in an age of mass migrations and of rumours of mass migrations. With the term ‘mass migration’ we are referring, of course, to the movement, not merely of large numbers of people, but of whole groups of people, who constitute various racial-cultural gestalts, en masse from one nation or region to another. When it comes to explaining why this mass migration has been occurring, why it is, on the whole, a negative phenomenon, and what can be done to reduce migratory flows to saner proportions and saner forms, Social Credit theory has much to contribute to the public discourse.

The Economic Cause Behind Mass Migration It has been commonplace to explain the existence of mass migration in the modern era in terms of technological advancements and particularly in terms of revolutions in communication and transport facilities, as though it were all a largely natural development. This overlooks the fact that a great deal of the more recent waves of mass migration, those with which we are most familiar, has actually been an effect of an international economic policy. Technology is what makes the mass migration possible, to be sure, but it really does not explain why it is happening. To this question of why, Social Credit provides an original and cogent answer.

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AGGRESSIVE NATIONALISM AND CRUDE POPULISM….?

In his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly, US President Barak Obama “hailed progress on the world stage while warning against the perilous forces that seek to dismantle peace and prosperity” – reported Willa Frej reporter for The Huffington Post.

Obama warned against ‘Aggressive Nationalism’ And ‘Crude Populism’.  “We can choose to press forward with a better model of integration, or we can retreat into a world sharply divided and in conflict,” he said.  That statement, and a number of others Obama made before the U.N. ― grouping “aggressive nationalism” and “crude populism” into the same category as religious fundamentalism ― could be interpreted as swipes at U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Read further here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/barack-obama-unga-speech_us_57e0453ee4b04a1497b60ce3 These days one comes across such terms in the mainline press quite often, i.e., ‘aggressive nationalism’ and ‘crude populism’.  The internet tells me the meaning of ‘populism is:   “At its root, populism is a belief in the power of regular people, and in their right to have control over their government rather than a small group of political insiders or a wealthy elite. The word populism comes from the Latin word for "people," populus.” - - https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/populism Could it not be that the regular people are not happy with what their political insiders and/or wealthy elite are doing to them and are rebelling? As for ‘nationalism’, whether ‘aggressive’ or not…noun: nationalism  patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts, "an early consciousness of nationalism and pride"synonyms:  patriotism, patriotic sentiment, allegiance/loyalty to one's country, loyalism, nationality…  C. H. Douglas in an address “at the Central Hall, Liverpool, on October 30th, 1936, “The Tragedy of Human Effort,” noted that biologist Dr. Tudor Jones, stated that there is no evidence whatever to suggest that the human being of the present day is in any essential cleverer or more able than the human being of six or seven hundred years ago. Douglas continued:  “I am particularly interested in this, because I have recently had access to some charters and other similar documents affecting the affairs of Scotland from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, which seem to me to possess an understanding of the realities of statesmanship at least as great as is evidenced at the present time. I am confident that the principles which ought to govern the management of the affairs of this world have been available for many centuries, and have been obscured to such an extent that the community's intelligence upon such matters is probably less now that it was a thousand years ago.”  “For this reason” he continued, “I trust you will bear with me if I endeavour to put to you my own understanding, in modern language, of these ideas.

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Wages, Salaries and Dividends are only ever a Ratio of the Total Cost of Production

Economics, aside from financial conventions is simply the application of energy, human and non-human, to the conversion of material into forms having utility or pleasure for humans.  In nature these processes are automatic and simply flow—where nature abhors  a vacuum.  For example, we speak of the “balance of nature”, of homeostasis in physiology, the principle of sufficiency in engineering.  Production and consumption are merely two sides of an equation and neither has any reason for existing without the other—there is no incentive to produce without a prospect of consumption and there is no possibility of consumption without production.



Money is an artificial human construct or system of accountancy and there is no reason automatically to assume that it reflects accurately the relationship between production and consumption.  Our money or accountancy system should enable all available production factors to be mobilized as desired and all production to be accessible to the community simultaneously and dynamically as it is completed and becomes physically available. From a macro-economic standpoint the entire society of individuals should have access to the total production in any given production or costing cycle.  This is simply a fulfillment of natural law.  All organisms have an inherent right in natural law to draw sustenance from their environment.  This reality involves no abstract or pseudo-moral considerations.



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Leisure and Social Credit

Yes, leisure is the basis of culture ... and our contemporary 'culture'  is as degenerate as it is partially on account of the fact that we lack leisure.



Regarding depression after leaving the daily grind, I would suggest an alternative explanation: people are prepared and habituated to work under the present educational and economic systems by following orders and fulfilling routine tasks. Is it any wonder then that once the order-givers are no longer around some people, who are unable to compensate for the loss of direction, will feel lost? It would be much better if we educated people for self-direction so that they could find meaningful things to do on their own.

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Comment posted to the "Distributist Review"

From a Social Credit perspective, economic efficiency in physical terms means producing whatever we need to survive and flourish with the least amount of human labour and resource consumption.Thanks to technological advances and modern industrial technique, it is possible for us to produce all that we need while calling on a small and continually decreasing portion of the labour force. As an example, it has been widely reported that, as part of the 'fourth industrial revolution', 50% of American jobs will be automated within 20 years. 



We can either accept this state of affairs as a benefit, because it increases the time we could be spending in leisure (i.e., self-chosen activities) or, if we insist that everyone must work and that the economy must provide everyone with a job, we must devise ingenious methods of having people 'dig holes and fill them up again'.

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SOME SERIOUS MISCONCEPTIONS!

As noted in article "To Distribute or Redistribute," 15 September, 2016  “There is a debate going on beneath the nonsense of mainstream economic discussion. The contenders are agreed on one important point; that a better distribution of wealth is the solution to our economic woes and the road to a more functional society….”

But what are some of the solutions being proposed?  We see that The Distributive Review has placed an article on Productivity online:“Distributism is often associated with bucolic scenes and G.K. Chesterton’s encomiums of a landed peasantry. Thus, the casual observer might be left with the notion that Distributism is something of a relic, with nothing to say to the high-tech world we have become. But nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, Distributism is, to date, the only articulated answer to a particular problem that advanced technology has brought upon us.

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