The Queen. 65 Years on the Throne!

Today, the 6th February 2017, marks the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the Throne.

For Her Majesty this is also the anniversary of her father’s passing and she has indicated she will spend the day in quiet contemplation.   Yet, it appears that there will be no formal acknowledgement by Australian Federal and State governments nor, more importantly, does it seem that there will be any church services commemorating the first time in our shared history that a monarch has served her people for so long.   Called the “Blue-Sapphire Jubilee” it is unlikely that we will see another such anniversary for at least a hundred years and probably far longer.   The Australian Monarchist League has written on this matter to the Prime Minister and other dignitaries but without response.     Philip Benwell National Chair Australian Monarchist League

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DEARIE ME, I HAVE SUCH A SUSPICIOUS MIND ! by Betty Luks

I think I see just what is planned for at least one section of the society.  Yes, a Universal Basic Income (UBI) will come in – there are too many millions who cannot get a job because of technology and robotics taking over, and replacing them in the workforce.  In such circumstances, too much danger of the Precariat revolting and the elite losing control of this world order.

But it is not intended that the UBI will be issued through new credits/money, as the National (Consumer) Dividend would be, but only through the raising of more taxes by governments and/or more debt taken on by governments.

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Letter to The Editor

To The AustralianHenry Herzog is wrong on three counts (3/2). Holocaust revisionists cannot fairly be called 'Holocaust deniers' (a prejudicial term). Men like Germar Rudolf, Robert Faurisson and Jurgen Graf (to name only three) are not motivated by the wish to incite racial hatred, but by a concern for truth. And thirdly they do not claim that historians and survivors made it 'all' up. No one of any intellectual stature seriously claims that. Everyone agrees that the Nazis had an anti-Jewish policy and that many Jews suffered unjustly as a result.One reason for dispensing with section 18C is that it will free up public discussion of the continuing controversies about what really happened during the Nazi period.NJ, Belgrave, Vic

EFFICIENCY IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF BEAUTY by Betty Luks

Thanks to the Social Credit Discussion group I was introduced to “Mr. Money Mustache’s” website.  As a newcomer I would say the site is dedicated to helping people get out of debt, learn to live more frugally and still enjoy life. As a social crediter I related to his article “Efficiency is the Highest Form of Beauty” although I didn’t agree with his basic understanding of ‘economics’, but that is another matter.

The title of the article reminded me of my sense of awe and wonder whenever I see one of those huge jet-engine passenger planes come in to land, or take off.  I ‘see’ a gigantic bird hovering over an airfield preparing to come to earth.  I am in awe at the realisation that the beautiful ‘bird’ is doing just what it was/is designed to do.  Truly its efficiency is (one example) of the highest form(s) of beauty. Which brings me to the Social Credit definition of ‘efficiency’.

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Letter to The Editor

To The AgeJulie Szego has entered a dreamland ('Trump delivers chaos', 2/2) in asserting that 'chaos is precisely what Trump promised and in his mind is an affirmation of his potency.' This sort of wild vapouring is actually the response of someone who intensely dislikes the new president's political programme: it is intellectually chaotic comment masquerading as criticism.

Reduction of immigration into the USA and Australia is necessary to maintain quality of life and is supported by a majority of citizens in both cases. Anomalies in the decisions about who is excluded, and hard luck stories of individual suffering, do not negate this practical reality. As for Szego's remark that the terminology of the White House statement on 27 January was 'the politically correct term for soft Holocaust denial', she ignores the fact that 'Holocaust denial' is itself a politically correct term. Seeking to demonise Trump, she demonises others.NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor

To The AustralianThe claim by NSW Supreme Court judge Ronald Sackville that it is 'of profound importance' that we have national laws against 'anti-Semitic speech and other forms of hate speech' ('Triggs "is confused over role at HRC”', 2/2) can be validly challenged. The terms, simply, are too vague and too liable to legalistic misuse by interested minorities in order to curb free speech on controversial topics. There is plenty of evidence from many nations, such as Canada and Germany, that this is so.

What truly is of profound importance is that we should have genuine free speech on religion and race in our nation. Merely tinkering timidly and hypocritically with the language of 18C will not bring this about.NJ, Belgrave, Vic

Restoration of The Commons

from the Social Credit Discussion Group:Question and statement:It is true that Social Credit was never proposed or discussed by the Fathers of the Church, the Doctors of the Church, or even the great Reformation theologians. It may be one way of improving the distribution/sharing of wealth, but not the only way. According to Acts of the Apostles, the earliest Christian community held all goods in common. No one kept anything for him or herself. Similarly, the great cenobitic communities of pagan, Christian, and other (such as Buddhist) traditions. In our contemporary times, the Focalare Economy of Communion takes a different approach to achieving a degree of equity in a community. In fact, in terms of spiritual development and commitment, these traditions offer something that Social Credit does not: personal gift and personal renunciation. Social Credit seems in some respects rather like a way of restoring the "commons", the pre-capitalist provision that certain lands were dedicated to communal purposes, so anyone could graze stock, gather wood, catch game, etc. of course, after the notorious Enclosure of the Commons, appropriation of that common resource for the private exploitation by the gentry, country-folk who snared a rabbit for the pot could hang for poaching.Social Credit seems to postulate an analogy to the "commons" in the society's endowment of technology, institutions, etc.  Please correct me if I misapprehend that point. G

Response:Yes, Social Credit is a method of restoring the commons within the context of an industrial or high-tech economy. By taking advantage of the flaw in the existing price system, i.e., the fact that the financial system creates costs in the form of debts to the banking system (since most production is undertaken on the basis of short-term and/or long-term bank loans) at a faster rate than it distributes incomes to consumers (in the form of wages, salaries, dividends, profits, etc.), Social Credit proposes to introduce a new principle of distribution that would represent the 'free gift' or 'free lunch' inherent to economic reality.

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LESSONS IN FREEDOM WE ALL NEED TO LEARN by Betty Luks

My interest was sparked by John Roskam’s article “In Government, Less Is So Much More” - Institute of Public Affairs, 27 January 2017.He writes:  According to the results of an international opinion poll released a few days ago, there's an "implosion of trust" around the world.  The findings of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveal just 37 per cent of Australians trust the government. The comparable figure in the United States is 47 per cent, and 36 per cent in the UK.

Despite all the business bashing of recent times, Australians have more faith in business than their government, as 48 per cent of Australians say they trust business.  Only 32 per cent of Australians trust the media. To put that into perspective that's only one point higher in trust that the Russians have in their media, and it's 15 points lower than that for America.

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ALL ON BOARD FOR CHINA'S 'SILK ROAD' JOURNEY - TO HELL? by Betty Luks


 The headlines read:  'Silk Road' freight train from China arrives in Barking, UKThe first direct rail freight service from China to the UK has completed its 18-day trip and arrived in London.  The train left the city of Yiwu, on China's east coast, this month and travelled 7,500 miles (12,000km), crossing seven countries, before arriving at a freight depot in Barking.  The service delivered 34 containers of clothes and high street goods.China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg.  The service passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before entering the UK via the Channel Tunnel.In order to make the journey, a number of different locomotives and wagons were used as the railways of the former Soviet Union states have a larger rail gauge.However, the rail firms say the service is still cheaper than air freight and faster than sending goods by sea.  The service is part of China's One Belt, One Road programme - reviving the ancient Silk Road trading routes to the West.Continue reading: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38666854

Question:  How are the British people going to buy China's goods when so many do not have jobs and depend on their welfare cheques, those who do have jobs already have so many financial commitments - let alone the taxation and other government charges  - and the private debt structure is so high?  I am reminded of that story Anthony Cooney tells of the American unionist attending the opening of the Ford Motor Company's first automated production line.  He was asked just  how he was going to collect the union dues from the automated machines - machines are not paid wages!   Wages are the workers' purchasing power.He smartly retorted:  How are you going to sell products to these machines? 

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‘DEMOCRACY’ IS …..by Betty Luks

I don’t know about you but I have a far different concept of what constitutes a ‘democracy’ than does the recently-retired American vice president, Joe Biden.
According to CBNC (18 Jan 2017) the fellow had this to say to the elites attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.“The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces.”

The ‘destructive forces’ being of course the world’s people wanting their lives and nations back from the control of the ‘world elite’.
 
Biden, we read, also went after Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, saying he is using "every tool" in his power to whittle away the European project, and undermine Western democracies. Biden accused Putin of wanting to "roll back decades of progress."  Biden said Russia used "cyber aggression" to meddle in the U.S. election, an assertion supported by 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. He also warned that we will see further interference from Russia in the future and said the "purpose is clear" — that Putin wants to see a "collapse of the international order.""Simply put, Putin has a different vision of the future," the vice president warned…”

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MYTHS, LEGENDS AND SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL by Betty Luks October 2007

I recently came upon a copy of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop's "War Diaries" published forty years after WWII. Sir Edward was one of Australia's great heroes. In the foreword British officer, Colonel Sir Laurens van der Post wrote of his brief experiences with the American and Australian soldiers of war, along with the British, in the early days of the Japanese internment and he described prison life as "the war within the War"

For the first three months and under the inspired leadership of (then) Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Dunlop, an all out effort was made to not only invest the resources available to them for "the physical well being" of the men, and to unite them as of the British-Commonwealth, but a "vast educational system was set up" to cater for their mental and spiritual well being.

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THE CAUSES OF WAR ARE IN EVERY VILLAGE by Betty Luks

It suddenly struck me that Professor Jordan Peterson and C.H. Douglas were/are really ‘on the same page’ – Douglas of course eighty years ago.  Also as Jordan Peterson says in one video segment there have been great advances in the last 50-100 years in the discipline of Psychology (just as in the understanding of the social credit within societies as Social Credit teaching brings out).

In his November 1934 BBC broadcast on “The Causes of War” Douglas asked the question, “Is Our Financial System to Blame?” In answering his own question, he thought it important there should be agreement on what was meant by ‘war’ and gave the technical definition of the time:“Any action taken to impose your will upon an enemy or to prevent him from imposing his will upon you.”

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Bring on the National Dividend!

Source:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-17/davos-world-economic-forum-confronts-globalisation-revolt/8188960Technology to have a bigger impact than globalisationHowever, Mr Minack said while it may be possible — not to mention also nonsensical and painful — to reverse globalisation, it is also most likely pointless as well, given an even bigger threat to jobs and wages is coming down the tracks.Technology and the developments in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence will simply eliminate the need for many unskilled workers in both developed and developing economies."I think that globalisation has had a bigger effect than technology on incomes of unskilled and semi-skilled workers over the past 15 years," Mr Minack said."But the next 15 years will see a reversal: technology, not globalisation, will likely become a major adverse influence on less-skilled workers' incomes."In other words, the globalisation debate heating up the chilly climes of Davos may well be already out of date.Sure, the threat of trade wars and insular politics still abound, but it could all be about battles that have already be lost and won, not ones to come.The dynamics that have led to disgruntlement and alienation are only likely to intensify from here.

WHAT IS ‘THE STATE’ FOR? by Betty Luks



In Dr. Jennifer Oriel’s opinion “Politicians are elected but by no means are they representative” (The Australian 16 January 2017).  In fact she thinks: “Political leaders are in a state of advanced denial about the decay of liberal democracy and their contribution to its decline.  Their refusal to adopt realism in analysing the root causes of rising nationalism, popular democracy and counter-revolutionary movements is self-serving. It enables the political class to sustain denial in the face of overwhelming evidence that their old world order of supranationalism, centralised power and political correctness has done incalculable harm to the free world…”

In fact, political scientist Dr. Oriel is on record as writing:  “Unless the major parties correct their course, it seems likely that a Donald Trump-style politician will rise to prominence in Australia. The appeal of populist and nationalist politicians lies in their novelty, their revival of patriotism and pride in Western culture. The five causes that fired Trump’s ascendancy are being championed by anti-establishment figures across the West. During the past week, three of those causes came to the fore in Australian politics: sovereign borders, the PC establishment and freedom of speech….” (The Australian 22 November 2016)

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THE PROCESS IS THE PUNISHMENT by Betty Luks


It was James Delingpole quoting Mark Steyn’s words “The process is the punishment” that reminded me of that day in 1988 and my experiences at an Office of Multicultural Affairs one-day convention.  I summed up my experiences and my understanding of what it was all about in a letter to the then President of the Victorian RSL Bruce Ruxton (found here (http://alor.org/Volume51/pdf/Vol%2051%20No%2021.pdf)

The main thrust of what was really intended is summed up in the following words: “There was a lawyer in the group who saw it as important that such legislation was put into effect to silence such people as Bruce Ruxton and Nancy Wake.  It was suggested there may already be criminal laws that would effectively deal with such as you, but this lawyer thought it was bad tactics to treat you as a criminal. Why, the people may even see you as some sort of a hero and public anger would be aroused!  Better to deal with the likes of you under the civil laws and try to hurt you in other ways.  I guess psycho/politically and/or financially.

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THE LOGOS: IT’S IN THE VERY WARP AND WOOF by Betty Luks


Joanne Nova has posted on her website an article on an American climate scientist by the name of Judith Curry, which I think bears repeating:  “Judith Curry resigns — “battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide” It is sad to see that Judith Curry will not be continuing her research. The dead hand of buracademia drives out the best.

From Mark Steyn, who doesn’t hold back:  “…distinguished climate scientist Judith Curry had decided to resign from her position at Georgia Tech: The superficial reason is that I want to do other things… The deeper reasons have to do with my growing disenchantment with universities, the academic field of climate science and scientists.Dr Curry elaborates: A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science. Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.

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More for Pauline: GENUINE DEMOCRACY IS DECENTRALISED CONTROL OF POLICY MAKING

We must always keep the fact firmly fixed in our minds, that genuine democracy is decentralised control of policy making. This is in harmony with the Christian philosophy that all power and authority should arise from within the Individual, who should have the greatest possible self-determination.

There are two basic philosophies in the world, each diametrically opposed to the other; obviously these two philosophies and the policies arising from them, result in two different types of organisation. All organisation has to do with the association of individuals.

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SOCIAL CREDIT IS ‘PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY’

The following is taken from Geoffrey Dobbs’ “What is Social Credit”:  “Social Credit is a name given to a certain movement of the mind and spirit (not an organisation) which stems originally from the mind and writings of a man of great insight and genius, the late Clifford Hugh Douglas.  Its aim is to ‘bind back to reality’ or ‘express in practical terms’ in the current world, especially the world of politics and economics, those beliefs about the nature of God and man and the Universe, which constitute the Christian Faith, as delivered to us from our forefathers, and NOT as altered and perverted to suit current politics or economics, which stem from a non-Christian source.

If we define ‘religion’ as that fundamental belief about the nature of things which determines and directs a man’s life and behaviour (his life- policy so to speak), in such cases it is the ‘ideology’, whether of Left or Right or Centre, of this Party or of that, which is the man’s actual religion; his Christianity is a secondary matter, a mere opinion which he favours but does not ‘bind back‘ (re-ligare) to the real world.

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A PLANNED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM: THE CHINESE COMMUNIST’S IDEA OF ‘SOCIAL CREDIT’ by Betty Luks

China Watching:Beijing wants to create a nationwide ‘social credit’ system that compiles digital records of citizens’ social and financial behaviour to calculate a personal rating that will determine what services they are entitled to - and what blacklists they go on.- - Wall Street JournalIt has come to our notice that a system of surveillance planned for the citizens of Communist China was described in English as a ‘social credit’ system.  Of course it sparked our immediate interest, not only by the term used but the underlying philosophy upon which it is based.  But let’s mull over this news for a while - what does all this mean?

First why use the English term ‘Social Credit’ for such an Orwellian Chinese Surveillance System?  A term that was coined nearly a hundred years ago and which the mainline media has avoided the use of, in relation to, and any reference to, Clifford Hugh Douglas’ writings and proposals.Of course there are a number of serious issues involved with what has happened but I think we have to ‘start at a beginning’ in order to get our minds around it all.

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SCIENCE AND RELIGION by Geoffrey Dobbs

In 1976 biologist, philosopher and social crediter Geoffrey Dobbs presented a paper to a Science and Religion Forum (An expansion of a discussion paper read to the Science and Religion Forum on April 9, 1976, at their meeting at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park on the theme: Man’s Responsibility for Nature) in which he observed:

“Science shares with religion another dimension, beyond the cerebro-verbal plane of academic philosophy, namely that of the external world, in that its thoughts and symbols must be ‘bound back’, in detail, to an external, non-cerebral, non-verbal, reality. ·       It is of the essence of the scientific method that theory must constantly be checked by observation and experiment. ·       It is of the essence of religion that the professed faith must be put to the test of practice, both on the individual scale, and on the more visible, general, social scale. ·       It is of the essence of words and of symboIs of all sorts, that their connection with the referent is indirect – entirely through the human mind, and hence easily confused or diverted or even inverted.

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