At the 1979 Douglas Centenary Dinner, in Melbourne, Victoria, Geoffrey Dobbs spoke of the 1930s Social Credit movement and the 1937 election of a Social Credit government in Alberta, Canada:
“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. But to be young was very heaven!”
“That, however,” said Geoffrey “was written about the French Revolution -- a false dawn if ever there was one -- and the following year (1938), we (social crediters) had to grow up! At least I had to, and it was a painful process, facing the reality that the world was not going our way at all, but the opposite way”.
“… the late Hugh Gaitskell the Oxford economist and Leader of the Labour Party referred to him “as a religious rather than a scientific reformer”. The first part, obviously intended as a jeer, was truer than he knew, for the greatest gift we owe to Douglas is that, for many of us, he re-integrated the Christian religion with ‘the warp and woof of the Universe’ and made it real for us again.
“… as I have found myself, economists cannot even grasp the concept of ‘real credit.’ Nothing which does not incorporate bankers’ ink marks has any reality to them.
“… the second part was a typical example of ludicrous impertinence! On what grounds can an economist -- an expert on wild and woolly abstractions incorporating an imaginary entity called ‘money’, criticise an engineer as ‘unscientific’, especially one who drew up the electrical specifications for the automatic Post Office Tube, a pioneer achievement still running sixty years later?
“Indeed, on the same page Gaitskell referred contemptuously to “some vague notion of capacity or potentiality” (for production) thus revealing his childish ignorance of the degree of precision with which a production engineer can and must estimate the productive capacity of his works…”
IT IS THE TRUTH THAT WILL SET US FREE
Continuing Geoffrey Dobbs 1979 paper:
“We had plenty of warning, even forty years ago, that if we did not defeat the policy of the Money Power within a few years, we should enter another Dark Age, and it is quite evident that we have now entered it. The culture in which we live is no longer a Christian culture.
“The Christian principles on which most of us were brought up are no longer tacitly accepted by Society as a whole, as they used to be however imperfectly; and the young, for the most part, are not being brought up as Christians.
“The light of Christianity now shines from many points, but does not visibly diffuse through the whole of Society.”
“This is not ‘pessimism’; it is the truth that sets us free from false hopes so that we can concentrate on our real task with real hope and, indeed, joy! Hope deferred maketh the heart sick — also it corrupts the policy, as we see among those who spend their lives chasing the will o’ the wisp of parliamentary power, let alone those sick creatures who seek ‘justice’ through murder!
“A strong torch is a useful tool in the dusk, which precedes dawn. It loses its value when the sun rises. But it is very pleasant to bask in the sunshine of a balmy summer’s day, living, as it were upon the moral capital of our Christian ancestors; but it is a good deal more challenging and exciting to have to build up that moral capital, that social credit, again.
“The strong torch, which Douglas has given us, is a lot more useful when the shades of night are settling in. It is more than ‘useful’; it is essential both for our own sanity and clear vision, and to enable us to help others.
“Remember that the night also has its stars: and the last Dark Age, when the light of civilisation shone only from the Church, was the legendary Age of Saints and Heroes, a time of hidden growth and origins which emerged into the full day of Mediaeval Christendom.
“For me, an old man who wishes he were young again, the challenge is immensely more thrilling than it was forty years ago!”
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