12 December 1980. Thought for the Week: "The more corrupt the state, the greater the number of laws" - Tacitus
INTEREST AND INFLATION
In the plan drawn up for the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694, it was frankly stated, "The Bank hath benefit of interest in all moneys which it creates out of nothing." As pointed out by Bishop Burnet in his classic, "History of His Own Times", the Tories (Conservatives) of the day bitterly opposed the establishment of the Bank, warning that the Bank would become "the masters of the stock and wealth of the nation." Clearly the British Conservatives of nearly three hundred years ago had more sense and understanding of the realities of credit creation than those who call themselves Conservatives today.
The latest increase in interest rates is presented as being "inevitable" as if money is a commodity and that like every other commodity it must be governed by something called the law of supply and demand. As far back as 1924, Sir Reginald McKenna, a Chancellor of the British Exchequer and Chairman of the Midland Bank, gave an historic address to shareholders in which he frankly said that the average person would not like to be told that the trading banks can and do create money in the form of credit. He went on to explain how this is done.
"The Money Trick", ($1.35 posted), contains numerous statements by authorities on how the banking system CREATES the bulk of a nation's money supply in the form of credit made available when loans are granted to individuals, industry and governments. Only the financially illiterate, which includes many politicians, believe the nonsense about money being some type of commodity. Like the creation of everything, there is a natural cost associated with creating financial credit, and those engaged in this most valuable community activity are entitled to be paid a charge in the form of interest sufficient to cover costs plus a reasonable profit. Reputable authorities claim that credit can be created profitably for no more than 2 percent.
Creating credit by writing figures in ledgers is much simpler and less costly than printing notes and minting coins. And yet this "small change" of the nation does not carry the growing interest charges applied to the creation of credit. The increase in interest rates, "played down" before the elections, with Treasurer John Howard refusing to give a straight answer to questions on the subject, was the result of pressure from the "experts" in the Treasury and the Reserve Bank. Once again the politicians, including "strong man" Malcolm Fraser, have demonstrated that they are little more than puppets of the real government.
Remember those promises by Mr. Fraser and Mr. Howard of how they were going to REDUCE interest rates? One does not need to be an economic genius to know that increased interest charges not only impose a further burden on those buying their own homes, but that they are an increased financial cost for business organisations which they must attempt to recover through higher prices. Higher prices mean greater pressure for higher wages. And so the vicious circle continues.
As we have explained ad nauseum, high inflation, contrary to the promises of Mr. John Howard, is mathematically certain under present financial policies. Mr. Howard's idea of' "fighting" inflation by further increasing financial costs, is like fighting fire by throwing some petrol on to it!
INCREDIBLE DEFENCE OF THATCHER POLICIES
We have on occasion lamented the fact that a man of Mr. B.A. Santamaria's talents has never come to grips with the central issue of a disintegrating civilisation, the monopoly of the creation and control of financial credit, the monopolists being in the position to monopolise control of real credit, productive capacity. The result is Mr. Santamaria and his NCP supporters are so often engaged in dealing with EFFECTS, providing no answers to the deepening finance economic crisis, of which, inflation is a major manifestation. Perhaps it is not surprising, therefore, that "News Weekly" of December 3rd should give space to an article from "The New York Times" by Mr. Paul Johnson, the former British editor of the Fabian style publication, "The New Statesman", in which not only are the repressive policies of Mrs. Thatcher's British Government endorsed, but the incredible claim made that the Great Depression in Britain stimulated the development of industries which played a vital role in the defence of Britain in the Second World war.
Since leaving "The New Statesman" in 1970, Mr. Paul Johnson has been widely publicised for some of his excellent writings on the evils of modern unionism and Big Government. But while Mr. Johnson has changed his politics since editing "The New Statesman", he has not changed his philosophy. He now emerges clearly as a power man, endorsing the view that the way to defeat the power of the unions is to apply the type of policies being imposed by Mrs. Thatcher. In the long run good will allegedly come out of creating mass unemployment and bankrupting large numbers of business organisations, apart from creating widespread misery and social dislocation.
Mr. Johnson claims that the British people are actually liking "the splendors and miseries of real national leadership." He does not explain why the British are trying to flee in their tens of thousands away from Mrs. Thatcher's "leadership". Like Mr. Santamaria, Mr. Johnson has never criticised the Monopoly of Credit. If he did, he would not be given space in a paper like "The New York Times". And Mr. Santamaria would not be given regular space in Mr. Rupert Murdock's national daily, "The Australian".
Any group of politicians prepared to break the Monopoly of Credit, could soon break the Trade Union Monopoly by the simple process of adopting financial policies, which would constructively eliminate inflation and place the individual in such a position of economic security where no monopoly could survive. We repeat: we find it distressing that a journal which devotes itself to a defence of Christian social philosophy should give space to an article endorsing a brutal policy which, if persisted with, can only result in the United Kingdom passing under a Marxist-type Government at the next British elections.
WILL THE WEST HELP POLAND?
If the Soviet decides that it has to use a military invasion to preserve a Communist regime in Poland, it will not be deterred by any possibility of military action by NATO. NATO spokesmen have made it clear that there is no intention of trying to deter the Soviet on a military basis. What sanctions, then, does the West possess if it is not prepared to support armed resistance by the Polesto to an invasion by Soviet troops? The most powerful sanction of all - economic.
A major feature of the Polish crisis is lack of adequate basic food supplies. The Achilles Heel of the Soviet system is not only its dependence upon Western technology, but also its failures in the field of agriculture. Collectivised farming has proved a disastrous failure. Perhaps this has not worried the Soviet dictators unduly, as they have had no difficulty in obtaining adequate supplies from the West.
During the seventies grain imports by
the Soviet averaged 9 million tons a year. They reached 28
million tons a year by the end of the seventies and it was
planned to import 38 million tons in 1980. There was some
disruption to these plans following the Afghanistan affair.
But the partial embargo has now been effectively broken by
a Canadian wheat contract signed with the Soviet worth more
than $450 million Canadian.
There is evidence to suggest that the Soviet is stockpiling sufficient food to ensure that its large military forces are adequately fed. Cutting off food and raw materials and technology to the Soviet would certainly require a change of financial policies in the West. The Soviet leaders are confident that such changes will never be made.
Not surprisingly, Communists in all Western countries make every effort to smear those like the League of Rights who are advocating financial changes, which would stop the alleged necessity of exporting to the Soviet. Credit policies in the West will determine just when the Soviet strategy for world conquest is going to be halted. The food situation inside the Soviet is now so critical that the Polish strikes could be followed by similar action inside the Soviet. What a tremendous opportunity the West now has to encourage not only the Poles, but the victims of Communism everywhere, by cutting off economic blood transfusions to the Soviet.
One of the long-term threats in any crisis is the fostering of false alternatives by those primarily responsible for the crisis. John Maynard Keynes was publicised during the Great Depression as the answer to C.H. Douglas. In the current crisis we have Milton Friedman and the "monetarists", and more lately the British economist Mr. Peter Jay. Mr. Jay endorses what Douglas said long before him, that a crisis must develop of such proportions that the political system and the free society would disintegrate. Mr. Jay advocates a worker-owned economy, the workers hiring professional managers. Mr. Jay does not explain how consumers are going to obtain sufficient purchasing power to buy the increased volume of production, which he envisages his system would produce. He does not attack financial orthodoxy. If he did, he would get the "silent treatment".
As we anticipated, many of the conservative groups responsible for the campaign to elect Ronald Reagan President of the U.S.A., are becoming concerned about the Reagan appointments. The Trilateralists received a set back when their first choice, George Nush, was defeated in the American primaries. But their strength was sufficient to have him forced on the Republicans at the nominating convention. Also at the convention was Dr. Henry Kissinger, now projecting himself as a man gravely concerned about the strength of the Soviet. He was greeted in silence. But he is back preparing to directly influence government policies.
From. Jondaryan V.P.A. (Qld.) Letters
on key issues published in regional newspaper. The Chairwoman
has sent us some very valuable newspaper cuttings from the
Southern African press, and these are so important that we
intend to reproduce what we can:
The David Livingston statue at Victoria Falls is to have its inscription changed. The trouble is that the present inscription states that he discovered the Victoria Falls in 1855. The Zimbabwe Minister for Information and Tourism, Mr. Nathan Shamuyarira, says that "our forefathers and their forefathers used to live next to the Falls and they knew of their existence." The Minister states that many statues from the colonial era will be removed, and local councils have been advised.
"The Citizen" (November 5th) carries remarks by the head of the Rhodesia Christian Group, now in exile - Father Arthur Lewis; and some of them are: "Do not listen to or support political churchmen whose policies would precipitate another Zimbabwe in South Africa.
"The World Council of Churches, and their fellow-travelling bodies, has been substantially to blame for the downfall of Rhodesia, as well as Mozambique and Angola. These organisations have abandoned the historical and biblical Christianity in favour of a "social gospel" which in practice became Marxist oriented. It is the belief that by changing peoples' political or social conditions, progress could be made to bring about God's Kingdom on Earth. But this is dangerously contrary to the biblical teaching that the Church's task is to bring every single person to the knowledge of God, to help the world to become a better place - although it could never be perfect."
From "The Citizen" (November 3rd). "The Zimbabwe Government is to take over some white owned farms without compensation, the Prime Minister, Mr. Mugabe, announced at the weekend. "The decision had been taken because Britain had reneged on its pre-independence promise to pay white farmers for land needed by the Government he said. "Mr. Mugabe told a rally at Mt. Darwin, in north eastern Zimbabwe, that white farmers would be asked to surrender some of their arable land to the present government resettlement programme. But they would have to look to the British government for compensation "because we have no money to pay them and do not feel inclined to pay for land plundered from the indigenous people by the colonists. The British had said they had no money to pay the farmers and we also say we do not have the money, he said."
From the "Bulaweyo Chronicle (Zimbabwe), September 18th: Government cars: "The Minister was replying to questions...(about)... the size of the fleet of cars, what it had cost taxpayers, and what it was going to cost to repair the damaged vehicles. "The Minister said there were 44 (yes, forty-four) Mercedes Benz cars in the official (Zimbabwe) fleet for use by ministers and officials, and a further ten on issue to the State President, the President of the Senate, the Speaker, and other dignitaries and 'distinguished visitors'. Twenty of these had been purchased since the election at a cost of $258,712 from local agents. A further five had been a gift from West Germany to mark Zimbabwe's independence. Of these, 12 (twelve!) had been damaged in accidents - one of them beyond repair, he told MPs."
From "The Citizen" (South Africa, October 7th): "Addressing a meeting of the Monday Club in London last week, Mr. Harold Soref, Chairman of the Africa Group, said: "It is surely scandalous that a man who has actively sought economic and diplomatic action against his own country - a country with which Britain maintains friendly relations and which is a major trading partner - should have been assisted in his escape by British diplomats. (This is a reference to the "escape" from South Africa in early 1978 of former East London (S.A.) newspaper editor, Donald Woods). It is ironic to compare this case with that of two Soviet building workers who recently slipped into the British Embassy in Moscow, pleading for assistance in getting out of the U.S.S.R. In this case, they were told such assistance could not be provided unless they could produce documentation from the Soviet authorities permitting them to emigrate. A British diplomat escorted them to the front gate. Mr. Donald Woods, it seems, is an internationally protected person outside his own country.
Mr. Soref does not intend letting the matter rest there. He also deals at length with the double standards generally applied by the B.B.C. to South Africa (and the A.B.C. also On Target) in a document to be distributed at the Conservative Party Conference, opening in Brighton today. In this he says: "The renewed psychological warfare against South Africa was apparent in David Dimbleby's regurgitated serial, 'The White Tribe of Africa' (recently screened in Australia by the A.B.C.). This continuous and insidious attack on a pro-Western State is contrary to the B.B.C. Charter because it is not objective, nor has the B.B.C. provided an opportunity for the other side to present its case. "Had the S.A.B.C. indulged in similar mischievous activities upholding the I.R.A. in Ulster as martyrs, quite properly there would have been a public outcry, and diplomatic protests.
"Much play has been made over the infant mortality rate in South Africa, and malnutrition. Statistics are available. The situation is catastrophically worse in Black Africa, as it would no doubt be in South Africa were white expertise to be lost to that country. Indeed, we have no need to look beyond our own doorstep for details of infant tragedies. According to a Parliamentary report, about 5000 babies die needlessly in Britain each year, with at least another 5000 facing life with serious handicaps, which could have been prevented. There is no reason to believe that the S.A.B.C. (South African Broadcasting Commission, or Corporation) exploits these facts against us, nor should it. Grievances were expressed about inadequate disbursements on black education, and the discrepancy between the education of blacks and whites. But now, in Britain, where identical opportunities are provided, the blacks are demanding separate and more expensive education at the cost of the taxpayer because they cannot compete on the basis of equal opportunity. The lesson from that is this: that we all have problems, but it is easier to harp on the other man's problems than to find solutions for one's own.''
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.