8 November 2002. Thought for the Week: "Institutional Christianity is undergoing... the greatest credibility crisis in its history. Never before in the course of human events has there been such a need for persons in the highest places to speak out... To remain silent on this issue is not only wilful and culpable negligence on the part of Christian leaders, but threatens to undermine and destroy any remaining credibility that their religions may still possess. Many of these religious leaders align themselves one way or the other, politically or ideologically, with what are called Capitalism and Socialism. Both systems have protagonists who are self-confessed atheists. Both systems have zealous exponents who claim discipleship of Jesus.
They all have one thing in common. Whilst blindly pledged in seeming mutual antagonism, they are both openly pledged to opposing any others' antagonism to their common financial overlords. The latter hide behind the scenes and lust with bloated power as they watch their stupefied slaves engage in war games, of both military and economic nature, to their own self-destruction."
"The Great Harlot" by Peter Lock, 2002
THE IMPRISONED WORLD OF THE FABULOUSLY RICH
by Jeremy Lee
The industrial West, and now many Third
World countries, have become the scene of guarded citadels
of privilege surrounded by oceans of destitution. That destitution
exists in large measure in Australia, but does not appear
in the GDP figures, which preoccupy the attention of economists
and treasurers. George Monbiot, writing in The Guardian
(UK), August 27th, 2002, commented:
For both the secluded and the excluded, the fruits of economic growth become a substitute for human interaction: we prefer watching TV than talking to our neighbours. Plenty of evidence suggests that as we become richer, we become less content with ourselves. It is incorrect to say that necessity is the mother of invention. In the rich world, invention is the mother of necessity. When people already possess all the goods and services they need, growth can be stimulated only by discovering new needs. Advertising creates gaps in our lives in order to fill them. We buy the products, but the gap remains.
Already, in the rich nations, the beneficiaries of development spend much of their money on escaping from it: it costs a fortune to live in a place that does not assault your eyes and ears with ugliness. To absorb our increasing wealth we must keep building. Our new cars need new roads, our new goods and services must come from new shops and warehouses and offices. One day there may be nowhere left in which we can shut the noise out of our heads. Wealth also appears to reduce our capacity to act. Our reliance on technology supplants our reliance upon ourselves and other people ..... In other words, as Simon Fairlie argues, the rich world is approaching the point at which 'satiation turns into deprivation'.
Even if we were to forget the damage our growing economies inflict upon the environment, even if we were to ignore the conflict between our greed and the fulfilment of other peoples' needs, we should be able to see that economic growth in nations that are rich enough already is a disaster ....
Whether Monbiot understands how this whole lop-sided system is itself the prisoner of the global debt system and those who own it is not clear. But he is correct in his assessment that the rich are on a treadmill of fear like everyone else. One result is the attempt to insure against any possible disaster, spawning a world of regulation and litigation that is now collapsing. Remote country people can't even have their annual show or a pony-club for the kids because they can't afford the insurance and are legally banned from proceeding without it! How far does that go? The annual Christmas party? Or even the Christmas carol service?
Are we to coin a new axiom, "Wherever two or three are gathered together, they shall take out insurance as required by Big Brother?" And, of course, our fully-insured politicians, as they churn out more and more laws, are only doing it for our own good. In the process they are crushing the initiative and personal responsibility that built Australia in the first place. If the imminent GATS Treaty designed by the World Trade Organisation is forced through, privatising the whole of life into the hands of multinationals owned by the wealthy, will they be any happier? Or more fearful still.
Lionel Fifield, who runs Brisbane's
Relaxation Centre, made these recent striking comments (Peoples'
Monthly, November, 2002):
The whole edifice of regulation and its enforcement is in danger of collapsing. The courts are clogged and the whole system of enforcement out of control. Older, more conventional people try to obey the law, but often are unable to cope because of its sheer size and complexity. The less conscientious, seeing its absurdity, are beginning to ignore "Big Brother" and often get away with it. We are rapidly developing a class in Australia who evade, ignore or submit grudgingly to the law when they have to but never willingly obey it. An example is the boast made when the GST was introduced that it would destroy the cash economy. We waited with baited breath for a while. But now we see it for the absurdity it was.
They'll have to abolish cash altogether, and risk waking all Australians to what is happening. This has happened in previous civilizations. The number of laws and the size of the necessary bureaucracy to administer it, has become so heavy that societies have collapsed. Just as the Society of Chartered Accountants is taking on the Tax Department, we need a movement to repeal unnecessary laws. The first political party that announced a policy of repealing laws would gain a lot of support. Why do we have over 8,000 pages in the Taxation Act? Wasn't Costello going to make it simpler?
The irony is that the original depository of freedom and responsibility, the Church, conforms more to the world of "Big Brother" than most other organizations. The idea of challenging Caesar in his predations into those realms reserved for God is viewed with horror, as though it was blasphemy. The few exceptions, such as the Anglican Primate, Archbishop Carnley, who has strongly condemned the probable war against Iraq, or the Catholic Archbishop George Pell, who insists that moral laws are not to be decided by majority head-counting but by God's authority, are to be cut down at any cost. If ever such men really came to grips with the world of banking, debt and money we'd begin to get somewhere.
As we've said before, "the plight of the world is the hope of the world". Paradoxical though this might seem, every action breeds an equal and opposite reaction. We can ignore evil just so long. But finally, when it has attempted to block every avenue towards freedom, happiness and personal responsibility, it unleashes the means of its own destruction. Just how much damage is done before that moment comes is a matter of conjecture. But come it will, probably at that moment when we imagine all is lost.
THE GREAT HARLOT, THE WHORE OF BABYLONPeter Lock's book "The Great Harlot" is challenging. He introduces his reader to the Science and Logic underlying Self-functioning Systems, in particular as it pertains to Sociology and Economics. He refers to the inability of the 'masculine straight-line logic of cause and effect' to recognise, let alone solve, so many of our current problems. What is required is the 'right-lobed elliptical non-linear logic' (something, he says, which is both childlike and feminine). But he warns, being foreign to the masculine straight-line logic of cause and effect, its understanding will require a more evolved and sophisticated attitude of mind. He has put the hierarchy of the nation's systems and institutions on notice. His reference to the financial overlords' 'lusting with bloated power' lines up, in my mind, with J.R.R Tolkien's use of the hideous, foul smelling spider Shelob bloated with the blood of men to depict this evil power the power of Mammon or money.
by Matthew Reimer, YellowTimes.org:
IT'S THE OIL FOR 'BIG BROTHER'!
by Graham Strachan: From Neil Baird's
IANSA (International Action Network on
Australian bureaucrats have been boastful of their role in advancing the programme from the very beginning. The usual lies are already being trotted out by the usual suspects. Victoria's spokesman for the civilian disarmament crowd, Tim Costello, reportedly stated on the ABC that it was only by a quirk that handguns were left off the 1996 agenda after Port Arthur. In fact, handguns were not considered a problem then as they were well regulated by police. It is only since then that the international drive against handguns began. Costello also stated that most of the handguns used in unlawful acts started off as legal firearms. My information is that most firearms used by criminals are smuggled into Australia with illicit drugs [Andrew MacGregor, by e-mail].
Canberra a subsidiary branch office
of 'world government'
It is significant that within four years of the last gun 'buyback' scheme, the Howard government through its infamous 'Shoot To Kill Bill' made it legal for the military to shoot and kill now legally-disarmed Australian citizens. No government is to be trusted, least of all a government that does that. Australians will again be told the lie that this 'gun buyback' will 'reduce crime': It will not, for the simple reason that law-abiding citizens don't use guns to commit crime, and people intending to do so will not surrender their guns. The lie will be told that guns are the worst killers of both children and adults. In fact guns, kill far fewer Americans annually than other unrelated causes.
Research reveals facts opposite to what
we are 'fed'
Australia's Howard government is a dangerous government, with a decidedly totalitarian bent. What's that? It's the Hegelian mindset that the state is mummy and daddy, and all the citizens are little children craving guidance, protection and control. Of course mummy and daddy have lots of willing helpers who make profitable careers bullying the kids around. It's only a matter of time before Australian police and military start kicking down doors at 4am 'looking for terrorists'. I fully expect to be targeted for writing this article. And to think Australia used to be called the 'Lucky Country'".
Graham Strachan's books are available from all League book services.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
by Antonia Feitz
That the police/ASIO officers didn't even arrest anybody proves the raids were stunts; terrifying ones for the families concerned. Why smash down the door? Why not just knock? On what evidence did the police believe that the targeted men would refuse to open their doors? On what evidence did they believe the targeted men were armed and dangerous? One of the men had his wife, a seven-month-old baby and a 4-year-old daughter present. Imagine their trauma. Another man's 17-year-old daughter expressed her bewilderment saying, "They put ... him on the floor, they handcuffed him and they, they actually knocked his, like whacked his ear with one of the guns. And, um, yeah, so, and he was like on the floor with guns pointing at, um, him and also my brother and sisters as well. And I was also pushed to the ground and one of the policemen with the gun like was like, in my face." (AM, 31/10/02)
At issue is not the raids themselves but the violence and over-the-top use of force. Why were the officers in balaclavas? As Australia isn't cold in late October the balaclavas were obviously intended to frighten people. Is this Australia or the Soviet Union? Fighting 'terror' by resorting to it makes little sense. John McFarlane, a former head of intelligence for the Australian Federal Police, stupidly described the public concern about the raids as "emotionalism". In all seriousness he said, "Waving guns sounds a fairly emotive way of describing it. Bashing down doors is probably an emotional way of describing it." (AM, 31/10/02). But the heavily armed raiders hiding their faces behind balaclavas DID smash down doors and DID wave guns in people's including children's faces! They intended to terrify men, women and children. Such behaviour is totally unacceptable.
Simon Crean's utter uselessness
The most dangerous 'weapons' of all are
words and ideas.
PS: E-mails are virtually useless as a form of protest. Telephone or write to your local representative. Be polite but very clear: Australians don't want to live in a police state. We expect our political representatives to uphold the rule of law."
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