19 April 1968. Thought for the Week: "The generous to enemies promotes their ends, And becomes the enemy and betrayer of his friends."
PERTINENT QUESTIONS ON THE LUTHER KING MURDER
"So far no arrests have been made for Dr. King's murder, Mr. Ramsey Clark, the Attorney-General in Memphis, said today that a suspect had been found. Agents had a man on the run, he said. But they were not sure that he was the right man." - The Australian, April 9.
The violent assassination of Dr. Martin Luther
King is already having reactions, which are tantamount to panic in the
American legislature. Actions, which must lead to a greater inflammation
of racial conflict, and pose important questions related to Dr. Luther
King's murder. The highly controversial Civil Rights Bill being debated
in the House of Representatives was passed with little debate after
weeks of indecision in the committee stages. The Bill provides stiff
penalties for persons intimidating or injuring civil rights workers
and introduces "open housing", making it unlawful to refuse the sale
of homes in a white community to Negroes.
The rules committee chairman in the House of Representatives, Representative W. Colmer was reported in The Australian April 11, as saying he saw a definite connection between the assassination and the passage of the legislation. Answering the allegation that he and his committee, and the House of Representatives were legislating under the gun, he said, "I don't think there's any question about it. Thursday afternoon, before the Martin Luther King assassination, the leadership did not have the votes to pass the Senate Bill. On the contrary it would have gone to conference."
Our Canadian edition of On Target, April 8,
asks some pertinent questions.
CANADA'S FIRST MARXIST PRIME MINISTER
Mr. Eric Butler reports from Canada on the amazing election of Mr. Pierre Elliott Trudeau as the new Canadian Liberal Party leader and the next Canadian Prime Minister:
"The election of Mr. Pierre Elliott Trudeau,
46 year old wealthy bachelor radical, as the youngest Liberal Party
Prime Minister in Canadian history, has demonstrated the frightening
power of the modern mass media. There is no argument that Mr. Trudeau,
only elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1965, won the Liberal
leadership at the recent convention primarily because of the nation-wide
campaign of support through the mass media. Those who masterminded this
campaign have been named by Social Credit Member Robert Thompson as
the same 'far-out' CBC personnel responsible for TV programmes, which
disgusted large numbers of Canadians.
Previously Mr. Trudeau 'had supported the NDP, the openly-declared Socialists, and in campaigning against the Liberals in 1963 described them as 'idiots.' Some feel that in view of what has happened, Mr. Trudeau is quite correct:
"In a statement in the Canadian press on April
9, the federal secretary of the NDP said that Mr. Trudeau 'expressed
his political philosophy in terms identical to those of the New Democratic
it is comforting to the NDP that the prime minister designate
is following the practices of his predecessors in borrowing CCF and
"The decisive moment in the Trudeau campaign came at the Liberal Party Convention - an orgy of American-type ballyhoo which I hope is never introduced into Australia - when Finance Minister Mr. Mitchell Sharp announced that he was withdrawing from the contest to throw his support behind Mr. Trudeau. This announcement gave Mr. Trudeau the backing of a man generally regarded as sound and conservative. It damaged those striving desperately to have publicised and accepted Mr. Trudeau's long record of pro-Communist activities. But a press report of April 9 states that Mr. Sharp's approach to economic problems is similar to that of Mr. Trudeau, both having attended the London School of Economics. Both then have come under the influence of Fabian Socialism.
"It is clear that the election of Mr. Trudeau as Prime Minister marks an event of great historical importance. It remains to be seen whether Mr. Trudeau can successfully apply his Socialist ideas as outlined in his own writings, and then win the next Federal Elections against the Progressive Conservatives.
One thing appears clear: The Trudeau victory will seriously damage the NDP, many of its supporters now voting for the Liberals led by their former idol, while more conservative Liberals will turn to the Progressive Conservatives. Canada faces a period of great crisis."
"MANCHESTER GUARDIAN" ADVOCATES FORCE AGAINST RHODESIA
the British Government, in spite of all its
scruples and anxieties, ought to make up its mind to the use of force."
The above is a sickening example of the type
of action being advocated against Rhodesia, not only by the Communist
criminals but also by those who claim to speak in the name of enlightenment
and progress. The Manchester Guardian is, like the New York
Times, held up as a mouthpiece of modern liberalism. But it is this
very liberalism, which is playing such a vital role in eroding what
little sanity remains in the modern world.
"They appear tame, and gentle and loving, even caressing. The slightest severity of justice made their tender flesh creep. The very idea that war existed in the world disturbed their delicate sensibilities and their repose. All this while they plotted the massacres and the confiscation we have seen, and will see:"
Burke might have been describing those who are
opposed to violence against the Communists ("forces can solve no problems")
while advocating force against Rhodesia. They weep tears when brutal
murderers in Rhodesia are hanged and speak in the hypocritical language
of Harold Wilson, who talks of the Rhodesian Government operating "in
the shadow of the gallows."
The road to Rhodesian independence was started
back in 1923 when the Rhodesians by referendum decided not to become
a province of South Africa. From the beginning Rhodesia has had for
all practical purposes internal self-government. Rhodesians thought
that when they voted for the 1961 constitution they were voting for
complete sovereignty. Constitutional government has been the feature
of Rhodesian development, along with the rule of law and an independent
judiciary. To claim that Rhodesian society operates "in the shadow of
the gallows" reveals the depths of viciousness to which journals like
the Manchester Guardian will descend.
The Communists may be contemptuous of them, but
they know their value as a corroding influence in society, softening
it up for the eventual Communist kill. Communist strategists know that
a stable and civilised Rhodesia is a barrier to their plans to obtain
control of South Africa. But they are relying upon those who think like
the Manchester Guardian to remove the barrier for them, people
like Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Paul Martin who states
that the Smith Government in Rhodesia must be "smashed"
COMMONWEALTH LITERARY FUND
SUBSIDISING THE RADICALS
"Tony Morphett, Craig McGregor, and Thomas Keneally are writers working mainly in the chancy field of fiction all they have in common is that each . . .. Helped by the Commonwealth Literary Fund, is working full time at writing. - Sandra Hall. The Bulletin, March 30.
The Commonwealth Literary Fund, inaugurated by
the Liberals under Sir Robert Menzies donates taxpayer's funds to help
"struggling" young Australian writers. Some of the Liberal Government's
"generosity" (how easy it is to spend other people's money!) were Judah
Watch and the late Vance Palmer, to name two. The former, a member of
the Communist Party and a regular contributor to the Communist Guardian,
gained a great deal of "respectability" from being accepted as an Australian
writer. Such respectability enabled his works to be used in senior school
English classes, carrying with them his class warfare theme.
Some of the "social" causes of our new batch
of struggling young writers carry a similar imprimatur. Tony Morphett
referring to the hero of his new novel, says, "One of his professors
gets involved in McCarthy type persecution just as Socrates was condemned
for corrupting the youth of Athens." The accusers of Socrates like the
late Senator Joseph McCarthy did not approve of anti-patriotic homosexuals.
Anyone wanting to know how Socrates corrupted the youth should read
Plato's dialogue Symposium.
Finally Craig McGregor was in 1966 one of the two editors of Comment a magazine which makes sophisticated Marxist journals such as Outlook and Arena look lilywhite by comparison. Sponsored by the Commonwealth Literary Fund and the Myer Foundation, a Writers Retreat is to be held at the University of New England from 19th May to 1st June, The Australian March 30. 1968.
For the fifteen young authors selected, free board, accommodation and informal tuition will be provided. One of the tutors will be Judah Waten! Is this another twist to the Lenin dictum that we would buy the rope by which to hang ourselves?
"On Target" is published by the Australian League of Rights, Box 1052. G.P.O. Melbourne 3001.