21 September 2012 Thought for the Week:
“The critics were all wrong about Cobbett. I mean they were especially wrong about what he represented. Cobbett was not what they have always represented him as being; not even what they have always praised him as being. Cobbett was not merely a wrong-headed fellow with a knack of saying the right word about the wrong thing.
What he saw was not an Eden that cannot exist but rather an Inferno that can exist, and even that does exist. What he saw was the perishing of the whole English power of self-support, the growth of cities that drain and dry up the countryside, the growth of dense dependent populations incapable of finding their own food, the toppling triumph of machines over men, the sprawling omnipotence of financiers over patriots, the herding of humanity in nomadic masses whose very homes are homeless, the terrible necessity of peace and the terrible probability of war, all the loading up of our little island like a sinking ship; the wealth that may mean famine and the culture that may mean despair; the bread of Midas and the sword of Damocles. In a word, he saw what we see, but he saw it when it was not there. And some cannot see it – even when it is here.”
“The great use of history is to teach us how laws, usages and institutions arose, what were their effects on the people, how they promoted public happiness, or otherwise ...”
- - William Cobbett (1763-1835) in “The History of the Protestant Reformation in England & Ireland”
IMPORTANT YOU SHOULD KNOW... What is TPPA?
Trade is only a minor part of the agreement. That’s just a clever branding exercise. A TPPA would be an agreement that guarantees special rights to foreign investors. If these negotiations succeed they will create a mega-treaty across 9 countries that will put a straight jacket around what policies and laws our governments can adopt for the next century – think GM labelling, foreign investment laws, price of medicines, regulating dodgy finance firms, NZ content on TV …
Australia is currently involved in these negotiations which have the potential to undermine our national sovereignty on a whole lot of important issues.There has been nothing in the mainstream media about the TPPA,and one has to ask why?!
Details are leaking of a top-secret, global corporate power grab of breathtaking scope -- attacking everything from a free Internet to health and environmental regulations, and we have just 4 days to stop it.
Big business has a new plan to fatten their pockets: a giant global pact, with an international tribunal to enforce it, that is kept top secret for years (even from our lawmakers!) and then brought down like a Death Star on our democracies. Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Walmart and almost 600 other corporate lobbyists are all in on the draft -- including limits on smoking laws, affordable medicines and free speech on the Net.
The latest round of negotiations ends in just 4 days -- but outcries in each of our countries could shake the confidence of negotiators and scuttle the talks forever. Let's get to a million against the global corporate takeover. Sign below and forward widely. Avaaz will project our petition counter on the walls of the conference so negotiators can see the opposition to their plan exploding in real time:
The deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is written to protect investors from government regulation, even if that regulation is passed in the public interest. Leaked versions suggest the TPP would undermine protections for air and water safety and reintroduce measures from the US Internet freedom attack as well as steamrolling efforts to produce generic affordable medicines. Worse still, lawmakers who fail to conform to the TPP’s rules face sanctions in an international tribunal -- a place where corporations can sue us for deals previous governments signed in secret!
ON WHOSE LAND WILL WE BE LIVING? WE GIVE FOREIGN AID TO CHINA -
Thus they buy up Australia with our own money!
“Concerns Over Sale of Cubbie Station”: Opinion piece by Senator Barnaby Joyce, The Canberra Times 6 September 2012.
The Treasurer has approved the sale of Cubbie Station to a quasi-state owned enterprise. Shandong Ruyi, who would take 80 per cent ownership of Cubbie, was formed as a Chinese state-owned entity in 1972. In 1997, the Chinese Communist party appointed Qui Yafu to be the Chairman and the President of Shandong Ruyi and in 2001 it was nominally privatised but its biggest shareholder became Mr Yafu. State owned entities are both a major shareholder and owners of subsidiaries of the company.
The big issue is that, under this deal, a company with clear connections to another nation's government will own Australia's biggest farm by value, biggest water licence, with enough water to fill Sydney Harbour, and our largest irrigation farm. The purchase would introduce more complexity to the Murray-Darling plan under which water will be demanded from the Lower Balonne. People are rightly asking if Cubbie has not been asked to give water back to the environment, will that mean a massive economic burden on the small businesses and real estate prices in the upstream town of St George, or the downstream environmental requirements.
Wayne Swan could have imposed conditions to sell water but he settled for a condition that they abide by local laws and regulations. They laud as something marvellous, something that should be obvious. The fact that the Treasurer has put conditions on it means that he has concerns. The problem is his conditions mean very little and he hasn't revealed his logic. Cubbie Station could be bought and split up into smaller properties. Cubbie Station is not one property at one location. There is a farm that is part of the government constructed irrigation scheme at St George. It is over 120 km from the Cubbie homestead. Even further away is another Cubbie property called the Anchorage. At Cubbie Station itself the 45,000 acres of irrigation could be broken into 3 lots.
As the Shadow Water Minister, I realise and have grown up with all the complexities of water. There are the immense sensitivities between upstream and downstream users, there are the immense sensitivities that lie between the states, there are sensitivities over who is extracting what and whether someone is extracting too much and there are sensitivities between the environment and agriculture. Now on top of that we will include diplomatic issues to make it even more complicated.
When you are involved in any debate, people will try to impugn your character by dragging in a caustic inference towards you. In this one it is xenophobia. So let's deal with that directly. The Chinese have interests in other farms in my area and I couldn't give a toss about it. Good luck to them but this is some thing entirely different. Cubbie Station wins the bet on Australia's largest irrigation properties and it is certainly one of our more contentious. And this transaction is not going to help settle that contention one little bit. Foreign investment and foreign ownership should not be confused. You go on to an undeveloped block and develop it for Australia that is something good for the nation. You go onto an already developed block and that is just a transfer of ownership.
If there is one thing the Australian people hate it is when you stare straight at them, and when you are asked whether it is an issue, you lie and you make polite excuses to protect your career path. Unfortunately, I had no ability to determine the timing of the FIRB approval decision. Mr Swan announced the decision late on a Friday evening when he easily could have announced a 90 day extension to give time for public debate.
I must say I was stunned by the silence of Penny Wong, Jay Weatherill and the Greens who in the past have railed against the evils of upstream water users but now on the sale of our biggest water licence their silence is deafening. It's also come to light in the Weekly Times that there are question marks about the process conducted by the receiver in regards to due process with alternate bids. With one interested party claiming that it was the most un-Australian bidding process he has ever seen. The Australian also reported that an Australian investor walked away from the deal because they couldn't be sure of the ultimate ownership of Shandong Ruyi. Ultimately the decision of foreign investment resides with the Treasurer and whatever happens next, Wayne Swan is responsible for it.
Target for the Week:
ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL COLLAPSE
by Chris Knight
Will the excitement, the diversity and the money ever end? Yes, money. This transformation of the once WASP West was made, I believe, because WASP leaders and elites sold out on their own people in favour of the global cosmopolitan elites – because, simply, there was money in it. Likewise, I believe, with the Asianisation of Australia. Our leaders decided back in the early 1940s that as the global capitalists were going to harness the cheap labour of Asia, it would be more comfortable for the last WASP capitalist class to simply integrate with Asia, rather than stand their ground and defend and preserve the race, people and culture. Our leaders are now simply tools of the Asian capitalist class.
This surrender has only been possible because of economic growth and prosperity. The cultural revolution of the 1960s critically depended upon people having full bellies and heaps of consumer junk. Why risk all of these goodies? Returning to the Rubin book, he also says:
GREEN ON BLUE WILL BE THE END OF YOU
by James Reed
I am not sure why the West is still in Afghanistan. Hasn’t the oil business been all wrapped up yet – what’s keeping you? And the floods of Afghans on asylum boats pour into Australia to add to our cultural diversity. Haven’t the global elites had their fun there? Isn’t it time to look elsewhere to spread misery, death and destruction? What will be your next trick? Is it the China war, or a war with Iran? Perhaps another nuclear power station could go under? Get on with it lads, the suspense is killing me!
KEVY RUDD IN god-GOUGH FANTASY LAND
by Peter West
The Whitlam government deserved to go, just as the Fraser government after it, and the whole lot of them. All of these governments were bad and have led us to the desperate plight we are in now. As for Whitlam’s alleged achievements, Cut & Paste (The Australian 31 August 2012, p.13) did a good job of putting these in perspective.
Clearly all of this needs to be in a book, say, “The Handy Dandy Whitlam Refuter”. If I write this Kev, will you launch it for me too?
LET THEM EAT… DOLE!
by James Reed
What else can be said about this mean, nasty, money-grubbing view? It shows very clearly that Major Douglas and Eric Butler and all those other great people of the Social Credit movement were spot on with their ideal of a National Dividend, based on the productive capacity of the nation. This would eliminate mean, nasty and degrading benefits like the dole, allow Centrelink itself to be eliminated (saving even more money) and give people freedom and dignity.
Here’s an idea: how about social crediters give out social credit leaflets at Centrelink offices, or if that is not legal, around them (with, I guess local council permission)? You get the picture? We find some lawful way of reaching the people who will suffer the most and give them a vision of hope?
GENTLE JOYS OF LIVING ON THE DOLE
from Len (the Unemployed) Cleaner
There is white bread. The supermarkets now put this out for a dollar a loaf. That is my stable diet, along with oats and powdered milk. Meat is too expensive so I buy protein powder and mix it in with the oats. If I am feeling really extravagant I might get some dried fruit! I pretend that the zombie apocalypse has occurred and civilisation has ended, and I don’t feel too bad. Sometimes journalists like to interview people like me, especially on good days when we have taken our medication. I was interviewed the other day by a young couple with a microphone. “Hey you, scum, you look like dole bait,” they politely said. “How do you feel about the mining masters’ proposal to cut wages, down the dole and get filth like you working?”
I smiled revealing a mouthful of decaying teeth and said: “Well, if I got my teeth fixed up, I could join the movement to cannibalise the rich. Maybe I will just have to cut up my meat finely first!” That got them to move on!
THE MYTH OF CHINA’S POWERFUL PAST
A Reply to Nigel Jackson by Chris Knight and Brian Simpson. In “The Myth of China’s Powerful Past” (On Target 10 August 2012), Chris Knight attacked the Asianists who typically argue that China played a dominant role in the world economy between 1100 and 1800 and was culturally and technologically superior to the West. It was pointed out that this thesis does not stand up to analysis with modern mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geology being European creations. Gunpowder may or may not have been invented by the Chinese, but the West perfected its use in firearms. Most significant innovations in firearms, for example, are European innovations, not Chinese.
We challenge the idea that Taoism and Confucianism, the ancient philosophies are wonderful achievements - but not here. But, even if they were, there is an enormous literature showing that the Chinese middle and ruling class have embraced materialism and consumerism with more of a passion than the West. Certain aspects of Confucianism have been integrated into a consumerist ethos. It is hard to see how Westerners paying homage to ancient ways will change this monster which has been created. We note as well that this ancient China, that we should respect, treated much of South East Asia as the Viking raiders treated Britain, and, Chinese junks sailed to waters of Asia collecting their equivalent of Dane’s gold. Along with this, China excelled in bureaucracy, as documented in Etienne Balazs’ “Chinese Civilisation and Bureaucracy”.
A Parallel Argument Justifies Respect of Islam
Robert Temple’s “The Genius of China”:
Temple illustrates well the “after, therefore, because of” (post hoc ergo propter hoc) fallacy. If the author knows of no earlier European example of a technological development, and one is found in China, then the prize is given to China. Thus on page 55 Temple says that the Chinese were using water power to operate blast furnaces by AD31, but Europeans were not doing this until the 12th century. He concludes that the innovation diffused from China to Europe, so China started the European Industrial Revolution! But the engine was not powered by steam and was only a water powered engine with valves and pistons, something the ancient Greeks and Romans knew about but didn’t use because of ample slave power. Water power was used in the 3rd century BC in Europe in times when slaves were not plentiful.
Temple also notes that the Chinese invented a toy helicopter and a kite, so concludes that modern aviation is derived from the Chinese! Clearly this is a flawed text. Nevertheless even if all that is contained in its covers is true, exhypothesi Needham’s work doesn’t support the view of some theorists of the Left (e.g. A.G. Frank, Reorient) that China led the world in all science and technology until the 19th century. This is simply not so. Whatever mathematics the Chinese are alleged to have invented (say for argument’s sake, negative numbers), higher mathematics, geometry, differential and integral calculus are European inventions. Even Temple doesn’t deny this.
The developments in geometry in Europe in the 1700s are far in advance of what are taught in high schools today. There was no Chinese Isaac Newton, no Chinese mechanics and kinematics. It is therefore incredible that European achievements can be downplayed by Temple. But then again, perhaps not so incredible given that it is the trend among intellectuals today to be cosmopolitan and that for them (but not the Chinese) means attacking one’s own culture.
Politically Incorrect Archaeology:
There has been something of a revival of interest in European prehistory: Colin Renfrew, “Before Civilisation: The Radio-Carbon Revolution and Prehistoric Europe”. To take but one example from, ironically, the China History Forum.com site, “Ancient Aryan Civilization”, scientists have discovered in the ancient Russian town of Arkaim, archaeological ruins 40 centuries old, the same age as Egypt and Babylon. It seems that the town was once a temple and astronomic observatory for the “Aryan culture” – which is the term unashamedly used in the article. Dwellings were equipped with a storm water system, and dwellings had ovens and food storage systems.
This picture of ancient Aryan civilisation is supported by both the Tarim Mummies, discovered in the Tarim Basin of the western rim of China (J.P. Malloy and Victor Mair, “The Tarim Mummies”) and the Urümchi mummies (Elizabeth Wayland Barber, “The Mummies of Urümchi). Both sets of mummies are better preserved than the Egyptian ones and the Urümchi mummies are up to 4,000 years old.
The mummies are Caucasoid and Nordic/Aryan, tall with blond hair. Barber, an expert in ancient textiles says that the clothing is complex and colourful, indicating that they were members of the elite of the time. All of this, and this is but a sample, indicates at least, that there has been continuing interaction between cultures across the world for thousands of years. This alone challenges the Chinese technological superiority thesis.
FROM A SOCIAL CREDIT VIEWPOINT – THE WORLD IS NOT ABOUT TO END!
Wallace Klinck, Canada
We are suffering from colossal, and likely fatal, psychotic delusion because of a general brainwashing that has completely abstracted our consciousness from reality. Economists become evermore bizarre because they live in a realm of heady theoretical concepts detached from reality and which feed upon themselves, to induce even further lunacies. This illustrates just how thoroughly society has been infected insidiously with the faithless anti-Christ misconception of do ut des ("this for that"), which dominates our entire "moral" and "intellectual" domain. We "know" that "there is no free lunch" and remain so deluded regardless of how much real capital replaces human labour as a factor of production. We would rather see civilisation destroyed than to facilitate appropriate consumption through proper distribution. Money must never be created for consumption--only for production no matter how increasingly impossible it is to distribute the fruits of modern technology by means of the incomes distributed under a system of automated production processes. We must pay and if we cannot earn enough money to defray the costs of production in each cycle then we must pay by an exponentially growing claim against future incomes. We must pay...must pay....must pay! Especially those lazy and corruptible neighbours of ours.
The Convention of Cost Accounting
HOW ARROGANT ARE THE ECONOMIC ROYALISTS!
How arrogant are the economic royalists, born with silver spoons in their mouths, who defiantly believe they manufactured their success all by themselves and luck was not involved. They were lucky to be born to wealth rather than in a place like Somalia and walking around for life in dark skin.
“You Didn't Build That - WE Did” by Carl Gibson, from Reader Supported News, 29 August 2012:
Here in New Hampshire, a lot of the "free staters" who quote Ayn Rand novels say they don't need government, equate taxation with theft, and believe they carry enough guns and ammo to defend their home from intruders to not have to pay taxes for police salaries. They even talk about mixing their own concrete and fixing the potholes on their own street instead of paying taxes for road repair.
A society like that exists already: Somalia.
What the most selfish Americans don't realise is that there is nothing stopping a large band of raiders from taking their property, other than groups of armed men and women paid for with their tax dollars, ready to respond with a phone call. They don't realise the taxes that they consider theft already pay for prisons that would jail those bandits under charges of armed robbery, thanks to laws put in places by lawmakers who were paid for with the help of other people's tax dollars.
In America, we all need each other. CEOs aren't making 231 times as much as their lowest-paid employees because they work 231 times harder than those employees. The only reason the guys in suits have their jobs and their salaries is because ordinary people like us are patronising that CEO's business, giving him the money s/he needs to pay and train employees and buy raw materials.
Selfishly proclaiming "I built this" without acknowledging the vast network of people and infrastructure that helped make your success possible is both selfish and ignorant. The first step to America restoring her place in the world and pulling herself up by her bootstraps is Americans realising that we all need each other to make that happen. Read more:
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