How the League of Rights Helped to Get Us into the Mess We're In: Peter Myers, August 6, 2001; update June 26, 2007. Write to me at contact.html.

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In its publications spanning 50 years or so, the Australian League of Rights - a monarchist equivalent of the John Birch Society - has consistently called for "limited decentralised government" with "reduce[d] taxation", without monopolies either "public or private".

BUT to introduce a Social-Credit based finance system, i.e. one in which money is not borrowed from the private banks, one must have a strong central government, with strong planning functions. Only strong Government has any hope of controlling Big Business. This is what we had in the 1950s and 60s. We had lots of government monopolies then; further, taxation rates were high, the top rate being over 60%.

During the 30 years or so from 1950 to Deregulation and Privatisation started in the mid 1980s, Australian Governments created and built up assets.

We had strong centralised government, of the nation-building type -  working in conjunction with the private sector, rather than stifling it. The Government did not issue myriads of rules, and was not about controlling private lives. For example, migrants from overseas would build a garage, then live in it while building a house. That is now illegal.

We had lots of government monopolies then -

The Post Office (including Telecom, or Telstra, which was later split from it) a single postal and telephone system for the whole country, 100% Government-owned and operated.

Qantas - Australia's overseas airline - 100% Government-owned and operated.

Trans-Australian Airlines - one of the two internal airlines, 100% Government-owned and operated. The other (Ansett) was privately owned.

The Reserve bank - Australia's central bank, 100% Government-owned and operated. During the 1950s & 60s, the Reserve Bank was required to make full employment one of its top priorities.

The Commonwealth Bank - the people's bank, providing affordable loans, and savings schemes for school children, 100% Government-owned and operated.

The many State banks, 100% Government-owned and operated.

The railways - 99% of the railways of this country were 100% Government-owned and operated. My father worked in the NSW Railways.

The Australian National Line, Australia's shipping line, doing the coastal & much of the oversas shipping, 100% Government-owned and operated.

The Snowy Mountains Authority, a New-Deal type electricity authority. Built the biggest hydro-electric scheme in the country; diverted the Snowy River westwards to water the desert. Citrus, grapes, wheat, rice etc are grown with this water.

The Hydro Electric Commission, Tasmania's electricity authority, built hydro-electric dams. Nearly all of Tasmania's electricity was hydro-generated. Until the Greens came along, the HEC was applauded for this renewable energy. It was also the employer of last resort for many workers - including me (I worked in a survey team, cutting survey lines on the West Coast, where the rainfall is 100" per year. Unlike Karl Marx and most of his acolytes, I can claim to have had a working-class job). 100% Government-owned and operated.

The Grain Board and other marketing boards, 100% Government-owned and operated.

The Universities were all 100% Government-owned and operated.

The ABC (Australian Broadcastic Commission) and SBS - with 2 national radio networks & two TV networks.

The CSIRO as the peak scientific research body.

75% of schools were 100% Government-owned and operated.

Taxes were used to build these assets, creating jobs, not for handouts as at present.

These assets of the people were built up over 30 years. Then, the Mont Pelerin Society, the think-tank behind Thatcherism, spawned numerous tax-exempt Institutes clamoring for Privatisation and Deregulation. The politicians followed the blood-money and sold the people's assets off to foreign investors based in tax havens.

In effect, we had Socialism in the 1950s, without knowing it; we only realise it now, after we have lost all those public assets to rapacious carpetbaggers.

Some called our system "Country Party Socialism", because it looked after the bush. Humphrey McQueen, who in his book A New Brittania branded Henry Lawson a "fascist" (see mcqueen.html), would probably call it "National Socialism". But it certainly was not "Chardonnay Socialism". The Trotskyists of the International Socialist Organisation, who regularly lead the strikes in Canberra (e.g. at the ANU, and at the federal public service), just call it "capitalism"; but they call Stalin's system "capitalism" too.

One day, perhaps, we will retake those assets from the carpetbaggers, because their seizure was done through false pretences, fraudulent economic theories peddled by hired guns in academia.

It is only with Privatization and Deregulation, that the bureaucracy has changed into a dispenser of rules, and red or green tape:

NFF warns of 'social control'

The Australian, Wednesday March 9, 1988, p. 19

By rural writer JULIAN CRIBB

THE electorate should be warned of cynical moves by government into "big brother" social regulation, the director of the National Farmers Federation (NFF), Mr Rick Farley, said yesterday.

Mr Farley told the conference that as government progresively withdrew from the area of industry regulation, it was seeking new areas of social regulation to provide a basis for political debate and an appearance of activity. ... {end}

See the original article: farley.jpg. More at orwell.html.

By comparison with what we had in the 1950s, the League of Rights' policies are quite Thatcherite and not all that different from Howard's and Costello's; the main difference being that the League opposes selloffs to foreigners.

Pauline Hanson had spoken favourably about the 1950s, yet she also seem influenced by the "small government, small taxation" ideas the League had been peddling. These contradictions greatly harmed her election campaign. The 2% Easytax proposal, although it may have merits, looked like a "low tax" policy, even if it might have made avoidance difficult.

John Cumming's promotion of Easytax, and its championing by Hanson, gave the media a target to attack. Cumming had campaigned against the Double Taxation Acts, because they enable multinationals to pay their tax at their headquarters location (overseas) rather than their branch office (here), or worse still in an offshore tax haven set up to dodge tax completely:

Instead of the Easytax proposal, Hanson's high profile tax policy should have stuck to Cumming's tried and true line about Multinationals; it would have been a winner. My greatest concern about the Easytax proposal is that vertically-integrated companies might avoid it, by avoiding financial transactions between different branches of the company.

What changed Tax policy was the Whitlam Government's implementation of an economic report done for it by Dr H. C. "Nugget" Coombs. Coombs recommended dismantling the subsidies which had kept rural Australia afloat, and diverting government money into creating a welfare system.

The government couldn't put its money into both the economy (as it had in the 1950s) and welfare (as Coombs recommended). So, since then, the government has withdrawn from the economy. But welfare can't just be abolished: you can't throw millions of people on the scrapheap. The only way for the welfare state to be phased out, is for government to put its money back into the economy, and to create full employment again (not the phony full employment we have now, where even one hour of voluntary work a week rules you out as "unemployed", and where unemployment is hidden behind a host of welfare categories).

I have a letter from Coombs acknowledging the reshaping of Australia envisaged in his report, and which followed it; and I have a letter from Dr Jim Cairns, who cut tariffs by 25% when he was Minister for Trade, stating that Whitlam asked him to do it: australiana.html.

Whitlam raised the salaries of the public service, and installed his own people at the top, replacing the postwar Socialists with Chardonnay Socialists and economic rationalists. To fund welfare, he had to make a further tax grab, which no doubt stimulated business to move assets offshore to tax havens. People who, up to then, had put up with high taxation because they could see it being put to good use, suddenly saw it being wasted.

The League of Rights' goal of rejoining the United States to the British Commonwealth, making one big white commonwealth dominating the world, is the same as the original goal of the Round Table, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Council On Foreign Relations - the secret councils of the elite that condition opinion in the "democracies" so as to achieve the agenda outcomes they have decided on. The national sovereignty of the Dominions was always incompatible with the goal of Imperial Union (Imperial Federation), just as it is incompatible with World Government (World Federation).

The Australian League of Rights ( publishes the following article:

The Fabian Socialist Contribution to the Communist Advance by Eric Butler (Melbourne, February, 1964):

"One of the most striking examples of a Government elected on a strong anti-Socialist policy, and subsequently continuing, although perhaps at a slower rate, the policies of those it displaced, has been provided by the Menzies Federal Australian Government, elected in December, 1949, mainly, but not exclusively, as a result of the reaction to the Chifley Government's attempt to speed up its socialisation policy by nationalising the banking system and thus creating a complete Government monopoly of financial credit. ...

"While in the Opposition, the Liberals and Country Party Members at Canberra had been strongly critical of the influence of the Socialist "advisers" like  Dr. H. C. Coombs, but the power of these advisers has increased, not reduced, under the Menzies Government. The case of Coombs is typical of what  has happened."

Butler here criticises the best period of the Australian economy, the 1950s & 60s, when we had public ownership & management of the economy, when public assets were created which, 40 & 50 years later, a much poorer Australia, was to sell off. The period Butler criticises, the period in which I grew up, was our "golden age", a time of full employment, low foreign debt, stable families, and relative equality.

Butler and his confreres in the John Birch Society paved the way for Thatcherism and Reaganomics, which have impoverished the whole world.

As the League of Rights unwittingly led the "Right" to destroy that self-sufficient economy of the 1950s, so the Trotskyists led the "Left" to do the same thing: xTrots.html.

How Double Taxation laws destroy national sovereignty: ambivalence.html.

Antony Sutton on Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: sutton.html.

Convergence between Communism and Capitalism, towards "One World": convergence.html.

John Hotson on the Money Question: money.html.

Back to the Australiana index: australiana.html.

Back to the Zionism/Communism index: zioncom.html.

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