Saturday 15 January 2022

Who Cares?

Yesterday I found my elderly near-neighbour wandering around his garden in a state of high agitation. Two cars stood in the driveway of his large garden, and when he saw me he pointed at them in anger. "They're all talking about me in there, and I can't stand it. They want to put me away, so I've come out." They want me to leave all this!" he exclaimed, pointing at the terraced garden with fruit tress, green houses, neat lawns, hedges and flowerbeds. "I'll be locked up, behind screens, I won't have it. I'll kill myself first". His wife died just before the first Lockdown, and he has suffered from loneliness ever since.

We have known him for forty years. When he taught at the local middle school he introduced vegetable and fruit growing long before it became fashionable, and he planted a small woodland (which thrives to this day) on land surrounding the playing fields. He had four children, kept a flock of Jacob sheep, with sheep dogs beautifully trained, and he also bred orchids. Later in life he taught art at a private school. Although he continues to take long walks out into the woods, his mind is going. His family are at their wits' end. They love him dearly, and somebody is round at the house every day. But they can't provide adequately for him to stay in his familiar surroundings as his mental facilities continue to deteriorate. Their prior commitment is to maintain their income streams from the full-time employment to which they are committed. This raises the fundamental question of our times. What exactly is the employment system? Why is it necessary to prioritise working for a money wage or salary above all other considerations in planning our daily lives? Virtually every family I know faces this problem in one form or another, as they struggle to provide adequate and appropriate care for the very young, the elderly and the mentally and physically sick members of their families. During the late 20th century 'socialism' came to mean nothing more than getting better pay and conditions of work under capitalist conditions of employment. In effect, the availability of finance came to dominate institutional and personal policy formation.

It was not always so. During the 19th century and early decades of the 20th century, 'socialism' came in a great number of varieties, all raising the importance of voluntary cooperation in work and community building, all opposed to the imposition of waged and salaried labour. Communism and the Welfare State were later imposed upon the working populations of the world, forcing them to prioritise working for a wage or salary above home making, housekeeping, gardening, care of the natural world and farming in all its many forms. But, until the time of World War II, a lively debate was conducted by and through a host of individuals and organisations. These included the work of Edward Carpenter, A.R. Orage, John Ruskin, William Morris, the Guild Socialists, Fabians, Arts and Crafts Movement, Douglas Social Credit, the Alberta (farming) Experiment, Henry George and the Land Question (see the origins of Monopoly), the Distributism of G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, the Catholic Worker movement of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, the cooperative and adult education movements as a whole, Thorstein Veblen and so many more. This debate is being revisited by a host of individuals and groups in the light of current events. (see for some relevant links, references and articles).

The title of this edition of my blog is taken from Wendy Teall's article in New View (Issue 102, Winter 21-22) in which she raises many of the issues faced by carers and the cared-for alike as they faced impossible choices imposed by an archaic employment system that is founded upon an archaic financial system. These matters urgently require informed discussion at local level by all involved in providing care of all kinds.

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Luddites for Life

It was probably during one of his months on Skyros that Murray McGrath wrote Luddites for Life, well before there was any sign of a pandemic crisis. Certainly his choice of title for the rhyme is most apt. Luddites are remembered for their apparently negative opposition to technological progress, although in reality they did far more than merely protest. They were truly pro-life. Their love of the land, the natural world, the farm, the well-run household, arts and crafts and good work in general led them t oppose a way of life. The idea of men, women and children being wage slaves, forced to work at a repetitive, soul-destroying task minding a machine for a pittance of a money wage simply did not appeal. For the Luddites and their families, three acres and a cow were infinitely preferable. But, as Murray's rhyme indicates, the world as a whole turned a blind eye to the warnings of the Luddites and went hell-for-leather for the Machine Age.

Luddites for Life by Murray McGrath

Where is modern technology taking us?

Effective techniques every day are making us

Work, when we need to replace faulty parts,

New joints, and new livers, new kidneys and hearts.

New arms and new legs like Oscar Pistorius

Doing the job in a way that's quite glorious.

But treatments for flu, hypertension, and gout

Are doubtful at best, we're finding this out.

Failing with super-bugs, cancers and aids,

With the risks and the side effects, confidence fades.

They're studying parts, that get smaller and smaller

But profits get bigger, make many a dollar.

And how does it help in our everyday lives?

Does it ease all the worries of husbands and wives?

And their children, so precious, to have vaccination,

Do they know what they do without full information?

Interfere with the body, you're asking for trouble

Far from fixing your problems, they'll soon end up double.

So follow your heart, look after your health

Live a natural life, it doesn't take wealth

With a spring in your step and a smile on your face

You can show how it's done to the whole human race.

NOTE: Murray McGrath (1934-2020) published his Rhymes for Reciting in 2019, is also available on the Understanding Life and Debt blog for 7th October 2021.

The Great Reset has nothing whatsoever to do with preserving the health and safety of humanity. On the contrary, it is all about a global elite's quest for total power over the social order. (See Mattias Desmet on 'Mass Formation' works on the fears, doubts and uncertainties of individuals who are lacking in social contacts and worthwhile jobs. The task ahead is to break free from waged and salaried slavery, the assumption that an employer must he found to hire us as paid workers so that we can buy food, clothing and shelter. Fortunately, the concept of viable alternatives to wged and salaried empployment has been explored, explained and discussed through various movements of the past century. These include the distributists, guild socialists, Douglas social crediters, Alberta experiment, Catholic Worker, Camphill and so many more as documented in Understanding the Financial System and Down to Earth.

The time is now for all, every single one of us, to break the chains of finance and build the New Community. As explained in New View:

"The present operations of the financial system are resulting in neglect of care for the land and the natural world; neglect of the cultural and spiritual life of humanity as a whole; and, above all, neglect of what Steiner has termed "good, self-sacrificing work"i. In present times, a soul-destroying education system trains waged and (often very highly paid) salaried slaves to work for an income that will supply them with food, shelter and entertainment according to their status and selected lifestyle. In return for their chosen 'happitalist rewards, workers undertake the work required to wage war against the natural world (agribusiness), and humanity itself (armaments, nuclear power and weapons, Big Pharm products)." New View Issue 102, Winter 21-22. p44)

But what is to be done? Murray McGrath's Rhyme 'Luddites for Life' provides and excellent starting point for Round-table Discussions in the Catholic Worker tradition. (To be continued...)

Saturday 1 January 2022

New Year Message

New Year Message: See the Blog for New Year's Eve for Murray McGrath's rhyme entitled "Many Cries of Pain". See also his "Luddites for Life" piece, to be found on the Blog for 7th October 2020. Both are relevant to what follows here.

The Social Control System

The term 'social credit' has been taken quite deliberately from a century-old movement that sought to fight free from the power of the transnational corporations. In the early decades of the 20th century corporate finance was already using the financial system to create war, ecological disaster and poverty amidst plenty, to buy up land, labour and all forms of capital. The Douglas social credit movement and the allied movements of guild socialism, distributism, Henry Georgism, cooperatives and agrarianism sought to counter the power of the corporate world through decentralisation, local businesses and community banking as the means to bring an end to waged and salaried slavery. Although the battle to fight free of corporate finance failed in the twentieth century, the history shines a beacon to the future. For details see Understanding the Financial System and Down to Earth: A Guide to Home Economics.

In a video entitled "Pandemic will end when their digital monetary system is in place", Melissa Ciummei. a financial advisor from Northern Ireland, voices her concern that injections passports are intended to become data passports to control all participation in society. The whole passport system was dreamed up with a view to bringing about a totalitarian world government through a financial reset. The plan is to replace the failing world fiat currency system that is on the verge of collapse with a new central banks digital money system that has complete control over all transactions.

Following Ciummei, we observe that, after the various banking crises, trillions of dollars are now owed to the banks. Since there is no way of paying this money back to the banks, a new financial system becomes necessary. In order to introduce that new system, mandatory vaccination of all citizens, young and old, becomes imperative. The way - the only way - to prevent this new system from being introduced is for all people to refuse to comply. (See video link below)

There are no medical reasons to hold a vaccine passport. Vaccine passports don’t do anything to keep you healthy. On the contrary, all they do is turn you into a trackable data unit. The world--wide elites view humans as data. Whether that data is useful or harmful to the new world depends on whether we line up with their plans or not. Their plans will see the Chinafication of the whole world.

We are transitioning from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Bodies, where every bit of your personal information will be kept inside your bodies. This can then be connected to Artificial Intelligence. We will be chipped, marked like cattle. Most of us won’t complain since it appears to be all for the common good. Human behaviours will be used to further the power of AI by all the while keeping you monitored 24×7. The pandemic will continue until people accept this reality. Once they have done so, the new digital monetary system will track and trace each and every transaction. The old fiat currency system that has operated over many decades will be replaced by one that gives total control to finance. The first stage will be 'social credit' scores with incentives. Then then enforced mandates will follow, on the lines introduced throughout this pandemic.

In summary, the plan is to introduce a cashless society, in which every transaction is made through the central bank digital currency system.

The 'Pandemic' is the excuse to force you to get the vaccine/injection. The injection offers you the vaccine passport. The passport provides you with a 'social credit' score. The social credit score is used to force you to obey the government. The upshot is that the government can now DENY you food, medicine, access housing, travel, work, mortgage, health care, access to public transport, petrol etc... etc....if you do not toe the line, fit the bill or fulfil any useful purpose in the eyes of the centralising elite.

Cryptocurrencies are not the answer. They are not the digital gold that many people think. The enemy of all cryptocurrencies is tracking which is now put up in place. Sooner or later people will have to come out of this illusion. We are at war,and non-compliance is the only answer. As long as you keep paying for your shackles you cannot complain about being kept in the cave.

The very sketchy summary provided here merely introduces the key points. For details, follow any links you can find, and verify them in discussion with others.

The quest for world domination by the financial system of all the real resources of the planet. That is, all land, all knowledge, and all labour is coming under the control of the financial system. Resistance must come through study, informed debate and discussion, and above all non-compliance with the whole injections passports system.

See Understanding the Financial System and Down to Earth for clear explanation of why local communities must rally around local Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to retain control over the real resources of land, labour and capital. Both are available for free download on the Douglassocialcredit website. See the FRANCES HUTCHINSON page.

 The Pandemic Will End ... Melissa Ciummei