Totalitaria, U2’s Bono – reclaiming our democracry

 

Totalitaria – and our present road to serfdom?

If you want to give anyone a really must book for Christmas, then Ian Wishart’s Totalitaria is the one.
As the Australian commentator Bill Muehlenberg reminds us in CultureWatch, Malcolm Muggeridge, who died in 1990, a former Communist sympathizer turned strongly anti-Communist and Christian, foretold in attacking the evils of Soviet totalitarianism:

            “We can watch the institutions and social structures of our time collapse – and I think you who are young are fated to watch them collapse … with…an irresistibly growing power of materialism and materialistic societies”.

Muggeridge became a powerful critic of western liberalism – “the great liberal death wish”.  (http://www.billmuehlenberg

His warning? Totalitarianism is on the march, and the hour is late to oppose it.


Other warnings have been given us, as in Hilaire Belloc’s The Servile State, and more recently The Road to Serfdom, written by the Austrian-born economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek.

However, what if we in this country are further along this road to serfdom, than our grandparents, even our parents, would have thought possible?

What if the evidence is now inescapable of the creeping State – and if the growing threat to the West is white-anting our children’s future…while we are sleeping?

 What if we as a country, and individually, don’t care enough; think it doesn’t really apply to us; are too defeatist – or lazy – or simply don’t realise the importance of caring to inform ourselves about what is really going on – and that these are factual issues?

Then it’s hard to dodge the fact that we share the responsibility for letting down ourselves, and our country.

Moreover, given that the few who do have the integrity and courage to oppose very wrong things that are happening are making considerable sacrifices to do so – and are often virulently targeted by those who have the ear of our “liberal” mainstream media, what are we doing to support them?

Our answer is important…

We’ve all seen the now only too prevalent replacing of much-needed debate by facile ridicule, and, in particular – by  deliberately politicized and intimidatory accusations of “racist”,  “homophobic”, and so on… degenerating into “conservative”, “out-of-touch” – or, apparently most dangerous of all,  “Christian”.

Yes, Nietzsche reminded us, in his own words – although he deplored Western civilization’s underpinning by Christianity, arguing that there is no essential morality that governs all of us…“Christianity is the light of the West”.

What if that light is under ever-increasing, even virulent attack?

For an interesting and refreshing analysis on why he himself is Christian, read below for “U2’s Bono gives surprising interview on faith.

No matter what our own personal beliefs, or sadly, lack of any, the question that needs facing is why the battle against Christianity is the primary focus of both neo-Marxism (Communism tarted up in cultural drag) and the One World agendists?

What do they fear?

And why is the latter being pushed by both the anti-the West, United Nations – promoted by the ubiquitous and smooth-tongued Helen Clark – and by the EU, intent on whittling away the sovereign rights and independent decision-making of its members’ governments?

Just well-intentioned Utopianism, surely?

Unfortunately, no. The evidence – no, not conspiracy theories – the actual evidence  is not only to the contrary, but we would have to be very naive and/or extremely ignorant not to see that we have now turned in such wrong directions that it is going to be difficult indeed to find our way back.

Yes, it can be done – but not by your and my inertia, inactivity, laziness, excessive “tolerance”, pragmatism, fatalism – or any other of the excuses we use to justify doing nothing.

The US itself is being undermined, with a “liberal” activism  gaining momentum, characterized both by an aggressive intolerance of genuine debate on important social and moral issues – and by a lessening of democratic freedoms which is being determinedly promoted by those surrounding its rogue President. And the evidence is all round us of the push for countries like New Zealand to gradually bring their citizens further and further under government control.

Our own government is now very much pressured by damagingly powerful overseas interests, with the complicity of the majority of our self-serving MPs representing their own career prospects, rather than those of New Zealanders at large – let alone actually democratically representing their electorates.

The 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand movement, illustrating what has gone wrong and how we can control our politicians (see this book in The Briefing information below) provides the blueprint for doing just this.

Our prior initiative is now being followed in Australia, with the “Give Us Back Our Country” movement and book co-authored by the highly respected Professor David Flint and Jai Martinkovits.

The coming election year is an opportune and highly promising time to make more widely known the one strategy that can eventually bring to a halt the rise of a soft totalitarianism in this country.

For example? –
Dominion Post journalist Tracey Watkins, without a hint of irony, in a typically soft assessment of Prime Minister John Key’s wielding of political power for five years, writes: “Meanwhile, ministers’ offices keep churning out policy and printing new legislation. It is a grinding, relentless pace of around the clock government.”

We should be shocked. The never-ending stream of policies being inflicted on us – together with hundreds of pieces of new legislation these recent few years – have been almost totally produced without any democratic input from New Zealanders themselves.

Equally as culpably, on important issues – such as the infamous anti-smacking legislation; The Coastal and Marine Area Bill… the punitive Emissions Trading Scheme; the ongoing gravy train of highly contestable treaty settlements and resettlements – and the selling off of our national assets and our land – the wishes of New Zealanders themselves have been completely ignored.

We can include the deliberate dumbing down of education; the abandonment of effective traditional teaching; the propagandising of our vulnerable children through highly politicised, and inappropriately sexualized, programmes now inflicted on them in our State schools. All these are part of a direct attack on values was formerly most important to us as a stable and well-informed society.

This is creeping, soft totalitarianism.

Contrast this with a far more successful, highly educated – and the most democratic country in the world, Switzerland – where Parliament meets briefly only four times a year, and its MPs, working in other occupations, trades and professions, spend only one day a week on parliamentary activity.

The question Ms Watkins failed to ask is why our “ministers’ offices keep churning out policy and printing new legislation.”

And why are we being ground down by her reported “grinding relentless pace of around the clock government”?

The way forward?

Don’t vote – as a powerful protest?

Excellent thinking.

Most important of all – don’t support undemocratic party politics i.e.  don’t give party hierarchies what they most desperately want – the party vote – virtually entrenching unaccountable List MPs answerable only to the party leader and hierarchy…then, in effect, ruling over New Zealanders at large -while unaccountably holding ministerial positions.

Vote only for individual MPs who stand for election, subjecting themselves to electoral scrutiny – and who undertake to actually represent their electorates – not jump (How high? obligingly asked Nick Smith) to do their leader’s bidding.

Otherwise, withhold your vote…join the growing movement determined on just this.

The exception?

Until the 100 Days provision as detailed in our website:  www.100days.co.nz  is written into law – i.e.  while we are gathering growing support to insist, as the Swiss do,  that all legislation passed by MPs  be delayed for 100 days for New Zealanders themselves to scrutinise it, accept  or reject it…there is reason to support one particular political party – New Zealand First.

Like all political parties, New Zealand First has made questionable decisions. But its leader, Winston Peters, is apparently the one party leader in Parliament who is on record of providing a far better informed, far more accurate analysis of the very real threats this country is facing, internally and externally    –  and who has the courage to do so  – in spite of  the all too predictable jeering of liberal and ignorant  media.

The way ahead?

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Some give nothing back.

Yet no democracy survives unless each generation works to preserve it. As Thomas Jefferson reminded us: “Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans and must be that of every free State.”

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Because of his unique and highly valuable dedication to supplying much-needed investigative journalism in this country, I support Ian Wishart, even when our thinking may differ.

And no  – don’t merely join the long queue for Totalitaria at the public library…

One of the dismaying effects of the-something-for-nothing welfare statism now so embedded in the New Zealand psyche is the unwillingness, if not actual thoughtlessness – or even a challengeable meanness – on the part of those who could well afford to actually buy the important books tracing what has gone wrong and the threats we face – and so genuinely support the much-needed fight-back to reclaim this country…

For what if the fight is abandoned?  What then?

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THE BRIEFING, & Christmas OfferWelcome to the latest edition of The Briefing. IN THIS ISSUE:
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  • Special Christmas offer – Totalitaria for only $20 a copy (conditions apply)
  • UN global governance programme to be unveiled 2015
  • ‘Secret government’ running US – Bob Woodward of WashPost
  • Super-Typhoon kills one million
  • Ancient deformity making shocking comeback
  • Vitamin D prevents lung cancer
  • Bono’s surprising interview on Grace vs Karma

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UN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE PLAN TO BE UNVEILED 2015

FOX EXCLUSIVE: The United Nations is planning to create a sweeping new set of “sustainable development goals” for the planet that will likely require trillions of dollars of spending on poverty and the environment, a drastic reorganization of economic production and consumption — especially in rich countries — and even greater effort in the expensive war on climate change.

It’s an agenda that its prominent boosters have declared will make the next 15 years “some of the most transformative in human history,” although the exact nature of the goals themselves, and how they are to be achieved, is unclear.

In typical U.N. fashion, panels of high-profile international figures have offered up their views, task forces have been commissioned to come up with suggestions, hundreds of non-governmental organizations have been polled, and a 30-nation working group is holding sessions that will extend early into next year before offering more concrete suggestions to the U.N. General Assembly, where they will be further chewed over.

The goals themselves are slated to become a program of the U.N.  — and all the nations that endorse them — in 2015, as part of what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called  “a universal sustainable development agenda” for the planet — an equally undefined set of far-reaching aspirations for global environmental management and new and expanded roles in the future for the U.N.’s sprawling array of funds, programs and institutions. Read more here

WATERGATE’S BOB WOODWARD -‘SECRET GOVT’ RUNNING US

There is a “secret government” at the heart of the Obama administration which is the cause of a number of highly controversial policies, including the National Security Agency’s wiretapping of world leaders, says Bob Woodward of The Washington Post.

Appearing Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Woodward cited drone strikes against terrorist targets as another example of how a number of government agencies are operating on autopilot, beyond the control of elected officials. Read more here

SUPER-TYPHOON KILLS ONE MILLION (IN COOLER 1970)

Forty-three years ago this week, a cyclone hit East Pakistan (Bangladesh) and killed one million people.

The Canberra Times  Tuesday 24 November 1970

The latest confirmed death count is 168,000, but Dacca news media reported”unofficial but confirmed figures” putting the toll at more than one million.

The reports said 300,000 died in Noakhali in Patuakhali district, 200,000 on Bohla Island, 110,000 on Hatia Island and 100,000 more on another 200 islands.

Bhola Island and Patuakhali between them are half the area of about 2,500 square miles affected and have more than half the affected population of 2.2 million.

24 Nov 1970 – PAKISTAN DISASTER The starving march on Dacca

ANCIENT DEFECT MAKES SHOCKING RETURN BECAUSE OF ANTI-SUN CAMPAIGNS

LONDON – Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain.

Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Rickets was historically considered to be a disease of poverty among children who toiled in factories during the Industrial Revolution, and some experts have hypothesized it afflicted literary characters like Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Last month, Britain’s chief medical officer, Dr. Sally Davies, described the return of rickets as “appalling.” She proposed the country give free vitamins to all children under 5 and asked the country’s independent health watchdog to study if that would be worthwhile.

Most people get vitamin D from the sun, oily fish, eggs or dairy products. Rickets largely disappeared from Britain in the 1950s, when the country embarked on mass programs to give children cod liver oil. But in the last 15 years, the number of reported cases of rickets in hospitalized children has increased fourfold – from 183 cases in 1995 to 762 cases in 2011. Experts said the actual number is probably even higher since there’s no official surveillance system and it’s unknown whether the disease has peaked. Read more here

VITAMIN D PROTECTS AGAINST LUNG CANCER

Tuesday Nov 5, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) – Taking vitamin D supplements can help reduce the risk of lung cancer at least among non-smoking postmenopausal women, suggests a study recently published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

T. Y. Cheng from Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA and colleagues conducted the study and found taking greater than 400 IU of vitamin D3 per day was associated with 63% reduced risk for lung cancer among postmenopausal women who did not smoke.

This trial result also suggests that smoking may cause too much damage to the lung and increase the risk of lung cancer to such an extent that taking vitamin D supplement is not effective enough to neutralize the increased risk. Read more here

U2’S BONO GIVES SURPRISING INTERVIEW ON FAITH

Bono: There’s nothing hippie about my picture of Christ. The Gospels paint a picture of a very demanding, sometimes divisive love, but love it is. I accept the Old Testament as more of an action movie: blood, car chases, evacuations, a lot of special effects, seas dividing, mass murder, adultery. The children of God are running amok, wayward. Maybe that’s why they’re so relatable. But the way we would see it, those of us who are trying to figure out our Christian conundrum, is that the God of the Old Testament is like the journey from stern father to friend. When you’re a child, you need clear directions and some strict rules. But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.

Assayas: Speaking of bloody action movies, we were talking about South and Central America last time. The Jesuit priests arrived there with the gospel in one hand and a rifle in the other.

Bono: I know, I know. Religion can be the enemy of God. It’s often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building. [laughs] A list of instructions where there was once conviction; dogma where once people just did it; a congregation led by a man where once they were led by the Holy Spirit. Discipline replacing discipleship. Why are you chuckling?

Bono: You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics; in physical laws every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.

Assayas: I’d be interested to hear that.

Bono: That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep s—. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.

Assayas: The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that.

Bono: But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there’s a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, let’s face it, you’re not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That’s the point. It should keep us humbled . It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of heaven.

Assayas: That’s a great idea, no denying it. Such great hope is wonderful, even though it’s close to lunacy, in my view. Christ has his rank among the world’s great thinkers. But Son of God, isn’t that farfetched?

Bono: No, it’s not farfetched to me. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn’t allow you that. He doesn’t let you off that hook. Christ says: No. I’m not saying I’m a teacher, don’t call me teacher. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. I’m saying: “I’m the Messiah.” I’m saying: “I am God incarnate.” And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet, we can take. You’re a bit eccentric. We’ve had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don’t mention the “M” word! Because, you know, we’re gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no. I know you’re expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he’s gonna keep saying this. So what you’re left with is: either Christ was who He said He was the Messiah or a complete nutcase. I mean, we’re talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson. This man was like some of the people we’ve been talking about earlier. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had “King of the Jews” on his head, and, as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: OK, martyrdom, here we go. Bring on the pain! I can take it. I’m not joking here. The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me, that’s farfetched

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