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by Ronald Kitching, dissenting editor

Unlimited Democracy and Law Legislation and Liberty

Both excessive taxation and inflation have been an international problem since the gold standard was abolished by the combatants in 1914 to fight WW1.

In fact income taxation was illegal until 1914. By war’s end and since then, it has become acceptable. This of course is a capital destructive policy and has reduced the living standards of the masses everywhere.

In an interview with Jack High in 1989 F. A. Hayek emphasised that the present system of democracy is what he called “unlimited democracy”.

That is governments are driven into making senseless policies that they can only fulfil if they inflate the currency.

Hayek spent his long scholarly life time researching and thinking about the problem of “Unlimited Democracy”.

So between 1973 to 1979 he produced the three volume masterpiece, titled “Law Legislation and Liberty”.

The object of his effort was to make possible what many people came to believe was politically impossible; and that is a limited democracy.

Students, scholars, aspiring politicians and those who have an interest in these affairs, would benefit greatly to procure the three volumes and study them carefully.

He was also very much against the government having discretion over the manufacture of money. He favoured competitive institutions producing “hard” currency.

Judging by the comical performance of the four independents today (25.08.10),  at the National Press Club, not to mention the journalists asking questions, none of them have studied anything more than a Mickey Mouse or Phantom Comic.

About Defending Our Coastline

The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with more than 369,000 of its 1,479,551 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories.

U.S. personnel are seeing active combat in several countries, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq. Others are deployed as part of several peacekeeping missions.

Astonishing as it may seem, the U. S. has twenty one military bases in Germany alone, manned by 57,080 troops. Then:

* Japan 32,803.
* South Korea 27,014
* Italy 9,855.
* U. K. 9,825.
* Kuwait 10,548.

Some of these deployments have existed for 50 years, or more as in Japan, Germany, and South Korea, while other deployments have more recent origins such as the current occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Australian government also has adopted a similar policy, sending young men on dangerous missions to every perceived stink hole there is.

Senator Faulkner wept crocodile tears this morning over yet another young family man killed in Afghanistan.

I’d like to see a new policy adopted. Every time a soldier was killed or wounded on foreign service, he be replaced by a member of the government and a member of the opposition.

They would all be home by next Friday. There is plenty to do here defending our own 25,760 Km coastline, which at present is not being done at all.

All About Political Cause and Effect

We now have both Labor and Liberal vying for the support of the three independents who have been National Party members.

One has stated that he will support Labor’s broadband policy if it remains in government hands. If he had ever studied Classical Liberal ideology, he would know that it is a serious error for government to be in the business of providing services to the public by bureaucratic means.

The experience of seeing both Education and Health affairs mutilated by government, at immense expense to the public, should be enough to convince anybody that government should not interfere in these areas.

In an interview with Axel Leijonhufvud,  in 1979, F. A. Hayek made the statement that:

Once you transfer the productive sector to the government, the redistributing process leads to a total socialist programme. Competition is an essential element of all services.

Apart from Ludwig von Mises, few people have studied and written about social affairs as thoroughly as Hayek. Labor and Liberal politicians in this country have not bothered to study the philosophy supporting matters with which they daily deal.

A comprehensive study programme of Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek’s works ought to be mandatory for people who profess to have the wisdom to know how to compete for the responsibility to deal with social affairs at local, state and federal government level.

Those who have studied, have chosen to study Marx and Keynes, producing the disaster that passes for government that we now view.

Broadband and Canberra

The news advises us that broadband is becoming an issue during Liberal negotiations with independents.

Should this be the case, the best result it to let the multitude of privately owned suppliers provide the services for which clients are prepared to pay.

History shows that a panel of “experts” or politicians responding to diversifying groups interests, cannot match the decisions of the multitude.

Nor should they try. As H. L. Mencken has wisely stated:

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant or pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. [On Politics, ed. Malcolm Moos (New York: Viking, 1960), p. 331].

Busy body interventionists have so far denied Australia’s a superior telecommunications system. Let the Market have a try.

Sensible Advice to Canberra Politicians

Sensible advice to Tony Abbott,  Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshot and Bob Katter:

  • The fact is, man made carbon dioxide has nothing whatsoever to do with the planet’s climate. Forget it.
  • A proposed tax on mining companies so called “super profits”, has already cost exploration and mining in Australia projects and jobs. Forget it.
  • The bans placed on water supplies on the Murray/Darling and everywhere else is costing the Nation dearly in production and jobs and the preservation of farming and entrepreneurial skills. Cancel the lunatic green activity.
  • The Green ban on fishing and oil and gas exploration in the Coral Sea and every where else is a destructive anti-industrial activity  costing production and many jobs. Open all prospective land and sea for oil and gas exploration.
  • There are several uranium mines ready to go into immediate production. Twenty odd billion dollars worth of production ready to go, at the present price of $40 per pound. Simply declare uranium exploration and mining as legitimate an activity any any other mineral or metal.

The way to counter all of the above green based activity is to declare a tax free, fee trade zone north of the 26th parallel right across the continent.

New ports new rail lines and roads, new exploration activities, would empty the cities and rapidly take advantage of the massive fresh water opportunities that exist. And it would put into production the four fifths of Australia’s arable land now lying idle.

If we do not do it other Asians will.

Rational Humanity and The Greens

The Nation’s real enemy  are the Greens and their anti-industrial green policy. They represent the dawn of a new collectivist dark age. It has been derived from the philosophy of Rousseau, who said:

The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754

The core articles of faith of the Greens are the sanctity of “nature”, and the depravity of mankind. Their hatred of mankind is revealed time and time again in their oft-expressed desire to see new plagues wipe out the greater part of the world’s peoples. The creation of more and more “wilderness”, from which humans are barred, is a manifestation of this awful misanthropy, and the ultimate goal of this movement is an Earth which is no longer polluted by any human beings at all.

It is an anti-theist movement with a deep hatred of its own kind, which it sees as depraved and incapable of redemption.

Now is the time to reject this dangerous nonsense.

Disenchanted Electors Revolt

Because it would have no effect whatsoever on the climate, rational people do not want an ETS or any other new tax. Nor do they want the Murray/Darling farmers put out of business by letting the water run to waste.

To virtually delete the fishing industry, by banning fishing from everywhere the fish are, is the sort of Labor/Green crime that people will no longer tolerate.

Most Australians know that man made carbon dioxide has nothing whatsoever to do with the climate. The idea that Australia’s electric power can be produced by wind, solar and geothermal energy is a pie in the sky, as is the pathetic nonsense, of the latest CSIRO dream of harnessing the wave power of the Great Australian Bight.

And the Swann/Rudd/Gillard policies of throwing cart loads of money at every perceived problem has been demonstrated as waste on wheels.

The feather headed Swann mantra that, “……we saved Australians from the recession”, (by accumulating enormous debt), discloses abysmal ignorance of the phenomenon of the market adjusting to reality after past monetary excesses.

The almost three year Rudd/Swann/Gillard era has cost Australians dearly. Traditional freedoms have been abolished and production has been decimated. The anti-industrial Greens are now the unions’ partners in ownership of the Labor party.

Australians now realise that they made a critical error in dumping the coalition government. Let us hope that sanity can prevail henceforth.