|Subject:||[socialcredit] Student debt in Canada: 2009|
|Date:||Monday, May 25, 2009 22:56:41 (-0600)|
|From:||Wallace Klinck <wmklinck @....ca>
|A concern was registered by a participant in a small discussion circle that in a Social Credit dispensation the Social Credit policy of consumer control of production policy might be still compromised by the advertising power of large commercial and industrial interests. My response was:|"We have to make up our minds definitively: We either respect our fellow citizen's right to make his or her own choices in life, or we do not. This is a battle of the mind which must be resolved. I remember taking a course in comparative economic systems (actually a contradiction in terms because all taught economics are of the same genre--being essentially scarcity-work oriented) where a guest professor who had been in charge of central planning for the mining industry in Czechoslovakia under the communist regime had been invited speak on "central planning." Originally the planners tried to conceptualize what all should be produced and consumed by the population and they attempted to insert this data into input-output tables. Of course, predictably, the task became so complex that the five-year economic plan fell increasingly and hopelessly behind schedule. So, the planners--ever reluctant to give up their regimentation of other people, decided to use differential equations to facilitate their task of mobilizing the population. After about a full week of writing equations from one side of the classroom to the other the professor suddenly halted, turned to the class and declared, "You see, it is impossible!" I approached the the professor afterward and asked, "Professor (Skoda, his name, if I remember correctly), does it not seem to you that it is the supreme arrogance for a small group of people to sit on a mountain-top and try to conceive what should be produced and consumed by all the people of a nation?" To which he replied, "Yes, when you think about it, it is." Douglas stressed that the sole purpose of production is to serve consumption and that genuine democracy requires consumer control of production policy (not of administration). This matter is not peripheral but is central to Social Credit policy, in keeping with Social Credit philosophy. The dangers to human life and freedom of centralized policy control over economic activity far exceed any expression of individual preferences by consumers at large. One must remember that the insane quest for survival on the steepening treadmill of debt currently drives industry and society as a whole into an increasing obsession with production and sales in a futile attempt to borrow, produce and consume our way out of financial debt which increases disproportionately with every genuine advance in production efficiency. Consumers must work harder and harder to meet their escalating debts and this requires support through sales of the products of their effort irrespective of whether such products are really valuable to, or desired by, them. In a Social Credit dispensation no such problem would exist. Consumers would always have full access to the totality of consumer goods without the necessity of contracting debt. They would opt for increasing leisure and cultural activity and no longer be obsessed with "economics." Being less pressured by the mere task of financial survival they would have more time for genuine reflection and development through discriminating thought processes of more refined judgement and moral or ethical principles. The climate of the current financial-economic regime based on the survival of the fittest (except for pathetic crumbs re-distributed via charity and basic social welfare) is destructive of such processes of the development of ethical thought and practice. We must provide an environment of economic security which affords all citizens a genuine opportunity to develop and grow in their personal intellectual, spiritual and moral stature. They need freedom of choice in order to develop such attributes. Planning for them merely suppresses their individuality and latent talents--which serves the ends of the financial tyranny under which we all now labour, live and die--a tyranny which seeks primarily a compliant, de-cultured, de-spiritualized mass world proletariat. One must always bear in mind that in Social Credit we enter into a different conceptual and practical world of awareness and experience."