The Guardian Political Review

Issue archive
Published by NZ Democrats for Social Credit
Editor: Tony Cardy

The Guardian Political Review

New Zealand's foremost political magazine, specialising in the monetary reform question. It has a world-wide distribution and contains articles from experts in taxation, water purification, health, housing affordability, international energy situations and other current issues not prominently featured elsewhere. We hope you find our archive informative and thought provoking.

Everything old is new again
The current upheaval in the European and world monetary system is described by the UK Guardian newspaper as “a kind of financial warfare not seen in the history of modern states”.
Stephnie de Ruyter says the common denominators are greed, vested corporate interest, and a morally iniquitous financial system generating indebtedness, poverty and fear. (p.3)
In New Zealand – particularly Auckland - the housing situation is reaching crisis point. Chris Leitch points out that thousands of New Zealanders were financed into new houses after WW2, funded by low-cost loans from the Reserve Bank. (p.5). This example of social credit in action was implemented by the Government – as it could be again.
After more than 60 years the rest of the world is finally catching up to what we have been saying all along (p.3). Delegates at this year’s Conference will consider a proposal to campaign as ‘Social Credit’ – with modern logo and marketing.
I am reminded of the song by Anne Murray:
Don't throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again.
Something to celebrate!
This Diamond Anniversary issue celebrates sixty years of political action and achievement. It also pays tribute to the willing workers who, over decades, have sacrificed time,
effort, money and family to build the base for those successes.

It also marks my quarter century as Guardian editor. In February 1989, I quoted from a 1933 report of the Economic Crisis Committee of the Southampton Chamber of
Commerce:
“Never in the history of mankind have the opportunities for human advancement been greater, and it is probably that never has mankind been threatened by such overwhelming
disaster as at the present time. With a civilisation built upon a fundamentally faulty economic structure, it would seem disaster is inevitable in the absence of any attempt to
readjust the economic system to modern requirements. Signs of such a fate for our civilisation are not lacking in the face of so serious a challenge, no individual should fail to accept the
grave responsibility which rests upon him in regard to the future.”

Those comments are even more relevant today.

In this issue, DSC leader Stephnie de Ruyter offers “a workable alternative which can restore New Zealand’s independence, establish a more equal society, protect our
fragile environment, and build a secure, prosperous future”.

Now that is something to celebrate!
Our vision
Owen Horton is angry. He sees the greed, connivance and treachery of successive governments towards its citizens. His vision is that the power to change the system is within
the province of any democratic State. What is required, he says in his article, is a system of monetary reform and policies that Democrats for Social Credit has advocated for
years.

DSC leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, is concerned that, in a debt society rife with income inequality and financial serfdom, the rich-poor divide will inevitably grow to be a yawning
chasm.

Party President, John Pemberton states that the successful implementation of policies of social justice, environmental justice, and economic justice, will be heralded around the
world.

Deputy leader Chris Leitch, says it’s time to ‘come out of the closet’ and tell your friends, workmates, and neighbours about how simple and sensible the social credit solution is.

In his message to the 2013 DSC conference, the highly respected Reverend Canon Peter Challen called for those in this ‘troubled Globe’, to “get a grip on the universality of our
plight and of the specific elements of redesign that will redeem our troubled ways”.

That is our vision.
We Hold These Truths
In his book Straight from the Shoulder, John Kennedy, the late editor of the Catholic publication The Tablet said: “It is a fundamental principle of Catholic social teaching that economic institutions and systems must be seen in relationship to man and his eternal end.”

According to John Kennedy: “The writings of Major Douglas, the founding prophet of Social Credit, saw the Socred monetary system as a means by which man would be enabled to develop to the full his intellectual, moral and religious aspects; he saw economic security as essential for the establishment of this individual freedom.”

Pope Francis has issued a strong call for world financial reform, declaring that “Money has to serve, not to rule”. In an impassioned appeal, the pontiff said politicians needed to be bold in tackling the root causes of the economic crisis.

This message has spread worldwide and will be heeded particularly by the 1.5 billion Catholic Church members.

More good news is that Democrats for Social Credit has met the Electoral Commission's annual membership criteria – a significant achievement for a Party not currently represented in Parliament. Its members will continue to promote its values, as they have done for the past 60 years. Currently, they have been active and influential in the campaign against compulsory medication (fluoridation) and in presentations on economic justice to councils throughout the country.

DSC leader Stephnie de Ruyter says we don’t need to sell off our assets or borrow massive sums to build and maintain essential infrastructure. The alternative is legal and cheap. It isn’t current government policy, but it needs to be.
A brighter future
In this issue the Democrats for Social Credit leadership team speaks out.

Leader Stephnie de Ruyter says the Government’s promise of a ‘brighter future’ can only be achieved by replacing the present ‘creaking economic system’ with a new model. Neither of today’s major parties have the answer (a case of the bland leading the bland?).

Is monetary reform that simple? Deputy leader John Pemberton says “yes”, and shows how it would yield freedom from debt. In today’s heavily indebted society that would
indeed be a dramatic achievement.

According to vice-president Katherine Ransom, we have been sold ‘the Big Lie’ – but we know the truth. By adopting DSC policies the Government will both make money and save money. It’s a win all round.

President David Wilson sums up: “It’s an honourable cause”.

There is no doubt that we are in a period of change and upheaval. In his latest book, respected author Richard Cook says a new kind of economic system is vital. We need to replace service-to-self (greed and selfishness) with service-toothers – a move perfectly encapsulated by the DSC logo 'beyond greed'.

A brighter future can, indeed, be a reality.