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1. A site on which to play a part in presenting the case for Money Justice. I'd be pleased to receive copies of any contribution you felt able to make about CCMJ's concerns within this arena. The Interface: where Christianity meets culture www.theinterface.org.uk. The Interface is a new forum to discuss Culture and Christianity. If you are interested in joining the debate on contemporary issues and how they relate to your faith, then visit the Interface website. The website is regularly updated with articles covering a range of newsworthy topics including reality TV, fair trade, genetic engineering and climate change. Drop by and discuss the issues with other interested people!
2. CHRISTIAN COUNCIL FOR MONETARY JUSTICE
Report of activities and discussion 21 October 2006 meeting
Throughout the day about 30 to 40 people were present, many of whom were not CCMJ members, but interested observers. The activities aspect of the gathering focussed particularly on the link between land and money. By coincidence this took place the day after a national newspaper published an article "Banks are summoned to a debt summit regarding Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) that allow borrowers to wipe out the bulk of their debts. "
Anne Belsey reminded participants of Mike Rowbotham's finding that in 2004 the UK money supply was £1 trillion which was far outstripped by the debt in the nation of £2 trillion!!
And in remarkable unintended syncretism, the same paper the same day published the following letter by Leo Tolstoy written 98 years ago:-
Tolstoy says the land belongs to all
Leo Tolstoy Tuesday October 20, 1908 The Guardian
A letter from Count Tolstoy addressed last September to the Federation of Single Tax Leagues in Australia in reply to an address of respect and good wishes presented to him on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Dear Friends - Your address has deeply touched me. To my regret, I have done too little for the cause so dear to you and me, which unites us. Of late I have been thinking more and more about it, and I will endeavour to express the teaching of Henry George [the US economist] - who has, as yet, been far from appreciated according to his merits - as clearly, as briefly, and as accessibly to the great mass of land workers as possible. The injustice and evil of property in land has long ago been recognised. More than a hundred years ago the great French thinker, Jean Jacques Rousseau, had written: "The one who first fenced in a plot of land, and took upon himself to say, 'This land is mine,' and found people so simple-minded as to believe him, that man was the first founder of the social organisation which now exists.
"From how many crimes, wars, murders, calamities, cruelties would mankind have been delivered had some man then uprooted the fences and filled up the ditches." The injustice of the seizure of land has long ago been recognised by thinking people. The realisation has become specially necessary, not only in Russia but also in all so-called civilised States. The abolition of property in land everywhere demands its solution as insistingly as half a century ago the problem of slavery demanded its solution in Russia and America.
The supposed right of landed property now lies at the foundation, not only of economic misery, but also of political disorder, and, above all, the deprivation of the people. The wealthy ruling classes, foreseeing the loss of the advantages of their position inevitable with the solution of the problem, are endeavouring by various false interpretations, justifications and palliatives, with all their power, to postpone as long as possible its solution.
But as 50 years ago the time came for the abolition of man's supposed right of property over man, so the time has now come for the abolition of the supposed right of property in land, which affords the possibility of appropriating other people's labour. The time is now so near at hand that nothing can arrest the abolition of this dreadful means of oppressing the people. Yet some effort, and this great emancipation of the nations shall be accomplished. I will be very glad if I shall be able to add my small efforts to yours.
In the morning, Fred Harrison led a discussion - with many participants challenging his views and offering their own contributions - to a general view that the great obstacles to the inclusive structured justice that we seek are
a) public indifference -to the scale and nature of the blocks, which form a fatal cocktail of :-
b) land and asset ownership,
c) the power of corporate juristic persons, distorting the nature of fiduciary rust, and
d) the debt money system, aggravated destructively by compound interest.
Participants, several of whom came at various times of the day , were shown a power point presentation of the basic CCMJ message which could be automatically replayed at shows or displays. A range of such presentations are available for different audiences.
There were book stalls, a stall from the Money Reform Party, and one from the SIMPOL organisation as well as charts and ample material for those attending to discover more.
Following a relaxing and enjoyable sit down luncheon, in the afternoon a discussion ensued on the way forward for CCMJ.
It was believed that instead of seeking to have people come to CCMJ, the network should continue to go to other groups and tell them of the good news of monetary reform. Barnaby Flynn of the SIMPOL group said that there could not be green policies without monetary reform. Anne Belsey said that a country with monetary reform in place would give an example to others in the world and would gain comparative advantage. Donald Martin encouraged us to note issues as they surfaced and monetary reform related to them.
It was noted that CCMJ members had developed networking among over 800 people; and that the chairman kept 120 accounts of work-in-progress and sought to develop cross fertilisation among them; using the annual Bromsgrove conference of monetary reformers to be the reporting time. The discussions always sounded positive and it was agreed that CCMJ should continue as it could. The annual meeting followed, as planned, but this still left plenty of time for Sister Dorothy Peart to have a presentation, with an inter active audience, to the concept of Town and Country Twinning.
All in all, the day showed a positive approach to our endeavours and it was particularly pleasing to see new and younger faces and parish representatives at our annual gathering.
3. I am keen to alert people to the many websites out there promoting money reform. The current list I push is as follows: www.moneyreformparty.org.uk www.monetaryevolution.net www.monetaryreform.org www.propsperityuk.com www.globaljusticemovement.net www.jamesrobertson.com www.monies.cc www.moneyasdebt.net www.monetary.org www.honest-money.com www.themoneymasters.com and our own www.ccmj.org
4.The excellent animated DVD has arrived from Canada. It is 47 mins long and a fine teaching tool with excellent cartoons, quotes and diagrams relating the intriguing account of the scale of the bank-credit deception. see www.moneyasdebt.net for direct orders. We will view some of it at the Euston Table next Wednesday and the Waterloo Table on November 2nd.
Peter, at firstname.lastname@example.org, has eight copies (as at 6-10-06) at £7ea or £8 if you wanted one posted to you. Or you can borrow a copy at the cost of return postage. It will also be available at the CCMJ day on Oct 21 and Bromsgrove Nov 3-5.
Its chapters are headed: The Goldsmith's Tale : The Money System today : The Simple Truth : No Debt; No Money : Perpetual Debt : Usury : Changing the System : The Invisible Power
Alistair McConnachie writes of it:- "I think it is as near as perfect as I have yet seen. With the exception of 3 quotes, near the end - Franklin, Rockefeller and Lincoln - which I would not have used because I doubt the first 2 can be stood up and the Lincoln quote is not genuine (although it is a great quote) - I have no hesitation in recommending it. It is a high quality production."
5. See the new page on our dialogue with Muslims in page Islam under heading FAITH
For earlier stories, eg Correspondence from Raf Manji in NZ - see Stories