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28 December 2017

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“Carpetbaggers, conmen and crooks” will always be with us. So will the gullibility of people.

Abraham Lincoln noted wisely, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time.” And Christ cautioned his followers to be “cunning as serpents and yet harmless as doves” lest they themselves be deceived.

But few people seek out the truth. I noted previously that if things go contrary to our worldview, rather than adjust our worldviews, most people prefer to deceive themselves. By pretending there is nothing wrong with our worldview we don’t risk our own wisdom and virtue. Pride and moral cowardice prevail.

Robert Conquest had written for years about the brutality of the Soviet Union and communism and was continually ridiculed by “intellectuals”. So decades later when he had been proven correct, when he was asked for a title for a new edition of "The Great Terror", he said “How About I Told You So, You F…ing Fools?” To which the ever humorous Clive James called him “unfailingly polite in controversy.”

But the Establishment can be blinkered. The “Times” of London thought people like Churchill who raised the alarm about Hitler in the 1930s, were immoderate and unreasonable.

What of China today? An American historian, and an expert on China, Arthur Waldron, wrote this:

“China’s leaders are richer than royalty. They have siphoned people’s wealth from China to the Cayman Islands…

“No longer does the Party even pretend to be devoted to the interests of the poor and marginal. They have in fact oppressed and impoverished the peasants more than any previous regime. How? By taking away their land, their only asset. In China, the police simply chase the peasants away from the land they owned in their formerly isolated village, and the Party sells the land to the developer, so that all the money and benefits accrue to the ruling elite and not the families that have been subsistence farmers there for perhaps five hundred years…

“For one who remembers both the honest dedication of many communists and the fairy tales carefully vetted Westerners retailed (no tourist visas existed until 1980), it is a chilling transformation, and a worrying one, and one that is slowly breaking the spirit of one of the world’s greatest civilizations.”

It is unwise to predict too far ahead.

Arthur Waldron’s article can be viewed here: https://www.newcriterion.com/issues/2016/10/stomachs-full-of-qi

Olgeta PNG lain laikim bikpela rock festival na kros pait long gavman bikos raits blong yupela, em tru

Enough is enough, we need another Soixante-Huitard movement, which may make our alleged leaders listen and generate some action.

Sous les paves la plage.

Look no further than AIM (Alliance In Motion) which is currently flogging their scam relentlessly on Facebook to unsuspecting PNG people. The profits end up at the top of this Filipino pyramid, and gullible punters are left with nothing.

"Alliance In Motion Global is a product-based pyramid scheme. By having you sell high priced toothpaste and other consumer products, they virtually guarantee that your primary customers will be other people joining the business opportunity. They demand your loyalty to participate in this scam. You are not an independent business owner with this company. They control who you can work with and what you can say to company members. Each individual who profits does so primarily from the payments of others who are themselves making payments in order to obtain their own profit. Avoid the Alliance In Motion Global Scam."

http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2015/04/06/alliance-in-motion-global-scam-opinion/

Dear Phil,

We have plenty in Australia.

The franchise arrangements and exploitation of vulnerable migrants involving 7-Eleven, Domino's Pizza, Aerocare and Covino Farms and most recently the Retail Food Group are classic examples.

Take a look at the amassed wealth of Russell George Withers, Jack Cowin, Tony Alford and Alicia Atkinson.

Jack Cowin once announced that weekend penalty rates were a thing of the past. However, whilst evading the taxman, it must have escaped his meticulous attention to detail that Abe Lincoln abolished slavery way back in 1865 and indentured servitude, peonage or blackbirding are illegal in Australia.

Racketeering, fraud and greed are not leadership attributes and in a climate of casino capitalism, profit and accumulated wealth are the only benchmarks of success. This has left a trail of despair amongst many franchisees, which includes decimated savings, broken marriages and destitution. It also reinforces that statements of good corporate governance or zero harm have no substance and are much like the excessive froth on tepid dishwater that is purveyed as a flat white coffee or cappuccino in many RFG and Starbuck outlets.

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