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It’s not Labor, it’s fascism


Rudd policies on people’s bank, free trade, health:

It’s not Labor, it’s fascism

The CEC issued the following statement, as the ALP National Conference commenced in Sydney on 30th July. The statement was distributed by the LaRouche Youth Movement to conference delegates.

The Rudd Government’s policy response to the global economic collapse is the dead-opposite of the general welfare policies of the old Labor Party of John Curtin, Ben Chifley and Jack Lang. Rudd’s policies on free trade, a people’s bank, and health care are in fact the same as Labor’s historical enemies, such as the banker-backed fascist New Guard in the 1930s, which planned a paramilitary coup against NSW Premier Jack Lang for putting NSW residents ahead of British bondholders during the Depression, or the modern fascists in the Mont Pelerin Society and their various Australian fronts, such as the Centre for Independent Studies.

People’s Bank: The Australian Labor Party established the Commonwealth Bank in 1911, as a people’s bank. In the 1930s, a big business-dominated private board controlled the bank—not the government, and the board refused the Labor Government’s request for funds to build public works to alleviate unemployment in the Depression. Labor leader John Curtin stated, in 1937, that the Government’s powers over the bank must be restored, because unless the Government controlled monetary policy, “it cannot govern, except in a secondary degree”. In his election ads, in 2007, Rudd took the opposite position: “I’m an economic conservative. I believe in the independence of the Reserve Bank.” [i.e. private control] When major economists in early July called for a new people’s bank, Rudd’s Labor government showed they were now the enemies of the idea and dismissed it outright.

Free trade: In March, Prime Minister Rudd told an American audience, “Protectionism is intrinsically evil.” On the global stage, Rudd is one of the leading British-allied politicians, who are holding the line against the rising impulse for protectionism worldwide, in the face of the economic crisis. Free trade is a British East India Company invention, which it used to smash any nation that resisted its trade in slaves, drugs, tea and sugar, most notably in the two Opium Wars against China. The real economic growth and prosperity post-WWII was underpinned by the protectionist regulations of the Bretton Woods system, all of which was scrapped in 1971, and once again national economies had their domestic industries smashed by a revival of British free trade, this time called “globalisation”. Rudd’s well-publicised attack on “neo-liberalism” is a fraud: free trade lies at the foundation of the neo-liberal philosophy.

Health: Rudd’s health reform inquiry, the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, betrays his fascist intentions. The Age reported on 28th July, “Australia’s health-care system is one of the best in the world [sic], but as the final report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission says, it could be better.” How? “Medicare could be radically transformed into a more market-driven scheme as part of a sweeping overhaul of the national health system to be considered by the Rudd government.” [Emphasis added.] Specifically, the Commission proposes that Australia adopt a form of America’s murderous managed care—i.e. HMOs—under the classic behavioural economics label, Medicare Select.

Don’t be fooled by Rudd’s noncommittal response to the Commission’s report. He picked the Commission, including Commissioner Stephen Duckett, the architect of Jeff Kennett’s assault on Victoria’s public health system in the 1990s, specifically the “casemix” funding model, which emphasised efficiency over care, and gutted the state’s health system. Kennett’s reforms in Victoria were written and directed by the British economic warfare unit, the Mont Pelerin Society (MPS), which revived the fascist economic policies of Hitler and Mussolini, and implemented those policies in Pinochet’s Chile, Thatcher’s Britain, New Zealand, post-Communist Russia, and in Australia through the Tasman Institute and Institute of Public Affairs—the co-authors of Kennett’s reforms—and Bob Carr and Kevin Rudd’s favourite, the Centre for Independent Studies.

The world economy has collapsed, after almost 40 years of free trade looting by private corporate interests in the City of London and Wall Street who have become more powerful than national governments, thanks to the policies championed by Rudd’s modern Labor Party. Old Labor called these global corporate interests the Money Power, and fought for the common good of all Australians, against them. Will modern ALP members continue to prostitute their souls, and stick with Rudd’s sell-out to fascism, or are they going to honour Labor’s true heroes, O’Malley, Curtin, Chifley, Lang et al., and join the CEC and Lyndon LaRouche’s fight against fascism, and for the common good?


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