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Locked Down and Taxed to Death

July 3rd, 2020 by Viv

Ayn Rand saw it coming when she wrote in “Atlas Shrugged”:

… when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.

(Chapter II, “THE ARISTOCRACY OF PULL”.)

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The Sneaky Covid War on Cash

June 17th, 2020 by Viv

The modern road to Mulberry Money, Shin Plaster and Cubic Currency.

Today’s world is awash with Fiat Money.

“Fiat” means “let it be so”.

Fiat money is token currency supplied and regulated by governments and central banks. Its value relies on a government decree that it alone must be used as “legal tender” in paying for anything in that country. Its value falls as its supply increases.


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The Incredible Bread Machine

June 14th, 2020 by Viv

This is a legend of success and plunder;
And a man, Tom Smith, who squelched world hunger.
Now, Smith, an inventor, had specialized
In toys. So, people were surprised
When they found that he instead
Of making toys, was BAKING BREAD!

Then things went bad. Watch the whole sad story all unfold here:

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New Investments Outlive Confetti Money

March 20th, 2020 by Viv

By Viv Forbes

Governments seek to revive “the economy” by scattering gifts of our own money wrapped in red tape. This encourages immediate consumption. But this stimulation stops dead when the money tap is turned off.

Three simple measures from the three levels of government will create more long term jobs than discriminatory and complicated political handouts that have no lasting effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Sacred Land?

August 7th, 2019 by Viv

by Viv Forbes

My wife and I were both born in Australia, as were two children and four grandchildren. Our parents were born in Australia as were all of their parents. And some ancestors go back much further in this land.

I feel rage every time I have to sit through another patronising “welcome to country” charade, designed to make me feel an intruder in my own land. Indigenous history on this continent is the same as our family story – it just goes back a bit further.
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Ineptocracy

February 21st, 2018 by Viv



A word to describe our future…

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Progress Party Memories

January 31st, 2017 by Viv

Progress Party Port produced by John and Anna McRobert

Progress Party Port produced by Romavilla Vineyards and presented as a fund-raiser by Jock and Anna McRobert.

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A New Conservative Force?

January 4th, 2017 by Viv

Those contemplating a platform for a new conservative force may find some value in contemplating a policy statement and constitution that was rigorously consistent and designed so that it could not easily be watered down.

See: “The Progress Party”: http://think-right.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/pp-booklet.pdf [PDF, 13 MB]

The Progress Party was formed in Queensland in January 1977, and then spread Australia wide, contesting elections for several years. It no longer exists so the contact information in “The Yellow Book” is no longer relevant. Viv Forbes is happy to answer queries.

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Life, Liberty and Property

December 2nd, 2013 by Viv

George Sutherland, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1921, wisely said:

The three great rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty, but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave.

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CREATING UNEMPLOYMENT in the Kingdom of Good Intentions

December 2nd, 2013 by Viv

By Viv Forbes December 1990. First published in Business Queensland in 1990.

An economic and social tragedy called unemployment is now rolling over Australia like a toxic smog. Generated in the poisonous hot air rising from every Parliament in the land, this murky soup of legislative and bureaucratic stupidity will suffocate the productive life of many businesses and their workers. Most of the victims will be unaware of the cause of their problems. Bosses will blame workers, and vice versa, while the real culprits cavort the world on fact finding trips or debate irrelevancies in the Industrial Relations Club.

The majestic and relentless progress of this tragedy is recorded like epitaphs on numberless tombstones in each day’s headlines.

Just one day last week produced these four headlines – “Jobless Queue Grows”, “Business Denied Tax Relief”, “Builder in Receivership” and “Recession no Excuse for Pay Cuts”.
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