Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Melbourne Traditionalists in August, 2017

Early next month the Melbourne Traditionalists will be meeting up again. If you enjoy good political conversation along with good food and drink and your in Melbourne, Australia then get in contact.

uponhopeblog (at) gmail.com

Guiding Principles of the Melbourne Traditionalists

1. Loyalty to the Crown of Australia

2. Loyalty to our British and Western heritage

3. Loyalty to the family, Husband and Wife, Mother and Father Father and their children

4. Opposition to Liberalism, Right Liberalism, Left Liberalism and Feminism

5. Opposition to the destruction of White Australia's, opposed to Multiculturalism, Mass Immigration and Diversity

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?
The Individual Versus Individualism

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Returning to Full Employment

In 1964 the Australian Government introduced a form of selective conscription as the security situation in South East Asia had deteriorated. They wanted to enlarge the army but the problem was that Australia had Full Employment. That means that hardly anyone was unemployed but today such a thing sounds like fantasy. Unemployment is such an accepted part of modern life that it is hardly even mentioned anymore. But we can return to Full Employment, it disappeared for particular reasons and therefore it can return.

But to do so we need to change the reasons that lead to Mass Unemployment and we can. There are four major reasons that we have Mass Unemployment and two secondary ones.

The four major reasons are:

1. Mass Immigration
2. Women in the Workforce
3. Sending Jobs Overseas
4. Automation

Mass Immigration: After the end of the Second World War the millions of refugees needed to be resettled and Australia like the other Allied nations allowed immigration into the country. Then more were allowed in as the economy expanded and then when the economy stopped growing immigration did not end. Instead from the 1970's onward immigration bore no relationship to how many jobs there were or how well the economy was doing. It became an end in itself with no end in sight. That created competition that simple did not need to exist. Once Mass Immigration stops then so does the competition. I wrote a full article on this, Ending Unemployment and Immigration.

Women in the Workforce: Women have always worked, but today women are encouraged to compete against men. That was not how it worked in the past, back then men had their jobs and women had theirs. Now Governments and large organisations all discriminate in favour of women and therefore against men. They say they are simply correcting an historical wrong, but by their own rules that is ddiscrimination, but as well all know it';s one rule for them and one for us. But there is an economic problems with women taking mens jobs, it means that their are now more people available to do the same jobs. That might be good for companies as they get more choice, but it is bad for everyone else as now there are more people than jobs.

Sending Jobs Overseas: At the same time that competition for jobs has increased tariffs have been abolished. That means that things that once could not be imported or that would be too costly to import now could be imported. So instead of paying high wages they could send those jobs overseas and make more money. Meaning that there are less jobs available.

Automation: I am using a computer to type this out but that same machine has destroyed jobs. Jobs that once required multiple people can now be done with the help of machines. Some jobs can be done entirely by machines. That is only going to get worse not better.

The two secondary reasons are:
1. High Wages
2. Regulations

Both of these make running a business quite expensive, it encourages companies and those who run them to find ways of cutting costs. Most of those costs come at the expense of jobs. In a perverse way these factors make those who have jobs better off and those without jobs worse off. High wages and regulations protect those with jobs but they stop those without jobs from getting a foot in the door.

So what can be done to end Mass Unemployment?

1. Stop immigration, stop the unending competition for jobs. Having Mass Immigration in a time of Mass Unemployment is unethical and immoral.

2. Support young men getting jobs.

3. Support Family, encourage marriage and children. Let us put the family man back upon his throne.

4. Put tariffs back in place with the sole objective of keeping jobs in Australia. I suggest that if unemployment is 5% than we make the tariff 5% if it's 10% then it's 10%.

5. Australian companies should have to pay foreign workers Australian wages whether the job is located in Australia or overseas. Unless the company can justify why they have jobs outside of Australia. If the jobs can be done in Australia then it should be.

6. Machines do not need jobs, men need jobs. The tax system should reward companies that hire workers and that retain them. And it should punish companies that get rid of workers.

7. Make companies responsible for training their own staff and then retaining them.

Australia should exist for the benefit of Australians, the Australian economy should exist to support the Australian worker and his family.

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?
Freedom and Private Property

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mr. Turnbull is Right About Something!

The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Turnbull is currently in London and a day or so ago he said the following in a speech:

'Menzies said: 'We took the name 'Liberal' because we were determined to be a progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary but believing in the individual, his right and his enterprise, and rejecting the socialist panacea','

Mr. Turnbull is the leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, a party that is always referred to as a Conservative party, but Mr. Turnbull is quite correct the party is not Conservative. It is a party of Liberalism, once upon a time Classical Liberal, recently Right Liberalism, now moving to Left Liberalism while along the way having some genuinely Conservative moments. Mr. Turnbull thinks that Left Liberalism is the sensible centre of Australian politics, well there are only two words wrong with that!

But then to show how bad things are in Australian politics, two other Parties got on the bandwagon.

I first saw that Senator Cory Bernardi' from the Australian Conservatives had tweeted his thanks to the Prime Minister for pointing out that the Liberal Party was not Conservative. I then saw that  Senator Pauline Hanson from One Nation had put out a message "Confirmed, Malcolm Turnbull declares One Nation, Australia's largest Conservative party!", Conservatives seize on Malcolm Turnbulls centreright Liberal Party claim.

Both then used the occasion to invite Conservatives to join their respective parties. I'd love to, but.

Senator Bernardi seems to me to be a Classical Liberal, socially conservative but economically Liberal. And I'm still sadly not convinced about One Nation, it's much better on the National Question but it's not clear enough on the issue to get really excited about. They both seem Liberal lite in too many ways. I wish I was wrong, if I thought I was I would join and support one of them.

Senator Bernadi has said he supports halving Australia's immigration intake straight away, which is great!

H then spoiled it by saying that Sir Robert Menzies, the founder of the Liberal Party would today be a member of Australian Conservatives and not the Liberal Party. But here's the thing, Sir Robert named the Liberal Party the Liberal Party, he was a Classical Liberal and Classical Liberalism leads to the place we are now in. So having him as a member of your political party is a bad thing not a good thing.

It will be quite interesting to see how this plays out with a Liberal Government that has decided that it is a Left Liberal Government and that it is no different to the Labor Party on most issues.

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?
Why Don't the Poor Marry?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Fifty-Second Month

Well the last month has been terrible!

May was my best ever month with 7,655 visitors and in June I had 2,178 and it's all my fault. I haven't been posting as much as I normal do as there are renovations going on at my house and everything has been disrupted. Hopefully by the end of this week it will be finished so things will start getting back to normal.

My best day over the last month was the 4th July when I had 248 visitors, my worst day was the 22nd June when I had 34 visitors.

The United States, Australia and Russia have all reached milestones in the number of visitors since I started this blog, although the U.S. reached theirs a month ago.

United States

As always each month is from the 11th of one month to the 11th of the next month.


United States
United Kingdom

United States
United Kingdom

Russia, Ireland and the Netherlands are up.

Brazil is basically the same.

The United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada are all down.

Belgium is back in the top 10 and France has left.

I have also received visitors from the following countries: France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Lebanon, U.A.E., India, China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Morocco, Zambia, South Africa, Mauritius, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Ecuador

I hope to see you again.
Mark Moncrieff

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?
The Fifteenth Month

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Russell Kirk Fundraiser

Russell_Kirk is a very important figure in Traditional Conservatism. Maybe I should just let  Infogalactic tell the story.

"Russell Amos Kirk was an American political theoristmoralist, historian, social criticliterary critic, and fiction author known for his influence on 20th century American conservatism. His 1953 book, The Conservative Mind, gave shape to the amorphous post-World War II conservative movement. It traced the development of conservative thought in the Anglo-American tradition, giving special importance to the ideas of Edmund Burke. Kirk was also considered the chief proponent of traditionalist conservatism."

I must admit that he has had a big influence on myself and he has also been an inspiration to my thinking and writing. I do not agree with every one of his ideas but he was a deep thinker and he wasn't afraid of putting forward his ideas. He was also a real Conservative and not a Liberal hiding under the label of a Conservative which in it'self is quite refreshing.

Next year is the centenary of his birth and there is a plan to put up an Historical Mark to honour the occasion and of course the man himself. A Fundraiser is looking for money to pay for the Historical Marker, I plan to donate some money myself. But of course the more the merrier, I encourage anyone who has gotten any benefit from my writing to contribute and honour a great Conservative thinker.

You can find out more about Russell Kirk here: http://www.kirkcenter.org/about-kirk

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?
Taxes, Budgets and the Economy

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Issue is Never the Issue

A few weeks ago I read something that has been playing around in my head ever since. The quote was this:

The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the destruction of Western Civilization.

Here is a truth so clear and profound I had to find out who wrote it, but instead I found out it is a misquote. The original is very interesting as well.

The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the Revolution.

Now here is a different take, the issue is never the issue is presented as a positive instead of as a negative, but the meaning is exactly the same, destruction. Destroying what exists today so that the Left can rebuilt it in their image. But what does "the issue is never the issue" mean?

It means that whatever issue the Left puts up as important, civil rights, homosexual marriage, anti-war, refugees, etc. it is merely a smoke screen for the real issue. The real issue is always the Revolution and the Revolution is always about the destruction of Western Civilization. Because they believe that once they have destroyed Western Civilization then they can build the world that they dream of, but that world will never be built because it is easier to destroy than it is to create.

If I may put an image into your mind, imagine a castle, tall and strong all in stone, now imagine someone on top of the tallest tower with a hammer and chisel. They chip away bit by bit by bit, if there are enough people and enough effort one day that castle will not be tall and strong. With enough people and enough effort the only thing left will be dust and pebbles. Once they have destroyed Western Civilization than they can build. But answer me this, what can you build with pebbles and dust?

The truth is that it is much easier to destroy than to create and that is all they can do, they can never build or rebuild anything. They love the thrill of destruction, that is why they love doing things that upset people. They love the reaction, they love knowing that they have power over people. Thats why they love to do things like this.

In The Lord of the Rings, King Theoden of Rohan asks the question "What can men do against such reckless hate", it's a good question. How do we defeat an enemy who's only purpose is to destroy?

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?
The Principle of Hierarchy

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Australian Pride March

Last Sunday the 25th June I attended the Australian Pride March in Melbourne. As we are in the Southern Hemisphere it's winter here, although the weather has until a week or two ago been quite mild. In the last few weeks it has gotten very cold and the top temperature on Sunday was 14 degrees Celsius (that's 57 degree Fahrenheit).

The march is the first one for the year formed up at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens for an 11:30 start. The first Patriots arrived around 9:30 and Police were already on site. Unfortunately the Left also turned up around 10:00 and started their normal mindless chanting. The Police were quite firm with them this time and kept them away from us. I however didn't arrive until after the march had already started and I joined the back of the march about half way to the Victorian State Parliament, which was were we were heading.

On the way Police formed a line separating the march from the Leftists protesting our right to be there. The Leftist then left to form a new line on Bourke Street directing in front of the Parliament but around 100 metres from it. We marched to the steps of the Parliament were three speakers spoke. The Left tried to down out our speakers by playing loud music, we should get our own sound system if they want to play that game. The Police had the vast majority of their members facing the Left and only a line of Police horses facing us. I should add that there were even more Police horses facing the Left. The speakers only spoke for about 15-20 minutes which was good. While we were there it started to rain, fortunately only for a minute or two. When it stopped I looked up and to my right was open blue sky, to the left clouds. We then moved off back to the Royal Exhibition Building where some further short speeches we made and then the march ended. 

Some Thoughts:

The Police were there in numbers and they looked after the Patriots, always making sure the two groups were separated.

I did not see any violence at all, but in the footage screened on the news they had scenes of violence. The Left tried to follow us back to our start point but the Police stopped them and all of the violence was between the Left and Police, regardless of what was said on the news. 

The True Blue Crew who organised the march were flying Australian flags and were wearing clothes with flags on them, the Police made sure they were protected even after the march finished.

It seems the Police have finally worked out that the Patriots don't start fights we finish them. If the Left attacked us we would fight without question, but that is not what we went there to do. We went to show our pride in our heritage and our country.

The Police did very well and my only complaint was that once again they filmed us for Intelligence purposes. 

Numbers were down on last year, somewhere around 200 people, maybe less. But it was the first march of the year and it was a cold day.

We still outnumbered the Left.

One thing that made me happy was more than once I heard a Patriot call the Left Traitors to their face, it's true they are and it's good to see people voicing that fact.

This is going to be an annual event, this year was the second. 

Many people look at the news footage and feel that they will be in danger if they go, but most of the people on our side were fit young men. Having said that I saw a young women in a wheelchair, another man on a mobility scooter, older men and women were also there. Patriots come in all shapes and sizes and it was great to see them all there.

Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future
Another Article You Might Like?