Why Have Natural Disasters Increased?

Why Have Natural Disasters Increased?

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There is a grave warning message in the worldwide escalation of natural disasters over the past 20 years.

The incidence of natural disaster has risen dramatically over the past 20 years. To close observers of current events in relation to both history and Bible prophecy, this is no mere coincidence. What muddies the water as soon as Bible prophecy is mentioned in relation to natural disaster is the fact that there is a literal abundance of kooks, screwballs and fanatics out there who instantly seize on the latest catastrophe to declare “the end is nigh.”

Doomsayers have been doing this for years. Far too many get involved in such activity for personal profit. They peddle their scaremongering by taking advantage of vulnerable people and, for a price, promise to show a way that the gullible can escape the wrath of their god, the next disaster, creatures from outer space, the end of the world, the implosion of the universe or some other such wacky idea. They make it doubly hard for the genuine seeker after truth.

The facts are that statistics prove natural disasters have risen startlingly since 1990. In a law-abiding universe, there has to be a reason for this.

During the 40 years preceding the decade of the 1990s, there were 142 classified natural disasters in the United States. During the 10 years of the 1990s, there were 72. The decade that followed from 2000 to 2009 saw some of the worst and most destructive natural disasters in recorded history across the globe. And the most destructive in terms of loss of life and property? Earthquakes by far!

“‘Earthquakes are the deadliest natural hazard of the past 10 years and remain a serious threat for millions of people worldwide as eight out of the ten most populous cities in the world are on earthquake fault lines,’ said Margareta Wahlström, UN special representative of the secretary general for disaster risk reduction. …

“According to the figures released today by cred [the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters] in Geneva, 3,852 disasters killed more than 780,000 people over the past 10 years, affected more than 2 billion others and cost a minimum of us$960 billion. …

“After earthquakes, storms (22 percent) and extreme temperatures (11 percent) were the most deadly disasters between 2000 and 2009. … ‘The number of catastrophic events has more than doubled since the 1980-1989 decade,’ [said] Professor Guha-Sapir, director of cred” (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat press release, January 2010).

The current decade has commenced with early indications of that trend continuing. Devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and record-breaking winter storms in Europe and North America have left many dead and homeless, and town and city infrastructures greatly damaged.

On reflection, clearly 1989 was a watershed year, a threshold from which natural disasters escalated most dramatically compared to past eras in history.

Why such drastic escalation in natural disasters since 1989–earthquakes, tsunamis, destructive storms, floods, fires, mudslides, extremes of temperatures—which take the figures right off the record charts since statistics have been recorded?

Well, there is a reason. But it is only apparent to those who, in unbiased, clear-minded fashion, link the facts on the ground with the history of the past and the reality of inerrant Bible prophecies for the future.

There is a prophecy in your Bible that speaks of the world reaching a time when catastrophic events prophesied by humanity’s Creator which were once delayed in their fulfillment for a great purpose would no longer be held back by the hand of God. These climactic events were predestined to be delayed in their inevitable fulfillment to allow a great purpose to come to fruition. They were delayed to allow for the good news of His coming Kingdom on Earth to “be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations” before earthshaking events would herald His return (Matthew 24:14). After that, those events would be no longer delayed. A point in time would be reached when they would break out suddenly and dramatically to shock the world with their destructive force. That’s the only way God has ever been able to grab the attention of humanity!

Those prophesied catastrophes were to be a dramatic warning sign to humankind of the sudden, direct, imminent intervention in human affairs by the Creator God Himself! This was to be a warning sign especially to those who ought to know better than to live the prevailing life of immoral, godless profligacy that has so taken over their society today.

Most especially that warning applies to the descendants of the people to whom Jesus Christ personally came 2,000 years ago as a personal witness to them of the way humankind was destined by its Creator to live—the people of His very own national human heritage. They remain, though in rapid decline, the most blessed nations on Earth. They are the very descendants of the patriarch Abraham, descendants who rejected Christ’s message and slaughtered Him in a most hideous form of death, rather than accept who He was—the literal Son of God (read our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for the truth on this matter).

It was Jesus Christ Himself, whose death and resurrection many will soon celebrate, who declared that before His return to Earth, “there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places” (Matthew 24:7). He went on to declare that additional signs of the closeness of His return would be that His own true and loyal followers would be persecuted at a time of great religious, moral and social confusion.

Why can we point to the year 1989 as the break point, the watershed, from which there have been 20 years of rapidly accelerating incidences of disaster across this world?

Jesus Christ showed the Apostle John, in vision, a keynote prophecy for our day forecasting that we would reach a time when events He had prophesied for our generation would be no longer delayed. Referring to that prophecy, which is contained in Revelation 10, our editor in chief has declared, “We are in a time of no more delay (verse 6), and I believe that is the major reason why our commission has changed from preaching the gospel around the world to prophesying again” (Prophesy Again: God’s Commission to His End-Time Church).

We can prove to any mind open to receive it that the prophesied time of no more delay began on Dec. 7, 1989, just 28 days following the breaching of the Berlin Wall. Ever since that time the world has increasingly destabilized—through accelerating natural disasters, political upheavals, wars and rumors of wars, economic and financial disaster and great moral and social disintegration.

This will continue until humankind gets the message. The message that there is a great omnipresent, omniscient Creator and Sustainer of this universe who has created humankind with an incredible human potential to which he remains blinded by a power which has been set since man’s creation on destroying that very same potential!

If you have read this far, then you need to find out just what that potential is and really do something about laying hold on itfast—before catastrophe overtakes you and you regret not having acted earlier!

Request our book The Incredible Human Potential. Read it. Study it. It will give you a foundation on which to prepare now for the cataclysmic times ahead of which today’s natural disasters are but the beginning. More importantly, it will prepare you to begin qualifying to enter the fantastic World Tomorrow these events will usher in.

Commercial Real Estate Heading for the Mat

Commercial Real Estate Heading for the Mat

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Will the one-two punch of residential and commercial real-estate implosions KO the economy for good?

If you thought the housing market bust felt like a haymaker, wait until you experience the punch to the solar plexus that commercial real estate is about to land. With the economy already gasping for air, this next big blow threatens to knock the economy off its feet for long after the 10-count.

Just when popular media suggests that the economy is back off the ropes, the Congressional Oversight Panel, which is charged with monitoring the banking system bailout, is warning that the economy could be headed into round two of the worst downturn since the Great Depression.

“There’s been an enormous bubble in commercial real estate, and it has to come down,” Elizabeth Warren, chairman of the oversight panel, told the Washington Post on February 19. “There will be significant bankruptcies among developers and significant failures among community banks.”

So far this year, America is on track to see well over 100 banks fail—and this despite unprecedented government action to prop up the sector. During 2009, 140 banks failed—most of them related to the residential mortgage market.

But if Warren is right, America is just experiencing the opening jabs and the main event is yet to come.

“[O]ver the next few years, a wave of commercial real-estate loan failures could threaten America’s already weakened financial system,” revealed the Congressional Oversight Panel’s report, titled “Commercial Real-Estate Losses and the Risk to Financial Stability.”

“Between 2010 and 2014, about $1.4 trillion in commercial real-estate loans will reach the end of their terms.”

Unlike residential mortgages, which can be locked in for 30 years, almost all commercial loans come due in periods between three to five years. Typically, when a loan comes due, the commercial property owner will simply roll over the loan—that is, pay back the original loan with a new loan—provided that his property collateral has not depreciated.

That is the problem facing commercial property owners. Commercial loans that were issued during 2005, 2006 and 2007—at the very height of the property bubble—are now up for renewal. But according to Warren, by next year half of all commercial property owners with mortgages will be “underwater” and owe more than their properties are worth. This means that it may be impossible for them to roll over their loans, and their properties will be forced into foreclosure.

This means that property owners are not the only ones in trouble. Foreclosing on real estate when the property market is declining is like asking for a beating. Losses could range between $200 to $300 billion, according to the report.

“There is a strong potential to see a thousand commercial real-estate bank failures in the next couple of years unless Congress acts to bail them out,” predicts economic analyst Mike Shedlock. “Of course no banks should be bailed out. [T]he correct decision is to let failed banks fail. The last thing we need is further bank zombification.”

And when the banks go down you can be sure they will not go down alone.

A second banking crisis would trigger economic damage that could touch the lives of nearly every American. Think empty office complexes, hotels, retail stores. Think job losses. Think families being forced out of their apartments even though they never missed a rent payment. Think social unrest.

And when the losses start hitting the banks as we head into next year, expect further reductions in lending as financial institutions scramble to shore up bottom lines. For a borrow-to-spend debt-based economy, a reduction in credit supply is like slipping a boxer enough tranquilizer to euthanize an elephant.

As the Trumpet has warned in the past, the current stock market and economic rally will eventually come to an end—and probably an abrupt one. If the economy was a prize fighter, you can picture it bouncing off the ropes, with legs wobbling, a loose jaw and a glazed look in the eye—with a freight-train-size fist labeled commercial real estate barreling straight toward it.

A Marvelous Reason Not to Increase Our Dependency on the Government

A Marvelous Reason Not to Increase Our Dependency on the Government

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Don’t miss this key lesson from the economic crisis.

Global economic trouble is forcing an important lesson to the surface: that government dependency is a bad idea.

Half of Greece is on strike, grinding the nation to a standstill. Why? In order to avoid total collapse, the government is taking steps to slash its ridiculous debt and curb its reckless spending—and the people simply won’t stand for it. “They are cutting my allowances and I have two children to raise,” complained one striking civil servant.

Governments all over Europe are tightening their belts to survive the crisis. This means dependent Europeans will be suffering cutbacks in vital public services, shrinking benefit programs, wage freezes for government workers—and, frustratingly, simultaneous tax hikes. Similar hardships are battering the Japanese.

In America, the pain is seeping into more and more facets of life as states and counties face budget shortfalls and compulsory cutbacks. Squeezed education budgets mean pay cuts and layoffs for teachers, bigger classes, fewer school days, reduced school bus runs, and library closures. Chopped agricultural spending in Michigan could hurt farmers statewide. Mass transportation patrons in New York will pay higher fares to ride more-crowded trains. One Illinois county is laying off three out of four police officers; the county sheriff’s patrol cars are being repossessed. Reading, Pennsylvania, has cut its police and vice squad down to four people. Nearly 1,000 prisoners in Michigan—including convicted murderers—could be freed in order to save money. And the list goes on.

The extent of governments’ reach into our lives is becoming clearer as their resources are drying up and our benefits are shriveling. The fact across the board is that the people hardest hit are those most dependent on government.

Ironically, however, it is in this economic climate that Washington wants to deepen Americans’ dependency on the nanny state. It has taken over the mortgage and insurance industries; it is swallowing the automotive and banking industries; it is trying to federalize the health-care industry. Activist politicians are systematically erasing the line between public and private sectors. As George Will said in his recent cpac speech, “They tend to regard the multiplication of entitlements and that entitlement mentality as enhancing the public good. Therefore they are for spreading dependency. Dependency on government is not an unfortunate corollary of what they are advocating—it is their agenda.”

All told, government spending now accounts for almost 30 percent of the total U.S. economy. Government employs 20 million people directly and many millions more indirectly. Meanwhile, the Obama administration plans to grow the size of the federal workforce to a record 2.15 million employees.

As busted budgets are shutting governments down the world over, isn’t this a spectacular example of just not getting it?

It is the nature of government to expand. Government benefits are a highly addictive narcotic. This is particularly true in a representative system, where, for politicians who are accountable to voters and special interests, reducing entitlements is a good way to get kicked out of office. Thus, government becomes an ever-costlier operation, demanding increasingly more of the people’s wealth to sustain. Today, Washington alone consumes about 30 percent of the income of 300 million people in the wealthiest nation in the world—and still isn’t even close to staying within budget. Apparently no amount of money would be enough, because the growth of the government’s financial commitments continually outpaces the growth of its income.

Thus, the government is printing dollars and borrowing from foreigners in once undreamed-of sums. And because these fixes haven’t yet put a dent in the problem, there is absolutely no way to tell how much further the government will allow itself to go. This economic crisis was created by overborrowing and overspending. Yet the government behaves as though the solution is to borrow and spend all the more.

The costs of these mushrooming entitlements include higher taxes, mounting inflation and deeper debt, all of which have horrible economic and even geopolitical ramifications of their own. Consider, for example, the loss of sovereignty America is experiencing because of its skyrocketing indebtedness to China. On top of that, however, are the poisonous personal effects of government dependency, which can include decreased sense of individual responsibility, degraded work ethic, the fragmentation of families, and a sense of entitlement that engenders selfishness, thanklessness and unhappiness. Nasty kickbacks.

Still, as evidence of governmental failure mounts—and it continues to prove in arena after arena to be the least efficient and most wasteful of institutions—people’s faith in the government being the best solution, to this point, seems largely unshaken. Perhaps they sense that events are barreling toward a painful end and are hoping against hope there is yet some magical federal fix that will prevent the pain.

But there isn’t. The United States, along with an increasing number of countries worldwide, is broke. Soon, the entitlements will stop. And given many people’s deep addiction to them, you can count on there being some violent withdrawal symptoms.

The situation calls to mind a warning God gave to the ancient nation of Israel, recorded in 1 Samuel 8. He governed the people directly, with a comparatively light touch, through a small collection of human leaders. While the people obeyed God, He blessed them for it. But when they disobeyed, curses began to befall them, and they felt they would be better off with a human king and a system of government more like the nations around them had.

If that’s what you want—fine, God responded. But realize that that king’s government is bound to expand. He will introduce burdensome taxes. He will create bureaucratic bloat. His rulership will grow increasingly oppressive. This biblical passage provides extraordinary insight into the most common pitfall of man’s government: its tendency to amass power, property and wealth—wealth that should remain in the hands of the citizens.

The form of God’s government described in the Bible, particularly in the laws He gave for the governance of the physical nation of Israel, is far more generous, far less intrusive, and far more interested in building the prosperity of its people, than anything we see in the world today. Studying it highlights the deep flaws in America’s system. (And these laws still apply, in spiritual principle, within the Church today.)

Consider some things God’s government does not do. It does not manage people’s money—for health care or retirement. Remove those programs from America’s books, and you instantly solve the budget problems.

God’s government does not own and run businesses that compete with businesses run by the people. It facilitates wealth creation rather than interfering with it. It encourages assets to remain in families generation to generation, which increases general prosperity and family unity.

Further, God’s government operates nothing like a welfare system as we see today. With few exceptions, the poor are cared for—and encouraged to return to earning their daily bread—not federally, but locally, through laws requiring specific acts of charity from family and community. The idea that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that everyone is cared for regardless of their own effort directly contradicts biblical laws. Though most people would strongly criticize any government that didn’t have a robust welfare system, the laws that God gave His model nation encourage responsibility, hard work, strong character, and community and family cohesion—all while making government far more efficient. (Read our article “A New World Economy” for more on this subject.)

There are myriad other differences between God’s form of government and the socialistic one we see governing nations today, including America. Many of these differences effectively reduce the reach of government into people’s financial affairs and keep the size of government small.

This form of government comes with many benefits, but a very noticeable one, as alluded to in 1 Samuel 8, is the fact that it is so much less expensive. It doesn’t require the leeching of an enormous amount of wealth from the people in order to fund its perpetual expansion. God has always funded His government, and always will, with a general flat tax of 10 percent, called a tithe (e.g. Leviticus 27:30, 32). Two years out of every seven, there is an additional tithe meant to support specific individuals who don’t have the benefit of family support. Simple. Functional. Efficient. It is how God operates His Church even today. Soon, upon Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, He will establish that government worldwide.

Surely many would look at these laws and scoff. They can choose to put their faith in government—for a while longer, anyway. But the kickbacks will only get nastier and nastier.

Why not put faith in God instead?

Germany and France Plan New Economic Government

Germany and France Plan New Economic Government

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In the midst of the Greek crisis, leaders call for more economic governing of the eurozone.

The German and French finance ministers have drafted a plan to monitor and regulate the taxation and spending policies of eurozone nations in order to prevent another Greece crisis, according to Spiegel Online.

This would mean that a European Union regulatory body would have the power to dictate changes to a nation’s tax rate or prevent it from spending. Of course, if the nation failed to comply, the body would have to have some teeth to enforce its dictates.

The plan also calls for Eurogroup finance ministers to “take more time for candid and serious discussions on the goal of a functioning currency union.” The two finance ministers have sent their plan to Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker—the chairman of the Eurogroup. It will be discussed at the next meeting of eurozone finance ministers later this month.

Juncker is likely to support the idea. “We need a European economic government in the sense of strengthened coordination of economic policy within the eurozone,” he told the German business daily Handelsblatt on Monday. “The Greece case makes it clear.”

Once the euro was introduced, it was inevitable that the EU would take control of the fiscal policies—taxation and spending—of eurozone members. A common currency cannot work without a coordinated fiscal policy. The founders of the euro were well aware of this.

The eurozone as currently organized was never an end in itself, but rather just one leg of the journey toward a United States of Europe. Its founders knew that once nations agreed to a common currency, it was only a matter of time before they would have to submit their taxation and spending to Brussels. That time is almost here.

Once governments have surrendered control of their own tax revenues to Brussels, further basic powers will soon follow. Watch for Brussels to take responsibility for Europe’s military and defense. When national governments are discussing handing over control of their tax money to the EU, it means that a European superstate is just about here.

The Next and Even Bigger Quake

The Next and Even Bigger Quake

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Geologists say it is impossible to predict earthquakes. But there is a far more important lesson for America.

Imagine seeing the mighty Mississippi River running backward—that is, uphill against the natural current.

Such a phenomenon would probably be enough to make you stop whatever you were doing and take stock of exactly what was going on.

This improbable event did happen. Over several weeks in 1811 and 1812, massive earthquakes struck New Madrid, Missouri. One startled boatman reported being pushed “four miles” upstream “at the speed of a fast horse.” Great upthrust faults created 10-foot waterfalls that gushed water in the wrong direction.

Massive, earthshaking events tend to get people’s attention—both physically and spiritually. At least for a short time.

Think about America. When was the last time the country as a whole was moved to examine and reevaluate its society and ways of life? It was the last time the nation was forced to confront the fragility of life—after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans. And before that? The September 11 terrorist attacks.

As painful and as devastating as they are, great natural disasters can have a positive side. They can be a tool to teach lessons.

After experiencing an 8.5 magnitude earthquake in Chile almost 175 years ago, Charles Darwin, the famous evolutionist, conveyed the impression it left on him. “An earthquake like this at once destroys the oldest associations; the world, the very emblem of all that is solid, moves beneath our feet like a crust over a fluid,” he wrote. “[O]ne second of time conveys to the mind a strange idea of insecurity, which hours of reflection would never create” (emphasis mine throughout).

Yes, when disaster strikes and your life hangs in the balance, it can be a very moving experience. Unfortunately, once the disaster is over, it is all too common to forget lessons learned, resolutions committed to, and promises made.

The tragedies of the recent quakes in Haiti and Chile should serve as both a reminder and a warning to America. Both quakes struck along tectonic plates that are remarkably close to the United States.

To the west, the 8.8 Richter quake that smashed Chile was an astounding 500 times stronger than the earthquake that devastated Haiti. It was the fifth-strongest quake in recorded history. Although the intensity of the quake is out of the ordinary for Chile, small earthquakes are fairly common there. The country is located in a region prone to tectonic instability called the Ring of Fire. California sits on this same ring, which runs all the way up from South America, through British Columbia and Alaska and around the Pacific.

The Haiti quake, however, was even closer to home. The fault lines separating the Caribbean and North American plates run right through Haiti. The magnitude 7 earthquake—the strongest to hit that region in 200 years—directly impacted the plate that America calls home.

Interestingly, it has also been almost 200 years since that massive quake in Missouri made the Mississippi run backward and caused church bells in New England to ring. Scientists say that if a similar quake were to hit the New Madrid fault zone today, the devastation would be massive. There are estimates that the quake was felt strongly over 50,000 square miles and moderately within a 1 million-square-mile area. For comparison, the historic 1906 San Francisco earthquake was felt moderately over only about 6,000 square miles.

Yet geologists will tell you not to worry about the historic-size quakes in Chile and Haiti. Geologically speaking, they are not related, they say.

Strictly scientifically speaking, these media commentators might be correct. But the reality is that there is more to it than that. The quakes in Chile and Haiti were inextricably related and predictable!

First, the frequency of earthquakes seems to be increasing. Several larger earthquakes experienced in Argentina, Venezuela, California, Japan and Chile indicate a trend, and not a good one.

The United States Geologic Survey claims that in any given year you can expect 17 major quakes (7.0 on the Richter scale or higher) plus one great quake (8.0 or higher). Two months into 2010 we have already had one great quake and are on track to experience 35 major quakes.

“In other words, was there a moment in world history where we had so many large earthquakes within such a short period of time?” asked the San Francisco Chronicle on March 1. “As of this writing, there’s no documentation of such a frequency of quakes as the one the world has seen this year, with so many large quakes in a two-month period.”

This year’s earthquake activity is unprecedented in human history.

Second, earthquakes do not just come out of the blue. They can be anticipated and even predicted.

Geologically, scientists know certain areas of the Earth are prone to earthquakes. They even know the general frequency of occurrence. For example, looking back through thousands of years of geologic data, scientists have shown that Southern California’s San Andreas Fault lets loose a major earthquake every 100 years on average. Yet, “[i]t’s been 300 years since the last big one there, so we give it a really high likelihood of going in the next 30 years,” says Mary Lou Zoback, a geophysicist and vice president of Earthquake Risk Management Solutions. In other words, corresponding to the time that the United States was first being settled, the really “big” earthquakes—the ones that completely destroy whole regions—mysteriously stopped in America’s Golden State.

The absence of the “big one” in California may be defying history. But eventually, history repeats.

This is why governments and universities around the world are working to create ways to predict earthquakes. Already projects are on the way to create networks of sensors that might give warnings that quakes have already struck and that shock waves are inbound. These systems might provide people with 10 or 20 seconds of warning.

Yet there is a far more important warning that people would do well to heed. And it is more sure and usable than a few seconds of warning siren.

The warning is in the earthquakes themselves. The Bible warns that earthquakes are one way that God tries to move people to seek Him. God uses natural disasters to get people’s attention so they can turn from their evils and live God’s way of life, which brings true happiness, peace and prosperity.

The Prophet Haggai prophesied about both a physical and spiritual shaking that would impact the world during the days preceding the return of Jesus Christ. That physical shaking encompasses far more than just physical earth movement; it includes economic and nuclear shaking as well.

But the point is that the shaking is specifically engineered and designed to get people’s attention.

“God shakes the nations—physically,” writes Gerald Flurry in the booklet Haggai—God Has Begun to Shake the Nations. “Though the primary shaking is physical, it also shakes all nations mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually—and it keeps intensifying right down to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”

The earthquakes in Chile and Haiti are a strong warning of much worse to come. Hopefully, some people will wake up and turn to the Almighty God before it is too late physically. God is sending ever greater warnings—but what will it take before people will wake up?

Australia—Risking Loss of Heritage

Australia—Risking Loss of Heritage

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Political correctness is threatening the land Down Under with the loss of the heritage that built that nation.

The class of ‘59 at my old high school celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Though I was not able to make it Down Under for that occasion, the ensuing photographs of my contemporaries, most now in retirement, did bring back memories. They were memories of an education curriculum balanced across the arts and sciences, with a good hefty dose of compulsory physical education and weekly sports of British origin, in all seasons, that made for a quality education.

Though a bit of a louche student at high school, given the attraction of sun and surf in a beautiful Mediterranean-style southeast coast Australian environment, I have never regretted the rigors of that education.

As the years have rolled by, one thing I have become increasingly thankful for is the sound education gained both at elementary and high school level in the British and European heritage that built my home country into one of the most favored nations on the globe.

Yet, I have to confess at disappointment during return visits to Australia when observing, with each visit, the progressive loss of the ties that so bound Australia to its British imperial heritage in better times. The explanation as to the reason for that loss is very evidently bound up in Australia’s national education curriculum.

Writing for the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper, journalist Susie O’Brien observes (March 2),

Our draft national curriculum overlooks our British and European culture in a rush to promote Australia’s Aboriginal heritage, our position in the Asia-Pacific region and our green credentials.In the history curriculum document, for instance, Asia is mentioned 19 times, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 times.We are continually reminded to use examples and texts that hammer home our connection to Asia, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and emphasis on sustainable living.But there’s not one mention of the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom, Great Britain or even the Queen.

Well, shame on the drafters of that curriculum!

I well remember working in Australia’s national capital, Canberra, at the time that Aboriginal affairs had become a fashionable way for politicians, lawyers and professors to make a name for themselves and a dollar on the side. The socialist-feminist-environmentalist set was seizing influence in government and education circles at that time.

Later came the weird claim by one Australian prime minister that Australia, its whole national heritage British and European to the core, should look to Asia for its future. Such a stance had been aided by Britain being lied into membership of the European Community. This had resulted in the loss of British custom in support of Australasia’s primary agricultural industry, a traditional backbone of the rural economy of Australia and, in particular, New Zealand.

Now, decades later, Australia is in danger of having its cultural heritage Aboriginalized, Asianized and greened out of existence.

O’Brien points out that “many of you might not be aware of it, but the entire curriculum is underpinned by three so-called ‘cross-curriculum dimensions,’ or themes. These are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific, and sustainable living.

“But these three themes don’t reflect the full picture of who we are as a nation or how we see ourselves. Where are the themes reflecting our British and European roots and current realities?” (ibid.).

The burning questions that so heavily impinge on Australia’s future at this juncture are these: Just what is the Australian identity today? What are the real values that Australians respect and seek to protect from the impact of creeping multiculturalism? What are the standards that underpin Australian society today?

The realists worry about all this.

As British commentator Melanie Phillips once observed, “Throughout the West … [the] political class is incapable of disinterested statesmanship because it is no longer sure in what—if anything—it still believes” (Daily Mail,May 14, 2007).

Of Australia’s immediate previous prime minister, Phillips noted, “Mr. Howard, in sharp contrast, is entirely free of such absurd and crippling cultural cringe. He believes in Australia and its Western values. He thinks these values are superior to any alternatives. And it is this total absence of equivocation in upholding the national interest which explains his robust defense of both Australian identity and Western civilization against attack.”

In this age of great global disruption—this age of immense challenges to Western civilization from contending cultures and great religious movements foreign to the West—does Australia—which under Mr. Howard stoically resisted incursions upon its foundational values, institutions and freedoms—now, under a different form of government, have what it takes to continue a “robust defense” of Australia’s true identity as a nation?

Read our online booklet Australia—Where to Now? for more on this subject.