Dr Liz Elliott, Turning Point Talks
Since October, Turning Point Talks has aired the views of Assange’s father John Shipton, of Aidan Ricketts (speaking against conspiracy theories), of world-class public bank advocate Ellen Brown and of wonderful David Holmgren, founder of Permaculture. We hope to present John Pilger in April. Distinguished people we are lucky to be addressed by. Not a whimper in the press about their marvellous presentations! (*see editor’s comment below)
Our last speaker was Max Igan, and since then The Echo has published three articles and four long letters against our organisation. When the world is under threat of ecological and financial collapse and increasing authoritarianism, the few of us who publicly challenge this do not need attacking by people who claim to be sympathetic to egalitarian politics i.e. ‘left wing’. We need to find ways to hear each other and select the best ideas. We need to re-imagine a better, sustainable future together.
That is the aim of Turning Point Talks. To show that ‘Another World is Possible’. We believe the true conspiracy is not a few wicked Jews breathing together (con-spire) in a coordinated cabal, but a neoliberal system crafted over 50 plus years to enrich the few at the expense of the environment and the cultures of billions of people. Crafted by such meetings as Davos and the WTO (World Trade Organisation), a series of trade treaties, corporate deregulation, union bashing and privatization. Who needs a Deep State of military industrial profiteers and depopulation advocates when the well-heeled agents of Big Business are in plain sight? (See Aidan Ricketts talk on Turningpointtalks.com)
Less than one per cent of people now own more than 80 per cent of humanity. Families and the elderly are stressed. Species and ecosystems are being lost. Working conditions are declining with 1.3 million short-term 457 visa workers in Australia, along with AI robots and globalisation. Turning Point Talks believes that some simple changes, such as organic agriculture, local control of media, public banking, tax reform, and increased regulation of corporations could create a satisfying and sustainable economy. An economics of happiness!
Conspiracy theorists, a term popularised after the suspicious shooting of President Kennedy, a man who wanted to change the US banking system, have been derided as fanatics by the main stream press. Now the term is used to shut down debate. Conspiracy theories are likely when we are served such obvious false explanations for the Reichstag burning, the Kennedy assassinations, the World Trade Tower collapse which defied the laws of physics, the recent storming of the Capitol, the Port Arthur shootings and hundreds of other examples.
Remember the sequence; first the media amplified incident outrage, then the funnelling of public anger down to a supposedly inevitable, usually single, reaction. Often war. Media manufacturing consent. So as long as there are people who distrust centralised government and its propaganda, conspiracy theories are likely. Some plausible, some extreme. Other people prefer not to have their tender faith in government challenged, as their whole world view may crumble.
It is false to suggest Turning Point Talks is aligned with other organisations in the USA and UK with similar names, and that we are ‘antisemitic’, ‘erratic’, ‘with abhorrent ideals’ and ‘simplistic’ (a few of the epithets hurled at Turning Point Talks by letter writers).
For instance, one writer suggests that Liz Elliott organised a League of Rights forum.[ed: actually the letter said ‘In the 1990s, in Lismore, Ms Elliot was responsible for organising a public forum that invited Eric Butler, the infamous founder of the League of Rights’] This is untrue.
We don’t even know who these groups are, let alone be aligned with them.
Max Igan gave a talk for Turning Point Talks that has caused anguish. As soon as one mentions Palestine or vaccinations, the knives come out! Max has lived in Palestine for many years, experiencing the true abhorrence there. He says we will all live like Gaza if the surveillance state gets much more powerful. He empathises with the majority of Israelis and believes they are captured by a Khazar elite. His views on the Holocaust are not those of Turning Point Talks, but expressing them is not a crime, and needs historical oversight.
Often ‘anti-Semitism’ has been used to belittle the efforts of those of us who see that the banking system needs fundamental reform. The excellent former Labour leader in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn, was brought down by anti-semitic slurs, despite his lifetime of support for all peoples living under oppressive regimes. Is earstwhile radical Mullumbimby going to follow this censoring of people by insults and lies?
Max’s take on the COVID-19 response is certainly radical, but given that whole economies have been shattered, many people isolated, and now the UN says that half a billion people are hungry due to loss of livelihoods, we need to discuss COVID beyond the main stream media’s incessant propaganda. George Monbiot says propaganda elevates one value to supercede all others e.g. ‘safety’ or ‘freedom’. Turning Point Talks believes in diversity. We need public health, including the fine nurses one letter writer quotes, we need public health research, we need alternative health, we need better soil and food management and we need independent media.
The COVID virus itself is certainly debatable, the health system’s privatisation in the UK and USA needs discussing and to roll out a half-tested vaccine to everyone on Earth without studies on the long-term effects of a novel RNA vaccination needs discussing (avn.org.au). As do for profit medicines of limited effectiveness, and possible harm. Surely this needs deep discussion?
Like Max, Turning Point Talks is concerned with the increasing surveillance, media control, and loss of livelihoods accelerating in the world. We believe that soon the IMF (International Monetary Fund), WEF (World Economic Forum) and others will launch a ‘Great Reset’ agenda (please see the WEF website for insight.) This Reset will take control of all currencies, livelihoods, environments, education, and health systems, all under the pretext of a pandemic that kills less than one per cent of its victims. Horrible, but not worth surrendering 100 years of progressive reform to an unaccountable elite, whether clandestinely coordinated or not.
Divide and Slander! Like colonists who controlled entire continents by dividing religions and tribes, the ragged forces of the left can be conquered all too easily by infighting and splittism. The satirical Peoples Liberation Front of Judea shows us this so clearly in the Life of Brian movie.
Furthermore, I would like to remind The Echo that shooting the messenger is not the same as debating the content. It is below the paper, and the writers, not to accept Turning Points Talks’ good intentions and hard work as offerings to public debate.
♦ Ed note: Far from not mentioning the presentations of the other worthy speakers, The Echo has publicised upcoming Turning Point Talks, (for free) in both the printed paper and online, including Dr Liz Elliott’s comments on them eg Ellen Brown, John Shipton, Aidan Ricketts.