THE SOCIAL CREDIT SECRETARIAT
The Social Credit Secretariat was formed in 1934 by Clifford Hugh Douglas to promote study and debate on the subject of Social Credit. The Secretariat is an all-volunteer organisation funded by donations and legacies which supports researchers and journalists reviewing the history and current relevance of Social Credit. It publishes The Social Artist, which incorporates The Social Crediter, a journal which has been in continuous publication since 1938, now published quarterly. It produces introductory material, maintains a website of archive material and holds an extensive library on Social Credit and current social issues. It seeks to make common cause across a spectrum of concerns, from education and child care, good work, non-violence, sustainable agriculture and all issues relating to the dominance of finance over policy formation.
For electronic versions of recent past issues see the Publications Page.
According to Douglas, given an understanding of how finance (the money system) works, any conceivable political system can be made viable. But when the common people fail to understand finance, the people become slaves, not masters. Like Rudolf Steiner and many others, Douglas predicted that, in the absence of a comprehensive self-education of the grassroots, ordinary people would become increasingly subservient to the dictates of finance.
According to Social Credit analysis, all wealth is created in common. Wealth derives from the inherited body of knowledge, skills and techniques, from cooperation and ways of working together, and from the bounty of the natural world. Set beside this reality, the contribution of any single individual worker dwindles virtually to nothing: it cannot be measured in any meaningful sense in terms of a money wage or salary allocated to an individual.
The Social Credit Secretariat is a non-salaried voluntary body engaged in the continuing task of creating financial literacy within local, socially responsible and ecologically aware communities. For information about current works see Frances Hutchinson Page.