The Pilgrims of Saint Michael out of Quebec CA are a most interesting organization. Formed during the depression, they have been a traditional Roman Catholic collection of educators, running schools and publishing literature. This literature has a most interesting theme and mission: That of a philosophy called "Social Credit." Pilgrims refer to themselves as "Social Creditors", and are most proud of their work. The Social Credit philosophy, in the proverbial nutshell, explains that the International Banking industry is to blame for most of the world’s woes, having collected much of the world’s money through nefarious trickery, especially usury. They’ve got that one right. They further purport to fix the situation by putting all the money of a nation in the hands of its citizens, with the defining equation being that the money supply should always approximate the complete value of a nation, i.e., there should be enough money to facilitate exchange without hyperinflation or hyperdeflation. They follow in economic discipleship of a Clifford Hugh Douglas, whose books and theories roughly approximate the "distributist" ideas of the late Nineteenth century. Traditional Catholic piety is taught to children in their schools. Sadly they have a head-in-the-sand attitude toward the fantastically corrupt Catholic hierarchy in Rome. Papolitors in fact. But religion isn’t what’s important here. Their observation of widespread poverty throughout the world, and general lack of money in the more prosperous West, they believe stems from the international banking cabal raiding the treasuries of the western countries.
The Pilgrims publish excellent pamphlets extolling the virtues of a generous money supply for all Canadians citizens, zero-interest national money handling, and a citizen-supplied economic central committee to fairly evaluate the national product to produce a commensurate money supply. One pamphlet called "The Tapeworm" describes the parasitical behavior of the international banker and provides an antidote: Social Credit. A second pamphlet, magnificently illustrated, is the story of the five Canadian men who experience a shipwreck and survive through their wits on a deserted tropical island. A sixth survivor, a bald, fat gentlemen, arrives on the island as well, and begins to issue money, at interest to the five Canadians. Within a few weeks he has all five at each other’s throats as he dicks around with the island’s money supply. He even deftly divides the five into factions to assure confused submission. In the end an alert member of the five shows the others how the island’s banker has bolluxed up their hard-fought survival on the island. Indignant, they turn to dispose of the unwanted visitor, only to find that he has fled on a piece of jetsam to another island.
A preposterousness of the Michael Movement is the means by which they mean to bring Social Credit to prominence in Canada and the world: through prayer, fasting and the Rosary. Nowhere in their literature do they explicitly name the enemy, especially not his obvious "nationality". Similarly they continue the disastrous naivete that through passive measures they will succeed in separating the "International Banker" from his loot and his power, bringing a Social Credit paradise to Canada in the religious way. Nevertheless, the Pilgrims’ literature is most instructive, beautifully written in both French and English, and available for a pittance. They can be found on the internet, and their headquarters are in Rougemont. I invite any insights about the Michael Movement, the distributist theories of Clifford Hugh Douglass, and comments about bringing fair currency to the money-starved middle class folk of the Western world.Edited by: Realgeorge
Intriguing. So many problems, so many solutions, so many isms! Yet such simple answers are write large in humanity's recent </span>past.