Clifford Hugh DOUGLAS

Shortly before his death, over fifty years ago, Clifford Hugh Douglas surveyed the landscape near Aberfeldy in Scotland, turned to a close colleague and said:
“You know, T.J., I think the time is approaching when we shall have to challenge this monstrous and fantastic overgrowth of industrial expansion – fundamentally. Really, you know, I personally can see nothing particularly sinful about a small dynamo; but this thing we’ve got is past a joke. If it isn’t a joke, it is Satanic.”



1. Audio transcript of Douglas' philosophy on the causes of war. Click here.

2. 'The Douglas Manual' by Philip Mairet- an introduction to Douglas' new economic principles for the general reader. Click here.

3. Writings of C H Douglas Click here

4. Further reading (see below)

5. Background to Douglas' philosophy Click here

6. Douglas' Evidence to the Canadian House of Commons Select Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce, 1923
Click here (Please note that owing to its size, the file may take a few minutes to download.)

C H DouglasText of a BBC broadcast delivered in November 1934,
published in
The Listener
5 December 1934
and reprinted in the 1937 edition of
(originally published 1931)


Listen to Douglas outlining his philosophy on war and its causes

Audio: C.H Douglas - "The Causes of War"

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Part 2 of 2

For a transcript of this audio, please click here.




Writing by C.H. Douglas

Douglas' Earliest Articles

The English Review, (December 1918)
The Delusion of Super-Production
C. H Douglas
'It is hardly necessary to draw attention to the insistence with which we are told that in order to pay for the war we must produce more manufactured goods than ever before...' Read more


The English Review, XXVIII (1919): 49-58
The Pyramid of Power
C. H. Douglas
'At various well-defined epochs in the history of civilisation there has occurred such a clash of apparently irreconcilable ideas as has at this time most definitely come upon us.....[there] is a clear indication that a general re-arrangement is imminent...' Read more


The English Review, XXIV (1919): 166-69
What is Capitalism?
C.H. Douglas
'When two opposing forces of sufficient magnitude push transversely at either end of a plank--or problem--it revolves: there is Revolution...' Read more


The English Review, XXVIII (1919): 368-70
Exchange and Exports
C.H. Douglas
'In the welter of economic propoganda served up to us, like the powder in the jam, with our morning and evening prize-fight , murder and motor-bandit thrills, and labelled the news...a certain group of features recur and are inter-connected...'Read more


The New Age, No. 1373, XXIV, No. 9 (1919)
A Mechanical View of Economics
C. H. Douglas Read more


The New Age, (June 1920) 4305 words
These Present Discontents
C. H. Douglas Read more


The New Age, (22/29 January 1925)
A + B and the Bankers
C. H. Douglas
"Whatever may be the case on other matters, compromise in arithmetic seems singularly out of place." Read more


The Fig Tree Vol 2 (1936):139-147
Money: An Historical Survey
"The Fig Tree" Vol 2 September 1936 pages 139-147 3425 words. (Notes for Major Douglas's speech on july 26 at the Social Credit study course for Consrvatives at the Bonar Law College, Ashridge)
C. H. Douglas Read more


Social Credit (1936) 4 pages
Tyranny: Taxation System
C H Douglas Read more


Major Douglas Analyzes 'Social Credit' in Alberta: What went wrong
This document includes three articles:
The Social Crediter
August-Septmenber 1948
Social Credit in Alberta,
C H Douglas
The Social Crediter
8 February 1947
An Act for the Better Management of Alberta,
C H Douglas
The Western Producer
4 March 1948
'Rumblings in Alberta'


Books and pamphlets by C.H. Douglas

'Credit, Power and Democracy'- Part1, Part2, Part3, published in 1920 by the Social Credit Press

'Social Credit' , published in 1924 by Eyre & Spottiswoode

'The Old and the New Economics', 1932.

'The Big Idea', 1942, published by Veritas, Western Australia.



Further Reading

First Interim Report on the Possibilities of the Application of Social Credit to the Province of Alberta, Canada

This report, submitted by Major Douglas to His Majesty's Premier and Legislative Council of Alberta in 1935, also includes the correspondance which followed the report, between Douglas and the Premier and also the Attorney General

Speech by Major Douglas to the Council, 4th October 1933

The Tragedy of Human Effort, (Notes for the address Douglas delivered at the Central Hall, Liverpool, October 30th, 1936)

'The Birmingham Debate,' a major debate between Mr. R. G. Hawtrey and Major Douglas on Douglas' Social Credit versus orthodox economics, was published in its entirety in the April edition of "The New Age" of 1933.

Major Douglas before the New Zealand Government Monetary Committee, correspondance and notes of evidence, 1934, 32 pages.




'The Douglas Manual' by Philip Mairet- an introduction to Douglas' new economic principles for the general reader

Please click on the links below to download the above book section by section.

Introduction, foreword and contents

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4