Monthly Archives: June 2012

Labour could stop SOE sales tomorrow

If Labour really wanted to stop National’s asset sales in their tracks they only need to come out and say they will buy them back at cost or even better yet promise to nationalise them on their own terms. No one will touch the shares with a barge pole with such a threat hanging over […]

An Essay Revisiting Rogernomics in an Age of Globalisation

To what extent has New Zealand been absorbed into the flows and networks of global financial capitalism since 1984 and the economic reforms of the fourth Labour Government. Was this process inevitable, is it desirable, is it reversible? (modified from a paper on Globalisation as part of a PG Dip Communications) The neo-liberal economic reforms […]

realpolitik – gutless excuse for the status quo?

Realpolitik  – politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic or ethical premises. Is there room for ethics and morality in international politics? I ask this question after re-reading three excellent articles by Rolling Stone Magazine on Afghanistan, one of which resulted […]

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

Another commentary by Joseph Stiglitz, this time in Vanity Fair on how unbalanced wealth distribution has become in the US (and New Zealand). Apologists like Bob Jones exemplify the libertarian self righteousness of many of the wealthy, especially those who consider themselves “self made”. Most kiwis don’t resent those who have done well but the pie […]

The Armenian Genocide and ANZAC Day

Every year on the 25th of April, New Zealand and Australia commemorate ANZAC day. This day was chosen as it was the first day of the ill fated Gallipoli campaign of 1915, the ill conceived and executed attempt to wrest the Dardanelles from Turkish hands. Most New Zealanders are not aware of horrifying and brutal […]

Time to put Rogernomics to sleep

It is one of the mysteries of New Zealand politics how both the main parties remain so wedded to the neo-liberal economic policies of the 1980’s. After the Global Financial Crisis the only debate should be what do we as a nation replace them with. Instead like Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States we […]

The Price of Inequality

A succinct piece by Joseph Stiglitz outlining why the American dream is a myth for the vast majority of Americans. There has also been the same effect in New Zealand though not as extreme. John Key and the National Party remain advocates though of trickle down economics. It might not be so bad if there […]