Monthly Archives: September 2014

The fallacy of trickledown

Further to arguments for Guaranteed Minimum Income, the threat to employment from new technology and the multiple fallacies in the current neoliberal economic model is this well publicised TED talk and Bloomberg op-ed piece by billionaire investor Nick Hanauer. He claims capital, investors, don’t create employment unless they absolutely have to. It is middle class […]

Guaranteed Minimum Income, Mana and the MSM

One of the most galling aspects of this election to me was the ganging up on the Mana Party and Hone Harawira by the entire political establishment. As far as I know, even the Greens were silent. Not only did the other parties conspire to remove Harawira from his Te Tai Tokerau seat, the media completely […]

Labour Party – Bland, cynical and lacking conviction

I’m loathe to add too much to the focus on personalities surrounding the current ructions in the Labour Party. It is mostly self inflicted with a dose of predictable (and contemptible) media hyperbole and desire for a good headline. Click-bait I think it’s called. What the leadership debate does do is focus attention on modern […]

How the current economic system fails

To reinforce many of the ideas I have expressed or highlighted over the last few years, this documentary is an excellent summary of many of them. Well worth a view, if a little American centric, but the messages are global. Extreme competitive individualism, extreme consumerism and extreme environmental degradation will destroy capitalism and perhaps western society.

Election 2014 – Looking out for number one

The sharp divisions in this election, the polarisation, the cognitive dissonance should be no surprise to anyone. What we are seeing is the end result of 30 years of neoliberal ideology, the separation of the electorate into three; those who are convinced that its okay, indeed welfare enhancing for everyone, if you only look out for yourself […]

XKEYSCORE – Nah, yeah

In a remarkable admission John Key has been forced to admit that Edward Snowden’s claims about the Five Eye’s comprehensive spying platform XKeyscore may very well be true but the data is not coming from mass surveillance on New Zealanders by the GCSB. This is how Key was reported in the NZ Herald; Prime Minister […]

How the MSM fails us on democracy

Democracy means more than one man, one vote. It requires an informed and engaged citizenry. The media’s role is not just to report authoritative talking heads. It is also to research and mediate complex and difficult ideas into accessible information, (though not top down Lippmann style) with the minimum of framing. Not just the big […]

Spare a thought for Kim Dotcom….

Love him or loathe him, Kim Dotcom arouses strong feelings. Whatever your opinion of him you have to wonder how he copes with the pressure. Most of us would have taken to the bottle by now. He is a non-drinker. Dotcom has the full weight of the world’s superpower and its South Pacific minion aligned against […]

Snowden was the star

Tonight’s Moment of Truth mostly lived up to it billing, with the notable and glaring exception of Kim Dotcom’s email revelation pertaining to John Key allegedly knowing about him well before the mansion show raid; and actively participating in his entrapment here, colluding with US interests. It is not clear why he pulled this part of […]

Greenwald, GCSB and the war on dissent

Forget the war on terror. Glenn Greenwald has confirmed what mass surveillance is really about. Keeping track of internal dissenters, those pesky animal and human rights activists; those annoying NGO’s with their irritating agendas; those do gooder environmentalists and their outrageous claims against corporations; and who knows maybe even political parties, especially those with non […]