Category Globalisation

Part-time, self-employed or unemployed?

A provocative opinion piece by Paul Mason in The Guardian titled The young, skint and self-employed need a radical new labour market. It highlights the struggle for the low paid and involuntary “self-employed” in Britain, how precarious their lives have become and how for many the global market and immigration has not opened opportunities in their field but merely […]

Time to talk immigration

Depending on how the next few weeks evolve, 2014 may well become the election where immigration becomes a major, if not the major issue in deciding the outcome. National has taken a firm position that high levels of inward migration are beneficial to the economy and society in general; that migrants have little to no […]

Is Christchurch an example of Naomi Klein’s disaster capitalism?

In the United States political writer Naomi Klein is loved or loathed in equal measure. Conservatives regard her as a socialist/communist antipathetic to the American dream and purveyor of conspiracy theories. Personally I don’t find her central thesis of disaster capitalism in her book The Shock Doctrine particularly controversial. The main premise that political and […]

Asset Sales and the privatisation agenda

American economic historian Michael Hudson is one of the most prominent and considered of the neo liberal agenda critics (although he prefers to use post-classical to neo liberal). In a long but reasoned speech in Australia in 2009 he provides plenty of evidence against the logic behind asset sales complete with historical background. While both Labour and National […]

Gardenbrain versus Machinebrain

An excellent op-ed in the New York Times   by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer about the absurdity of the market ideology practiced here and in most of the Western world. Unfortunately both National and Labour still believe in trickle down economics and market fundamentalism. The 2008 GFC should have been the end of this nonsense but like a demented […]

Chris Hedges – The corporate state, faux liberalism & the sham of democracy

A fantastic interview with Chris Hedges (somewhat long – the first 60 minutes is the best). Hedges is a prolific author(9 books) and New York Times journalist with an interesting CV including training in a seminary and a long period as foreign correspondent. He reiterates many points I have made in previous posts, that it doesn’t […]

Is globalisation coming to an end?

Nice link here from I had heard of Canadian writer John Ralston Saul before but couldn’t recall his thoughts. He makes a nice metaphorical comparison to the financial sector as a collapsing souffle. “Trying to inject egg whites into a falling souffle doesn’t work” This short two-part clip ties in closely with much of what I have […]