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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

If you want a great example of why people in this country are disillusioned with politics and the media, look no further than Patrick Gower’s latest effort on TV3 to manufacture some heat, to try and provoke some conflict and a good headline out of Internet-Mana’s cannabis reform policy. Gower is breathtaking in his cynicism […]

Following on from other recent posts on the effect of automation and immigration on employment comes this Sydney Morning Herald article by Tony Featherstone – The white-collar jobs turning light blue. It goes further in criticising the over selling of tertiary education as a solution. Read the comments. The resentment of Australians towards immigrants, or […]

Somewhere in the last 30 years politicians and economists decided real full employment was “inefficient” and damaging to the economy. So they redefined full employment as the natural or equilibrium rate of unemployment, the lowest level of unemployment at which inflation remains stable. (Also known as the “non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment” (NAIRU).) Economists start to […]