Tag Archives: Martin Luther King

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 […]

Where are you on Gaza Helen Clark?

Having a browse of Helen Clark’s tweets of late you could be forgiven for thinking she has no strong personal position on Gaza. A number of retweets, mostly from the BBC, that bastion of British conservatism, reporting casualties in Gaza does not a protest make. Sure she is not the Secretary General but she is in […]

Democracy and the right to dissent

Neither Walter Nash, Peter Fraser or Michael Joseph Savage were communists. Nor in the context of the first Labour government particularly radical. Yet it turns out they were subject to covert surveillance by both the Police and the intelligence service at the time. At one level this is hardly surprising. In an earlier post I […]

Obama dishonours Martin Luther King

Barack Obama is a fine orator. Remember his speeches on “change” before the 2008 election, the ones that gave not only Americans but people worldwide the hope that there would be change to the status quo that bought us the GFC and the Iraq war? Turns out his promises are as empty and cynical as those […]

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 […]