Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, September 18th, 2016 - 241 comments
When highly educated people end up being idiots, and uneducated people end up being smarter.
Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, April 10th, 2016 - 56 comments
Young Labour member and regular TS reader TheSocialDemocrat has drawn up a manifesto for change. As neo-liberalism enters its twilight phase, now is the time to redefine the debate about what makes a society great.
Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, June 11th, 2015 - 97 comments
Sometimes…often…I just can’t get my head around people who make obvious and simple things kinda difficult and fraught.
Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, May 18th, 2015 - 261 comments
Just two years ago, leading lights in the neo-liberal cult were denying the existence of poverty in New Zealand. In the semi-public havens of the rich, it was the messengers who were being abused for rattling the neo-liberal cognitive dissonance with pesky facts and sympathetic portrayals of actual poor people.
Written By: - Date published: 10:01 pm, September 24th, 2014 - 88 comments
Musings from Captain Obvious
Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, January 20th, 2014 - 102 comments
The inhumane (un)affordability of housing in NZ, especially in the cities of Christchurch & Auckland, is beyond crisis point. The answer is not letting the “market” (aka the wealthy and powerful) decide. As Utah shows the solution is more state housing.
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, December 15th, 2013 - 175 comments
In post WWII UK, working class people were gaining a stronger voice in public life. Then came Thatcher and middle class capture of politics & the media. Something similar happened in NZ. How can those on low incomes and/or from the working classes gain a stronger voice in NZ politics?
Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, April 29th, 2013 - 30 comments
MSM articles show the big Aussie banks are making record profits, Kiwis can save, and Adam Smith worshiping think tanks are not to be trusted. Cunliffe & Norman said it a while back – NAct policies and government spending cuts are not the answer.
Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, February 20th, 2013 - 24 comments
George Monbiot exposes how well-funded right wing ‘think tanks’ and individuals operate through networks including the AEI, IEA & Koch. These have links to the NZ Initiative (BRT & NZ Institute). The coming DailyBlog may help challenge such influential networks and their destructive ‘neoliberal’ politics.
Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, October 7th, 2012 - 28 comments
There is increasing concern about New Zealand’s housing situation, with an escalation in homelesssness, people living in totally unacceptable conditions, and the lack of sufficient affordable housing stock.Update: Government close to unveiling plans for “cheap” housing on city fringe and ‘brownfield’ sites.
Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, May 9th, 2012 - 33 comments
Ever since I went to his Fabian lecture in February, I’ve been meaning to write about Rick Boven’s last major work before leaving the NZ Institute to its Business Roundtable merger. It’s a major piece of thinking, and a piece he can be proud of signing off with. He charts an uncertain future – one […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:36 pm, December 21st, 2011 - 3 comments
Who’s going to ‘boss the kiss’ of the Roundtable – NZ Institute ‘merger’?