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Is this the impossibility turning point?

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 14th, 2017 - 49 comments

There’s a wonderful fiction still propelling the world that the 21st century will bring an ever-expanding arc of freedom and prosperity to the vast majority of humanity but the reality seems to be anything but.

Maybe Trump is what the left needed

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 28th, 2017 - 72 comments

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to power presents the left with the chance of showing that progressive politics is a much better choice than the alternative.

How do we increase voter participation?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 17th, 2017 - 218 comments

Fewer people, particularly young people, are voting. How do we turn this around?

Ten steps towards victory for Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 13th, 2017 - 239 comments

A guest post by Labour Activist Enzo Giordani on what Labour needs to do this year to win the election.

Faith in democracy falls

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, December 1st, 2016 - 42 comments

Is the belief that democracy is essential falling in “Western” countries? In New Zealand particularly so?

America’s broken democratic system

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.

Democracy can be refined

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 15th, 2016 - 125 comments

Democracy is difficult. Government is far too complex and ordinary people have neither the time nor the inclination to spend time to understand it properly. So what are the alternatives?

Legalising civil disobedience and the culture of change

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 13 comments

Change happens at the intersection of the edge and the mainstream.

 

 

Trump scooped up the white vote that Democrats abandoned

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, November 11th, 2016 - 83 comments

Trump laid siege to the Democrat’s “Blue Wall” and they didn’t respond to or recognise his strategem until far too late.

Re-post: Eva Hartshorn-Sanders for Senior Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, November 5th, 2016 - 1 comment

Earlier this year the Standard’s authors offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. We’re reposting them now ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

Re-post: Tane Phillips for Māori Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, November 5th, 2016 - 2 comments

Earlier this year the Standard’s authors offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. We’re reposting them now ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

Re-post: Beth Houston for Senior Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, November 5th, 2016 - 1 comment

Earlier this year the Standard’s authors offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. We’re reposting them now ahead of tomorrow’s vote.

Bernie Sanders on…

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, October 19th, 2016 - 16 comments

Excerpts from a lengthy Bernie Sanders interview published in the ‘New Republic’.

Online voting – the only choice for idiots

Written By: - Date published: 3:45 pm, October 9th, 2016 - 139 comments

As a  computer programmer and someone who has been involved in politics for decades, I’m always amazed at idiots like Malcolm Alexander of the LGNZ talking about something that they clearly don’t understand the technicalities of. Online voting is way too fragile to roll out. And anyway young voters are still going to not have their voting details at hand.

Do elections matter?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 27th, 2016 - 27 comments

Despite politics the world keeps turning. So why is it important and why should everyone vote?

Before you vote

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 pm, September 22nd, 2016 - 1 comment

Before you vote make sure you check out the Jobs that Count endorsement list. These are candidates who have signed the pledge to bring democracy back to their communities.

If that’s not worth voting for, we don’t know what is.

The “Intellectual Yet Idiot” Class – Knowing what’s best for you

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.

Just vote – Auckland Council version

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 18th, 2016 - 31 comments

It is local government election time.  If you want to vote for progressive candidates these are some suggestions.

Labour Organising

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, September 14th, 2016 - 39 comments

From the UK. Organising 101.

NZ Human Rights Commission Open Letter to NZ Rugby Union on respecting women

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 pm, September 8th, 2016 - 106 comments

The Human Rights Commission is calling on New Zealanders to sign the open letter to New Zealand Rugby, which asks them to seek support in addressing their internal culture issues.

RNZ Auckland Mayoral Debate

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, September 7th, 2016 - 14 comments

The first big debate in the Auckland mayoralty race starts at 8am today. Links in the post.

Voting closes on October 8. Phil Goff wins the mayoralty shortly afterwards.

Guest Post: Beth Houston for Senior Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, September 6th, 2016 - 29 comments

The Standard’s authors have offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. Beth Houston has been nominated for the position of Senior Vice President. Here’s her vision for the role and the party.

Take the power back

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, September 5th, 2016 - 48 comments

The Jobs That Count campaign isn’t just about Talley’s AFFCO. It’s about getting local councils that work for all of us and make sure that the big businesses in our communities give back to us.

Democracy doesn’t belong to government…

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, September 1st, 2016 - 78 comments

42 years on, Norman Kirk’s words and work remain a beacon.

Guest post: Tane Phillips for Māori Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 11 comments

The Standard’s authors have offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. Tane Phillips has been nominated for the position of Māori Vice President. Here’s his vision for the role and the party.

Legalize It

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, August 12th, 2016 - 95 comments

Is it time for a referendum on marijuana? There is strong support for the use of medicinal marijuana. Should we just admit that Kiwis like smoking dope and simply legalise it?

Guest post: Eva Hartshorn-Sanders for Senior Vice President

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, August 3rd, 2016 - 67 comments

The Standard’s authors have offered candidates for the upcoming Labour Party internal elections the chance to guest post about why they’re running. Eva Hartshorn-Sanders has been nominated for the position of Senior Vice President. Here’s her vision for the role and the party.

Offer to NZLP candidates

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, July 29th, 2016 - 17 comments

As the biggest left blog in New Zealand the Standard is offering candidates in Labour’s upcoming party role elections the chance to let us know what they stand for.

Is US Green Party’s Jill Stein the new people’s champion?

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, July 28th, 2016 - 109 comments

Plus she makes Fox News reporters’ heads explode.

Is Democracy peaking?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 5th, 2016 - 48 comments

Has traditional democracy’s power peaked and will it be replaced by a social media generated consciousness?

Remembering our personal political power

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, June 27th, 2016 - 23 comments

Even in times of upheaval there are things we can do. Here are 11 post-Brexit ways to act right now.

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