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9:20 am, September 21st, 2014 - 34 comments
Categories: accountability, capitalism, class war, democratic participation, equality, Left, Spying, sustainability, workers' rights - Tags:
It will take a flax roots, bottom-up, community-based movement to rebuild democracy and a fair, caring and sustainable society.
The NACT, Whale Oil, Kiwiblog, Lusk, MSM-linked, two track strategy worked for the right. It has been seeded in over a few years, and won’t be dismantled in a couple of months.
The attempts to mass mobilise disengaged voters doesn’t seem to have worked.
KDC’s top down, backed-with-money, short-term approach didn’t work.
I hope we will see the Mana movement get back to basics and continue to work in and with communities.
I was pleased to see the Greens pretty much held their vote. Last night Russel Norman tweeted.
Greens held their own in difficult election: swing to the right, dirty politics, Dotcom. Thanks to one in ten NZers who voted Green #LoveNZ
— Russel Norman (@RusselNorman) September 20, 2014
We DO need, now more than ever, a new kind of, 21st century, strong, public service media: one that inter-links on and offline capabilities.
Last night’s TV coverage showed a lot that was wrong with our MSM coverage of politics. Helen kelly tweeted:
Maori TV had the best coverage, and didn’t follow the traditional masculine approach to politics. They had a diversity of voices, and an in depth perspective on important issues. They had women leading the coverage, where the other channels were very male dominated, apart from a token woman or two – and a token leftie or two? In short, a very narrow range of perspectives.
Lisa Owen stands out as having real potential on TV3.
A movement and momentum for change does not happen overnight. The inequality gap is out there as an important and urgent issue; ditto for poverty, the TPP, the over-reach of state surveillance agencies in the service of transnational corporates, the need for fairness at work, dirty politics, …. etc, etc.
I will be continuing to focus on the important of community-based values, initiatives and bottom-up processes.
Keep calm and stay on the left path. Together we have strength.
What Stephanie says about the people who need us to keep working for a better society: one that is governed of, by and for all the people..