“Richlister Alan Gibbs will host former National Party leader Don Brash and ACT founder Sir Roger Douglas to discuss what they would do as “New Zealand’s dictator for a year”
That New Zealand’s rich and powerful have invited their political hirelings from ACT and National to fantasise about eliminating any last shreds of democracy that remain after years of neoliberal rule exposes their lust for full absolute rule over our society.
It is hard to parody this instinct for dictatorship from these capitalists and their political admirers. To the rich, the capitalists that control most of this country’s wealth while the poor do most the work, democracy has always been an annoyance, a hinderence.
The weird thing is that this wish fullfilment party for rich autocrats and their political allies will be used as a fundraiser for the risibly named “independent” think tanks; The Centre for Political Research, and the Centre for Resource Management Studies.
Surely such bizarre political patronage condemns forever any advice and conclusions that originates from these two erstwhile bodies.
But to contrast the capitalists dreaming of being plutocrats, I would like to suggest that Standard readers post their views about what they think a world not dominated by these profit first – people and planet last parasites would be like, what it could be like, what it should be like.