Protecting workers’ rights, protecting ACC, safeguarding jobs, public services, and SOEs, opposing privatisation. These are all important fights. But it’s a crime we’re having to fight them at all. While we are concerned with such things, the enviro/economic challenges to the sustainability of our society barely get a look in.
Peak oil, climate change, depletion of water, arable land, and minerals. These problems threaten the survival of billions of humans and our way of life. Yet, the urgent debate on how to handle these crises is confined to scientific and (increasingly) economic journals; we see nearly nothing about them in the political discourse. Maybe it’s the media’s incompetence. Perhaps it’s the short-term thinking of the Government and the reactive nature of opposition. Whatever, the fact is our political discourse is missing the big stuff and it’s maddening.
So, I’m taking a break from it.This is Steve Pierson’s last post. I want to get away from the partisan stuff for a while and I’ve accepted a contract that means it will be inappropriate to publicly voice my political opinions. Any posts I write in the future will be guest posts in my own name, and confined to the big issues I’m trying to get my head around, not partisan politics.
The Standard will, of course, continue to go from strength to strength. There’s a good pool of half a dozen writers and a cartoonist contributing regularly now. I know they’ll look to bring on others to maintain the diversity of Left voices. Remember though, the writers are only writing in their spare time and can’t be across every issue. That’s where you come in. If you think there’s a story that The Standard needs to cover, write a post and email it in. The Standard is for you; you can help make it better.