Written By: - Date published: 6:27 am, February 8th, 2018 - 66 comments
The government has a responsibility to act fairly, centre its services around the needs of people, and treat NZ citizens as human beings.
Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, September 5th, 2017 - 31 comments
There’s a direct relationship between how badly we treat mothers and how much we exalt neoliberalism.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, August 1st, 2017 - 19 comments
Current polls leave National/minor and Labour/Green both short of majority. The chances of NZF determining the shape of the next government are increasing. I’ve always assumed that Peters would go with National, but maybe not, if NZF members get a say.
Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, June 21st, 2017 - 31 comments
‘Tis the time in the electoral cycle when Winston Peters bestirs himself to life. And tweets thus…
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, May 4th, 2017 - 55 comments
“There are approximately 92,700 Kiwis aged between 15 and 24 who aren’t working, in education or training. That’s up 19 percent during National’s time in power, and Prime Minister Bill English admits he’s not sure why.” Could it be because…
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, April 21st, 2017 - 12 comments
“He says neo-liberalism has failed and suggests unions should have a stronger voice. He says Treaty of Waitangi settlements may not be full and final and that Māori language tuition should be compulsory in primary schools.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, April 7th, 2017 - 45 comments
George Monbiot explains in 2 minutes.
Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, April 1st, 2017 - 31 comments
Thirty years old today – the longest April Fool’s joke in history?
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, January 17th, 2017 - 94 comments
Guardian: “The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.”
Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, September 16th, 2016 - 120 comments
TS regular Tony Veitch has some practical ideas as to how we insulate NZ from the ravages of neoliberalism and climate change. Readers may agree with some, none or all of the suggestions. However, whichever way you look at it, the time for hand wringing is over. It’s time for action.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 9th, 2016 - 29 comments
“If indigenous people were given a space to be able to think about what system would work for them, I don’t think that would look like capitalism” – Kassie Hartendorp speaking at the launch of ESRA last week.
Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, September 8th, 2016 - 8 comments
Nick Srnicek’s keynote talk at the launch of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, on the role that left think tanks like ESRA can play in developing a post-capitalist politics for today.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, August 7th, 2016 - 59 comments
Rodney Hide must be sleeping well, because Auckland’s proposed Unitary Plan will deliver all he and his NACT patrons ever hoped for. The Council should reject the Plan in its current form, cherry-pick those aspects consistent with a democratic and liveable city and sheet home the responsibility to those that created the mess.
Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, July 16th, 2016 - 44 comments
2013 New Zealander of the year Dame Anne Salmond: “In the name of progress, we sacrifice the future of our own children and the planet.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 1st, 2016 - 159 comments
Even the IMF now acknowledges that neoliberal economics and government austerity policies have failed. Look around at New Zealand – you can see the effects.
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, April 17th, 2016 - 222 comments
George Monbiot in the Guardian gives a precise and accurate description of neoliberalism and asks the question why has the left not come up with a modern alternative?
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 101 comments
‘ In between slurping simpers during his most recent session of MediaWorks virtual fellatio, John ‘The Liar’ Key managed to express concern for the emotional well being of Cantabrians after yet another earthquake rattled their region. Whether John Key is actually concerned is moot, but he is certainly in a position to know there is real […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 19th, 2016 - 155 comments
Ever widening inequality generates ever more astonishing statistics – suck up economics in action. The super-rich are laughing all the way to the bank.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, December 5th, 2015 - 13 comments
That National Ltd™ is currently in the process of giving away New Zealand’s sovereignty in areas such as energy resources and related regulations, explains its contempt for the environment and the talking down of expectations regarding climate change.
Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, November 4th, 2014 - 49 comments
Yesterday’s Werewolf contained a fascinating discussion between Gordon Campbell and Bryan Gould on neoliberalism and the economy. It should be required reading for Labour leadership contenders!
Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, May 29th, 2013 - 23 comments
Last night The Shock Doctrine (2009) aired on Maori TV. John Key, and his cheerleaders have followed their latest series of shock-inducing attacks on democratic processes and (low income) people’s rights, with positive forecasts for our future. Meanwhile, the gap between the haves & have-nots has grown.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 28th, 2012 - 103 comments
Many want Shearer to break with neoliberalism, clearly state his politics and a new political direction. He became leader with a compelling, but worryingly selective, back-story. Party members want democratic participation. What of consensus-building, coercion, public services, social security, TPP, PPPs, state assets, sustainability?
Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, April 23rd, 2012 - 189 comments
KJT offers a welcome refresher on the dominant economic/political ideology of our time. The one that has lead us to where we are today: Neo-Liberalism is a moral and intellectual justification for greed. A way for those few who accumulate wealth, by impoverishing many, to justify themselves, and keep those they are stealing from docile and compliant.
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, October 26th, 2011 - 24 comments
KJT looks at how the neoliberal fly-by-night attitude set the grounds for the Rena disaster and the inadequate response.
Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, September 6th, 2011 - 15 comments
The New York Times has a graphic comparing the outcomes of economic policy in the US, specifically comparing the broadly social democratic policies prevalent between 1847 and 1979, and the NeoLiberal policies since 1980. The differences are astounding.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, December 23rd, 2010 - 2 comments
All those who think Keynes is dead (and those who merely wondered what happened to him) should check out the website of George Soros’s Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). A remarkable range of economic luminaries are presented on video and powerpoint, most or all of them arguing for a radical Keynesian solution to the financial crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, November 24th, 2010 - 10 comments
In Question Time yesterday, Bill English said Ireland is an example of how bad the recession might have gone in New Zealand. That triggered a memory of John Key three years ago saying we should follow the Irish economic model. I guess we can just be thankful Key wasn’t in power at the time to put that crazy ‘aspiration’ in effect.
Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, November 19th, 2010 - 7 comments
National Bank has joined NZIER in estimating the economy shrank 0.2% in the September Quarter and all the projections say it’ll go backwards this quarter too. Bill English now admits John Key’s ‘rapid recovery’ isn’t happening. But he insists it’s coming – tomorrow, no, the day after for sure. We’ve just got to keep waiting…