I thought I would take the time to point out this excellent article by Tapu Misa. It has gone with out saying that the emotional and intellectual centre of the Labour movement in New Zealand, from Wally Nash, the welfare state and the first Labour government, has often been from the Bible.
It doesn’t hurt now to be reminded of that. The backbone of large parts of western thought and political expression does not belong to the Families Firsts of this world to beat the rest of us into submission.
I have heard opinions that the quote about the rich, heaven, a camel and the eye of a needle are a translation error- that the test, though onerous, is not impossible.
With that in mind perhaps it is time to think about the money lenders and the temple.
She comes gently to it at the end of the article ‘As last year’s financial meltdown showed, this is as true now as when the Bible was first written.’
What in our society do we hold sacred, and where do we not let the principles of lending money at a rate of interest apply?
It is the basis of capitalism, but not all societies agree with it. Some don’t allow interest to be charged at all.
That some banks are beginning again to do what they did prior to do the financial shock of last year should sound an alarm that we let the health of this industry be a key indicator of our well being.
This is rather a broad, and rather more philosophic question, but perhaps there are some out there better qualified than me to suggest the answers.
As well as the outrage and effective opposition to the gutting of New Zealanders security in order to transfer our collective wealth to a few private and apparently Australian pockets, we need to keep the intellectual heart of the movement fresh and relevant.