Category Archive: bureaucracy

Budgets are a fiscal fig-leaf for the naked capitalists

Budget for business Labour’s budget has been condemned by left and right as breaking its promises to spend more on restoring funding in health, education housing and income support. Labour’s excuse is its… Continue reading

Is yesterday’s ‘reefer madness’ today’s ‘cannabis psychosis’?

Its high time in the Beehive. The new Labour led Coalition is promising to move towards Medical Cannabis in the first 100 days, and push NZ First’ proposal of a non-binding referendum on cannabis by the 2000 election. Liberal NZ is ready for legalization, 65% want legalization or decriminalization as is now common in many countries. Not only is cannabis harmless, it is positively a super food.

Capitalism: Symptom or Disease?

It seems that the popularity of ‘anti-capitalism’ that is growing around the world has caught up with New Zealand. Like the word socialism it is much abused. Usually it is a critique of… Continue reading

Stop Suicide! Annette Beautrais should Resign

I strongly endorse Dave Macpherson’s call for Annette Beautrais to resign. https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/30/public-statement-on-call-by-prof-annette-beautrais-for-silence-on-suicide/ She is committed to a failed theory that talking about suicide causes it. This is an unscientific and deeply flawed theory… Continue reading

NZ Labour Party returns to 19th century Liberalism; NZ workers must advance to 21st century Survival Socialism

So the centrist ABCs finally took power with Andrew Little as the last surviving notable tie to the unions gone and a Generation Y professional politician now leading the party. Chris Trotter goes… Continue reading

The Pike River Mine Disaster and the role of the Unions

The original Miners Union Hall in Runanga (just north of Greymouth on the West Coast of Aotearoa/NZ) dates from 1908, it was burnt down in 1937 and the replacement still stands as a… Continue reading

Talking about Suicide

The Tyranny of Silence When my son Bruno killed himself in January 2007 my first impulse was to talk about it. I, my partner, and the rest of my family, came up immediately… Continue reading

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