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Response to Timothy Snyder’s article in the Boston Globe on Trump’s attempted coup

Brilliant exposition. But same as most this author does not take the description of the times into the shared cultural level, the subconscious level, shared around most of the globe, a place that has always been influential, but is more so today, and in a way unique to the times, namely the Post Truth Era. Read the rest of this entry »


Donald Trump has not been “the problem” – Version 2

The Editor, The Listener, Auckland

08/11/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Donald Trump has not been “the problem”.  Yes, unstable denier Trump is a dangerous person to have in such a powerful office.  But he is more of a symbol and a symptom of a deeper and wider malaise. Read the rest of this entry »


Mike Yardley all excited

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

10/11/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Mike Yardley (street appeal, 10/11) gives a roaring misrepresented list of ‘achievements’ of the Trump presidency.  Read the rest of this entry »


Analysts should have seen Trump coming in 2016

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

06/11/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Your editorial (frayed soul, 5/11) notes that “critics outside the US, especially in New Zealand” are mystified about Donald Trump’s ‘political resurrection’ after four bizarre years.  Yes, and they would be in the majority of analysts here.  They shouldn’t have been.  In fact, someone of the nature of Trump should have been seen as likely to become President of the US.  It’s been coming on steadily and clearly over the last 40 years as the reality of the fundamental changes required to stave off the worst effects of climate change have sunk in.  Donald Trump captured the terror of those changes as the grand denier and poster boy of the Post Truth Era where denial has become main stream, but he is only a symptom and a symbol of this denial.  He is a fitting personality for the ‘leader of the free world’ in the 21st century, which must be finally seen as ‘free to exploit’.   This denial is global, including in New Zealand, hence the reluctance to see Trump coming.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller


Donald Trump is not “the problem”

The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Auckland

06/11/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Donald Trump has not been “the problem”.  Yes, unstable denier Trump is a dangerous person to have in such a powerful office.  But he is more of a symbol and a symptom of a deeper and wider malaise.  We are in the “Post Truth Era” where denial has become mainstream.  Now nearly 40 years on since it became known, the reality of climate change has reached mainstream consciousness to the extent that the massive and fundamental changes required to create a new sustainable, survivable world have sunk in.  So far the visceral terror of those changes has led to a common human response of trying to find reasons to disbelieve reality.  Hence: climate deniers holding on to their exploitative world view (in the same vein as racial supremacists), not in silence as earlier, but as climax in the voting booth and on the streets.

The USA is known as “the leader of the free world” which most deeply should be seen as “freedom to exploit”, as embodied in the Consumer Society and more recently the enabling of a “billionaire class”.  This is main stream and neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden will be seriously challenging this source of fundamental denial.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller


Note to Lately, Karyn Hay

Karyn Hay,  RNZ Lately


Karyn,

I was surprised that Hayden Donnell hazarded a comment about 9/11 when talking about the US Presidential Election and in particular Trump’s talk of stopping the vote count, etc.  To lump those two into a broad definition of ‘conspiracy’ is going to be very confusing as the circumstances and the currently accepted facts of the two are so much different in nature. Read the rest of this entry »


The four recommendations from the Burnham Inquiry will not be not the whole story.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

29/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

The Peace Foundation’s International Affairs and Disarmament Committee (chaired by Richard Northey) has recommended that the government not wait until after the election to implement the four recommendations from the Burnham Inquiry.  Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism is not an essential service

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

25/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Tourism is not an essential service and has been overplayed in this country for decades.  Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism is not an essential service

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

23/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Tourism is not an essential service and has been overplayed in this country for decades.  Read the rest of this entry »


Threat to South will increase with release of Aucklanders

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch

16/09/2020

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. Read the rest of this entry »