The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Auckland
18 March, 2017
Nadine Chalmers-Ross (12 March) says she wants to sort out differences between ‘boomer’ and ‘millennial’ generations, then rips along with the shallow clichés used by those who want to make this a generational war. Is this provocation or ignorance? Read the rest of this entry »
Where we need to step up here is to recognize that it is not only psychology (of the individual) at play, but also the sociology of existing within a culture. Today that is probably more noticeable than usual as we are experiencing fundamental change and fast change to our way of life to an unprecedented degree. Those kind of things are experienced more at the culture level than the individual. People, rich and poor, are terrified of the changes mooted by climate change; changes that will effect everyone. This does not reflect a change “in the way we think.”
Why do we have two plans now, NatSuper and KiwiSaver? National Super comes out of the general budget, relying on a successful national tax take, and thus establishes itself as an entitlement for all New Zealanders. KiwiSaver is a threat to that concept in that it is funded by variable earnings from investments. The fundamental reality of that is to establish a culture of winners and losers.
Since the winners/losers mentality is so fashionable today, in contrast to the need to think cooperatively in a full planet, we can expect it to be pushed with ideological zeal forcing Nat Super to the edge.
16 February, 2017
The Editor, The Listener, email@example.com, Auckland
The term ‘globalization’ has been a misused, even cynically used, term since the Sixties when it was proposed as a move away from ‘nationalism’ (read ‘colonialism’) which had produced two world wars in the first half of the 20th century. Read the rest of this entry »