Refugees – war and economic

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

30 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

The dominant neo-liberal economics of the late 20th century saw a freeing up of capital globally but generally not labour. This meant that capital could increasingly exploit resources around the world resulting in degradation of the land’s productive promise, especially in poorer countries. It also meant that capital could seek out low wage economies with a comparatively captive work force. New Zealand experienced this through ‘Rogernomics’.

This aggressive attitude toward the land and peoples was advanced by wars in many places around the globe; a traditional response but taken to desperate levels. Result:  Growing gap between rich and poor countries, growing gap between rich and poor in each country, with diminishing prospects for an increasing number of cultures and individuals.

So now we see populations forced to ‘free’ themselves up to seek out the accrued benefits of ‘free’ capital. The refugee crisis as a product of the neo-liberal era should not surprize. The ‘peoples’ come home to roost. It may be difficult to distinguish between ‘economic refugees’ and ‘war refugees’ as the sources of them are intertwined.


Richard Keller

published Friday,  2 Oct., 2015


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