Response to Scoop Wellington chain on plans for the public libraryPosted: July 10, 2020
The purpose (in the larger cultural/historical picture) of closing or even demolishing the library (and also building a giant white elephant convention centre) was (is still) to destroy the very concept of a ‘public’ library. The neo-liberal has become entrenched in the council officers and the closing of the library at their advice is a bold step toward that historical outcome.
Bold, yes, but we are living in desperate times, the Post Truth Era where denial has become mainstream. New Zealand has become a neo-liberal country and the Prime Minister, who said at the last election “the neo-liberal is a failed experiment”, is trying to counter that by swimming in a lake of Kiwi mythologies. But it is not working because in a climate change world the mythologies are increasingly looking thin.