Continuing response to Brian Easton


Yes psychology is involved, but your reference to a response being ‘unlocked’ is a good observation which should be a catalyst to look more broadly than psychology.  To understand the Trump, Brexit, etc phenomina requires a sociological look.  Individuals need to be understood in a sociological sense as well as a psychological sense.  This type of effect should be expected to be more prominant in times of fundamental change and fast change which we are in today.

I recently saw an academic role I’ve never heard of which may be useful for looking at this sociological, or cultural, angle:   sociocutural anthropologist

What do you think?

Response to Scoop article on new Wellington bus contracts

Another element of this picture is the national (global) neo-liberal takeover of politics.  The philosophy of this was (is) that the money will be spent (given) on projects which filter profits up to the elite.  Read the rest of this entry »

response to discussion of Shelly Bay proposal in Lindsay Shelton’s article on Scoop

What discussion has been had elsewhere about the future of sea water incursion along Shelly Bay?  Read the rest of this entry »

addition to Greenpeace submission on old growth logging application

It is not surprizing that logging and mining proposals keep come up.  They are an iconic type of economic activity shared with many places around the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

The church needs to be an agent of change

Following are the opening paragraphs of the regular column (April 2017) of Jim Stuart in ‘Touchstone”, the monthly paper of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.  Jim is a past minister of St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington and is now retired in Christchurch. Read the rest of this entry »

Response to book review of Hit and Run by Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana on Scoop

It could be noted that PM English claims he has reason to say the book’s claims have been discredited but I’ve not heard him say anything to discredit the testimony of the villagers.  The story told by the villagers is the core of the discussion.  There needs to be continuing telling of the villagers’ story.  And why has there not been further verification by other investigative journalists?  PM English cannot claim the book’s accusations have been discredited and he probably doesn’t expect anyone to believe that he does.  What next?

Response to Ian Apperley on Scoop

Hi Chris:
Glad to see you keep the subject of light rail in the public discussion.  But Ian didn’t say anything about light rail only about flying cars.  Do you think Ian was primarily trying to open a useful discussion about transport (the most important issue facing Wellington), or did Ian have some other priority?