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Curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. Read the rest of this entry »

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Letter to Sunday Star-Times on the ‘big lie’ election

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

2 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

So much for the old shallow saw, “three terms for one lot, then throw them out for the other lot”. The post-truth era has arrived in New Zealand, not just the States.  Read the rest of this entry »


Island Bay’s car cult uprising

The Editor

The Cook Strait News,  Wellington,  28 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

Isabella Wishart (CSN 24/08) says she is perplexed by Chloe Bisley-Wright’s letter to the Cook Strait News, but then goes beyond perplexity in aggressively connecting ‘cyclist’ with ‘unable to begin to see other (perspectives)’.

I have no trouble understanding either perspective with the Tea Party – type (read Donald Trump) uprising in Island Bay continuing unabated in 2017 after it began in 2016. This is the car cult mentality which is strong nationwide but has seldom reached the surface to the extent it has in Island Bay.  Ms Bisley-Wright may or may not understand that the car cult is not to be challenged, in ‘Kings New Clothes’ fashion, but in apparent ‘childlike’ honesty (sorry, Chloe) is simply describing what she is hearing.

Where will the next car cult Tea Party uprising pop up in New Zealand? Perhaps the next neighbourhood that has the temerity to actually build a transport option that is a local alternative to the car cult?

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 31/08/2017

 

 


Trump is scamming us on energy technology

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

7 June, 2017

Dear Editor:

Picking up on a comment here and there from Donald Trump, and reading between the lines of some others, it is possible to see the scammer at work here. Read the rest of this entry »


Island Bay uproar is still about cars, not a cycleway

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

06 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five).  What has been happening in Island Bay? Read the rest of this entry »


Nostalgia is for pre climate change world

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

15 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

Gordon Campbell (11 May) wonders what sort of myth of ‘real New Zealand’ will be popular with voters in September or even whether these attempts at image by the political parties will be successful at all. The images he sees in train are old ones, what he calls ‘social nostalgia’.

All good, but the nostalgia for the past also must be seen in a longer, deeper context in order to understand the NZ politics of 2017, or 2008, or even 1984. This has been a time of fundamental change, and has been recognized as such globally in one way or another since the 60’s and has been a factor in politics since the 70’s.

Adding to the threat of nuclear weapons, the assault on the earth, which in recent years has become understood through climate change science, had revealed the need for fundamental change the scope of which is terrifying to a majority, not just the professed deniers. The nostalgia which is having the most political impact is the desperate insistence in NZ that we ‘go slow on climate change’ and in the USA to take the lead in putting it out of mind altogether.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 

 


Continuing response to Brian Easton

Brian,

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?