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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 »

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Response to Kathryn Ryan’s discussion on negotiations (2 October)

Hello Kathryn,

Understanding negotiations to ‘form a government’ must take into account the deeper influences on the voting result or more surprizes (‘post truth’,’donald trump’) could confound you.  Read the rest of this entry »


David Slack and ‘for any damn reason’ to vote

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

David Slack (27 Aug) says that “ . . . you can vote for whatever reason you like. . . It doesn’t have to make any sense at all”. Analysts and speech writers like Slack have thought that a good rational argument was their best friend, but now know that that was “Wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »


Brexit and Trident – Putting the Great back into Great Britain?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.

Auckland 1141

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Brexit seems to be creating the current politics of Great Britain with the surprize announcement of an early election, revealing an authoritarian tendency which must have been lurking just beneath the surface. 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

 

 


“Evil intent” a careless and provocative comment

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

In referring to North Korea one should be careful of the words one is tempted to use as they might apply to other circumstances as well. Jerry Brownlee’s “evil intent” comment is careless in that way.  Read the rest of this entry »


Privatization of education in Oaxaca, Mexico

16 February, 2017

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

Dear Ruth;

Writer Jeff Abbott (Feb ’17) says proposed Mexican education privatization, in particular in Oaxaca state, “are meant more for cutting costs than for the improvement of education”. But that is more the means than the end of the privatization push.  Read the rest of this entry »