MAIN MENU

Email to Grant Robertson recommending David Slack’s recent article.

Grant Robertson

Minister of Finance

Hello Grant,

Did you see David Slack’s article this week?  I would recommend it to you as he speaks metaphorically about you and your long (to be, retrospectively as it was) career as finance minister.  It may seem unrealistic to extrapolate a continuous 25 year rein as Finance Minister in the context of New Zealand politics.  But the metaphor is applicable in the sense that the surrealistic denial which is characteristic of our present time, within your Labour government’s time, is bringing us to a time of critical decision making now.   Now!   Now will determine whether there can be much of a future, much of a real (non-surreal) future politics in New Zealand and the world.

Slack’s reference to the $30B (yes, ‘B’) which your government has yet to commit shows you have at least a chance to make decisions which can put us in the right direction.  Rod Oram has today mentioned three positive recent developments, not least of which is the closure of the Tiwai Aluminium smelter in the South.  Other opportunities exist and are necessary, such as….

.Funding transport options which trash the total domination of the personal motor car.

.funding a local recycling capability (which, because everyone has to put out the trash and recycling every week -every week!- would bring home the importance of personal national responsibility).

.developing restorative agriculture which would eliminate dairy farming based on feed lots, and encourage plant based diets as well.

There will be others.

Thanks,

Richard Keller

Wellington


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 »


response to Scoop / Congestion Free Wellington article

Still, most of the discussion here is about moving traffic faster.  This is the wrong priority and if that priority persists then the majority Hutt / Kapiti influence on Regional Council will pounce on more and more lanes and expressways and again Wellington City needs for mass transit (trolleys now and light rail later) will surely be out onto the back burner again.  Be warned; this is the ‘post truth era’, the former rationales are not the dominant form of thinking and pushing any more.


Response to Brian Easton on Pundit concerning 2016 word of the year, ‘post-truth’

Brian,

Well done to list and briefly describe all those cognitive bias proclivities, but how have you used them to explain your ‘great perplexity’?  Please go on; in fact, if you are greatly perplexed then you have an obligation to delve further into it.  Read the rest of this entry »


E-mail to Kathryn Ryan, Nine-to-noon on ‘language of politics’ today.

Hello Nine-to-Noon,
To understand the disconnect in ‘language of politics’ the USA, UK, etc we must understand the broader cultural / historical flow in which that is taking place.  The fundamental changes required to address the challenge of climate change, on top of the challenge of nuclear weapons, is now understood widely and is terrifying.  The type of political rhetoric you are worried about is a desperate attempt to deny this known reality.  And the conservative mainstream neo-liberal language is evidence of the same desperation.
Sincerely,
Richard Keller