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How Should One Deal With A Psychopathic State?

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING in Gaza poses the question: How should one deal with a psychopathic state?

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The Boy On The Tram

By   /  May 15, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

When the state-owned railways Prebble had pledged to save were being “corporatized” (i.e. readied for sale to private buyers) a story began doing the rounds which Labour insiders always insisted came from Prebble’s Office. It was “The Story of the Disappearing Bulldozer”.

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America’s Bitter Legacy In The Middle East

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

THE QUESTION CONFRONTING the Democratic Party when it next takes control of the White House will, simply, be: “What now?” The next Democratic President will likely enter office with the two most powerful Islamic nations in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, locked in a nuclear arms race. Faced with the prospect of two bitter foes acquiring the means to wipe it off the face of the earth, Israel (which already possesses its own nuclear arsenal) will be screaming at the new Democratic administration to: “Do something – or we will!” Doing something will be unavoidable – but what is it that the United States should do?

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What Has Trump Just Done?

By   /  May 9, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  59 Comments

WHAT HAPPENED this morning (9/5/18) has yet to be fully understood by the peoples of the world. Upon learning of President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the temptation to simply roll one’s eyes and shake one’s head was hard to resist. Many would have recalled Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and assumed his latest move was in a similar vein.

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“Convergence Des Luttes” – A Convergence Of Struggles

By   /  May 8, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

EMMANUEL MACRON will be hoping that Mark Twain was wrong about history. In the French President’s ears, the celebrated American novelist’s famous observation that although history does not repeat itself, it sometimes rhymes, can hardly be reassuring.

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Giving Trump Enough Rope

By   /  May 4, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

THE SPEED at which the Right is mutating is nowhere more evident than in Donald Trump’s America. One has only to examine the tensions within the American Republican Party to get some measure of its disarray. In spite of controlling all three branches of the federal government, the Republicans have never looked more fractious. Fewer and fewer on the right are convinced that politics-as-usual is any longer capable of delivering the changes they seek.

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MUST READ: Shane Jones’ Critique Of Bureaucratic Obstructionism Is Well Made

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  53 Comments

If you have ever wondered why Peters attracts so much venom from practically the entire political class: politicians, journalists, civil servants and business lobbyists; it’s because they understand that any politician who pledges to fulfil his party’s promises by reintroducing a “hands-on” approach to economic management cannot avoid exposing the undemocratic coding at the core of government management in New Zealand.

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The Kiwi Connection In Palestine

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

I DON’T KNOW which is more embarrassing: to have a lawyer called Trotter defending a woman who prostituted her own daughter; or a PhD history candidate called Trotter “Exploring the Kiwi connection as Israel turns 70”.

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MUST READ: Letting In The Light

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  48 Comments

The position of Jacinda’s government is not made any easier by elements within the news media who act as if the Right’s suspicion and resentment is, in some unexplained way, justified. In spite of the fact that the Labour-NZF-Green government has been in office barely six months, and ignoring the almost daily revelations of the previous government’s extraordinary derelictions and mismanagement, they lash Jacinda’s ministers as if they alone are responsible for the fact that the country’s infrastructure is, quite literally, rotting away.

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No Enemies To Labour’s Left?

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

THE BIGGEST THREAT to NZ First’s and the Greens’ political survival is Labour deciding that it doesn’t need them.

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Waiting For The Market’s Music To Stop

By   /  April 10, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

Everything now points to another such detonation being imminent. Pumped-up by the steady expansion of global liquidity the world’s stockmarkets have climbed to giddy and unprecedented heights. Over the last few weeks, however, the value of the stocks and shares traded on the world’s exchanges has fluctuated wildly. Such volatility, warns Pettifor, almost always precedes a catastrophic market crash.

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Russia: An Alternative View

By   /  April 6, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  108 Comments

BEFORE CRITICISING THOSE who continue to treat Russia as an “evil empire”, I should first explain why I don’t. It’s not only because I know that without the extraordinary sacrifices of the Russian people during the Second World War (twenty million dead!) the United States and British Empire losses would have been much, much higher.

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MUST READ: Piling-On The Pressure

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  49 Comments

Can liberal democracy survive if the news media abandons evidence-based judgement and simply piles-on “as one” against a prime minister and her government? And what if it isn’t just the timing that’s consistent, but the message as well? What then? How is the public to avoid the impression that the news media is rooting for one side and not the other?

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MUST READ: The Politics Of Public Service Broadcasting

By   /  March 29, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

Once appraised of Curran’s hopes and fears, and quite possibly, of her intentions vis-à-vis the reappointment – or not – of RNZ Board Chairperson, Richard Griffin, did Hirschfeld suddenly find herself in possession of information as sensitive and compromising as it was potentially career-destroying? Did the Right and its media allies, informed of Curran’s meeting with Hirschfeld, simply seize an opportunity to kill two potentially very dangerous birds with a single stone?

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Teaching Their Parents Well

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Forty years of right-wing counter-revolution has left its mark on the Baby-Boomers. For too many of them it proved a lot easier (and much more profitable) to give up the fight for a kinder, gentler America. For those “of tender years”, the trick will be to convince their parents and grandparents that the March For Our Lives is a march for their lives too.

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Are Labour and NZ First Partners in Populism – Or Not?

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

POPULISM VERSUS RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT. The Regions versus Metropolitan New Zealand. NZ First versus Labour. Shane Jones versus Grant Robertson. “Oh yes, Ladies and gentlemen, there’s Trouble: Trouble with a capital ‘T’; and it’s brewing right here in Political City!”

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