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Hey, Shamubeel! – Why Are You Rewriting Our History?

By   /  February 26, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

HOW DO YOUNG NEW ZEALANDERS view their country’s recent past? In the 33 years since the Fourth Labour Government unleashed “Rogernomics” on an unsuspecting New Zealand, how have the “Children of the Revolution” been encouraged to characterise the society it replaced?

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Labour’s Not Burning Crosses – It’s Gathering Votes

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

If Jackson’s recruitment encourages other Maori to speak out in similarly blunt terms about the true agenda of the Maori Party and the Iwi Leadership Group, then the electoral dividend for Labour will be substantial.

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Little’s “Broad Church” Widens Labour’s Appeal

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

The question that cannot be avoided, however, is as straightforward as it is disconcerting: How many more percentage points might Labour have advanced in the Colmar Brunton poll had “discontented party activists” not spent the week prior to its execution demonstrating rank disunity and ideological extremism?

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The Wrong Sisterhood: Forgotten Lessons of the 1984 Women’s Forums

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Sisterhood is, indeed, powerful – but only when your sisters can be relied upon to vote the right way.

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Too Little, Too Late: Rachel Stewart On Climate Change

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  64 Comments

Neoliberalism has immobilised humanity in the manner of those parasitic wasps whose offspring excrete a chemical which fatally overpowers their host’s self-protective reflexes. Aware that we are being destroyed, we are nevertheless incapable of resisting our destroyers effectively.

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Breaking Point

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  62 Comments

Though they could not admit it in as many words, their loud and very public rebellion against the recruitment of Willie Jackson made it crystal clear that if the choice was between winning the election, or compromising their social liberal ideology, then they were willing to give up winning the election.

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Freedom of Expression and Its Discontents

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

The liberal tradition of responding to the expression of ideas with which you disagree with a reasoned, evidence-based argument in rebuttal no longer seems to fall within either the ideological of intellectual repertoire of today’s left-wingers.

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Conflicting Priorities: Has Poto Williams just cost Labour the 2017 Election?

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  59 Comments

At a stroke, her ill-disciplined and (presumably) unsanctioned outburst has undermined the positive perceptions created by the joint Labour/Green state-of-the-nation event of 29 January. All of those “good vibrations” (to quote TV3’s Patrick Gower) have been drowned out by the high-pitched screeching of identity politics.

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Only A Matter Of Time: American Fascism Awaits Its Marching Orders

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  98 Comments

President Trump will denounce his political opponents as enemies of free speech and democracy. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will crack down hard on anti-Trump agitation. More ominously, the President’s most vociferous supporters will militarise themselves into special protection squads. Presented to the American public as “self-defence” organisations, the actual purpose of these goon squads will be to intimidate and/or terrorise progressive individuals and groups into silence.

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Mastering Trumpian Arithmetic: Why, in the New Political Order, 2+2=5

By   /  January 23, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

ONE OF THE MOST CHILLING ASPECTS of Donald Trump’s political style is its sheer, amoral audacity. Like all the truly great political manipulators, Trump understands that whether or not something is true is a question best left to the philosophers. What matters in politics is what people believe to be true. And, when it comes […]

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All Changed, Changed Utterly: Thoughts on the Eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration.

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  63 Comments

I have long considered those who cry “Godwin” to be not only foolish but dangerous. Anyone who attempts to prevent people learning from one of the most terrible periods of human history is, objectively speaking, a fascist. Genuine progressives do not obey “Godwin’s Law”.

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In To Win: Responding to Keith Locke’s Post on the Mt Albert By-Election.

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

After Michael Wood’s runaway victory in Mt Roskill, anything other than a straightforward walkover in Mt Albert will be very bad news for Labour. Were Labour to lose, the party would be crucified in the news media and Andrew Little would come under renewed pressure to step aside.

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Don’t Riot For A Better Society: Vote For One!

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

I learned that Rogernomics had unlocked something ugly and selfish in older and younger middle class New Zealanders alike. In the minds of those 10,000 students – the people we would come to know as “Generation X” – a free tertiary education was simply their entitlement.

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From Langley, With Love.

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

NEVER BEFORE have the puppet-masters’ strings been more exposed. Clearly, something very close to a full-scale civil war is raging across the dark institutions of the American Deep State.

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Critiquing Simon Wilson at the ‘TheSpin’ – Leading Labour’s Broad Church

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

THE SOLUTION, if there is one, to Labour’s political woes is unlikely to involve the wholesale adoption of the führerprinzip. The notion that all Labour has to do to reclaim the Treasury Benches is to find a leader capable of being admired, trusted and liked by the voters has found an enthusiastic advocate in Simon […]

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Some Rhymes For The Times

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Merry Christmas everyone

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