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New Zealand in Denial: a review of Jane Kelsey`s ‘The FIRE Economy’

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

When the bubble bursts, perhaps in response to another major global financial event, the socio-economic consequences could be disastrous.

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The Death of Campbell Live

By   /  June 3, 2015  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

In a commercially-saturated mediascape, issues-based current affairs has died; a species poisoned by the financialization of media ownership at a politically convenient time

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Who owns NZ media?

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  42 Comments

The transnational colonisation of NZ on-line media is under way.

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One Party State

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  61 Comments

In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule.

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Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

After reading the book and observing the fall out, I would say this: the United Kingdom is in worse health, but we are catching up fast. Both the New Zealand body politic and media system are in a condition of decline. I will now provide a diagnostic history of the disease, identify recent symptoms, and suggest appropriate remedies.

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Ponsonby Civil Wars

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Hostilities have broken out in tree-lined Franklin Road, Ponsonby and may spread throughout the region.

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A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

The portrait is superficial and selective yet inadvertently revealing. Key’s attributes, as Roughan describes them, can also be perceived as shortcomings from a more critical standpoint. There is also another, less palatable side to the Prime Minister which his apologists neglect to mention.

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The ideological journey of John Banks

By   /  June 11, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

John Banks is an easy, kickable target for the left, now that he is down and out. I would prefer to make some reflective observations.

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Philanthropy and tax avoidance – a critique of the NZ Listener

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Among the wealthiest, generosity is a cost benefit calculation which hides a sordid truth; philanthropy obscures systematic tax avoidance. My thoughts on this matter were triggered by two recent cover stories, one dreadful and the other excellent.

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Social media and indecency

By   /  May 12, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Social media use can bring out the most unpleasant human dispositions; betrayal, voyeurism, puritanism, hypocrisy and sadism. All of these traits were on display during the leaked video `scandal` involving Konrad Hurrell and Teuila Blakely.

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Amnesia, myopia and national remembrance in Aotearoa-New Zealand

By   /  April 28, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Amidst a neoliberal and social liberal ideology of multiculturalism and `Kiwi` branding the country blunders myopically forward, oblivious to the fact that we are dangerously dependent upon two warring masters; the United States and China.

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Long live the King? Welcome to the gerontocracy – a critique of the royal visit

By   /  April 13, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

On the face of it, hard times for republicans. Prince William ,the Duchess of Cambridge and young George have received monster coverage. Journalists and politicians drool as the esteemed couple attend functions and dinners, shake hands, go sailing and parade their boy. Sycophantic `Royal watchers` pump out tittle tattle and tit bits for an adoring public. But, despite the surface positivity there is an underlying problem.

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A tale of two countries – the real political culture of NZ

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

As the election approaches politicians, media pundits and bloggers opine about the country. Who will New Zealand vote for? What do we want from our leaders? Are New Zealanders grumpy or happy with their lot ? Is there a national mood for political change? These questions assume that all New Zealanders belong to one country.

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The Chinese century:review of Loretta Napoloeoni`s Maonomics: why Chinese communists make better capitalists than we do

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  13 Comments

The sting of this book is in the subtitle; why Chinese communists make better capitalists than we do.

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Blowing the roof off: a review of Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  5 Comments

Snowden’s actual revelations about the nature and scope of official surveillance have been extraordinary. I cannot provide a full overview here, a few brief snippets will reveal the gravity of the situation.

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Challenging the rulers of the world

By   /  February 14, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

In this posting I will answer another question; how do we challenge this appalling state of affairs?

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