Why should you march today against asset sales that look set to occur despite the self inflicted damage it will cause our ability to raise revenues to fund the social structures we know are needed to maintain NZ as an egalitarian nation?
Neoliberal orthodoxy has seen a sudden and dramatic increase in inequality. If you don’t stand to show your disproval, the Government will take this acquiescence as agreement and damage NZ permanently while crowing ‘mandate’.
The small government with a microscopic g agenda taken by Key and his Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, sees NZ cut back it’s ability to generate revenue so that the state can’t afford the social structures it underpins, which in turn leads to demands for more free market reform and deregulation.
We are caught in the undertow of corporate interests and neoliberal fantasy once again and we have to fight like hell to resist it.
National hilariously claim Labour and Greens electricity policy is economic vandalism. How can he keep a straight face saying that? The economic vandalism is selling our assets in the first place. Attempting to limit big business profits over the interests of the 270 000 kids in poverty who need heating in winter is hardly the rise of Zombie Marx to feast on the brains of capitalism is it?
There are the usual challenges in getting out today; the feeling of disconnection from decision making, the thousands of other calls on our time, the sense of apathy that sets in, the fact thousands will turn up when the NZ Herald will say hundreds. All must be overcome so that a clear moment of defiance can be registered in the hope that our voice will be loud enough to be heard.
Even if the turn out is small, those of us who marched can hold our heads up high. When our grandchildren are born into the future dystopia of a country that’s lost its economic base to ensure the ability of self sovereignty, we can tell them with pride that we fought to prevent it.
It’s our responsibility as citizens.
2pm today in every major city. Stand up.