This week’s irony was Key calling anti-poverty protesters “bullies”.
By bullies he means people who won’t sit down and shut-up as homelessness and hunger consume New Zealand’s poor and unemployed as a direct result of the economic violence that he and his mates have instigated. Key and his buds love a bit of poor-people poverty and see it as a sound punishment for being lazy, just like Collins reckons rape is a bit of due punishment for people in prison. There is no context, there is no intelligence or empathy, just brash, sweeping judgments that clump everyone together. They love flogging the whip! They gleefully furnished a number of austerity measures on our public health and social systems while his cabinet fuck about blowing money on projects of ego – such as his flag “re-brand”. Which, hey if we were going to have a new flag that probably should have been worked out as part of a slow, ruminative process in relationship with philosophers, artists, people who inspire us, indigenous people, spiritual groups and not to mention FLAG DESIGN EXPERTS; you know what I’m talkin’ about here right? MS Paint *cough* hack job *cough* say no more. This is what happens when you let a few corporates take over a country because fuckin’ NEWSFLASH bro, get this, a country isn’t a corporation?
It’s a country and it’s quite different. It’s supposed to be remarkably different because we have so many more considerations beyond economic to ensure people are healthy, successful and vibrant. It should be at the very least philosophic, not just a shoot-from the hip hack job at social politics based on the detached values of a bunch of self-inflated egos and a-listers. Every time I watch Parliament TV I am uncomfortably reminded that this is what it comes down to; four million of the rest of us and then a few people in this dusty, ugly-as old room who get to make really important decisions that effect us all. I mean what kind of math says that’s an OK level of representation to make such important decisions? Seriously things are way too amenable to a change in a 3 year period. Fact is when it comes to people he’s a multimillionaire and he don’t care. The brutha don’t care.
His kind of wealth creation relies upon stock market extractionism which necessarily requires taking money away from someone else without creating anything of value as a way of building his own wealth. In this regard he doesn’t actually work like other people, he accumulated his wealth by manipulating the perceived future value of stuff and this is how he dicks the figures when it comes to us. He sees us as units of production. He uses tactics like welfare reforms and keeping the minimum wage low to work bodies of people like market forces, in this mindset we’re not people, we’re implements of pressure. And he’s good at it. You might call it capitalism but some would argue that heavily regulated capitalism could be tolerable.
The issue is that his kind of extreme wealth creation also often requires wholesale theft from the community and environment and requires an impoverished underclass to act as a force, so there is no incentive to improve people’s lives, just one to keep using them. Using people like this is the ultimate form of bullying because it’s objectifying and pays no mind to their needs and quality of life. It kills. So I’m feeling satisfied after reading reports of Sue Bradford‘s recent Auckland Action Against Poverty action. Seeing people locked inside the event looking gloomy about not getting to eat and drink fancy food and dance on the ashes of the poor was a genuinely great confidence builder. It’s like “No! You don’t get to degrade the public services to the point you’re running an unsolicited austerity sham and then go party it up and pat yourself on the back and feel great about your politics. Your politics are bad and you should feel bad. They may as well have had a party swimming in a tank of cash, those shameless fucks.
And yes it’s rude and and we should be rude! Key is described as a “real people person, very sociable” – he’s superficially nice. And it’s lovely to be around superficially nice people. They’re fun, funny and charming, but if they’re actually hurting us with their values and creating greater poverty then we need to re-assess what it really means to be nice, and what is legitimately valuable to our communities. Being nice has it’s place but honestly there is nothing nice about pushing people into economically dire circumstances in a country where he has 55m of his own in the bank based on those kinds of wealth creation principles. What a lousy, disconnected twig! I am ready to be rude about that. He’s not being kind or accountable. That’s genuinely antisocial and anti-people behaviour.
I wish we looked to the Nordic regions for inspiration. We need to set up a Pinterest ‘political mood board’ and send it to the “representatives” to make it easy for them. If only it were that easy! Unfortunately we know the drive to bend laws and manipulate populations to facilitate wealth growth is more powerful than any force of human compassion. Key will be a billionaire in his lifetime if he has done a good enough job of smoothing the path for his future wealth creation. I’m seriously beyond using the term ‘leaders’ any more.