So where does one begin with a first stab at becoming a leftie political blogger in the current local and world climate? There is so much going on that for someone like myself with an interest in a range of themes, it can be hard to find somewhere to start. This is probably one of the main reasons I think I have long contented myself with operating within the comfy, echo-chamber social media cocoon of shares, comments and retweets. While it is nice creating and being part of your own personal online community, is it the most effective way to communicate and spread these ideas and values? I am beginning to come to the conclusion that the answer is a resounding NO.
I am not suggesting that we turn our backs on our social media communities. They provide a crucial support network to activists and are a valuable source of ideas and news for politically aware people. But as much as we hate to admit it the bad guys are still out there running amok. Shock doctrine is still in full swing, Neoliberalism is still tearing apart the last vestiges of the decent society, the TPPA is about to steamroll national sovereignty into oblivion and zero hours contracts are here to stay. Then there is the tea towel travesty which will end in embarassment, no matter the referendum result. The many, many children trapped in poverty will not be able to eat flags- either version.
I have just one to say. Enough of this SHIT!
So, what to do? Support each other and share ideas? Yes by all means. Stop there and say there is nothing more we can do? Hell NO! Real Choice, Josie Butler and the other protest organisers of Feb 4 have shown us the way. Nelson Mandela and HART have shown us the way. Dame Whina Cooper has shown us the way. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parkes have shown us the way. Mahatma Gandhi has shown us the way. Kate Sheppard has shown us the way…. We do not meekly consent to injustice. We do not just shrug our shoulders and hope for a change in government to make things better. We do not give up in frustration the lack of political awareness in society. We stand up for democracy, for hope, for a just society.
Until recently, Alex was involved with the Cunliffe-led Labour Party in his local area as a committee member and election campaign manager. He currently helps manage the Labour Rodney and Labour Auckland North Facebook pages. Alex is married and earns a living as an English as a Second Language teacher in Auckland.