We promise not to challenge anything.
If you put 10 NZers into a room and ask them, ‘who is the best steward of the economy’, 9 out of 10 of those rugby distracted, property speculating, booze drenched, anti-intellectual, emotionally stunted sleepy hobbits will all shout back, “The National Party’.
30 years of neoliberalism has created a culture where NZers worship the cultural mythologies of neoliberalism with the same passion as Islamist extremists cling to a literal interpretation of the Koran.
In NZ, we have been ideologically blinkered into believing that there are no hegemonic structures of power in society, just individuals who succeed by their own talents and those who fail because they deserve to fail.
This means we worship rich people as evidence of the system working and because National are the Political Party for the rich, we transfer all these warped values of free market individualism to National.
National are the political representation of Bankers, Federated Farmers, Fonteera, Corporates and property speculators, they run the economy for those elites, they don’t give two shits about anyone else, but because 30 years of neoliberalism have installed warped societal values, we blindly worship wealth and all its associates.
Despite evidence that National look after their electorate of elites and themselves first, the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind believe that National are the best at running the economy.
So how do Labour and the Greens counter that deeply held political contradiction by the voters? Why they out neoliberal the neoliberals.
The economic bullshit the Greens and Labour have brainfarted out last week promising to slavishly worship the free market just as much as National do, is a way to calm the sleepy hobbits into believing that Labour and the Greens have no scary new ideas whatsoever and will manage the current economic settings rather than challenge them.
There’s another really good reason why Labour and the Greens are capitulating to neoliberalism, and it’s the true legacy of National.
When Key came into power, Government debt was $10billion, after 9 years, it’s now $91billion – and yet the bloody stupid sleepy hobbits still believe National are the better stewards of the economy!
National have borrowed billions in tax cuts for the rich, stripped state assets and privatised its social obligations. The long term goal of the National Party is to mutilate the States capacity to raise revenue so that it simply can’t fund the social infrastructure the Left call out for.
Rather than trying to challenge that, Labour and the Greens are promising to not do anything. With $91billion in debt, Labour and the Greens are being handed a poisoned chalice, if they spook the markets the consequences could be disastrous with credit downgrades, a leap in mortgage rates, a mass explosion in the property market.
All we can hope for in September is a change of Government, it won’t be a changed Government.