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The one image that sums up Election 2017

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The only hope left for us as a society are the youth voters who are slowly waking to the horror of the neoliberal debt cage that user pays culture are locking them into. This election isn’t about just who wins on Saturday, it’s about the soul of us as a country and it will answer the question – did the 30 year neoliberal experiment brainwash enough of us to deny us any hope?

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This image is the one that sums up Election 2017.

National’s fake promise of delivering for NZ while the homeless huddle sleeping on the street under it sums up modern NZ. It captures perfectly the  delusional faction of NZ jogging past the poor the sick and the mentally ill scattered on the streets in front of them with all the disdain of dog shit.

That is NZ that National represents, a juvenile culture so self invested in their own sense of success that they are blind to the social injustice that makes it so easy for them and bitterly stunted for others.

The neoliberal cultural mythology that there are no hegemonic structures of power in society that require an active Government pushing back against have created a dangerous cult and fetishisation of the individual. There is no sexism or racism or homophobia or classicism and if you work hard you will succeed and if you fail then that’s your fault.

As a self deception this neoliberal cultural mythology is genius. It allows you to feel false pride in your success while removing any guilt for not caring about your fellow human being.

The most terrifying part of the last poll before the election is that 45.8% of NZ’s voters support more homelessness, more poisoned rivers, more property speculation, less mental health funding, more experiments in education, no infrastructure investment, more NZers in prisons and 300000 kids in poverty in return for $20 extra a week and half a dozen more bloody roads!

Even if Jacinda wins on Saturday, New Zealand already lost.

The only hope left for us as a society are the youth voters who are slowly waking to the horror of the neoliberal debt cage that user pays culture are locking them into. This election isn’t about just who wins on Saturday, it’s about the soul of us as a country and it will answer the question – did the 30 year neoliberal experiment brainwash enough of us to deny us any hope?

Fight. Fight. Fight against the dying of the light comrades.

Vote today.

This country deserves to be led by voters better than this…

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18 Comments

  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    NATIONAL = “ALL CARE AND NO RESPONSIBILTY”

  2. Michael says:

    2014 was a crazy campagin and I can see how it just become in the end too much white noise for a lot of people and so ended up in another term for National.

    Now in 2017 there is no white noise , the issues are clear housing, poverty, environment we can go on , the article in the NZ Herald today about the midwife who spoke out is a clear example of what this country is becoming.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11924968

    For me what happens on Saturday will show me where we are headed as a nation.

  3. jack says:

    Capitalism works, but only for as long as we can keep borrowing from our future to pay for it. This rightly troubles younger people more than it does older people.

  4. WILD KATIPO says:

    This is it , people ,- its over the top we go !

    Vote Labour and Greens to stamp all over the neo liberal snakes head !!!

  5. shona says:

    As always Bomber thanks for your words. The true horror of 45% of our voting population not giving a fuck ,is now clear to any muppet who cares to think longer than a nano-second ( just this once) about the country we have become thanks to Lange’s mob of arseholes.

  6. Lionel says:

    That guy with the banner has 8 kids and gets Working for Families.

  7. Brendon Harre says:

    It is the Big Lie election Martyn, because that is all that Joyce and English have for us. They cannot defend their record any other way. The scary thing is they are willing to open the door to Trump-like politics rather than have a honest conversation about what is best for NZ.

    I am really scared for our future.

    https://medium.com/land-buildings-identity-and-values/cognitive-dissonance-225e778d76ac

  8. Seems to me that the only Politician that walks the talk is Hone..

    But that lone voice is just that unfortunately.

  9. Castro says:

    Matryn, you have forgotten to include the hundreds of thousands of imported National voters in “us”. That’s how it has happened.

  10. Mike the Lefty says:

    Gower made an uncharacteristically blunt attack on NNational today accusing them of conducting a campaign of lies and deceit

  11. […] NZ Herald:  Homeless people sleep under National billboard outside the Auckland City Mission […]

  12. Sally's Husband says:

    If the Nats win a 4th term in office, it will signify that lies and dirty politics will win out over truth and decency. Not exactly the best lesson to be teaching our kids, is it?

    [Published after 7PM, 23 September. – Scarletmod]

  13. […] NZ Herald:  Homeless people sleep under National billboard outside the Auckland City Mission […]

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