Jim’s legacy – what can we learn from his vision now?

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If we want to honour Jim, the new Government should immediately pass legislation to make dental care free for children and teenagers, if we want to see Jim’s vision survive, we must all demand the new Government lives up to its obligations and not subcontract them out to the free market. 

One of the great Totara’s in our forest has fallen and we must not allow the mainstream media to sterilise Jim’s legacy. I doubt any of the kids currently running the news rooms had any idea who the hell Jim Anderton was let alone his fight against neoliberalism, they just saw his name trending on twitter so jumped on board.

Jim’s legacy goes deeper than Kiwibank, paid parental leave and free doctors visits for children, he believed passionately that the State had an obligation to its people and that abdicating that responsibility to the free market was immoral.

This truth in Jim’s fight against neoliberalism is the key to Jim’s legacy and we must not allow the corporate mainstream media to scrub Jim of his truth.

Jim believed that it was the economic system we are all enslaved by that created solidarity, not identity politics. The 30 year neoliberal experiment which has mutilated and mutated our society, economy and culture was an obscenity that Jim refused to acquiesce to, this is what we who dance in the shadow of the next economic collapse with an environment in its death throws need to grasp.

The State must be far more interventionist in providing the universal services and building blocks of society and community and the only politician currently pushing that argument is Winston Peters because he is old enough to remember a NZ before the neoliberal experiment.

If we want to honour Jim, the new Government should immediately pass legislation to make dental care free for children and teenagers, if we want to see Jim’s vision survive, we must all demand the new Government lives up to its obligations and not subcontract them out to the free market.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Geoff Lye says:

    Here here.

    Also all medicines should be free to all.

    Do away with the disfunctional part subsidisation we currently have subsidise all meds and save on downstream hospitalization costs.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      Dental care is free in Canada for all on benefits as they know dental care and gum disease will heavily cost health treatments later if dental care is not kept gum health in check, as an injury or rotting teeth will cause blood poisoning and serious medical issues later to cost the taxpayer later.

      Bring back universal free dental health as we had what Canada has during the early 2000’s.

  2. Afewknowthetruth says:

    The Orcs won.

  3. Sue says:

    Dental care is free for children and teens. The need for a UI will become vital to maintain a civil society. with the increasing mechanisation of our society – the gaps between those in some work , in full time work will increase, creating and even more disparate society