Right now the New Horizons Space Probe is 6.4 Billion Km from Earth and sending back data to NASA and last October the Japanese landed a small robot on a asteroid hurtling through Space 300 KM away.
Those are amazing achievements.
So you might think with our incredible brain power we might be able to solve some difficult problems at home… like the 2.1 Billion people in the world don’t have a decent toilet and 800 million don’t have access to clean water
We also only have about 10 years left to do take action on Climate Change before our planet reaches the point of no return and life will become brutal for our children and our children’s children.
I don’t have a clever answer for why we choose to solve some huge problems and not others. I know it has a lot to do with where choose to spend our money and this is where governments come in as agencies charged with spending publicly raised funds in the public good.
Private enterprise doesn’t do that. Private enterprise only acts in the interests of its share holders.
Which is one of the reasons I have always been an advocate of progressive economics and people focused governement.
We don’t have that at the moment . We still have a neoliberal government that panders to the rich in the hope that the wealth will trickle down to improve the lives of the poor.
It’s just bunkum and those of you who know my work will not be suprised that in 2019 I will continue to call out neoliberal economics, with its coporate welfare and its deternination to run up budget surpluses, when so many of us struggle to make ends met and have no place to call our own
Facing up to Big Public issues is what drove my desire to start New Zealand Public Television and get it to the stage where writers,directors and producers who want to leave the world better than they found it can apply to it to get their projects funded by NZ On Air.
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Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.