Simon Bridges has been savaged on social media for his assertion of the ‘Kiwi way of life’…
…this nod to selfishness has been roasted by those who believe the Kiwi way of life is some type of egalitarian utopia of hope and promise.
Bridges is far closer to the grim rotten tooth of these shaky Isles than we wish to believe.
The ‘Kiwi way of life’ is a low imagination horizon anti intellectualism based on exploitation of confiscated indigenous resources where ignorance & malice is celebrated by the rural volk while middle class attention is engulfed between school rankings & property speculation.
A country with 295 000 kids in poverty, 40 000 homeless, 668 suicides per year making it one of the highest rates in the world and an appalling domestic violence rate; a country with generations locked out of home ownership and job security on deunionised wage levels that lock us into insecurity, desperation and subservience; a country undermined by exploited migrant labour and speculation where primary industries get to pollute and rape the environment without remorse or punishment ; a country that refused to feed the kids because it was ‘the parents fault’ and who re-lected Key despite dirty politics, abuse of political power and mass surveillance lies; a country that could only apologise for the atrocity at Parihaka 140 years after it happened; a country with social services who chase and hound beneficiaries to death and persecute them; a country whose bloated private prison complex locks up as many people as America and we release men back into the community more damaged than when they went in; a country whose politics are owned by vested big business interests and petty corruptions; this is a country where The Project and Seven Sharp are considered current affairs with all the intellectual curiosity of the ZM and Edge Breakfast shows.
Whatever noble lineage that existed within our egalitarian roots has long been killed off by the 30 year neoliberal experiment and you can see that by the passionate intensity those who have profited by exploiting capital gains tax scream their hatred at the mere mention they might have to pay money on a gain they haven’t even realised yet.
We are a juvenile country with all the cultural maturity of a can of day old coke.
The pretensions of our ‘kiwi way of life’ will shatter under the weight of climate change, it will only be in the shards of our delusion we recognise what we have always truly known on these cragged lonely shores, that we only have each other to rely upon and the sooner we begin to respect and collaborate with one another, the sooner we survive.
There isn’t going to be a kiwi way of life that doesn’t understand that once the impacts of extreme climate change becomes an annual event.
Your fucking Capital Gains Tax is the least of our worries.
PS – I also do childrens parties and bar mitzvahs.