If you as a writer haven’t at least once faced a secret police trial using secret police evidence in your fight against abuse of police power, you’re not doing it right
Former scientific apologist to the National Government, Sir Peter Gluckman isn’t happy…
Sir Peter Gluckman: Today’s democracy needs some difficult conversations
We are at a critical time as a species. The world is undergoing the biggest transformation arguably since the agricultural revolution and certainly since the Enlightenment and industrial revolution.
…long story short, he says we have deep problems that demand intelligent debate.
Tell Gluckman he’s dreaming.
Yes we have huge problems.
Yes we need debate.
No it ain’t happening.
This is a country that has The AM Show, The Project, Seven Sharp, Leighton Fucking Smith, ZB, Hosking, Heather Duplicitous, Bazza Soper and Kate Hawkesby as the mainstream media.
Could you imagine any one of those media outlets or Pundits even attempting to grapple with the intellectual ramifications of what George Monbiot says?
“We’ve got to go straight to the heart of capitalism and overthrow it.” The hero that is @GeorgeMonbiot only went and said that on national television, and got a huge round of applause for doing so. pic.twitter.com/nLNTlznvuT
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) April 12, 2019
The Project are incapable of saying the word neoliberalism let alone debating it. Jessie would need to cry to help the audience understand it.
When the media aren’t infantile or right wing lunatics, it’s elitist crap on Radio NZ or undeserved smugness on The Spinoff TV.
All this debate is transpiring on social media platforms algorithmically designed for virtue signalling outrage olympics and contaminated by millennial culture micro aggression policing which is far too busy calling each other out on wokeness protocols while making narrow temple identity politics alienate any possible democratic majority by alienating voters.
That was a long fucking paragraph.
We need a publicly accessible virtual town hall to debate issues like adults, not trigger free safe space echo chambers. Without that the electorate will continue to remain one dominated by the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind with low imagination thresholds spooked by vaccinations and eclipses.