I like it when MFAT sound frightened…
Economic and security issues over the past decade have led to “widespread populist sentiment” across the globe, advice from a New Zealand ministry says.
In a briefing to Associate Minister for Trade and Export Growth Nanaia Mahuta in July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade laid out global challenges facing New Zealand.
It said New Zealand is operating in an environment that “remains challenging” with “pressures continuing to build in systems and parts of the world that matter deeply to our country”.
…of all the neoliberal bastions that still reside within NZ Government, MFAT has the most zealotry with sacrificial alters to Ayn Rand deep within their building’s basement that get coated in the blood of sacrificial lambs once a month. Even Treasury, once the great temple of the Free Market Nazguls has moved from neoliberalism Über Alles to caring about well being. Treasury were so frightened by what almost happened in 2008 that they had a road to Damascus via European socialism and we now have a Reserve Bank Governor demanding the Government spend money!
But those fears never reknit the ideological soul of MFAT, indeed their power over Government policy was shown to still be all encompassing as they conned Jacinda and Winston into signing the TPPA by adding a few more consonants.
The problem for MFAT is what Trump and BREXIT represents. The working classes of the West have been robbed by neoliberalism and free trade, and the resentment of suddenly competing against a billion other working class people from around the planet has created a political movement that is boiling over at the ballot box.
It was interesting to see her damning identity politics…
“What if we no longer see ourselves based on what we look like, what religion we practice, or where we live, but by what we value?”
…interesting because to date identity politics has been the major driver of left wing activism over class, which is fine for social media bubbles in Wellington but terribly alienating to build the 51% democratic majority required to rule. The true danger of the identity politics landscape is that the moment white men start seeing themselves as an identity, bad shit happens and it happens quickly.
Jacinda’s call to look beyond our skin colour, beyond our gender, beyond our religion, beyond our culture and beyond our orientation to shared values is probably the most important call to arms the Left has seen as the reality of where Identity Politics leads starts slowly dawning on progressives who have been so focused on using it, but the replacement back to class is a solution Jacinda isn’t selling here.
For Jacinda, neato neoliberal free trade is apparently the antidote to “fierce nationalism”. Rather than acknowledging that free trade globalisation has been the driving force of the politics of resentment engulfing western democracies, she wishes to double down and add some greenwash to sell the expansion of free trade…
Only five countries intend to sign on for New Zealand’s new trade agreement to combat climate change, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this was only the beginning and expected more countries to join.
Ardern announced the launch of negotiations for the Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability (ACCTS) at the United Nations in New York this morning.
She was joined by representatives of countries that intend to sign up, including Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Costa Rica Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Duayner Salas.
The agreement aims to:
• Remove tariffs on environmental goods
• Establish concrete commitments to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
• Develop voluntary guidelines for eco-labelling programmes and mechanisms
…normally this might be meaningful but with the climate emergency engulfing the planet, neato neoliberalism is utterly meaningless, especially when you can’t even enforce it at home…
The Government’s plan to make farmers pay for their emissions is on shaky ground after Labour, the Greens, and NZ First have failed to agree on proposals.
A draft scheme went to the environment, energy and climate cabinet committee, but failed to make it through after ministers could not agree on it.
It has now stalled at the cabinet committee stage, while ministers work to agree on a plan.
The news comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the keynote address to a climate change action summit at the United Nations in New York.
…brothers and sister, I may sound like a pessimist here, but as the enormity and speed of what we are facing becomes so evident that even the Hoskings and Garners of the world are forced to acknowledge it and climate denial is no longer feasible, citizens around the planet aren’t going to care about the financial well being of the business elites, they will be demanding authoritarian protection from the mass of climate refugees and wide spread entropy the rapidly warming planet starts producing.
Not only is “fierce nationalism” the only game in town, continuing to misdiagnose the political resentment free trade has generated only ensures it will quickly become toxic nationalism.
Full marks for Jacinda in attempting to sell neato neoliberalism and I’m sure MFAT will be cheering her from the sidelines, but the biospheres inability to continue with the free market’s never ending economic growth fantasy has arrived.
This is the age of building walls.