One of the great philosophical wins by neoliberals was the destruction of universal provision of social services.
It’s the theology that underpins the right wing welfare experiment of Oranga Tamariki. Remove universal provision of welfare to just the worst cases and examples as a means to save the State money.
What the NZ Right did to welfare they are now attempting with human rights.
The drive by ACT and National to remove legal rights to gang members so that the State can punish and harass them more should be seen for what it is, the privatization of civil rights.
A liberal progressive democracy provides universal human rights, you don’t lose them because you are an arsehole, that’s why stopping prisoners from voting was so galling.
The Right are using the State to privatize human rights so they can be removed from groups they dislike while the Left are drooling with anticipation at gaining Hate Speech powers so that they can embark upon a woke purge of anyone who disagrees with them by calling in the Police to determine hate!
The Right want to privatize human rights so the State can crush beneficiaries while the Left want the State to gain Hate Speech powers to smash individuals!
Both sides are trying to utilize the power of the State to fuck over individuals! Both claim noble ends to this power.
The individual must always have protections from the State because the State has all the power!
We should use the power of that State NOT to fuck over individuals, it should be used to fuck over Corporations!
We need to be kinder to individuals and crueler to Corporations!
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