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Why Jacinda needs to lose this election

By   /  September 19, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  91 Comments

I believe that there will be a financial crisis next year (see my recent ’New Zealand’s Cyclical Growth Contractions’, 12 Sep 2017), and that Labour at present is ill-equipped to handle such a crisis. Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s’ crisis belatedly dragged Labour into the twentieth century.

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Economic Democracy

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Universal Basic Income is neither an idea of the political left nor of the political right. The principles of liberté and égalité are not principles of partisan politics.

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Syria

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The tragedy of Syria is unbearable for us to witness; albeit vicariously via the news media. It’s not an earthquake; it’s a war. It’s a situation that cannot be resolved by humanitarian aid.

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Immigration and Auckland Housing – why Unitary Plan is flawed and bubble burst prediction

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

A prediction. On the basis of the sluggish Auckland rental market, the end of the Auckland property bubble could be sooner rather than later. (I’m picking October 2017, a month or two after the 2017 general election.) The ‘correction’ will come when enough people who have bought in Auckland for capital gain realise that they will have to sell soon, or risk the consequences.

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MUST READ: Land and Shelter: Unpacking the Crisis

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Shelter is a human right, not a privilege. Private ownership of land is a privilege, not a human right. The debate is framed about getting ‘first-home buyers’ on the ‘property ladder’. Framing this as a right makes no more sense than having a debate about how to get people onto the ‘sharemarket ladder’.

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Political Realignment in the Far Northwest?

By   /  July 17, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The Brexit referendum means many things, only one of which is a requirement for Grand Bretagne (Big Britain; as distinct from Bretagne, Brittany) to leave the European Union. Most important, the outcome was the political equivalent of a magnitude five earthquake. It may have forestalled the magnitude eight earthquake that was otherwise coming to a politically comatose Europe.

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Political Marriage? Green, Red, Brown, Black and Blue

By   /  June 10, 2016  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Last week’s memorandum of understanding between the Labour and Green Parties will prove to be a wise move if it helps the combined Labour-Green vote to reach 48% or more. It seems a hard ask though, even in the event that the economy tanks next year.

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