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Who Are You Calling “Evil”?

By   /  August 14, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Evil looks nothing like the artist’s impression: there are no horns, no tail, no cloven hooves, no whiff of sulphur. Life would be so much easier if there were! No, if you really want to know what evil looks like, then examine the faces of the people who live next door; the people on the bus; the people in the lunchroom at work.

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The Government v. The Business Community: Playing Chicken Over Employment Law Reform

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

EVERY TIME the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance address the “Business Community” I wince. It’s painful to watch these two abase themselves in the way they do. As if their endless protestations of good will and their oft-repeated promise to “listen” will make the slightest difference. The Business Community is acutely aware that there is nothing with more potential to cause them harm than a left-wing government. If it cannot be tamed, then it must be broken.

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Better Health & Safety Laws Could Have Stopped The 1981 Tour!

By   /  August 9, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The 1980s were such unenlightened times. The appalling events  of that era could never happen in the Aotearoa-New Zealand of 2018. Our health and safety laws simply wouldn’t permit it!

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How The New Zealand Left Transformed Southern And Molyneux From Unknown Rightists Into Free Speech Heroes

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  45 Comments

The debate stirred up by the repeated denial of both public and private stages to the pair on account of threats and intimidation has placed the issue of free speech squarely on New Zealand’s political agenda. The Left will find it much harder, now, to sell its arguments in favour of limiting New Zealanders right to free expression that would have been the case if Southern and Molyneux had simply been allowed to come and go without incident.

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“Who Are You Calling ‘Mate’, Mate?”

By   /  August 3, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Right-wing Australia would like nothing more than to close its borders to these damned annoying Kiwis. Unfortunately, that would involve tearing up the Australian-New Zealand Closer Economic Relationship and toppling New Zealand into a full-scale economic and social crisis.

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The Politics Of Cannabis Law Reform

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Far from promoting the liberalisation of drug laws, Labour contributed significantly to the dramatic expansion of the state’s powers of intervention in the lives of those Kiwis deemed to have deviated from the “caring” agencies’ expectations.

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Whoever The Greens Have Sold Their Soul To – It Isn’t Winston.

By   /  July 31, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

TO HEAR THE National Party and other assorted right-wing beasts tell the story, the Greens have just sold their soul to the Devil. By whom they mean, presumably, that double-breasted Lucifer, Winston Peters, and his attendant pandemonium – NZ First. The Devil’s price, allegedly, is Green Party support for Winston’s “Waka-Jumping Bill”.

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The Neoliberal State Defended By, Of All People, The Left

By   /  July 29, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  47 Comments

Herein lies the irony of the ongoing “free speech” controversy. As vociferous opponents of what they characterise as existential threats to traditional Anglo-Saxon culture, Lauren Southern’s and Stefan Molyneux’s looming visit to New Zealand is intended to persuade ordinary Kiwis to look to their own defence against the twin scourges of multiculturalism and identity politics.

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Large American Pot, Meet Small Chinese Kettle

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  43 Comments

IRONICALLY, THE CONCERN over Chinese influence in New Zealand is being raised against a backdrop of unchallenged American hegemony. Extending across the whole width of the nation’s political stage, this American backdrop has become so much a part of the play’s scenery that most Kiwis no longer notice it. The inclusion of a few Chinese props, however, is enough to induce something close to panic among New Zealand’s political class.

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Zionist-Inspired Definition Of Antisemitism Deployed Against Jeremy Corbyn.

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

THE NEW ZEALAND LEFT is not alone in being torn apart by what should and should not be tolerated. Only yesterday, the British Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was publicly upbraided for being “an antisemitic racist” by Margaret Hodge, a senior British Labour MP. Hodge was furious that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has refused to accept, in full, the definition of antisemitism issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

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An Inconvenient Truth About Free Speech Denialism

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

Nothing could be more helpful to the cause of the Right than a Left which has lost its faith in the people. What, after all, is more likely to cause the people to lose faith in the Left than a nagging suspicion that their self-appointed liberators regard them as being either too vicious or too stupid to grasp the arguments in favour of individual freedom and social justice without instruction from above?

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Free Speech Denialism Is Fascism In Action

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  73 Comments

IT HAS BEEN DISPIRITING, this past week, to learn how little people who consider themselves leftists know about fascism.

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The Costa Rican Solution

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

GOLRIZ GHARAMAN, the Greens’ defence spokesperson has castigated her coalition partners for purchasing four Boeing P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft to replace the Air Force’s ageing fleet of Orions. Her stance is more-or-less in keeping with the Green Party’s pacifist leanings, but Gharaman’s objections to the aircraft’s war-fighting capabilities raises the more interesting question of why the party needs a defence spokesperson at all?

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Do We Really Lack the Courage to Debate the Alt-Right? Do We Really Lack the Ideas to Defeat Them?

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  96 Comments

Over the past few days Molyneux and Southern have very skilfully tested our tolerance – and we have failed. They’ve also tested our ability to re-state, re-affirm and justify our commitment to freedom of expression. We failed that test too.

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What’s Wrong With Today’s Journalists?

By   /  July 6, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG with New Zealand journalists. For the best part of three decades our universities and polytechnics have been churning-out graduates who, at least in theory, should be the best-educated, best-prepared and most ethical journalists this country has ever produced. It must break the hearts of these graduates’ academic mentors to see how little of what they have attempted to inculcate in their charges has taken.

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Keeping Power Homeless

By   /  July 5, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

WHERE DO WE GO when both the market and the state have been weighed in the balance and found wanting? How much better-off would the peoples of the world be if, instead of the towering ziggurats of global capitalism, their skylines were dominated by the equally absurd wedding-cake skyscrapers of global socialism? Would the planet be any less ravaged? Would bureaucracy be any less oppressive? Would the individual feel any freer – or less crushed?

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