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A tale of two countries – the real political culture of NZ

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

As the election approaches politicians, media pundits and bloggers opine about the country. Who will New Zealand vote for? What do we want from our leaders? Are New Zealanders grumpy or happy with their lot ? Is there a national mood for political change? These questions assume that all New Zealanders belong to one country.

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The Chinese century:review of Loretta Napoloeoni`s Maonomics: why Chinese communists make better capitalists than we do

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  13 Comments

The sting of this book is in the subtitle; why Chinese communists make better capitalists than we do.

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Blowing the roof off: a review of Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  5 Comments

Snowden’s actual revelations about the nature and scope of official surveillance have been extraordinary. I cannot provide a full overview here, a few brief snippets will reveal the gravity of the situation.

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Challenging the rulers of the world

By   /  February 14, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

In this posting I will answer another question; how do we challenge this appalling state of affairs?

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Who rules the world and how do they do it?

By   /  February 2, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Who are these uber-rich people? How do they rule the world? And, how does the World Economic Forum fit in?

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Right versus left

By   /  January 16, 2014  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

In New Zealand politics National and Labour are not separated by a left right dividing line. Instead, this line runs down the middle of the Labour party.

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Pike River Manslaughter – review of ‘Tragedy at Pike River Mine:How and why 29 men died`

By   /  December 21, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  3 Comments

The attitude of Pike River management was criminal in all but name. They induced and pressured workers to work longer shifts and produce more coal. Bonuses were offered if the hydro-mining system could be quickly established (so much for checking the equipment).

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Who owns NZ media?

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

Aggressive, unlisted financial operators such as private equity companies grab media holdings as a lucrative source of revenue via acquisition and/or a leveraged buyout. In this context those transnational media corporates that have colonised the New Zealand mediascape are themselves becoming colonized, and dessicated by listed and unlisted financial institutions.

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The 150 years the New Zealand Herald didn’t want you to see

By   /  November 21, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

My own short counter-history of the paper builds upon the following proposition. At critical junctures of our national history the NZ Herald was the voice of establishment `commonsense` and/or bellicose reaction.

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Narcoland : capitalism as organised crime

By   /  November 1, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

`Narcoland`, by Anabel Hernandez, is a stunning book from start to finish. Robert Saviano`s foreword declares that `it is not the mafia that has transformed itself into a modern capitalist enterprise- it is capitalism that has transformed itself into a mafia`.

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A qualified defence of Sonny Bill Williams

By   /  October 15, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

For a state house lad to prevail in the capitalist world, heaps of talent and prowess are not enough, he needs an eye for the main chance.

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The Politics of Inequality in North America

By   /  October 2, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Everybody from the billionaires club grew wealthier over the last year. From 2009 to 2011 capital gains, share values and Wall St. bonuses dried up. More recently, the economic situation has returned to `normal`.

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The next financial crisis

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Five years after the Lehmans collapse myopic optimism prevails. John Key and Stephen Joyce don`t seem too worried, the Reserve Bank has its eye on financial events as the business media looks for green shoots of recovery. Such faith is misplaced and dangerous.

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Wealth Defence – what you don’t know about John Key’s real agenda

By   /  September 3, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

Our top income decile starts at a mere $72,000. The top one per cent begins at $170,000 and the top 0.4 per cent at $250,000. Presiding over this tiny group are the chief executives of large companies who receive an average salary of $1.5 million. Meanwhile, 70 per cent of New Zealanders earn less than $43,000 and 50 per cent less than $24,000

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John Key`s poll tax?

By   /  August 20, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

If Monday nights Auckland Town Hall meeting is any indication the debate has only just begun

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NZFF Review: `Terms and Conditions May Apply`

By   /  August 5, 2013  /  Dr Wayne Hope, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on NZFF Review: `Terms and Conditions May Apply`

Compared to this Orwell`s `1984` looks like a liberal democracy

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