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Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Increasingly people feel disconnected, even alienated, from institutions in democracies that conform to the financialised world economic order. Our fight is also against alienation and apathy. It is to convince citizens that real change is possible and to integrate more people into the political process.

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Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’. There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy.

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The brutal siege of Palestine

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after the Second World War, orders its military to bomb Palestinians who are refugees in their own land.

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Confirmation Bias in Politics

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Right now, from a distance, it looks like the horses might be OK but the punters are terrified.

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Break down the Lies

By   /  May 18, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

When campaigning and discussing politics leading up to this year’s general election remember that while the Left has perfected sloganeering, the Right has changed the language.

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Trade and Investment Agreements: Human Rights For Sale

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The problem with these agreements is not the promotion of trade between nations, essential to a small trading nation like NZ, but the regulatory coherence demanded by investors to secure corporate dominance at the expense of democratic rights.

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Employment is not a charity provided by bosses

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

The recent decades of globalization, deregulation and privatization have massively increased inequality and poverty in countries as rich in resources as Aotearoa New Zealand.

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