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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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Financial Vulture Ratings Agencies ignore history, impose misery

By   /  February 6, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

These are the same ratings agencies that failed to predict the 2007 Global Financial Crisis, that failed to point out the dangers of the speculative bubble in a financialised economy, and who refused to consider the damage that overheated house prices would have on millions of people who found their debt was greater than the value of their property.

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How does the progressive political movement in NZ win 2014 election?

By   /  January 9, 2014  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Election year in Aotearoa. Time for political meetings, delivering pamphlets, targeting messages and getting out the vote.

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Workers without Frontiers

By   /  November 28, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The issues confronting working families know no boundaries. We are workers without frontiers, a universal working class fighting for our rights.

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Global capital, disposable people

By   /  October 30, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Boat people are portrayed as ‘queue jumpers’ but only a genuine refugee would be part of this queue. The reward for survival is banishment and imprisonment. The scale of the problem is over hyped for political advantage and plays to the rhythm of ‘send them back to where they came from’.

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The Fight for Universal Health Care in America (and everywhere else)

By   /  October 12, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

This is what the Republicans think is worth defending- mass injustice, inequality and unaffordable health care- where poverty increases and there is obscene wealth.

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Multi-lateral work on food security or secret trade and investment deals for corporations? Which way NZ?

By   /  September 30, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Did you really think the TPPA is about NZ gaining access for its dairy products to the US market?

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When we dance to the Left, be prepared for a Right kicking.

By   /  September 12, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

In a few days we will know who will lead and how fundamental the shift might be but you can be certain the protectors of privilege will not sit idly by as spectators.

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Mass surveillance, freedom and the Nasdaq crash.

By   /  August 26, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Neoliberalism has placed emphasis on freedom to rather than freedom from and under the guidance of the invisible hand a few have been free to grab most of the world’s resources.

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The enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend

By   /  August 9, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The Fonterra contamination crisis has been international news, particularly in the food industry circulars that arrive on my screen on a daily basis. The big surprise is the mock shock and surprise in NZ that such an event occurred.

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