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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – The Fire & Fury review – 6 stars

By   /  January 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  28 Comments

Liz Gordon writes about Fire and Fury, the tell-all book about the White House of Donald Trump, which she read all day Saturday (a 7 hour read) (a must-read) (6 stars). She also recommends that Peter Jackson grab the film rights pronto!

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A Political Review of Constant Radical – the Life and Times of Sue Bradford

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

Global politics is in a state of change. Old orthodoxies are breaking down, and new projects are rising to challenge the status quo. These challenges come from both the left and right. While NZ hasn’t felt the same rupture as we have seen with Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders or Podemos in Spain, the global resurgence of left-wing politics is echoing here as well.

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`I’m comfortable with that’ A review of Gavin Ellis` ‘Complacent Nation’

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  14 Comments

Census figures reveal that the number of print, radio and television journalists fell from 2,214 to 1,170 between 2006 and 2013. Ellis notes that remaining journalists must respond to print, broadcasting and digital platforms as news budgets contract. Unsurprisingly, tabloid news values have predominated. Ellis` front page,weekday survey of five metropolitan dailies (during January 2014) showed that 60 per cent of the New Zealand Herald`s lead stories were about crime or emergencies.

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The Long Depression: Book Review

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

Roberts develops his argument that the GFC was not an accident or result of wrong decisions by central banks, or greedy Wall St traders. It was not an aberration of ‘financialisation’ where financial speculation undermined profits and created massive debt.

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Award winning book miseducates young readers about war

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  10 Comments

Being the son of Elsie Locke I was interested to see who won the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction at this year’s NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Elsie Locke Award recognises my late mother’s contribution to children’s literature.

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The Cost of Living: A review of Thomas Owen’s ‘Patents, Pills and the Press’

By   /  January 20, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  6 Comments

Hidden within the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a longstanding conflict between pharmaceutical corporations and health activists over the availability of generic medicines.

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Public Talk Book Launch – Jane Kelsey ‘The Fire Economy’

By   /  July 13, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

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NZ teenagers – read this book!

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  9 Comments

I remember one of my English teachers doing his best to exhort a class of reluctant-reader teenage boys to read Erich Remarque’s book “All Quiet on the Western Front”. He described it as the best book about the reality of life for soldiers in the trenches of the First World War.

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