In recent years the world has been rocked by dramatic political upheavals such as Occupy and the Arab Spring. We see new left political formations uniting new layers of activists across Europe, and in Latin America social movements have captured governments and embarked on radical political experiments across that continent. LeftWin is a blog dedicated… Continue reading What is LeftWin?
Leftwin recently posted a piece that looks at some of the detail in TOP policy regarding housing and the Minimum wage. It was noticed, and TOP felt the need to reply. Few quick things: On Housing In the original critique Leftwin raised concerns that you were proposing all state housing be “gifted”to “community providers”. You… Continue reading Opportunities Party- Which side are you on?
Gareth Morgan’s Opportunities Party is working to appear a radical departure from the status quo. Proposals for a dramatic change to taxation policy and the partial roll out of a Universal Basic Income are a welcome political development. It’s good to have a political party seriously calling for the rich to pay more tax. But… Continue reading Gareth Morgans vision for working people – Stay Poor
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 withJeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders or Podemos in Spain, the global resurgence of… Continue reading A Political Review of Constant Radical- the Life and Times of Sue Bradford
It’s an election year in New Zealand/Aotearoa. Around the world elections are proving to be wild and unpredictable. New political actors and organisations are arising from the margins, and the status quo is on the defensive. Its kicking off everywhere, except it seems, New Zealand. In contrast to the rest of the world, NZ seems… Continue reading Kiwi Corbyn? Ideas are not enough
Being a soldier for hire is dirty work. A soldier for hire is working for money. They aren’t driven by a set of principles, and are not fighting for a just cause or to defend their country. As such, they are often found working for unsavoury regimes, and at the hire of highly questionable people.… Continue reading NZ’s Mercenary MP- Ron Mark
This is a guest post from Kieran Kelly. It does not matter what lies in his heart. It does not matter that he is severely uncharismatic. It does not even matter that he looks eerily like the animated plasticine character Wallace (I keep half-expecting him to reveal his latest contraption for solving the housing crisis… Continue reading Keiran Kelly- Little Expectations
This is by Cameron Walker- No one is born Left: why we need to organise the extra-parliamentary left Cameron recently finished a Bachelor of Arts/Law conjoint degree at the University of Auckland. He has been a subeditor for the Auckland University Law Review and Co-Editor for the Public Interest Law Journal of New Zealand, and… Continue reading New Politics “No one is born Left” Cameron Walker