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
2016 was a big year. Globally politics was ruptured by stunning and surprising political turning points. England voted to leave the European Union, shattering the decades old political and economic status-quo there. Even more shocking was the electoral victory of Donald Trump in the US election. It is clear that we live in unpredictable… Continue reading 2016- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
After 8 years of Prime Minister John Key has stepped down. Bill English will be the new PM but an election is due next year. The sudden departure of Key leaves a political space that must be filled. All politicians will be trying to make the most of this unexpected opportunity, and chief among them… Continue reading The reality of Winston Peters.
Leftwin is hosting a discussion on building a new politics in Aotearoa. This contribution is from Qedric James. Qedric James is a musician and IT Consultant with a keen interest in alternative politics & economics. This originally appeared at ScienceMustRule. A brief critique of modern democracy in most places, but New Zealand in particular, brings to light a few… Continue reading New Politics- “Instead of leaving our future up to others, we can use our current political system to launch a new one.” Qedric James