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Instead of Dam Thinking from the 50s, Look to the Landscape


Reblogging with edits away from the previous focus on just the Ruataniwha Dam. ———— Rethinking, reimagining land, community & economy. Unless we fundamentally change away from the dominant ideas expressed by Treasury, the current public service model, the right wing … Continue reading

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I want to write about ….


I want to write about how we cannot afford poverty, how stupid it is, how it degrades our economy and our spirit. I want to write about the trends in our New Zealand economy to a power-crazed, corporatist, extractive, one-dollar-one-vote … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and Rawls’ Theory of Justice


How would you structure the justice in our society today?  One method is to look at a blank canvass of what might become a moral society from an “original position” behind what John Rawls described as “A veil of ignorance” … Continue reading

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The Joy of a Moment


I need to say something.  We all need strength at times, and it’s nature and people that give us that.  They feed the soul.  They provide meaning. Our world seems strangely to treat these blessings – people and nature – … Continue reading

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Is This our Neoliberal Meritocracy?


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
I know many people who are truly amazing.  They think outside the box, they practice an art, they connect to community and to land, they have passion for some goal, they can hold…

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The Housing Crisis and Neoliberalism


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
Listening to Morning Report this morning (25th May 2016) interview these right wing completely out of touch politicians from this government making excuses for the New Zealand housing crisis, was like a rerun…

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Neoliberalism and the Bullying of the Poor & Dispossessed


The National Party’s latest bullying of the poor and the punitive threats to those without hope needs more than just our outrage for their ignorance and immorality.  It also deserves a critique of what the hell is going on in their … Continue reading

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The UN Declaration of Human Rights: We need this Moral Compass back.


The UN Declaration of Human Rights was ratified in 1948.  It is a measure of any government.  Just how well are our people doing?  It is a measure for any commercial behaviour as well.  Are you a contributor to this … Continue reading

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The Future of Belonging in This Place

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Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
It took 27 years for me to come home. For years I felt the lone voice screaming “Come on the Bay” amongst the red and black rugby faithful during Canterbury’s 1980s Ranfurly Shield…

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The Myth of New Zealand’s Strong Economy


I keep hearing the repeated emptiness that New Zealand has a ‘strong economy’. It has become a cliché, a soundbite that has become unthinkingly repeated, a lie that is now absorbed into the national psyche. I was writing something on … Continue reading

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