Category Archives: Neoliberalism & Corporatism

The Economics of Poverty, and the Poverty of Economics


A few years ago, a couple of local politicians made an extraordinary offer.  Come to Hawke’s Bay and invest, they said, for we have low wages and conditions. This thinking imagines that economic success comes, not from the creative dynamism … Continue reading

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Leibniz, a Library, and Neoliberalism


Random thoughts you need to write down.  A discussion on three things.  First, Leibniz’s concept of Monads – a single view of a complex whole, say London looking West from the Tower of London. Leibniz’s Monad concept is about seeing … Continue reading

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Are Lower Wages Better for Business? Will they Shift us to a Creative Society?


Morning rant after listening to Steven Joyce et al. on Morning Report (25th October 2017) claim to be the friend of business.  Tosh.  Increasing wages are linked to building economies through building *both* social capital and demand.  Yet we’re already … Continue reading

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Jacinda, can we please have the Goodnight Kiwi back!


Jacinda, can we please have the Goodnight Kiwi back. And while you’re at it, can we have our once superb, public service, independent questioning broadcaster back. Load it again with bags of satire and documentaries where the face of the … 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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Is This our Neoliberal Meritocracy?


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 a humorous conversation and be great company … Continue reading

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The Housing Crisis and Neoliberalism


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 of the Irish Potato famine. It so … Continue reading

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