@MaxRashbrooke “New Zealand up until the 1980s, was a fairly egalitarian country, apart from Maori and women”

helen mirren

HT: Heather Anderson.

Utopia, you are standing in it!

Max Rashbrooke is at it again in today’s Sunday Star Times – Wellington’s Sunday paper. He was painting pre-economic reform, pre-1984 New Zealand is a golden era of egalitarianism.

To do this, to paint pre-1984 New Zealand, pre-neoliberal New Zealand as a fairly egalitarian paradise, he only had to ignore up to two thirds of the population and the inequalities they suffered.

“New Zealand up until the 1980s was fairly egalitarian, apart from Maori and women, our increasing income gap started in the late 1980s and early 1990s,” says Rashbrooke. “These young club members are the first generation to grow up in a New Zealand really starkly divided by income.”

Racism and patriarchy can sit comfortably with a fairly egalitarian society if you are to believe the Left over Left.

As he implies in the paper today, captioned and quoted above, New Zealand in the 1980s was not fairly egalitarian…

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  1. Trackback: @JohnQuiggin on “How New Zealand fell further behind” @FairnessNZ | Utopia - you are standing in it!
  2. Trackback: @MatthewHootonNZ @dpfdpf NZ top 1% is still bone lazy – top 1% income shares USA, New Zealand and Australia since 1913 | Utopia - you are standing in it!
  3. Trackback: @malosilima food banks existed in NZ since the 19th century | Utopia - you are standing in it!
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