Day: March 5, 2017

My favourite @FairnessNZ graphic


Source: Low Wage Economy | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – Te Kauae Kaimahi, with extra annotations by this blogger.

To paint pre-1984 New Zealand, pre-neoliberal New Zealand as a fairly egalitarian paradise, Max Rashbrooke is an example, is to ignore 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 vision of the Twitter Left as to their good old days.

John Quiggin refers to the period in Australia known as the Menzies Era as part of his golden age of the mixed economy. The Menzies Era was most of the 23 years of uninterrupted conservative party rule between 1949 and 1972. The actual Menzies Era was the period up to 1966 when Liberal Party Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies retired



donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedPresident Donald Trump has again triggered a tsunami with a series of tweets.  Trump went to his favorite device to accuse his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower.  “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Various news outlets have noted that Breitbart just ran a story on the use or attempted use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to investigate connections to Russian banks.  The story was covering allegations voiced by radio host Mark Levin.

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Decline of the Dad Job

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

Before I learnt to read I made sense of the world by conjuring up images in my mind, particularly for abstract concepts. I could count before I could read and had an image for each number. Many of them were onomatopoeic, so six, for example, was person being sick. My mental images for morning, afternoon and evening must have come from early memories of someone saying the words to my mother. The images and voices for morning and evening were male. But for afternoon it was a woman’s voice. This is not surprising because it reflected the pattern of the day.

In the mornings of my early childhood, there were lots of men about. Sometimes we would go to the shops and there would be men serving, like the butcher and the greengrocer. The mornings were also when men came round and did things. The men who lived on the road went off…

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Analysis of Left’s mob violence at Middlebury, their fast track to irrelevance.

Fabius Maximus website

Summary: Another example of mob violence by the Left against their political foes. While not fascism, societies’ tolerance for political violence helped bring fascists to power. No volume of screaming “Nazi Nazi” at Trump can hide these simple facts.

“For many of the people who have turned out for the current protests, it has been a kind of group therapy, and already seem to be cementing new, cross-sectional liberal coalitions.”
New York Times.

Burning free speech By Mike Wade in The Times.

Leftists were right! After Trump’s election free speech is under attack as mobs assaulting people for speaking out. The latest was at Middlebury College, Vermont. As usual, it was Leftist mobs suppressing speech of conservatives. This is not fascism, but was a tactic used by Nazis.

Charles Murray, a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence, was invited to speak on campus by…

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Critic of Islam is excoriated by Georgetown students for being “Islamophobic” and promulgating “hate speech”

Why Evolution Is True

Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian-American who converted to Christianity from Islam, wrote several books criticizing Islam, its treatment of women and sharia law, and is the director of Former Muslims United. Given that her father was assassinated by the Israeli Defense Force for Islamic terrorism, you’d think she’d be violently anti-Israel, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, as she is a strong supporter of Israel. Here’s the mission statement from her website:

While the radical leftists, from Obama to the universities to the dominant media deny that radical Islam is a threat to America and the West and abet the mass in-migration of hundreds of thousands of people who are hostile to us and our values, they aggressively shut out voices which are warning of the danger. We are truly in a David-versus-Goliath moment.

There are stark differences between Islamic and Western culture. Above all, Islamic Sharia…

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