We revisit a fascinating and disturbing time in US politics when Bill Clinton showed his true colours; champion of the left he was not. It was 1992 and William Jefferson Clinton, the Governor of Arkansas, a Democrat vying for his party’s presidential nomination, was looking down the barrel of political defeat. To keep his presidential dream alive, he knew he had to do something radical. … Continue reading When Political Opportunism Runs Red
There’s a young mother sitting in WINZ with a baby resting atop the curvature of her hip – her great maternal hip – the anatomical totem of life in a hall of dying stars. “Where is the father?” they will ask: the stiff voice of a starched shirt. Her baby’s or her own? — they are of the same ilk, and she is destined, it … Continue reading The Waiting Room Lament (a poem)
National’s recent announcement, that they would send serious youth offenders to an army-run boot camp, has a whiff of antiquity. Like mothballs in a secondhand store. It also strikes me as both politically shrewd and ideologically regressive. I say shrewd because this is clearly a strategy to mine votes from NZ First by repositioning themselves once again as the rightful ‘tough-on-crime’ party. A dog whistle … Continue reading Boot camps are a relic and reveal a bankruptcy of ideas
An author of successive bestsellers, Naomi Klein is one of the most recognisable critics of the neoliberal consensus. The Shock Doctrine explored how unfavourable ‘free market’ policies have come to dominate the globe, in part through the exploitation of communities ravaged by disaster and warfare. In This Changes Everything, Klein took aim at society’s sluggish response to runaway climate change, suggesting – perhaps obviously – … Continue reading Eight Naomi Klein Quotes to Pester Your Friends With at Parties
Ah, the selfie. It’s subject to mixed reviews. To some, it is the epitome of a society gone to the pack, a society hopelessly enthralled in its own vanity. To others, it is just a harmless and fun way of documenting their journey through life (while reminding their friends incessantly of how cute they are). To politicians who consider themselves relatively au fait with technology, … Continue reading Game of Selfies: Political Edition
Meet Sam Taylor. She’s 27 and works as the Youth Justice Team Leader at Anglican Action supporting underprivileged young people, against the odds, to reach their potential. She is also standing for the Green Party in Hamilton East this election. Sam is probably unlike anyone you have met before. She has a striking presence: a natural and boundless warmth paired with a first-class mind. She is intimate and … Continue reading Sam Taylor: where heart meets political purpose
“I want to be effluent, mum!” “You are effluent, Kimmy! You have a half share in a unit, a Hyundai, a DVD player…” My husband and I recently binge-watched all four seasons of Kath & Kim. A lethal dose, I know, but somehow we survived it. He’d previously revealed his K&K virginity to me (shock horror!) and I felt it could not stand. In my view, Kath … Continue reading Kath & Kim: A Kapitalist Kritique?