Leon Salter: The moral logic of Neoliberal discourse: Putting Judith Collins’ poverty comments into context

“It’s not that, it’s people who don’t look after their children, that’s the problem. “And they can’t look after their children in many cases because they don’t know how to look after their children or even think they should look after their children. I see a poverty of ideas, a poverty of parental responsibility, a poverty of love, a poverty of caring.”  … Read more
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Hirini Kaa: Squatters on their own Whenua

I’ve grown up in Auckland. I can’t say I love it as a city, but I’ve spent enough time in Palmerston North to appreciate some of Auckland’s unique qualities. It’s impossible to live in Auckland though and not notice the issue of race. I live in South Auckland and it’s rare to see a Pākehā at the shops or walking along the footpath. Conversely, it’s “spot the Māori” in the Remuera shops. Auckland is geographically… Read more

Orthodox masculinity, team sports, and violence against women.

By now everyone has heard about the assault suffered by a woman who was engaged by the Chiefs rugby club to perform at their end of season celebration. She had gravel thrown at her, alcohol poured on her, and was sexually assaulted by the players, and at the end of the night the players refused to pay her the full amount promised. According to other dancers, their behaviour is no surprise, as professional rugby players “… Read more

Dame Anne Salmond: The idea there’s no such thing as society is extremely damaging

In 1987 Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, gave a speech in which she declared, “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.” Unfortunately, however, she was mistaken. There is such a thing as society. Since time immemorial, human beings have worked together in groups beyond the individual and families to ensure their… Read more

Moana Maniapoto: Different deal — same stink “consultation”

All quiet on the TPPA front. Is that good or bad news? Well, it’s a bit of both, actually. The bad news is there’s a whole new acronym in town: RCEP. (And it’s going to suck at rallies. We’ll need Scribe to find rhymes for that baby.) RCEP stands for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. It’s a bit like the TPPA — except China is the big cheese, not the US. For New Zealand, the RCEP is a backstop to the TPPA.… Read more

Minority Representation in the US and NZ Carceral Systems

In the United States, there are 2.3 million incarcerated individuals, an increase of 500% over the last forty years. This represents a quarter of the worldwide prison population with around 700 per 100,000 Americans locked up, despite the US as a whole constituting only a twentieth of the global population. This is the highest of any advanced nation in the world – even the more authoritarian ones like Russia (by… Read more

Climate: considering future risk

Our ability to care for the environment depends, in part, on our ability to navigate risk. This issue looms large with climate change, says senior Landcare Research researcher Dr Alison Greenaway, who worked on the Royal Society of New Zealand report Climate Change Implications for New Zealand. We need climate-sensitive institutions, says Dr Greenaway, as well as environmental management that draws on a wide range… Read more

Andrew Judd and confronting new paradigms of racism

If you live in New Zealand, chances are you have heard of Andrew Judd in the last year or so. Likely it’s because his proposal to add a Māori ward seat onto the New Plymouth city council caused national uproar, making salient racial tensions not often brought to light. These reactions to Judd’s proposal exemplify a contemporary paradigm of Western racism, in which racist actions generally don’t materialise in… Read more

The free market will save us all. Well. Maybe not all of us.

In Eurozine’s interview Henry A. Giroux gave an indepth argument as to why a neoliberal model is failing academia, and in turn, society as a whole. Previously mentioned on eSocSci’s blog was how academia is being hamstrung by neoliberalism, and now we look at the effect neoliberalism has on business and national economies. In his interview Giroux correctly stated that at a nation level state sovereignty… Read more

People are retiring later in life, and why that might be a good thing

Simon Collins quoted me in the New Zealand Herald on Sunday: For thousands of years, people of all ages worked together in hunting, farming and domestic work as long as they were physically capable. That legacy still lingers in our farming sector. Dr Michael Cameron of Waikato University says it is the only industry whose share of employment in every age group above 55 is above the national average, rising from 7 per cent… Read more