Anthology of Cold-War propaganda.

Blog 207. “The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with […]

Atrocity Propaganda : Fear, Hate & Anger – a diet to die for!

Blog No 206. Blog 204, Parts I & II described the background to the ideological war between Eastern communalism and western ‘democracy. ’ Ideology I & Ideology II   China under the CCP, seems confident in its direction and in the demonstrable success of its endeavour to make China a better place for its citizens. It […]

Reasons to abandon NZ’s Five-Eyed Folly

Blog 205 The suggestion below is from someone well placed by experience to form an educated opinion. “Trade sanctions of the type Australia is facing are a weapon used by both USA and China. So let’s have a debate on whether we need Five Eyes, or whether it’s time for us to trade on independently.” […]

Ideological struggle Part II

Blog 204.Part II Part I of this blog looked at the ideological struggle that was emerging between the west, led by the American democracy and China, led by the Communist Party (CCP.) Both parties look at the struggle as an exhibition ground on which to demonstrate alternative political systems in the belief/hope that their particular […]

An illogical ideological struggle.

Blog 204: Part I: Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict. China is seen as challenging the West’s ideology of democratic neo-liberal capitalism. China, with […]

The Ardern government: Modern Monetary Theory and beyond.

Blog No.203 It is a long time since NZ had such a popular and charismatic leader. Jacinda’s popularity is not only a national phenomenon. The respect she has generated overseas would give NZ a significant advantage were it to attempt any of the international diplomatic initiatives of which the global community is in such desperate […]

The Rules-Based Order and how New Zealand could better defend itself from nuclear war and climate change.

Blog No. 202 This blog with a preface from the Editor appeared in a recent Scoop newsletter. Scoop The Dig recently contained a most timely item by Robert Patman on the foreign policy challenge facing New Zealand’s new government. Patman advocates New Zealand adding its diplomatic voice to those nations wishing to revise the status […]

Nuclear Disarmament: Part III: Climbing the Utopian Ladder.

Blog 201: A previous blog proposed the establishment of a NZ Strategic Policy Institute (NZSPI.)  NZ Think Tank This would be a think-tank modelled on Australia’s ASPI, but with a huge difference. The Australian think tank is funded by governments actively involved in confrontation with China and by major defence corporations that benefit from that […]

Disarmament: Part II: The Obstacle Course

Blog 201: Part II In the light of global governments’ incompetence in creating and coping with the crises of nuclear war, pandemic and climate/environment, improved outcomes from governmental decision-making are urgently required. Perhaps nations should consider arranging constitutional conventions. It is notable that a country high on the ‘Goodness Index’ is Ireland Ireland It stands […]

Disarmament: Part I. NZ’s challenge: setting the scene

Blog No: 201. New Zealand’s new, Labour government has no shortage of domestic policy questions requiring urgent attention. However, while dealing to these pressing matters it has also to be taking note of matters overseas.  There are multiple problems besetting the international community. These, in their turn, will beset NZ. Such problems, originating in other […]