How using the language of angry men empowers angry men

One of the impacts of the last US election campaign was that a new lexicon entered our political world. Cuck, beta, snowflake, fake news, alternative facts became favourites of white supremacists and misogynists [I think this is more accurate than saying Alt-Right and Men’s Rights activists respectively]. Cuck: a weak and emasculated man, a conservative… Read More How using the language of angry men empowers angry men

Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.

I have just finished watching, and then reading, Donald J. Trump’s speech at his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. It probably wasn’t a great use of an early Saturday morning. Trump is obviously no orator. When he uses a teleprompter, as he did today, he has all the presence… Read More Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.

How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change

Amongst the fear, loathing, rage and acceptance of my Twitter feed (that was mostly my tweets), @LewSOS from over on kiwipolitico asked a compelling question that I have been pondering myself for a while. What can we do here in Aotearoa New Zealand to avoid our own Brexit or Trumpocalypse. What lessons are there? First… Read More How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change

Counterpoint: you shouldn’t be concerned about the US Election 2020

[Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the result of the election. For my reaction and response, have a read of this blog] When I worked at the Merivale Community Centre, we ran a few youth programmes. Whenever funders asked us for demographics, they wanted to focus on deficits, and there were plenty to… Read More Counterpoint: you shouldn’t be concerned about the US Election 2020

You should be concerned about the US Election… in 2020

[Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the result of American election. For my response, read this blog here] My wife and I have been blessed with four children. During each pregnancy, whenever a well-meaning but misguided person would ask how she was feeling about the birth, my wife would comment that it wasn’t… Read More You should be concerned about the US Election… in 2020

Nukes are back in fashion: proliferation, a terror we thought we had left behind

In the beginning of October, 40 million Russians engaged in three days of drills in preparation for a nuclear or natural disaster. Last week, Vladimir Putin instructed Russian officials overseas to bring all their relatives home. India and Pakistan are escalating their decades old conflict in the Kashmir. Syria and Iraq seem quagmires that more… Read More Nukes are back in fashion: proliferation, a terror we thought we had left behind

It’s time for an intervention: Australia’s goose-stepping over refugees to villainy

It is a matter of historical record that the majority of European governments knew of the existence of concentration camps prior to World War II. Political refugees who had escaped the Third Reich brought reports of beatings, torture and executions, and this was backed by a few brave reporters. European powers reacted with disbelief. Similarly,… Read More It’s time for an intervention: Australia’s goose-stepping over refugees to villainy