Ferguson, the SIS, IS & Kōhanga Reo: signs of an incoming storm for the 1%

It’s been a bad news week so far. The Ferguson Grand Jury has decided that Darren Wilson, the US policeman who shot an unarmed black youth, Michael Brown, will not stand trial for that shooting. This has led to two nights of community protests that have been caricatured as ‘riots’ and ‘looting’ by mainstream media,… Read More Ferguson, the SIS, IS & Kōhanga Reo: signs of an incoming storm for the 1%

Dirty Politics: it’s not about getting rid of them, but getting rid of the us & them

Since the release of Dirty Politics, my timelines in various media have been full of activists and party workers from the Left enjoying the discomfort of the National Party and forlornly encouraging people to vote to get rid of them. Their contention is that some combination of Labour, Greens and Internet Mana will be a… Read More Dirty Politics: it’s not about getting rid of them, but getting rid of the us & them

Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics: Why John Key will be pretty relaxed about that

Critics and supporters alike spend an inordinate amount of time talking about John Key’s smile. But it’s the eyes that have it, not the smile. The eyes are the secret to his success. But more about that later. I’ve read a lot of Noam Chomsky over the years and I was lucky enough to hear… Read More Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics: Why John Key will be pretty relaxed about that