December 13, 2018

The Four Ways to Become Enslaved

By VJM

Chains can be physical, mental, or spiritual There are many different ways that a person can become enslaved to the will of another or to a group of others. Although people usually associate the term ‘slavery’ with the chattel slavery of the American South, there are as many different kinds of slavery in the human […]

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August 23, 2018

South Island Independence

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Vince, at VJM, recently made a case for our South Island succeeding from The State to form its own organisation. The suggestion has come up due to some fringe pressure from the likes of Solomon Tor-Kilsen of Timaru and Pat McCarrigan of Dunedin. TVNZ reporter Julian Lee made a mocking prime time news item lampooning the […]

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August 23, 2018

The Case For South Island Independence

By VJM

There has been some talk recently about a South Island independence movement, and the initial reaction of most has been to assume it is a joke. If one thinks about it rationally, however, it actually makes more sense for the South Island to become independent than for it to remain part of New Zealand. This […]

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August 23, 2018

Nationalism

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Syndicated from http://ahnz.anarkiwi.co.nz/nationalism/

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August 23, 2018

No serotonin for you, Boomer!

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Date: [ca 26 January 1944] An absolute disaster for parent/child attachment. Great if you don’t want to be with your newborn for 14 days during that crucial bonding time. No serotonin for you! Just visits from the wheelbarrow to be used as a milk machine. Not great for more old school mothers (and new school […]

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August 23, 2018

Superstition and Kiwifruit

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

“The savage fails to recognise those limitations over his power over nature which seem so obvious to us.”- Fraser — Prime Minister John Key takes part in the Maori blessing of the Singapore Kiwifruit Gooseberry office, led by a wood carver with pretensions of being Dumbledore. Photo: New Zealand Ministry of Zespri (August 2015) Syndicated […]

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August 23, 2018

Monument to Kiwi Vanity

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

November 2005, John Cleese, best known as a co-founder of Monty Python, went on tour in New Zealand…and attacked Palmerston North! Performance artists on press tours always need to either praise or attack the locality they are in so they can get publicity for their show. Visitors to New Zealand have a long history of doing […]

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August 23, 2018

You Can’t Inherit Freedom

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

“New Zealanders may well wake up one day to find a military dictator riding them and wonder how he got there…. ; yet most of our institutions are inherited and there is no common understanding that they were born of struggle.”- Bill Pearson — Image ref. Prime Minister Volkner; Sleeping Dogs (1977)

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August 22, 2018

Anarchy is Personal Responsibility

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Little bit on the Existentialist side but I’ll share it. Love ‘Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ and when I first read it I thought that if ever I get involved in some Libertarian secessionist colony that this text would be a big part of any blueprint.

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August 22, 2018

Tall Poppy Syndrome Is A Slave Morality

By VJM

The Scandinavians call it Jantelagen, Nietzsche called it slave morality, we call it the Tall Poppy Syndrome, but it all amounts to the same thing – a horizontalisation of social attitude that bitterly refuses to give credit where it’s due; a sneering, snivelling resentment that seeks to rip down anyone who distinguishes themselves for any […]

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August 22, 2018

An MP for a Pet

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Peter Dunne, MHR 1987-2017; Reminds me of another (but fictional) student-politician: Ben, from Parks and Recreation. For a long time, Dunne occupied a special niche as a super-duper on-the-fence Centrist for hire that both Labour and National took on. He served in the boring role of Minister of Revenue for Bolger, Clark, and Key. The […]

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August 22, 2018

The Appeasement Express

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Our unique West Auckland heritage railways were killed off in 2014 for political reasons. Initially the propaganda excuse was the old ‘health and safety reasons’ line, which did not stack up. More recently, of course, there has been the switch-up to the new propaganda of ‘kauri dieback’ disease. This had led to even greater closures […]

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August 22, 2018