March 22, 2019

Electoral Consequences of the Rise of a New Blue-Green Party in New Zealand

By VJM

Much recent attention has been given to the possibility that a new blue-green party might arise to contest the 2020 General Election. A man named Vernon Tava has been interviewed outlining his vision for the putative movement, which is said to have some support. In this article, demographer Dan McGlashan, author of Understanding New Zealand, […]

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January 31, 2019

VJMP Reads: Edward Bernays’s Propaganda I

By VJM

Fittingly, the Propaganda Ministry turns its attention to the granddaddy of all propaganda literature, Propaganda by Edward Bernays. This short book was written by Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, by way of explaining his own prodigious insight into the manipulation of mass consciousness in the America of 1928. He opens in the first chapter, […]

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January 30, 2019

1908: Wellington State Monopoly, Chinks Only!

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

For over a century the Chinese have secured a special place in the New Zealand marketplace. In the C19th most, not all, of our Chinamen were peasants grubbing for gold others couldn’t even be bothered re-working to extract. Most of these returned to the Orient and were made very unwelcome by Liberals politicians such as […]

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January 28, 2019

1930s: Whose News?

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

The State has a very long history of controlling the news media in New Zealand. Despite what some say, I don’t think the advent of the internet has caused the propaganda machine to lose its stride. Newspapers were mouthpieces for the state, usually in the pay of one or the other big party. Owners and […]

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January 27, 2019

Government Place Names

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

I don’t cede sovereignty to a State Geographic Board to dictate or compel my speech or what names I may or may not use. I wont beg or plead them for the right to think or name things because then I would recognise myself a victim and they the masters who bestow names and definitions […]

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January 26, 2019

1840: Wellington Anniversary

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

22 January, 1840, Aurora sails into Wellington two weeks before Treaty signed. First party of settlers of the New Zealand Company (Mark II). They had raced around the world seeking to defeat William Hobson and Willoughby Shortland and put down roots in New Zealand first. In other words, to beat the Crown! And they had […]

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January 23, 2019

1960: Arise, Television

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

1 June 1960: New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZ BS, lol!) broadcasts the country’s first regular (non-experimental) TV transmission in Auckland. Wellington and Christchurch would soon follow. I think this is true, that the Lattice of entertainment has been gummed up and stuck together with the Lattice of the Sacred. As a society we require dignified […]

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January 23, 2019

1970s: The Fall of Four Square Stores

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Four Square marketing ‘mad men’ were driving it hard into the home with this jigsaw puzzle.  Literally placing a picture of their product line into a game you get to play! Our products are your toys in your homes. Four Square Stores jigsaw puzzle box cover showing many Four Square grocery product lines – “An interesting […]

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January 21, 2019

2007: Paper Computer Dream Dies With Kiwi Inventor

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Paper Computers: We should have had them by now. You can even see the prototypes on Youtube. Dr. Alan MacDiarmid was the chemist who was supposed to deliver. Became one of the 3 Nobel Prizes awarded to New Zealanders for his work on conductive polymers. That was back in 2000, long before we had our […]

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January 20, 2019

Why Intelligence Can Never Be a Fixed Concept

By VJM

Intelligence is something that everyone appears to understand, but no-one can agree on a definition. Despite this, people are pretty sure that it can be measured. Although tests that measure IQ have been shown to have a lot of predictive value, a precise definition of term remains elusive. But as this essay will examine, intelligence […]

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January 20, 2019

1890: One Man, One Vote

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

The Liberals: A horrible bunch of wreckers leading New Zealand into Victimhood Culture. Once upon a time political power over the nation was only small and the only ones who could vote *had* to own the property which was being presided over. After the electoral system was changed to ‘one man, one vote’ anybody could […]

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January 19, 2019

1876: Maoris Demand Extermination of Te Reo

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Te Reo, the Maori language, was indeed quashed at one time in our history. I hope you haven’t had enough of me holding the State responsible for life’s ills yet because the history of this will have our usual theme.. “In recent years the fact that Maori children were punished for speaking Maori in the […]

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January 18, 2019