April 19, 2019

We’re All Slaves On One Big Tax Plantation

By VJM

Most people today are horrified by the idea of chattel slavery. The practice is widely considered one of the most vile and evil institutions in human history, and for good reason. What most people fail to realise, however, is that we are still slaves living on a big plantation, but instead of cotton it’s all […]

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February 28, 2019

Anarkiwi vs Harry Browne

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

But that’s not quite true is it, Harry? There are gangs fighting over pharmaceutical and alcohol territories, even primary produce such as honey and apples. The warriors dress in suits and make millions of dollars, investing heavily in political patronage as they seek greater market rents by using the law and “food safety” to exclude […]

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February 26, 2019

Who Owns Yours?

By Gekko

There is a meme that appears to hold a lot of currency in libertarian circles, and which is often used by those who, for want of a better expression, really should know better. It’s the idea that the state, in claiming ‘rent’ from property owning individuals, reveals itself as the ‘true’ owner of your property. […]

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February 26, 2019

Can We Euthanise Parliament, And Start Again?

By VJM

Animal lovers and ethologists in New Zealand were dealt a blow yesterday by the news that four baboons at Wellington Zoo had to be put down, on account of that their social structure had collapsed. This social collapse had led to increased interpersonal aggression, and it was decided that it would be cruel to allow […]

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February 24, 2019

1940: Tomorrow Dies

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

‘Tomorow’ magazine 1934-1940; The major left-wing counter-culture magazine of its time. Edited and printed in Christchurch (of course,) distributed nationally. Full up with the cracker-jack young poets, academics, and even government insiders (eg W. Sutch, H. Innes) it was written by and for a temporary spurt of intellectual and creative young Victimhood Culture champions. The […]

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February 23, 2019

1937: Death of Rua Kenana

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Rua Kenana died 82 years ago yesterday (20/Feb/1937.) The great Maori anarchist who looks like Bob Marley. By his charisma and Bible wielding, Kenana created a settlement called New Jerusalem in the Urewera Ranges. These Maoris really showed the world and they were on their way to having their own nation. Kenana’s folk didn’t give […]

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February 21, 2019

Almost All Cases of Growing Cannabis Are Altruistic

By VJM

New Zealand cannabis law reform supporters were overjoyed on Monday by the news that Rose Renton was discharged without conviction in her case at the Nelson District Court. Charged with the cultivation of 58 plants, she could have been facing seven years’ imprisonment. As this essay will examine, the logic used to exonerate her could […]

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February 19, 2019

1936: Kings High

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Principal: Schools being asked to do parents’ role. Great speech kicks in at 4mins Kings High (est 1936, in time for James K Baxter to attend) is a Dunedin boys-only school. Rector/Headmaster Dan Reddiex is upholding a tradition which, of course, goes back to deep roots among the Scottish Presbyterians: The core value of quality […]

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February 18, 2019

1960: Henderson Intermediate

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Henderson intermediate (‘where students flourish and grow’) established out of Henderson High (Auckland) in about 1960. Within the last year or two they came up with this simple R2P2 (Respectful, Responsible, Prepared, Proud) school values idea. My guess is it happened in 2015 to coincide with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. The Principal, or whoever […]

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February 17, 2019

1953: Prize-Giving Speech

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Prize-Giving Speech was recorded on LP for  Barney Flanagan and Other Poems (1973) but dates, I think, from poet J.K.Baxter’s The Fallen House (1953.) Baxter wrote many powerful poems to deliberately provoke and enliven New Zealand culture. Such attempts needed to be frustrated by being re-framed as a friendly Kiwiana icon. Like the song Born in the […]

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February 15, 2019

1870: The University of New Zealand Act

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

2 September 1870: The University of New Zealand Act An act to take take over perfectly good and individual institutions and roll them into one state-controlled kragled ball. The academic version of abolishing the provinces! Effective 1874. Eventually another reform released the individual universities again but that itself, you may be sure, was simply another […]

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February 13, 2019

Taxing Nobody

By Gekko

This guy is a clown. Apart from being a bizarre legalese defence that would be relatively easy to dismiss, the very act of making a legal claim against taxation will always fail. Petitioning the state, which rests its entire legitimacy on its ability to enforce a legal framework through which it can raise taxes, via […]

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February 8, 2019