Khalid Kamau: DSA communist wins Georgia Council race
April 21, 2017 – 7:53 am EST | No Comment

Khalid Kamau, a member of the Marxist Democratic Socialists of America has resoundingly won a City Council seat in South Fulton, Georgia’s second largest city. Also Black Lives Matter activist and Democratic Party member, Khalid Kamau, won 43% of the vote in a five-way primary, then 67% in the April 18th run-off. Kamau’s impressive victory […]

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Three Generations of Real Revolutionaries
January 18, 2006 – 1:53 am EST | 6 Comments
Three Generations of Real Revolutionaries

Sir Roger Douglas, ACT MP Heather Roy and some of the ACT on Campus leadership at last weekend’s retreat in Wellington.

10,000 Hits
January 17, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST | 11 Comments
10,000 Hits

Just ticked over 10,000 hits in 68 days blogging (seems like forever). This is a lot better than I thought I’d do. Thanks for reading, thanks for your comments and thanks to the other bloggers for your links and hat tips.

A Typical Chilean Exile?
January 17, 2006 – 6:14 am EST | 5 Comments
A Typical Chilean Exile?

After Pinochet overthrew the Allende government in the early ’70s, thousands of Chilean socialists fled the country. Many came to NZ, including Victor Humberto Batista. Formerly an officer in the Chilean Army, Batista was tortured by Pinochet’s secret police, before fleeing the country to NZ. Batista settled in Wellington with his wife and eleven children. […]

Socialists Hold Chile, Chavez Cheers
January 17, 2006 – 6:13 am EST | 8 Comments
Socialists Hold Chile, Chavez Cheers

Abridged from today’s Reuter’s “Chile president-elect Michelle Bachelet, a Socialist who will be the country’s first female leader, vowed on Monday to shrink the gap between rich and poor that persists in the South American nation despite lower poverty and a thriving economy. Bachelet, from Chile’s ruling centre-left coalition, won 53 percent of ballots cast […]

Chile’s Socialist President, Michelle Bachelet
January 17, 2006 – 4:47 am EST | 6 Comments
Chile’s Socialist President, Michelle Bachelet

Chile’s first woman president, Michelle Bachelet has an interesting history.Bachelet, was born in Santiago in 1951, the daughter of an Air Force general. In 1971, while studying medicine at the University of Chile, she became active in the Socialist Party’s youth wing. At the time the party was “Guevarist” and was led by Marxist, Salvadore […]

Pravda’s View of Castro, Chavez and "Lula"
January 17, 2006 – 3:30 am EST | No Comment
Pravda’s View of Castro, Chavez and "Lula"

Text excerpts from Pravda online 28.7.05 by Ivan Shmelev “The beginning of the year 1959, when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, became a bucket of cold water emptied on the USA. Castro was not saying anything about socialism at first. However, the new Cuban leader aimed his political course towards the USSR after […]

Falloon on the Ins and Outs of Sperm Donation
January 16, 2006 – 6:29 am EST | 6 Comments
Falloon on the Ins and Outs of Sperm Donation

Andrew Falloon has an excellent piece on free market solutions to the sperm donor shortage. “Allow the free market to operate in sperm “donation.” If a couple (or single woman) wants a baby, is willing to pay, and a “donor” is willing to accept the terms, allow it. This would allow those wanting a child […]

MMP-More Marxists in Parliament, Part 3 (Final)
January 16, 2006 – 1:37 am EST | 6 Comments
MMP-More Marxists in Parliament, Part 3 (Final)

Part 2 here In September 1991, just prior to the formation of the Alliance Party, Bill Andersen wrote a widely circulated open letter, from his Socialist Party of Aotearoa, calling for a “people’s coalition to form a government of national salvation” in order to “meet the broad interests of the NZ people“. Andersen said the […]

Freedom, Responsibility and ACT on Campus
January 15, 2006 – 9:34 pm EST | 9 Comments
Freedom, Responsibility and ACT on Campus

Serendipity. I was just about to post on the subject “Freedom with Responsibilty” when I read Andy Davies’ comment on my last post. Andy was commenting on my description of new ACT on Campus president, Helen Simpson as a “social liberal”. This is what Andy, a committed Christian and “classic liberal” has to say about […]

New ACT on Campus President
January 15, 2006 – 2:14 am EST | 5 Comments
New ACT on Campus President

Helen Simpson of Auckalnd University branch, is the new ACT on Campus president. Helen is definitely on the libertarian end of the political spectrum and should prove an excellent advocate for socially liberal views. Helen was ACT’s Auckland Central candidate in the 2005 election. Andrew Falloon of Canterbury University branch, secured the vice-presidency. Andrew is […]

I Have Seen ACT’s Future and it is Phat
January 15, 2006 – 2:01 am EST | 12 Comments
I Have Seen ACT’s Future and it is Phat

Had a great day yesterday as an observer at the ACT on Campus retreat in Wellington.There was a good turnout, with reps from Auckland, Waikato, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago. On Saturday, the debate centred on AOC’s direction, widening the organisation to cater for non campus based activists and relations with the ACT Party. A […]

S.A.P. Number 4, David Neilson
January 13, 2006 – 4:32 am EST | 10 Comments
S.A.P. Number 4, David Neilson

My latest, Socialist Academic Profile, looks at Dr David Neilson, senior lecturer and convenor of Labour and Trade Union Studies at Waikato University. Neilson has an M.A. from Canterbury University and a PhD from the University of East Anglia. Like his previously profiled colleague, Paul Harris, Neilson has a solid Marxist background. One of NZ’s […]

How the Free Market Would Protect Your Daughter from Sleazy Taxi Drivers
January 13, 2006 – 3:48 am EST | 10 Comments
How the Free Market Would Protect Your Daughter from Sleazy Taxi Drivers

From Today’s Herald “Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven is promising to take a leadership role in revisiting a controversial law that from Monday will see up to 400 bus and taxi drivers lose their right to transport passengers. The livelihood of hundreds of bus and taxi drivers is being taken away as the new legislation […]

GMan Gives the Nats Some Tips
January 13, 2006 – 3:34 am EST | One Comment
GMan Gives the Nats Some Tips

Gman has analysed the National Party and come up with a eight point plan. Pretty sensible stuff.Here’s how he thinks the Nats should deal with ACT, NZ First and the Greens. “Maintain policy towards the Greens, New Zealand First and ACT; National should ignore ACT. ACT will take care of itself now that Rodney has […]

Who’d Dare Tread on these Pricks?
January 12, 2006 – 8:23 am EST | 5 Comments
Who’d Dare Tread on these Pricks?

Dave Henderson and Rodney Hide fly the famous “Gadsden Flag” over Dave’s Central Otago property. Some notes on the Gadsden Flag from Founding Fathers Info In the fall of 1775, the British were occupying Boston and the young Continental Army was holed up in Cambridge, woefully short on arms and ammunition. At the Battle of […]

S.A.P. Number 3, Paul Harris
January 12, 2006 – 2:12 am EST | 5 Comments
S.A.P. Number 3, Paul Harris

This Socialist Academic Profle looks at Dr Paul Harris, a senior lecturer in the Centre for Trade Union Studies at Waikato University. According to their web page, “People who have taken Labour Studies have found employment in both the private and public sector in areas such as human resource management, policy analysis, labour market research, […]

MMP-More Marxists in Parliament? Part 2
January 12, 2006 – 12:58 am EST | 3 Comments
MMP-More Marxists in Parliament? Part 2

Part 1 here By the late ’80s, the Socialist Unity Party and it’s fellow Marxist parties had long abandoned any idea of winning electoral support under their own banners. Consequently they relied on infiltrating and manipulating larger parties in order to gain leverage and influence. By that time, the SUP had, for many years controlled […]

"Hey Mr Tallyman, Harry’s Gone Bananas"
January 11, 2006 – 1:44 am EST | 6 Comments
"Hey Mr Tallyman, Harry’s Gone Bananas"

Singer/activist, Harry Belafonte has caused a stir in the US after calling President Bush a “tyrant” and a “terrorist”, while praising Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez. “No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions […]

Highway Robbery by Police
January 11, 2006 – 12:26 am EST | 2 Comments
Highway Robbery by Police

From today’s Herald. “The 10 busiest speed camera sites in the country churned out almost 60,000 fines in the past financial year, but police say the number is falling as motorists heed the call to slow down. National Party law and order spokesman Simon Power is calling for police to assure drivers speed cameras are […]

Russian Mafia Moving into Australasia
January 10, 2006 – 10:59 pm EST | 5 Comments
Russian Mafia Moving into Australasia

From yesterday’s Herald “NZ police are working with Australian authorities, the FBI, and Interpol to root out Russian gangsters — including former KGB agents — which have infiltrated Australasia, Australian Federal Police say. Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph reports the Russian gangsters have been establishing extortion, gun-running and prostitution rackets, and are also involved in fraud, drugs […]

Maharey Makes Two Good Points
January 9, 2006 – 10:49 pm EST | One Comment
Maharey Makes Two Good Points

Stole this off GenerationXY, one of the funniest blogs around. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

John Minto, New Communi.. Columnist for "Press"
January 9, 2006 – 3:47 am EST | 23 Comments
John Minto, New Communi.. Columnist for "Press"

My local paper, the Christchurch Press, has a new columnist. Unfortunately it’s arch socialist shit-stirrer, John Bernard Minto. Given that the Press seems to think his opinions are worthy of dissemination, it would be remiss of me, not to profile him. John Minto’s first real activism was in the mid ’70s with the National Anti […]

MMP-More Marxists in Parliament? Part 1
January 9, 2006 – 2:27 am EST | 7 Comments
MMP-More Marxists in Parliament? Part 1

The last election saw calls to abandon our Mixed Member Parliament form of proportional representation. Public dissatisfaction with MMP is growing with each parliament in which minor parties clearly have influence far beyond their size. Where did the drive for MMP come from, when so few now admit to having voted for it?Why, in 1993, […]

Who’s the Drier of the Two?
January 8, 2006 – 8:07 am EST | 3 Comments
Who’s the Drier of the Two?

From Rodney Hide’s blog. A holiday snap from Greymouth. “Who Says National and ACT Can’t Work Together?”

My Kind of Democrat, My Kind of State
January 8, 2006 – 7:37 am EST | 2 Comments
My Kind of Democrat, My Kind of State

From the Western Democrat Montana’s governor is pushing Republican Senator, Conrad Burns to oppose renewing the Patriot Act, saying the measure intended to help in the war on terror goes against what the vast majority of Montanans believe. “Montana values are not neighbors spying on neighbors,” Schweitzer, a Democrat, said Wednesday. Burns, however, said he […]

My Kind of Gun Control
January 8, 2006 – 7:27 am EST | One Comment
My Kind of Gun Control

Governor Schweitzer on gun control “I guess I kind of believe in gun control. You control your gun and I’ll control mine.”

Where to Now for ACT?
January 6, 2006 – 10:34 pm EST | 12 Comments
Where to Now for ACT?

If ever ACT has an opportunity to make changes, it is now. Not only does the party have a relatively new leader and a caucus of only two, but the party’s administrative hierarchy looks set for a major “changing of the guard.” After five years at the helm, president, Catherine Judd, is stepping down. Vice […]

Treasury’s New Coin Designs
January 6, 2006 – 10:23 pm EST | 4 Comments
Treasury’s New Coin Designs

Maksimovich over at Outsidethecube has a sneak preview of some of the new coins to be issued by Treasury in 2006. Check them out.

S.A.P. Number 2, David Small
January 6, 2006 – 12:05 am EST | 7 Comments
S.A.P. Number 2, David Small

My second Socialist Academic Profile is of David Small, a senior lecturer in Education at Canterbury University. Small is Chair, both of the Board of Studies for Interdisciplinary Programmes and Courses and the Board of Studies in Education. He is also co-president of the Canterbury Branch of the Association of University Staff. Small holds degrees […]

Save Lives, Get the Cops off our Roads!
January 5, 2006 – 11:51 pm EST | 3 Comments
Save Lives, Get the Cops off our Roads!

The Whig has done an excellent analysis of the MOT report on fatal road crashes for 2003 “The next thing you find out from the report, if you are clever and do the maths, is that of the 461 people killed in 2003, 65 were as a result of speeding with no alcohol involved. Yes, […]