Trevor Loudon Tours Montana This Week
October 15, 2017 – 11:19 pm EST | One Comment

I’ll be touring Montana this week, the first time since 2012. I’m so looking forward to meeting lots of strong Conservatives and Constitutionalists, and checking out the wildlife and the scenery. Here’s where I’m going to be speaking. Monday, Oct 16 – 3803 Brooks St., Missoula, 6.30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Fairbridge Inn, 1701 […]

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W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 6, Bob Rigg
April 15, 2006 – 12:13 am EST | No Comment
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 6, Bob Rigg

Some older readers might remember my sixth Where Are You Now, Campus Radical? profile subject, Bob Rigg, from Victoria Uni in the mid ’60s (he got an MA in 1967). He was much better known at Waikato in the ’70s. He edited the student paper, “Nexus”, in 1974 and stirred up no end of controversy […]

More Communists Than Ever?
April 14, 2006 – 12:11 am EST | One Comment
More Communists Than Ever?

This is a point of view you’ll never see in the main stream media. Sobering and almost certainly true. Peter Symon, general secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, writing in the Guardian, 14.12.05 In October 2005, no less than 73 communist and workers’ parties participated in a conference in Athens. Another nine parties sent […]

The World’s Most Expensive Escargot?
April 13, 2006 – 11:55 pm EST | One Comment
The World’s Most Expensive Escargot?

ACT MP Heather Roy, puts things in perspective. Yesterday, Conservation Minister Chris Carter approved the relocation of 250 Powelliphanta Augustus snails to a new home, so that Solid Energy can develop a coal mine on the West Coast. Moving the endangered snails – by hand – will cost Solid Energy $120,000 per snail. There’s no […]

Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 1
April 13, 2006 – 2:32 am EST | 6 Comments
Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 1

I like nothing better than quoting socialists own words back at them. Below are excerpts from a speech made in Sydney by Catherine Delahunty taken from Kotare’s website. My comments are in bold. The venue is not stated, nor is it dated, but my guess is some time in late 2004 or 2005, because of […]

Catherine Delahunty- Red/Green Schoolmarm
April 12, 2006 – 2:25 am EST | 3 Comments
Catherine Delahunty- Red/Green Schoolmarm

The Kotare School’s Education co-ordinator/tutor is Catherine Delahunty. In the role since 1999, Delahunty’s role involves teaching, running workshops and helping to arrange the many speakers, tutors and courses run regularly at Kotare. According to Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa’s, “Foreign Control Watchdog” of December 2004 Catherine Delahunty is a CAFCA member and an […]

Who Runs the Kotare Trust?
April 11, 2006 – 3:33 am EST | 4 Comments
Who Runs the Kotare Trust?

The trustees of the Kotare School are an interesting mix of “former” communists, socialist academics, “community workers” and the radical religious. Here is a list of the trustees from 1995 and 2005, together with short profiles. December 1995 Tim Howard (Chairman) In the ’90s Howard was a leader of the East Timor Independence Committee and […]

Small Minority Forces Big Backdown
April 11, 2006 – 3:19 am EST | 5 Comments
Small Minority Forces Big Backdown

The French government has backed away from planned labour law reform that would have made hiring and firing young workers more flexible. Despite the legislation being passed, the French government, in a huge backdown, has promised to can the reforms after weeks of protests and demonstrations. According the Radio NZ this morning, the unions and […]

Peru-Next Socialist Victory in Latin America?
April 10, 2006 – 10:09 pm EST | No Comment
Peru-Next Socialist Victory in Latin America?

From Green Left Weekly Peru will go to the polls on April 9 in a hotly contested presidential race. Leading pre-election polls is Ollanta Humala, from the Union for Peru Party, a former army officer who led a rebellion against former president Alberto Fujimori in 2000. Humala describes himself as revolutionary and has spoken out […]

Where is Kotare School?
April 10, 2006 – 1:58 am EST | One Comment
Where is Kotare School?

According to the Kotare Trust website, the school is situated at 510 Wayby Station Rd, Hoteo North, Wellsford. Aotearoa / New Zealand. Wellsford is halfway between Auckland and Whangarei. The town also hosts Sue Bradford’s electorate office. The school is situated on one hectare of land that was originally part of Kingfisher Farm. The residential […]

How the Kotare School Was Conceived and Why
April 9, 2006 – 11:59 pm EST | One Comment
How the Kotare School Was Conceived and Why

Below is verbatim article from “Common Ground”, March 1995, newsletter of Sue Bradford’s, People’s Network. The article is unsigned, but “Sue and Karen” of the Auckland People’s Centre are listed as contacts. These were almost certainly, Sue Bradford and Karen Davis. “For many years it has been apparent to people working in community in Aotearoa […]

Sue Bradford, Nice Lady, Shame About the Politics, Part 5 (Final)
April 9, 2006 – 4:09 am EST | One Comment
Sue Bradford, Nice Lady, Shame About the Politics, Part 5 (Final)

Although as late as 2001, Sue Bradford was yearning for a “true Internationale, one which has the hope of achieving world-wide revolutionary change“, you won’t hear her say the “S” word, let alone the “C” word, much in public these days. At number three on the Green Party list in 2005, Sue Bradford now has […]

Paolo Friere and Myles Horton
April 9, 2006 – 1:18 am EST | One Comment
Paolo Friere and Myles Horton

Two of the great Marxist educators of the 20th Century, Myles Horton and Paolo Freire, admired each others work. In 1990 they collaborated on a book “We Make the Road by Walking”- consisting of conversations on their respective brands of education for “social change” It would probably have tickled them to know that less than […]

Who Was Paolo Freire?
April 8, 2006 – 6:25 am EST | No Comment
Who Was Paolo Freire?

Paulo Freire was one of the most influential educators of the 20th century. Born in 1921 in Recife Brazil, Freire attended University there and became interested in Marxism. He simultaneously maintained a commitment to “Christianity” and his brand of Christian Marxism has made a major contribution to the “Liberation Theology” that has swept the third […]

What’s Bloody Loudon on About?
April 8, 2006 – 5:58 am EST | 4 Comments
What’s Bloody Loudon on About?

Why are you devoting large amounts of column space to a leftist school in Tennessee, when there are so many burning issues in NZ? Because Highlander shows that an obscure radical school can have a huge impact on an entire country. Why are you “exposing” the likes of Rosa Parks. Don’t you believe the US […]

Rosa Parks, Highlander’s Most Famous Student
April 8, 2006 – 4:07 am EST | One Comment
Rosa Parks, Highlander’s Most Famous Student

When Rosa Parks died last year, the whole world re-heard the story of the woman who sparked the US “Civil Rights” movement. This is the version most people know. A poor tired black seamstress took a seat in the front of a Montgomery, Alabama bus on December 1, 1955. The driver asked her to move […]

Communists at Highlander
April 7, 2006 – 3:53 am EST | No Comment
Communists at Highlander

The Highlander Folk School was constantly under attack for its alleged communist affiliations, teachings and personnel. The attacks were of course entirely justified. The famous 1957 photo above shows Martin Luther King attending a session at the Highlander School. Person 2 is Abner Berry, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party USA.Person […]

Highlander’s Founder; Myles Horton
April 6, 2006 – 4:55 am EST | 3 Comments
Highlander’s Founder; Myles Horton

Excerpts from an adapted obituary, New York Times January 1990 Myles Horton was born in 1905, in Savannah, Tennessee. He entered Cumberland College in Tennessee in 1924 and almost immediately led a student revolt against the hazing of freshmen by fraternities. But it was a summer job in 1927, when he was teaching Bible school […]

Highlander’s History
April 6, 2006 – 3:28 am EST | One Comment
Highlander’s History

Here are excerpts on the history of the Highlander School from their website. “Highlander was created in 1932 by Myles Horton and Don West in Grundy County, Tennessee. Theologian Reinhold Neibuhr wrote the first fundraising appeal for Highlander, and Lillian Johnson, a Tennessee educator and suffragist, donated her farm outside of the town of Monteagle […]

The Highlander School
April 6, 2006 – 3:06 am EST | No Comment
The Highlander School

The Highlander Reasearch and Education Center is an iconic institution of the American Left According to their website The Highlander Center is a residential popular education and research organization based on a 106-acre farm in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, twenty-five miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 1932, Highlander has gathered workers, grassroots […]

Please Bear With Me
April 5, 2006 – 11:16 pm EST | 2 Comments
Please Bear With Me

Please bear with me. The next series of posts may seem a bit obscure. It’ll all make sense in the end.

You Won’t Want to Miss This!
April 5, 2006 – 10:16 pm EST | 3 Comments
You Won’t Want to Miss This!
Sue Bradford, Nice Lady, Shame About the Politics, Part 4
April 5, 2006 – 3:50 am EST | 10 Comments
Sue Bradford, Nice Lady, Shame About the Politics, Part 4

By the mid ’90s, Sue Bradford was firmly committed to a new project. This was “People’s Network”, the culmination of her earlier “Building Our Own Futures” project. Established in late 1994, the People’s Network linked a wide range of individuals and groups from all over the country and published a regular magazine “Common Ground”. Organisations […]

Admissibility of Evidence
April 4, 2006 – 10:29 pm EST | No Comment
Admissibility of Evidence

Keith Ng of On Point has posted an excellent interview with a lawyer on the admissibility of prior convictions or evidence of past wrongdoing in court. View the whole post here Under what circumstances are prior convictions inadmissible as evidence?Evidence of prior bad acts, whether they resulted in conviction or not, are generally inadmissible. Your […]

Red Rapporteur, Rodolfo, Releases Racial Report
April 4, 2006 – 3:24 am EST | 3 Comments
Red Rapporteur, Rodolfo, Releases Racial Report

UN Rapporteur, Rodolfo Stavenhagen has released his report on the state of indigenous (Maori) people in NZ. According to the Green Party’s FrogBlog, “Helen Clark has already called it “unbalanced”… It recommends, among other things, that the Treaty of Waitangi should be constitutionally entrenched, and that the Foreshore and Seabed Act should be repealed or […]

I Believe You Too, Louise
April 4, 2006 – 2:56 am EST | 6 Comments
I Believe You Too, Louise

I think by now most of us know about the suppressed evidence in the Louise Nicholas rape trial. Yesterday a group of Wellington women distributed 1200 leaflets exposing the suppressed information. One of the them was Grace Millar, from the UNITE union. I don’t often agree with socialists like Grace Millar, however I admire her […]

World Social Forum-Socialist/Muslim Love Fest
April 2, 2006 – 10:29 pm EST | No Comment
World Social Forum-Socialist/Muslim Love Fest

Excerpts from Green Left Weekly April 5th 2006 It had been touch and go for this six-day World Social Forum, postponed from January because of the devastating earthquake last October. But in the end, more than 35,000 people attended — mostly Pakistanis but also activists from 59 other countries… Farooq Tariq, the general secretary of […]

Socialist/Muslim Co-operation
April 2, 2006 – 10:08 pm EST | One Comment
Socialist/Muslim Co-operation

From Green Left Weekly, 5th April 2006 The fourth Cairo Conference took place on March 23-26 under the theme “With the resistance in Palestine and Iraq against globalisation, imperialism and Zionism. Those attending the conference included the International Socialist Tendency, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the Red Alliance in the Netherlands, Palestine solidarity activists from Canada […]

Who’s Saving the Snails?
April 2, 2006 – 2:48 am EST | 85 Comments
Who’s Saving the Snails?

According to Scoop 14 March 2006 Twenty-two members of the Green Party, walked into Happy Valley for the weekend to show their support to members of the indefinite occupation. The Save Happy Valley Coalition is grateful for the support shown by members of the Green Party and is pleased to be able to share interest […]

Spies and Conflict at Happy Valley
April 2, 2006 – 2:31 am EST | One Comment
Spies and Conflict at Happy Valley

According to today’s Sunday Star-Times State-owned coal company Solid Energy has admitted hiring private investigators to spy on environmental activists protesting against a proposed West Coast mine. Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder said the company had a contract with Thompson and Clark Investigations Ltd, a private investigations firm specialising in providing security to the […]

Rodbo!
April 1, 2006 – 10:39 pm EST | 2 Comments
Rodbo!

From Rodney’s Blog Remember the Herald’s Rambo Hide story? It fuelled a lot of fury about a politician being photographed holding a gun—at a gun show of all places. I was back at the Henderson Gun Show yesterday and met the fellow who took the picture. He said the Herald paid him $1200 for it. […]