Trevor Loudon Tours Montana This Week
October 15, 2017 – 11:19 pm EST | 3 Comments

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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Heat Produces Light!
January 23, 2006 – 10:55 pm EST | 5 Comments
Heat Produces Light!

There’s been some scrapping over five blogs recently between some National supporters and some ACTivists. While there has been some personal stuff, I think the results have been positive. It’s got people thinking more about National/ACT relations and also what we need to do to improve our respective parties. Spiit of ’76 has come up […]

"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai
January 23, 2006 – 4:26 am EST | 5 Comments
"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai

Organisers of last weekend’s protest at Waihopai surveillance station are disappointed at the turnout and lack of local support. About a 100 protesters marched through Blenheim chanting “Waihopai spies, people die”, yet this inspired hardly a local to turn up in support. For all the publicity, it is actually a little bit woeful, how many […]

Bolivia’s New Leader, Cosies up to Castro
January 23, 2006 – 4:06 am EST | 3 Comments
Bolivia’s New Leader, Cosies up to Castro

Before even being inaugurated, Bolivia’s president-elect, Evo Morales of the Movemement Towards Socialism, paid a flying visit, just before new year, to Fidel Castro in Cuba. During the visit, Castro and Morales announced a 30-month plan to eliminate illiteracy in Bolivia, provide free eye operations to up to 50,000 Bolivians and provide 5,000 medical scholarships […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 1, Bruce Cronin
January 21, 2006 – 11:20 pm EST | 8 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 1, Bruce Cronin

Some of you who attended Auckland University in the ’80s and ’90s might remember my first “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?” profile, Bruce Cronin.Cronin is now is Director of Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Greenwich Business School, UK. He teaches on corporate strategy and business networks. “He has researched, consulted and published on […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.s are Coming!
January 21, 2006 – 10:42 pm EST | 3 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.s are Coming!

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on my Socialist Academic Profiles, so I thought I’d add another series to run in tandem. Some of my ex uni student readers might sometimes wonder, “what ever happened to those Marxist stirrers?, who tried to run student politics when I was at uni?”. You know the types; […]

Gerry Eckhoff Still Fighting for Property Rights
January 21, 2006 – 10:27 pm EST | 7 Comments
Gerry Eckhoff Still Fighting for Property Rights

Former ACT MP, Gerry Eckhoff might be back on the farm, but he’s still doing what he does best-sticking up for property rights From Newstalk ZB “Former ACT MP and Central Otago farmer Gerry Eckhoff has issued a trespass notice against DOC, stopping department staff going onto his property to survey a supposedly endangered plant. […]

Free Markets Make You Safer
January 21, 2006 – 2:25 am EST | 3 Comments
Free Markets Make You Safer

In an earlier post I wrote about how taxi companies and insurance companies, working together in a free market could ensure passenger safety more effectively and fairly, than an any state regulatory agency. I suggested that in a true free market, taxi companies could be sued and therefore would need to carry public liability insurance. […]

Why We Need a Free Market in Sperm
January 21, 2006 – 1:55 am EST | 6 Comments
Why We Need a Free Market in Sperm

From Radio NZ “Fertility clinics are turning down sperm donations from gay men because of Australian regulations aimed at curbing the spread of HIV, a fertility specialist says. A Wellington man says he has been discriminated against after he was rejected by a sperm bank as a donor because he is gay. The man, who […]

Keith Locke Wins "Hypocrite of the Year, 2006"…. in January!
January 19, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST | 13 Comments
Keith Locke Wins "Hypocrite of the Year, 2006"…. in January!

Green MP Keith Locke has pulled off a stunning coup in taking out the New Zeal “Hypocrite of the Year” award for 2006, in January. However our panel of judges felt compelled to award the prestigious prize to Mr Locke as they felt no one could possibly match his latest achievement. As reported in this […]

Nohopers Protest at Waihopai
January 19, 2006 – 1:46 am EST | 7 Comments
Nohopers Protest at Waihopai

The annual protest at the “US spybase” at Waihopai near Blenheim takes place this weekend. Organised by the Christchurch based, Anti Bases Campaign, a motley gathering of communists, anarchists, peaceniks, hippies and other no-hopers, will camp outside the base from Friday to Sunday and try to get themselves on TV. This how ABC describe the […]

Who Protests at Waihopai?
January 19, 2006 – 1:13 am EST | 4 Comments
Who Protests at Waihopai?

Waihopai protest 2000. Marxist Green MP Keith Locke. Waihopai protest 2003. On left, Dr Hannah Middleton, President, Communist Party of Australia.

Don Brash Looks to the Future
January 18, 2006 – 9:54 pm EST | 8 Comments
Don Brash Looks to the Future

According to Colin Espiner in today’s NZ Herald, Don Brash is firm on leading National into the next election and is realistic about the need to work with other parties. “Brash, who turned 65 after the election last September, said yesterday that after “overwhelming” positive feedback from the party, his colleagues and the public, he […]

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 […]