February 20, 2018 – 6:09 pm EST |

Russian interference in the 2016 US elections should come as no surprise. Moscow, both under Soviet and neo-Soviet (Putinist) rule, has attempted to influence US elections since the 1920s – usually on the Democratic Party side. Cross-posted from WND. The Soviets historically used the communist-controlled unions and co-opted journalists as the means to manipulate elections. […]

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Freedom, Responsibility and ACT on Campus
January 15, 2006 – 9:34 pm EST |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
"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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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, […]

NZers Involved in International Maoist Organisation
January 5, 2006 – 3:20 am EST |
NZers Involved in International Maoist Organisation

At least five NZ connected activists are directly involved in an international Maoist umbrella group, the International League for People’s Struggles. The ILPS was founded on the 27th of May 2001 in Zutphen, The Netherlands Below is a statement from the opening congress by Jose Maria Sison, leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines. […]

Eighteen Concerns of the International League for People’s Struggle
January 5, 2006 – 3:20 am EST |
Eighteen Concerns of the International League for People’s Struggle

EIGHTEEN CONCERNS OF THE ILPS 1. The cause of national liberation, democracy and social liberation against imperialism and all reaction; 2. Socio-economic development for oppressed and exploited countries and nations and social equity for all working people; 3. Human rights in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural fields against state violence, national oppression, class […]

I’m Not Proposing Marriage Here!
January 4, 2006 – 8:06 am EST |
I’m Not Proposing Marriage Here!

Funny how some incidents always stay with you. I’m a believer in libertarians, classic liberals and enlightened conservatives working together to advance the cause of freedom and defeat our common socialist enemy. Years ago I heard a talk by US conservative, Allan Stang, on getting groups to co-operate. He gave this example of how to […]

Partial Solution to Abortion Dilemma
January 4, 2006 – 1:16 am EST |
Partial Solution to Abortion Dilemma

It amazes me that anyone is surprised by a study by the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, claiming that women who have had abortions have higher risk of mental problems in later years. The long term study of 500 women, claims that women who have had abortions have significantly higher rates of depression, […]

Boycott Bolshevik "Body Shop"
January 4, 2006 – 12:42 am EST |
Boycott Bolshevik "Body Shop"

According to NZPA, “Body Shop” is getting in behind behind Green MP Sue Bradford’s campaign to remove the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents punishing their children. “Ms Bradford has a member’s bill in Parliament to repeal the law involved – section 59 of the Crimes Act, on which public submissions have been called. […]

Maoists Winning in Nepal?
January 4, 2006 – 12:07 am EST |
Maoists Winning in Nepal?

After the NZ Human Rights Commission, one of modern Maoism’s biggest strongholds is the kingdom of Nepal. Since 1996, the Communist party of Nepal (Maoist) have been fighting a protracted guerilla war against government forces. Without outside intervention, there is a good chance the Maoists will seize power. As Nepal is a buffer state between […]

A Moscow Shithouse and the "Workers Friend"
January 3, 2006 – 2:42 am EST |
A Moscow Shithouse and the "Workers Friend"

Over the years I’ve interviewed, or corresponded with several former members of the Communist Party, Socialist Unity Party and the Socialist Action League. (Always keen to do more by the way, just email me. Workers Communist League, Radical Society etc also welcome). I’ve picked up some interesting anecdotes. Here’s one from the mid ’80s. A […]

No Sects Please, We’re Libertarians
January 2, 2006 – 9:16 pm EST |
No Sects Please, We’re Libertarians

A recent comment posted on David Farrar’s Kiwiblog on “yours truly”. “Loudon is a rather strange character at times. Sometimes reasonable sometimes rabid. He says he’ll work with anyone moving in a more liberal direction then links to the Locke (the three of us are a) Foundation which contradicts that. He links selectively. Certainly on […]