This week’s, Michael Cullen Award for Pseudo-Intellectual Blather, goes to Waikato University legal academic, Claire Breen. Writing in today’s Sunday Star/Times Ms Breen wowed the judges with this truly exquisite piece of bullshit.
“Labelling anyone who believes in a “socially just” society as socialists as Lindsay Mitchell did (November 13th) will be seen by some as flattering, by others as a misrepresentation, depending on one’s understanding of ideologies.
With more than 30 varieties of socialism in practice, from the extreme and now defunct totalitarian state-capitalism of Russia, to the benign social-democracy of NZ’s left leaning political parties-which incidentally, prefer a mixed economy of private and public than ACT’s extreme of private only-where does Michell stand?
Mitchell stands closer to Marx than he would care to admit.
Marx wrote in his “Manifesto” that the unemployed were to be regarded as social scum. “that passively rotting mass thrown off by the layers of old society”.
(Reminiscent perhaps) of an ACT attitude reflected in their ravings against the dispossessed of the Rogernomic-economic revolution.
I doubt if we will be hearing words like “elimination” and “gulags” from ACT, but “Comrade Rodney Hide” has a certain deliriously ironic ring to it as he and his party, appear to share Comrade Karl’s beliefs towards the unemployed or any other group in need of social justice.”
Don’t laugh, this person might be marking your son or daughter’s exam papers one day.