|The myths of market forces|
It has to be made clear, market forces cannot solve the problems facing us - and indeed have created the inequality that is leading to a range of problems.
There will be no space for a 'Kiwi Dream' for all until we point out the failures of the market forces nightmare which has only rewarded the 'winners'.The neo- liberal ideology needs to be identified and shown to be failing before a new ‘dream’ , vision, or ideology has any chance of capturing the minds and hearts of the voters
|All too true|
We need to utilize the same strategy used by Margaret Thatcher,
|Back to the future!|
Richard Wilkinson’s short video is a good start. Watching it has the power to make, all but the hardened ‘free market’ converts, feel ashamed about New Zealand’s poor showing compared to other nations.
|A lost dream?|
Worse still the values underpinning the market economy has led to the development of divisive attitudes of superiority and inferiority; we have become a society premised on achieving individual status based on consumerism. We are now a judgmental society based on how well off we are - those who are left behind have only themselves to blame.
|Poverty - a major growth area|
The growing power of corporate power, as seen in the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement is in conflict with our sovereignty. As well there is the issue of corporate avoidance of paying appropriate taxes resulting in the top 1% owning almost 50% of global wealth.
To develop a new story to inspire New Zealanders needs more than talking about a ‘Kiwi Dream’. The destructive aspects of the ‘free market’ need to be identified and its failings made common knowledge before a real alternative can be accepted.
It has meant privatizing public services, contracting them out to private providers. Short term business efficiency is now the model to emulate. Salaries for
executives have reached astronomical figures while for the majority wages have stood still. Many people, employed as independent operators, face a precarious future. As well many people in jobs are now the employed poor, often having to have several jobs to make ends meet.
The ‘free market’ was based on a myth of a ‘level playing field’ but the reality is different. We do not start with equal opportunity. Those who fall through the cracks now face an uncaring faceless bureaucracy while the wealthy get away with tax avoidance.
We are not just aiming to change the government, we are aiming to change the direction of our country. You can’t change things overnight but, with a Labour Government, New Zealand will be fairer, smarter, greener and more proud of its identity. It will be a New Zealand which, at the end of the day, we will feel much happier to leave to our children.'
David Cunliffe Labour Leader July 2014
Nigel Latta on inequality.
Pope Francis and Thomas Piketty on market forces and inequality
NZ Paradise Lost. Inequality by Max Rashbrooke.
The Myth of the Free Market
Ruth Roger and Me
Moving into a Post Capitalist World : Paul Mason
The End of Capitalism - Lester Thurow
Market forces and Education: Bryan Bruce
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