Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Calling the race before it's over

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  • Barnard,

    Doesn't mean you can easily claim the 99% for the left.

    The whole reason centre right party's win elections is enough of that 99% can be convinced their interest lie with policies that also favour the 1%, or that policies that benefit those at the bottom are as much a threat to their status as it is to the tiny elites.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2012 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Barnard,

    Since 2nd WW there’s been I think 22 elections, Nats have come out as the biggest party in 14

    Up until 1987 the National party favoured a huge state sector, import controls, subsidies, a fixed exchange rate, industrial intervention, etc. It was basically "socialism run by Tories".

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4424 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Barnard,

    The whole reason centre right party’s win elections is enough of that 99% can be convinced their interest lie with policies that also favour the 1%, or that policies that benefit those at the bottom are as much a threat to their status as it is to the tiny elites.

    Or to put it succinctly, 'false consciousness'. It's how the New Right cashed in on the Reagan Democrats, the Essex Man and the Howard battler.

    What would it take to successfully challenge it? Transparency is just the start.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4162 posts Report Reply

  • Barnard, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Up until 1987 the National party favoured a huge state sector, import controls, subsidies, a fixed exchange rate, industrial intervention, etc. It was basically “socialism run by Tories”.

    But that was largely true globally, the swing to neo liberalism
    didn't really kick off to Thatcher & Reagan's victories. The post war consensus isn't the same thing as Tories being more leftwing, it was more about maintaining a economic status quo than anything you'd really identify as 'socialism'.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2012 • 72 posts Report Reply

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