And from experience, Eton-esque private schools are hotbeds of applied Social Darwinism where classmates tread on anyone perceived to be weak for the fun of it. My folks thought it was a good idea at the time.
From 2013, still rings true. Big Farming in America remains a rentier racket, and it's a key reason why the TPPA can't be called a free trade agreement.
What I find most bizarre is that US farmers, who have this image of being freedom lovers with a loathing for pinko-socialist bureaucrats in Washington, accept handouts from the state. It seems so . . . un-American! Aren't they embarrassed?
When the Business Roundtable was in its prime it used to bring out zealous American academics that were so right wing they made Ayn Rand look like a raving Marxist. They lectured New Zealand on the benefits of the free market and getting government out of our lives.
I used to like interviewing them as I would always ask them what they thought of the billions of dollars of government handouts doled out to US farmers. They would smile nervously and say of course they didn't agree with them but it was all politics and nothing much could be done about it. What hypocrites! I always felt they would have been more useful staying home and preaching to their own politicians and farmers.
Too many industries think the govt should be importing immigrants to meed their labour needs rather than training their staff too.
Hair dressing as a skilled immigrant class is depressing.
In Britain, the "Polish plumber" stereotype has been attributed as a big factor in the Brexit vote. And Donald Trump has shamelessly cashed in on similar discontent in the States. In both cases, it's more about opportunistic divide-and-rule rather than any coherent plan to boost investment in skills.
But this is Little's view, and it seems an honestly held one, and so we know what we have to do convince him of to change his mind. Key is just a lying opportunist who can't sleep straight in bed at night.
What would Key and others like Peter Dunne have to lose from relaxing cannabis law? Large donations from Big Booze, Big Tobacco & Big Pharma, I'm guessing? Endorsements from the string-em-uppers?
Further proof that "not our problem" is a feature and not a bug for the usual suspects:
Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse declined Insight's request for an interview about labour-hire companies.
A spokesperson from his office said the minister felt it wasn't appropriate to comment on the unfairness of unwanted long-term casual contracts because they were not illegal.
O RLY, Mr Woodhouse? Underarm bowling wasn't illegal in 1981, but it certainly wasn't in the spirit of the game.
Which goes to another real problem with NZ society. Bullying is an accepted, even encouraged behaviour. We’re doing something wrong as a society and the consequences are horrible.
It’s not just a physical thing. Anyone who’s abnormally psychopathic can be a bully, and that goes for hitting a family member with a hosepipe, just as much as it does for the Rupert Murdochs, Donald Trumps and Martin Shkrelis of this world who use big money to beat down those below them. Come to think of it, when the latter involve violence, it's probably when they outsource it to hired heavies.
There are, of course, lots of other endeavours that have the same dynamic – a lonely pursuit of a glittering prize that ultimately most fail to win.
For me it wasn't the pursuit of a PhD but getting a degree, full stop. My folks had invested so much getting me to university, no matter what it took. At the time they thought anything less than a degree was for losers, to my detriment.
Now, I've probably used up my lifetime EFTS limit (thanks a million, Prostetnic Vogon Joyce) and I can't risk another bad tertiary education investment, so on-the-job training is my best bet now. That is, if there's still a company out there that doesn't dismiss it as some kind of 'Old Labour' relic.
You know something I don’t understand, where did John Kerwin’s anxiety and depression come from? That campaign was good for helping men get a bit real, which helps with better sexing behaviour, but it’s done nothing to explain why such a large number of New Zealand men are so fucked up.
I'd say another aggravating factor is de-industrialisation, which affects mostly men without university degrees. It's sadly no coincidence that Donald Trump has actively pitched to America's Rust Belt working class that he can somehow reopen the steel mills and car factories. In Britain it was a similar thing with the Brexit vote.
The guilty parties blame rape and sexual harassment on 'exposing uncovered meat'. But the very same guilty parties also want Muslim women to 'strip off'. This tweet illustrates just a few examples of that inanity. They also think anything to address the 'boys will always have raging hormones' is PC gone mad, especially when it's the likes of Tony Veitch.
The common thread? The guilty parties somehow think women are their copyright. I'll leave it to Laurie Penny to deconstruct the whole thing better than I can.