Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology

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  • steven crawford,

    What most of the urban cycleway campainers don’t seem to understand, is that they are privileged to live in the urban centres. The most outspoken, waist lots of energy focusing only on what concerns their own personal needs. Not very compelling behaviour to watch.

    Why would anyone who can’t afford to live in the expensive inner-city, care about the rich kids and their cool bikes?

    I’d have thought addressing the galloping economic inequality would be an obvios first step toward sorting the environment. Poor people need cars so they can drive across town and work for the rich people, as servants. And then give their wages back again as rent.

    Y’know, remember that naked truth you couldn’t easily hide from when the country went into lock down – because they where not entitled to wages subsidies because they where designated essential workers? Or if you didn’t notice – what the hell is wrong with you? Those where the people that made the supermarket available to you ect.

    Pretty sure lots of people are finding hobbies like cycling victimhood as a distraction. Because being on the comfortable side of economic inequality thats coursing poverty for over a hundred thousand of our children, is uncomfortable. They are scared of being pushed off their perch.

    Let me just say. You could reduce your anxiety by doing something altruistic instead.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Cycleways are good, but they don’t save planets. It’s delusional to think you riding an expensive bike to work in the CBD – on a silky smooth surface that rivals the road – will mitigate anything much environmentally. Same with covering your house with solar panels. Same with driving a Tesla.

    What you are doing is desperately trying to carry on as usual while banging on about the iminent environmental disaster. So you use loads of mineral resources and other peoples labour – people you you don’t truly care about because you don’t see them – to manufacture those toys to try to stay with the in crowd.

    I’ve got an e-bike and a solar panel. That doesn’t make me better than the truck driver who delivered it. If anything it might just mean I’m economically advantaged. Which means I need to pause for thought.

    Something I noticed while I was in Bhavnagar. Its culturally acceptable to litter plastic rubbish onto the ground. its unsightly. But the population of about half a million all wear cotton clothing which is grown and harvested locally. They aren’t shedding tones of invisible plastic microfibres of the clothing as they drunkenly wander around buying thing things.

    I’d to stay and chat but need to go to work, to help crank the economy…

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Auckland has become the world’s most liveable city
    LOL,

    It's certainly not an affordable city to live.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Russell Brown
    @publicaddress
    This is the other way of looking at the cost-of-the-bridge debate. It will be financed, as long-term infrastructure should be. Yes, you could borrow to spend $700m on nurses’ salaries. But you’d have to fund $700m next year and the year after that, etc. It’s not the same thing.

    How did you get so cold, Russell?

    logging off and out now.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

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