“Azadi” - Freedom, Fascism, Fiction - Arundhati Roy
An incredible set of essays on our times, focussed on India, but relevant everywhere.
Calling out assumes the worst. Calling in involves conversation, compassion and context. It doesn’t mean a person should ignore harm, slight or damage, but nor should she, he or they exaggerate it.
Getting everyone on the same bus / train / waka is hard work, especially when it comes to climate change #hewakaekenoa #mbnov #climatechange
I haven’t had to inflate a rugby 🏉 ball in years. But I do remember playing rugby with New Zealand’s new Deputy Prime Minister as part of NZ’s first gay 🌈 rugby team :) #mbnov
The cost of people not receiving important information relating to Covid-19 was far greater than the cost of the advertising, he said.
Aotearoa New Zealand takes voting seriously. These are the voting locations in Wellington City, population 213,000. Voting is open for 2 weeks, plus postal voting.
The latest Atlantic story about extreme militia groups preparing to contest the US election is deeply, deeply troubling:
wars don’t always start with a clear, decisive event—an attack, a coup, an invasion—and that you might not realize you’re in one until it’s under way. Civil conflict is gradual.
Has the US conflict already begun? What can be done to halt it?
James Suzman’s new book 📚 “Work - a history of how we spend out time” is a fascinating and thought-provoking review of the long run history of work and the impact of agriculture and industrialisation. It highlights the opportunity, in a world of increasing automation, to transform how we organise our lives and economies to support ourselves and each other. As John Maynard Keynes thought:
by 2030, capital accumulation, improvements in productivity and technological advances would have solved the “economic problem” and ushered in an age in which no one besides a few “purposive moneymakers” worked more than 15 hours in a week
We now have a chance to turn that prediction into reality.
“Campaign” is part of NZ political folklore.
I remember the 1996 Wellington Central campaign and election vividly. I knew several of the candidates and the film maker from student politics.
A great write up on Spinoff:
Rereading Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”. Because he warned America, but was not heard loudly enough. Fascism has come to the USA.
Hallelujah. Thank you Alabama. And especially Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream”
As the Mugabe era in Zimbabwe appears to be ending, its worth noting: - Unemployment is above 90 percent. - Up to a quarter of the population has voted with its feet by leaving the country.