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I am not a number…

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… I am a free man!

That statement is from the opening sequence of the famous 1960’s TV series, The Prisoner, one of the strangest and most off-beat shows in a strange and off-beat decade.

The assertion is shouted back at “Number Two” – the controller of the island where the Prisoner, a former government spy, is being held captive while TPTB try to figure out why he quit his job – and is a response to being labeled “Number Six”.

Of course the response to this is Number Two’s uproarious sneering laughter, something that feels entirely appropriate from our ruling classes over the last two years, a period of time when we have decidedly not been free men.

I don’t think such people are laughing anymore – and you should not laugh at fascists, especially when they turn up in the nation that created the ideology.

I wonder if she’ll be locking people in their homes, arresting them for going to the beach or park, directing the government to select which businesses will be open and which will close, shutting down much of society using the Police and “The Law”, and bringing in legal mandates that force people to do things against their will and conscience.

Because that really would be fascist.

“Why is the family an enemy? Why is the family so frightening? There is a single answer to all these questions because it defines us because it is our identity, because everything that defines us is now an enemy.

For those who would like us to no longer have an identity and to simply be perfect consumer slaves and so they attack national identity. They attack religious identity. The attack gender identity. they attack family identity.

I can’t define myself as an Italian, Christian, woman, mother. No. I must be Citizen X, gender X, parent one, parent two. I must be a number.

Because when I am only a number, when I no longer have an identity or roots, then I will be the perfect slave at the mercy of financial speculators, the perfect consumer. that’s the reason why that’s why we inspire so much fear.

That’s why this event inspires so much fear because we do not want to be numbers. We will defend the value of the human being. Every single human being because each of us has a unique genetic code that is unrepeatable. And like it or not, that it’s sacred.

We will defend it, we will defend God, country and family, those things that disgust people so much. we will do it to defend our freedom. Because we will never be slave or simple consumers at the mercy of financial speculators. That is our mission.

That is why I came here today. Chesterton wrote more than a century ago:

Fires will be kindled to testify that two and two make four.
Swords will be drawn to prove that leaves are green in summer.

That time has arrived. We are ready. Thank you.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 27, 2022 at 10:41 am

OH DEAR, ITALY IGNORED URSULA AND LURCHED TO CONSERVATIVE, AND SHE’S A SHEILA?

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However to cast Ms Giorgia Meloni, is nothing anywhere near to be a 2022 il Duce.
That is monstrous garbage even if she gets trains to run on time

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No “Black Shirts”, no violence, just ordinary Italians voting to reject the more destructive EU supported policies from unelected Crats in Brussels in search of WEF, NWO, borderless Europe, recently rejected by Poland and more substantially Hungary now being threatened with defunding by churlish cretins never answerable to anyone who see their power base being eroded by waves of illegal immigration and failing political leanings that have become additional to what began life as “Common Market”. over half a century ago and are daily not just ignored while becoming of greater concern to plebeians and peasants struggling to just get by across Europe now facing an energy crisis far greater than any Climate Catastrophe.

EU power broker Ursula Von der Leyen (how Prussian aye), voiced outright threats if Italy should elect Ms Meloni, on election eve with “We have the tools” if troubles arise from the election, They must be alarmed their little bureaucratic empire is under threat?

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September 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm

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Never Mind: reprogramming the puppet

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Well that was fun – while it lasted.

It looks like slightly saner minds in the Biden Administration have decided that it wasn’t just the optics of Biden’s Reichstag speech at the Hall of Independence that were bad but the basic thrust of the speech…

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
– Joe Biden, 2 September 2022

…. so now they’re trying to walk things back.

“C’mon, look guys, I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country.”
– Joe Biden, 3 September 2022

To be fair, Biden likely does not even remember what he said in that speech. It was written for him and everything else was set up by his handlers.

In his dementia Biden really is like those video game characters known as NPC’s (Non Playing Characters), that can be re-programmed to repeat different stuff for different scenarios.

But they’ll be back with the same stuff. They always are.

When the jackboot fits

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Whenever this stuff is done to a Western politician it’s regarded as unfair and OTT – unless it’s an American Republican or a British Tory because of course.

Certainly when I did it to our dear Jacinda (NKVD or Gestapo: which fits better?) I received one or two Tone Policing comments; apparently fitting her into Stalin’s uniform was less bad – which tells you everything about the double standards applied to political mass murderers that have become culturally acceptable, although the Downfall parody apparently passed the “decency” test – or what I call the Civility Bullshit test.

But this? For “President” Biden? This time it fits perfectly.

Hopefully the American people, including Democrats, will react to this with more than just outrage. More mockery, but perhaps not like this but from out of the past, Der Fuhrer’s Face, although I’ve keyed up the following version to near the end because…. well I’m not so sure about Donald Duck’s reaction anymore; has he really woken from a nightmare and perhaps that shadow is what we think it is?

Written by Tom Hunter

September 4, 2022 at 3:07 pm

The Optics are Bad

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I’ve known from four decades of observing American politics, that Joe Biden was a dumb, mouthy, thin-skinned and all-together nasty piece of work, one who was rightfully rejected by Democrat voters in successive attempts to run for President.

And I’ve known since 2019 that his already low-IQ brain was now rotting inside from dementia.

And I’ve known for a year just how much trouble he and his Democrat Party are in as we approach the US Mid-Term elections.

And I’ve known for days about his now-infamous “semi-fascism” speech.

But this? This is almost beyond belief. I can’t imagine what the two US Marines at the back must be thinking. The site of the speech is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. How hideous.

I’m quite sure I can’t imagine what Biden’s handlers were thinking when they set all of this up. Psychological projection is a hell of a thing.

It was fitting for Joe Biden to deliver Thursday night’s Independence Hall speech in a venue lit by gas lights. Backed by a blood-red background and two soldiers shrouded in darkness, the president condemned half the nation as insurrectionists who pose a “clear and present danger” to the United States.

It’s actually the Democrats who now present a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

I’ve long thought that if the GOP takes control of the House and Senate then it would be a waste of time to impeach Biden, much as the Clinton impeachment of the late 1990’s was stupid.

But now I think it’s essential. Even Harris cannot be this bad, since she’ll only talk in goofy word salads.

Biden needs to be impeached before the stupid old fuck and his Politburo start a civil war.

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Haha…. Liberal Fascism, eh Jonah?

Tell me more.

Plus this:

It sure feels like Biden wants to provoke some kind of violent response. Why else even give this speech? . . . There’s also an inherent contradiction in what Biden is saying. He continually wants to paint himself as an uniter, while his words and actions exacerbate deep, disturbing divisions. . . . This was Twitter rage wrapped into a national address, and it was sad and pathetic to witness.”

Or how about this…

Will be I arrested now, or later?

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For posting this on a Social Media website.

Because over in Airstrip One that’s exactly what happened to a 51 year old British Army veteran. You can watch it here.

I think the Police Officer’s Obersturmführer’s words need to be highlighted:

“Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. And that is why you’re being arrested.”

Harry Miller, a former police officer, was also arrested after claiming he had tried to prevent the former serviceman from being detained and his comment is also enlightening:

“…they were trying to extort him for money by making him pay around £80 for educational course so he could downgrade from a crime to a non-crime, which would still show up in a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.”

To be fair a Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire Police did have this to say:

“I am concerned about both the proportionality and necessity of the police’s response to this incident. When incidents on social media receive not one but two visits from police officers, but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is wrong.

I wonder what the arrest and conviction rate is in Hampshire for boring old crimes like those, and what the penalties are even when convictions have been successful? I would guess they’re not great since another member of the Police and Crime Commission in the Greater London Authority, Caroline Russell, made it quite clear what priorities she wants the cops to emphasise:

“I hope the Met Police will look into Laurence Fox using pride flags to create nazi imagery and posting the images on a public platform.”

Or as one woman once put it:

 “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them.”

Remember that this is happening with a Tory government in power. Ironically I don’t think the Left are going to be willing to call them Fascists over this issue!

That last article also shows you can do the same thing with the British flag; but that will get you laughs.

Speaking of which, perhaps the best way to fightback is through laughter, as Tucker Carlson shows with a related – but equally inflammatory piece of teenager humour – from America:

Written by Tom Hunter

August 1, 2022 at 10:14 am

Disgusting medical apartheid in NZ

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https://www.facebook.com/1242624693/videos/383289347107092/

Supported by the two major parties. Indeed, when people converged on parliament’s grounds to protest at such abhorrence, the fascists called the cops and beat up old men, women (like this nurse) and used tear gas. These people were fighting for their livelihoods. The MPs were supposed to be representing them. Instead, they all sheltered behind their four-walled offices.

And most egregious of all, our PM in waiting gave a self-effacing speech in parliament congratulating the police for their work.

I am the only writer on this blog who has been a serving policeman, and what I saw that day sickened me to my core. Not my cops. Not my country.

#EndTheMandates

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June 19, 2022 at 10:11 pm

It sounds better in the original German

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Hot on the heels of the Democrat Party amping up the pressure on Supreme Court Justices over the anticipated overthrow of the current abortion SCOTUS rulings – with illegal protests (no arrests so far) outside the homes of selected Justices by “Ruth Sent Us” and multiple arson attacks on pregnancy centres across the country by “Jane’s Revenge” – comes this lovely little indicator of how the Democrats think when democracy doesn’t go their way:

“This is, in my opinion, a diseased Republican Party. And it needs to be cured and cleansed,” Houlahan said. “So the stakes of having a Republican, as an example, in my seat are more than just policy differences. They are democracy, in my opinion.”

Mmmmmm…. cleansing! Tasty, tasty cleansing.

Ms Houlahan won her competitive Pennsylvania seat in 2020 but is now facing strong headwinds for re-election thanks to Biden being underwater in her state, with 35% approval and 54% disapproval, according to Civiqs. Like Biden and many other Democrats this means she’s had to change her message about her opponents (and their voters) from what she said at the time:

She credited her political success to her message of “civility,” “decency,” “unity,” and “empathy.” “People ask me constantly how I flipped a seat in a competitive district. One of the reasons is that I made civility and decency a core of my campaign,” Houlahan said at the time. “Pennsylvanians want unity. They want leaders who rise above the fray and lead with kindness and empathy towards all Americans.”

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

If you think about it long enough you’ll realise that “cleansing” your political opponents is what civil, decent people do when they’re aiming for unity – and they’ll be empathetic about the process.

Okay, so it’s politics almost as usual, but you’d think she wouldn’t be so blatant, although I appreciate the honesty. Based on a reading of Democrat activists and many ordinary Democrat voters she’s merely being a ventriloquist here.

However, judging by a recent poll it would seem that voters have looked at the words of Ms Houlahan and other Democrats like Nancy “Domestic terrorists” Pelosi and Joe “Ultra-MAGA” Biden and feel that they know who the real threat to Democracy is and who is best to protect it: the Twitter response from this headline says it all.

Awwwww…. another moron who thought the Jan6 “commission” would work brilliantly as anti-GOP propaganda. I’m sure his is not the only Democrat head exploding about this result.

This feels like a teaching moment, the appropriate time to remind people of some good old Democrat/Left propaganda that has embedded itself as a myth=fact. Take it away Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University.

BTW, as an example of how far that propaganda has fallen in effectiveness – it’s peak was probably 2008 in the wake of Obama’s victory when the common wisdom was that the GOP was The Party Of Old White Southern Men and they better get with Obama’s policies just to survive – comes news from Texas….

That district voted for Clinton in 2016 by 33 points, Biden in 2020 by 13 points and had been Democrat since 1870. The district is being re-made and Ms Flores will face a tough fight against a pro-life (snigger) Democrat with a 15% + theoretical Democrat lead.

Mayra Flores

But islands are no match for tsunamis, and the Red Tsunami (GOP) is building momentum.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 18, 2022 at 10:22 am

Failing to Scale

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It took only a few years for me to learn that in corporate environments a lot of things just don’t scale up, despite the fact that such corporations were scaled up versions of the small businesses they had once started out as, even if a hundred years ago prior to endless takeovers, buyouts and so forth.

Centralised accounting certainly scales, as does marketing, IT and a handful of other core functions. But even then there are limits, what test pilots refer to as “the envelope”, outside of which things start breaking down. Even those centralised things are built upon smaller clones of themselves in the corporation. And corporations often stagnate precisely because the small, inventive, creative parts of themselves get stifled or outright killed off.

In fact, one of the secrets to the creation of Silicon Valley and its fantastic wealth, lay in the fact that people inside existing corporations who had ideas that got flattened or ignored, were actually encouraged internally to leave and set up their own companies to develop their ideas, and where they weren’t encouraged they did so anyway as venture capitalism also grew to supply such start-ups with seed money. This “culture” took off, with one company after another spawning new companies:

With the backing of Fairchild Camera and Instrument in Long Island, NY, eight engineers from Shockley’s lab resigned, including Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, to form Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957. Led by Noyce, Fairchild would eventually grow into the most important company in the history of the Santa Clara Valley after Noyce independently invented the Integrated Circuit along with Texas Instrument’s Jack Kilby in 1958.

And when I say I “learned” that’s only in terms of learning what specific things did not scale in corporations: even by my early 20’s I’d seen enough of life, let alone business case-studies and history, to understand the principle that big is usually not better, and often worse.

To that end, with Three Waters specifically in mind here in NZ, but also with the gigantic beast in the US known as the Federal government, I appreciated this brief “rant” in Ace of Spades, which I’ll re-produce here in full:

An oft-heard theme from preschool classrooms to corporate meeting rooms is that one should not be afraid of failure. Failure sucks and is a miserable experience – failure hurts – but it’s also the mechanism through which one learns. Failure is a great teacher, and makes you less likely to fail next time because you’ve learned from the experience. This is true, but there are limits to the concept. Sometimes failure is catastrophic.

The higher you are, the riskier failure becomes. If you’re running a small team in a corner of a large company to try to make something new and you fail, the results are unlikely to be disastrous. You might get fired and your staff might get fired, too, but the scale of the potential damage is fairly small. If you’re a senior executive who bets the business on something and that something doesn’t pan out, the entire enterprise can fail and everyone ends up fired with the owners holding worthless paper that used to be shares.

So it is with government and its failures and boy do we have a lot of government failures to consider. Fiscal policy has failed. Monetary policy has failed. Energy policy has failed. Medical policy has failed. War policy has failed. Border policy has failed. Drug policy has failed. Environmental policy has failed. Law enforcement has failed. Intelligence has failed (in every possible interpretation). Both domestic and foreign policy, writ large and in totality, has failed. Its failure across the board and at all levels.

Sure, some of it was probably not failure but rather was deliberate destruction, but that distinction is more important in the final reckoning than it is in the day-to-day reality. Malice or incompetence (or malicious incompetence, which I think is closer to the mark) is less important than the results. The results are similar regardless of the motivator. Poor is poor, sick is sick, dead is dead.

And those failures are increasingly catastrophic as more decision-making occurs in Washington D.C.. This isn’t just because of corruption, dishonesty, malevolence and incompetence, but because of scale. We have forgotten the valuable lesson of subsidiarity. Decisions should be made at the smallest workable scale, not the largest possible scale. A town imposing some insane and destructive policy destroys only the town. When Washington imposes some insane and destructive policy, it can destroy the entire country. Subsidiarity isn’t maximally efficient, but it is highly reliable. It’s expensive but robust. Its opposite – what we have today and will have more of tomorrow – is tremendously fragile. It isn’t even efficient because the government is populated with thieves, liars and fools (and often in combination).

Totalitarianism doesn’t and can’t work for this reason. Even assuming the starry-eyed sincerity of the totalitarians (a situation we most decidedly do not have), mistakes have perfect coverage and no one is immune from the totalitarians’ decisions. Failure not only stops being a good thing from which you learn, it becomes a constant threat and source of terror. This is compounded and made infinitely worse when the totalitarians are dishonest, lying, stupid psychopaths.

Centralization and incompetence, centralization and malice, and centralization and malicious incompetence are poisonous combinations.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 9, 2022 at 2:58 pm

I guess this will be my single issue in 2023

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I’ve often written that with six co-bloggers focusing on New Zealand there’s no point in me doing the same, and in any case I find US politics far more interesting because ideas that are considered “settled” in NZ are still being fought over there, plus new ideas about how a society should be organised.

But there are times when an idea begins to emerge in New Zealand that is controversial and worth fighting over, and “co-governance” is it.

Up until now I’ve figured that it would have to be fought over at the 2023 election; that Labour could not continue to push forward in the face of growing public alarm and falling polls over a range of issues that might see co-governance as the straw that breaks Labour’s back into the low twenty percent range or even lower. Labour would be forced to either dump it or make the arguments in public as part of an election so that whichever way it goes, we can at least say that a democratic decision was made on the future of the country.

Chris Finlayson

But I’ve concluded that this is not how it’s going to proceed and the reason has to do with comments I saw quoted from none other than former National MP and TOW Negotiations Cabinet Minister, Chris Finlayson.

When I first saw these quotes on Kiwiblog I found it hard to believe that they could have been uttered by a former National Party MP and minister; a person that I effectively voted for over several election cycles and that I thought was an intelligent and compassionate man devoted to rectifying the sins of past colonialisation. Sure, there was grumbling on the Right about some of these deals and the fact that Finlayson had gone from being poacher to gamekeeper on the issue.

So I checked out the Radio New Zealand podcast referred to, The Detail and its episode Co-governance: Time to get on with it?, and discovered they were true quotes:

But as former Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson explains, the concept itself is nothing new. 

Finlayson takes The Detail back to the ground-breaking signing of the Treaty settlement between the Crown and Tainui in 1995, and explains how the settlement over raupatu claims led to the formation of the Waikato River Authority. 

It became the genesis of other co-governance arrangements, giving iwi an opportunity to participate directly with local or regional government to provide advice or take part in the management of a particular resource. 

As he describes them, those past settlements that he was heavily involved with were not really about righting wrongs via the Waitangi Treaty tribunal process. No, they were about building small but permanent foundations for an entirely new way of governing this nation; a way that has now sprung into life via the supposed “opposing” party, Labour, backed by The Greens and naturally the Maori Party, with the He Puapua report, Three Waters and so forth.

And it gets better:

“I simply say to people, one, there’s a new regime, get with it folks; two, Rome wasn’t built in a day.” 

While he says there’s room for robust debate about the co-governance model between the Crown and iwi and hapū, Finlayson’s advice for dealing with the “sour right” behind the racist, resentful rhetoric: “We’ve just got to leave those losers behind and move on. They don’t like tangata whenua. They dream of a world that never was and never could be,” he says. 

Two words Mr Finlayson.

Fuck

You.

My Scottish and Irish ancestors lived for hundreds of years tugging their forelocks to Irish landowners and Scottish Lairds, escaped that, and neither I nor my kids are going to repeat that process with the likes of Prince Willie Jackson and Princess Nanaia Mahuta.

And the thing is that Finlayson fits in so perfectly with them and their born-to-rule arrogance. That wealthy Khandallah childhood; the Latin and French majors; the LLM and mixing in the highest echelons of our legal and political circles, not to mention the leaders of our various great iwi. No wonder National lapped him up and loved him. He could elegantly stick it to Labour and others on these issues.

While all the time he was basically on the same side as them.

And now in keeping with that Olympian attitude of superiority, in his mind the issue has already been decided by The Powers That Be – meaning the political elite of both National and Labour, plus our academic and legal communities – and now it’s just a matter of getting on with it.

Elections? Democracy? Pfft. I would not now be at all surprised if he uttered then same phrase as Willie Jackson about this nation, that “We’re in a consensus-type democracy now. This is not a majority democracy.”  Consensus is one of those words which, when I hear it, tells me I’m about to be lied to.

The final question I have, and frankly I think it’s rhetorical now, is how many more like him are there in the National Party? I’m betting enough to push this through eventually under some guise or other:

My prediction, there will be a substantial empowering of iwi in education, heath, housing supply and social policy in the next few years. National will go along with most of this once they are back in government, just as they have done so since 1990.

In that sense Don Brash was a bit of an aberration, one that National is not keen on repeating.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 12, 2022 at 3:59 pm