No citizen with the ability to think rationally (there are some remaining) should be surprised at the New Zealand election outcome. The left have gradually, over the years, managed to shift the country’s political center far to their side of the spectrum. Jacinda Ardern’s party would be seen as extreme left some decades ago, but today NZ voters see it as moderate and the best choice in terms of leading the country through the economic and social turmoil that will undoubtedly eventuate over the next few years.
This shift has been achieved merely by following the same old global socialist handbook used in every other country with the same political trajectory, namely the slow but sure elimination of all ideas that challenge those held by the left.
In fact, NZ’s left have been seen on social media celebrating that there is no “Murdoch” owned media in the country, & their consensus is New Zealand would be worse off if there was. “Look at Australia” they say, “and look at the diversity of political ideas there. We certainly cannot have that in New Zealand!’.
Its not even that other points of view are “wrong”. Its that they shouldn’t exist at all, and no debate should be entered into. Ever.
Which is in fact pretty much how it is in New Zealand. Sure, there is debate of course, but its severely limited in scope.
Taking the lead in shaping political opinions is the heritage broadcaster TV One, which is watched by about 75% of the population. For its election night broadcast it attracted a record number of viewers, and most of them had no idea the two anchors are long time hard left activist broadcasters. Politically inexperienced & innocent viewers thought they were watching objective commentary.
The left’s gradual takeover of NZ’s cultural institutions means diverse opinion is a rarity in most walks of life. Academia is almost fully under their control, along with media & the government bureaucracy.
A subset of this bureaucracy is the subsidy industry. Already well established in NZ culture, its where leftists pass out taxpayer money to buy the support of corporates. Company directors know the deal. Toe the political line, or no subsidies.
Those who understand small government can see all of these changes quite clearly, but if you’ve never happened upon such a radical view, the uniformity all seems quite normal.
So the chance of the country changing direction is pretty slim. Sure there’s an “opposition” party, but it too is basically a controlled opposition. Infiltrators have dragged it so far from its founding principles that it today would rather fight against those principles than defend them. Sadly, with a far left progressive newly elected as leader, it is not in the short term going to deliver anything but more of the same.
We also have the charade of “discussion” in the media with columnists and pundits vigorously debating ideas, except those ideas are severely limited, and no discussion outside the parameters set by left wing corporate and government media barons is permitted.
Some readers might remember Professor Steve Elers who appeared fleetingly in one of our mainstream publications, but disappeared after only a few columns because he actually did write real stuff. That he lasted such a short time proves without question the thesis of this article is correct.
Most existing pundits are lame compromisers chosen specifically for their willingness to go along to get along. Even Bob Jones and Karl du Fresne admit to mostly voting Labour but even so you only rarely (if ever) see them in the mainstream media today.
Most visible radio and television presenters seen as right wing are only relatively so, and in fact mostly tied to the same progressive social policies as the govt, and differing only slightly on economic management.
Where is NZ’s Alan Jones? Ann Coulter? Rush Limbaugh? Andrew Bolt? Mark Levin? Tucker Carlson? They don’t exist, and if by chance they came here looking for a job, in spite of their success overseas, they wouldn’t be hired by NZ’s media managers/ owners.
Even if by some remote chance a manager did want to hire them, he couldn’t do so without putting all those govt subsidies at risk.
The whole idea of socialism rests upon a collective of citizens that are all in agreement. Socialism cannot exist in tandem with a politically pluralistic society. It is totalitarianism with a sugar coating. Its objective is always a one party state.
Last weekend’s election, and the country’s sausage factory cultural condition, signals the left have pretty much achieved that objective in New Zealand.