It has been over a month, now, that New Zealanders have been in lockdown as a result of the now-global COVID-19. Interacting with friends and family as well as observing the general public by simply going outside affords one with the opportunity to gauge what New Zealanders have learnt from the
According to the Finance Minister, the government has learned that it must get New Zealanders consuming again. For we wouldn’t be New Zealanders if we weren’t acting as all good, civilised people do by existing to perpetuate the consumption-based economies of the modern era. The Finance Minister has alluded to the use of ‘Helicopter Money’ to come out of this year’s budget in order to get the plebians consuming again. The phrase Helicopter Money was, unsurprisingly, coined by Milton Friedman –
Despite what morally corrupt economic actors will tell us, New Zealand does not need Asian garbage in our shops, nor do we need their culture distorting our streets, or their workers infiltrating our institutions. For that reason we must, first and foremost, boycott China. New Zealand can – as it has in previous centuries – produce its own essential goods in order to live as a healthy group of people. However, this reality is squandered by a system which forces agricultural and industrial organisations to overproduce in order to export their products at ever-decreasing prices. This then forces producers to seek cheaper labour or offshore manufacturing, forcing New Zealanders out of jobs in their own country. As a result, we see the importation of foreign workers and a production-based economy being replaced by a consumer-based one. As such, rather than having smaller and more varied industries owned and run by New Zealanders producing for New Zealanders, we have foreign-owned groups that are competing with now-dissipating New Zealand-owned businesses which are steadily being overrun by global companies foreign to our country and our people. Instead of the nation existing in a country that is working for itself, it is now a rootless mass of individuals working for themselves under the banner of global, liberal capitalism. And now all the people, New Zealanders along with the masses of foreigners, compete with each other to get jobs in internationally-owned corporations which perpetuate the same disillusionment and degeneration. New Zealanders are left with a fractured people in an unrecognisable country, arguing over the trivial issues published by incompetent journalists in order to accompany us in our meaningless, consumption-based lives. However, this does not have to remain a reality.
The Coronavirus pandemic has given us the opportunity to reorient ourselves in a nationally-focused world. The government has learned the essential need to close as well as control borders to a greater degree. One prays for the government to realise that it is essential to have national industries owned and run by New Zealanders in order to maintain the country when the outside world is not in reach. Not only this but that it is preferable to do so in order to maintain the employ of the country’s citizenry when foreigners are not allowed in the country. As a result, any sane government will see the necessity of putting their own people before international trade and foreign relations, because rather than the pockets of financiers and international globalists being important, the wellbeing of the people is paramount. There is no New Zealand without the people of New Zealand. A new New Zealand can not be created by importing people from other continents and astroturfing global-friendly attitudes and values in order to foster an environment for an even-more-vast system of international trade. As New Zealanders, we must free ourselves from the vice of the current system. But to do so we each must move beyond the paradigmatic thought that ensures the system
Let’s take a stand against global capitalism and its associated attitudes and practices that have lead countries like China to have such influence over our government and economy. Let’s perturb international trade and support local businesses owned by our own people, choosing to boycott China. Let’s push for a government and officials who represent the people – our people – and put in self-sustainable industries that cater to New Zealanders, and not foreign powers. Let’s reacquire ways of being that don’t place material consumption and transient pleasures at the peak of life. We are not in a race to the bottom, but that is where we will be going if we maintain such dismal ways of being in life. So let’s prove foreign-minded scum like Shamubeel Eaqub and the current Finance Minister wrong and put our people first. Act in an honourable manner and put degenerative practices where they belong. Take action now.