Thursday, 2 July 2015

POLS 102 New Zealand Politics 2015 - Videos, Links, NZ Music

This is where I'll be putting links to audio-visual and other material for POLS 102 New Zealand Politics during Semester 2, 2015.

New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Videos- Selected from a Wide Range of Alternative Music Genres but all by Musical Artists with Strong Links to Aoteroa

• Tiki Taane and Pdigsss -Dub Soldier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP-xlCFhdjk
• Courtney Barnett - History Eraser
• Yumi Zouma -The Brae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HoPNCiilf4 
• Shapeshifter - Monarch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUYU5W0JVO8&list=PL4pbiHpxsbdyeUbZUbDVQA1EJCV33C4tJ
• The Veils - The Letter (Live)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HoPNCiilf4 
• Rhian Sheehan & Jess Chambers (vocals) - Sunshine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0vDU-L2qcA  
• Fly My Pretties - Lie in the Land
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4imchwNegM
• The Brunettes - Small Town Crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri3kn696gd4 
• Die Die Die - Sideways Here We Come
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9f4w9SXEc
 • The Pheonix Foundation - Bob Lennon, John Dylan
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=digLC94vx2I
• The D4 - Party!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS4q-ECzcZQ 
• Shapeshifter - In Colour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Yx8VZvz1M&list=PL4pbiHpxsbdyeUbZUbDVQA1EJCV33C4tJ 
• The Shifting Sands - All the Stars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cD1XAiFYw0 
• Princess Chelsea - The Cigarette Duet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TV_128Fz2g
• Scribe - Dreaming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkgMt9BVsvQ 
• The Adults - Nothing to Lose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx6G0NGZJxU
• The 3ds - Outer Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePvmxGA2vqU  
• Straightjacket Fits - She Speeds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLTtOXIhrow 
 • Astro Children - The One We Start With
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT1ReJoKttw
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The following NZ music videos have been suggested by students doing the paper this semester.  
• Trinity Roots - Little Things
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Hr6fl7zoI 
• Ladi 6 - Like Water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfGodc7rzA 
• Fat Freddy's Drop - Wandering Eye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCJg63SziL4 
• Gin Wigmore - Oh My
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luhnj7ZPWL4 
• Shunkan - Dust in Your Eyes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnzSkhvUDh8
• Lorde - Flume Remix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ATu1BiOPZA
• Fly My Pretties - Let's Roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmVXsNtC-_k 
• Shihad - Home Again (Live - Rage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AtHK9eZwos
 ____________
• New Gum Sarn - Money Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIEAaAs1Y0E
• Death and the Maiden – Dear ______
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FaDrJuIh5w
• The Veils - The Pearl - Live at Abbey Road
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhGGjFHbyp8
• The Veils - Turn From the Rain - Live at Abbey Road
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6zkJRZDzME 
• Darcy Clay - Jesus I Was Evil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKX8ntjWeas


Video Documentaries and Exerts, Links to Useful Websites

• Here are links to some of the more important official government websites:

 • New Zealand Government: Information and Services
This is a gateway website providing links to all official government websites and the websites of the political parties with MPs.
https://www.govt.nz/ 

 •Electoral Commission
This is where you will be able to find out more about the electoral system and election results.http://www.elections.org.nz/ 

• Statistics New Zealand
This is where you will find a comprehensive range of statistical information about New Zealand's society, economy and polity.
http://www.stats.govt.nz/

• Treasury
This is where you will find a comprehensive range of information about the economy and the government's approach to managing it, as well as the budget and all main areas of government policy-making.
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/ 

• Ministry of Social Development- Household Incomes
This is where you will find some of the most important facts and figures with respect to the distribution of income, wealth, and poverty in New Zealand since 1982. https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/monitoring/household-incomes/ 

• Maori Land Loss, 1960-2000 Interactive Map of North Island
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/interactive/maori-land-1860-2000 

New Zealand's Political History, 1935 to the Present

• First Labour Government 1935-1948

 • 1935 Election Victory Speech by Michel Joseph Savage - two short exerts):
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech/49/m-j-savage-reassuring-new-zealand-about-the-labour-government

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/speech/34030/michael-joseph-savages-victory-speech-1935 

• Second (Holyoake) National Government, 1960-1972
• 1963 Interview with National Prime Minister Keith Holyoake- gives a sense of a very different period in NZ's political history.
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/interview-with-prime-minister-keith-holyoake-1963


• Third (Kirk, Rowling) Labour Government, 1972-1975
• New Zealand Labour Party TV Campaign add for the 1969 election- illustrates the influence of the wider political context of the time.
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/labour-party-tv-ad-1969


NZ 1972: Labour, Big Norm, Womens Lib
• Interesting report on Labour at the time of the 1972 election. As above, it highlights the influence of the political context over the Labour Party.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z0mmhQAFeM

• 1975 National Party Election Anti-Labour Advertisement
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbevFguT6NE

• The Rise of Sir Robert Muldoon (late 1960s to 1975)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNJzxyL9IM

• 1984 General Election
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFyJvtM3uy0 

Ryan Jones, who is taking the paper this year, reminded me of this documentary - Fortress New Zealand. It documents the transition from Keynesianism to Neoliberalism (From Muldoon, to Lange, to Richardson). 
It includes great interviews.

Part 1 Muldoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZXpeUQ0tD8

Part 2 Lange's first term: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7drcQVvpM0

Part 3 Lange's second term and downfall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhTgrSiiXDk

Part 4 After Lange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsvmVKqkX_o


In a Land of Plenty: The Story of Unemployment in New Zealand
For a more systematically critical account, see the following excellent video documentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x04aJ_ICqYo

AV Material on the Labour Party
• David Shearer on Budget 2013- illustrates current ideology and political rhetoric of the Labour Party.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LKZl9HyLGk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUiz_HNe4CVNzP-yeYoFydQw

AV Material on the National Party
• John Key on Budget 2013- gives a clear illustration of the pragmatic conservatism of the National Party.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROiDCagPC9U&list=PL2B847CA387E265AF 


The Treasury
• Treasury Homepage
http://www.treasury.govt.nz/ 
• Treasury job advertisement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQBfB_8oQ2o
• John Whitehead, head of Treasury in 2009, on policy responses to the global financial crisis and ensuing recession in New Zealand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVu4Fh0sJmA 

• Useful Links for the POLS 102 Essay:
• Treasury (see above)
• National Party – www.national.org.nz
Labour Party – www.labour.org.nz
• Electoral Commision – http://www.elections.org.nz/ 
• MMP Review website – http://www.mmpreview.org.nz/ 
• Statistics NZ – http://www.stats.govt.nz/

• New Zealand Political Parties and Organizations


Parliamentary Parties:

• ACT New Zealand — http://www.act.org.nz

• Green  Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand –  http://www.greens.org.nz

• National Party – www.national.org.nz

Labour Party – www.labour.org.nz

• New Zealand First - www.nzfirst.org.nz/

• Maori Party–www.maoriparty.com/

• United Future New Zealand - www.unitedfuture.org.nz/


Extra-Parliamentary Parties:

• Alliance — http://www.alliance.org.nz

• Conservative Party– http://www.conservativeparty.org.nz/


• International Socialist Organisation– http://www.iso.org.nz

• Mana Party – http://mana.net.nz/
 
• Campbell Live Poll on the GCSB Bill
http://www.3news.co.nz/Campbell-Live-GCSB-roadie-poll-end/tabid/817/articleID/309661/Default.aspx 

New Zealand Interest Groups

• New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU)
http://union.org.nz/
• For a full list of all affiliated unions go to:
http://union.org.nz/about/ctu-affiliates 
  
• Business NZ
 http://www.businessnz.org.nz/
This is New Zealand's largest and most influential business association.

• Federated Farmers 
http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/

The New Zealand Initiative
In 2012 the Business Roundtable and the New Zealand Institute merged to form The New Zealand Initiative - a group of executives from big business that advocates extreme neolioberal policies broadly consistent with those of the ACT Party.
http://nzinitiative.org.nz/ 

• The New Zealand Retailers Association
http://www.retail.org.nz/

• The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce
http://www.newzealandchambers.co.nz/ 


• The National Government- Background and Context

The Hollow Men - Video Documentary on Don Brash's Leadership of the National party and the 2006 election campaign.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvszui3U8vM

• Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank speaks to the 2009 Jobs Summit on the scale and impact of the global financial crisis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDjo_QtIdmI  
• Excellent video presentations on Marx and David Harvey's contemporary Marxist analysis of the global financial crisis.

• Funny and informative introduction to Marx's life, ideas and politics. It's a play scripted by the famous left-wing American historian - Howard Zinn - and performed brilliantly by the American teacher, actor, activist and socialist - Brian Jones. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2baw7stI6U 

• Animated 11 minute summary of David Harvey's Marxist analysis of the global financial crisis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0 


• The Politics of Climate Change and Global Warming
 • To access the 2014 major assessment report (AR5) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), go to: http://www.ipcc.ch/

If you want to download the most important graphs and figures then go to: http://www.climatechange2013.org/report/reports-graphic/ch2-graphics/

• To access the 2007 major assessment report (AR4) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 
go to: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_synthesis_report.htm 

• Video showing thinning of Greenland polar ice based on international study using satellite data and photographs from the University of Leeds website.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GAhA8NBHZIo 

See also the British channel 4 news report on the study (2012) at:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3336/ 

"2012 Record Low Artic Ice Sheet". The Arctic ice cap is melting at a rapid rate and may shrink to its lowest-ever level within weeks as temperatures continue to rise. Al Jazeera's Nick Clark joined an expedition travelling deep into the Arctic Circle to Qaanaaq, in Greenland. Three minute report on the melting of the Arctic ice caps. Well worth watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwwBcdmT8tc

• Very interesting report on the 'carbon bubble' on the Guardian website. Highlights which stock exchange listed companies have the greatest carbon assets and the financial risks that they face if these assets become unburnable due to the introduction of more effective environmental policies addressing the causes of climate change. This also indicates just how powerfully motivated these companies are to lobby governments to prevent them introducting more effective environmental policies to counter global warming.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2013/apr/19/countries-exposed-carbon-bubble-map 

• Really interesting article in The Guardian: "The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests." 
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/20/90-companies-man-made-global-warming-emissions-climate-change

• John Bellamy Foster gives lecture on capitalism and climate change.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmhFc9kdTRU&list=PL432220236CB86FAB 

 



Monday, 29 June 2015

The Economics and Politics of Austerity in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis

I am being interviewed on Radio National on Tuesday July 7 at 8.45pm NZ time. (It can be streamed live at http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/live/national). The topic is: The Economics and Politics of Austerity in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis. The discussion will focus on the continuing implementation of austerity by governments around the world (with particular reference to the US, Greece, Britain and New Zealand) in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis.

With the world’s dominant policy-making elites committed to programmes of austerity lasting for the next 10-20 years, the questions arise:
1) What is fiscal austerity and why it is considered necessary by the governments of the advanced capitalist societies?
2) Who are the main losers from austerity? Given that the bulk of the debt as come from bailing out failing banks and other financial institutions why is the resulting public debt not being paid for with capital focused taxes like a financial transactions tax and a capital gains tax?
3) Are these programmes of austerity likely to be politically sustainable over such a long period of time?
Ultimately, this depends on the scale and effectiveness of the resistance to austerity. So the fourth question is:
4) What are the prospects for resistance to austerity?


A major point of reference would be David McNally’s book - Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance - where, among other things, he argues that:
“the bad debt that triggered the crisis in 2008 never went away - it was simply shifted on to governments. Private debt became public debt. And as the dimensions of that metamorphosis became apparent in early 2010, the bank crisis morphed into a sovereign debt crisis. Put differently, the economic crisis of 2008-9 did not really end. It simply changed form. It mutated. With that mutation, the focus of ruling classes shifted toward a war against public services. Concerned to rein in government debts, they announced an age of austerity- of huge cuts to pensions, education budgets, social welfare programmes, public sector wages, and jobs. In so doing, they effectively declared that working class people and the poor will pay the cost of the global bank bailout. These payments may well last a generation - producing higher rates of poverty, more disease and ill health, even more under-resourced schools, and greater hardship in old age.” p.4.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Lecture on the Global Justice and Occupy Movements Links

Videos on the Global Justice and Occupy Movements
• Dystopian Futures- A Compilation of Dystopic Sci Fi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJxkI4vPXlE 

Showdown in Seattle- 'This is what democracy looks like'. Part V of the Indy Media documentary on the global justice protests that successfully shutdown the millenium round of the WTO at the end of 1999. This sparked the dramatic growth of the global justice movement during the first half of the 2000s.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYyCDE6dbDU&list=PLBA3384E63E9826B2&index=5

Occupy Wall Street Video: Global Day of Action, 15OCT 
Six minute video focusing on the protests of Occupy New York.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfXPCkXBqRE

The Guardian: Occupy Protests Mapped Around The World
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/oct/18/occupy-protests-map-world

The Guardian: Images of the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2013/mar/28/world-social-forum-alternative-world-in-pictures?INTCMP=SRCH#/?picture=406383884&index=0

• A Twenty Year Programme of Neoliberal Fiscal Austerity?
British Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, said in 2013 that the cuts pushed through by the Coalition did not go nearly far enough. He said that there was a “very long way to go” and added: “This is not a two-year project or a five-year project. This is a 10-year project, a 20-year generational battle to beef up the economy in ways that we have not seen for many, many decades.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10156170/Twenty-years-to-fix-economy.html

• Neil Young - Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dey1X3fVD6I 

• Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I  

Monday, 23 February 2015

POLS 208 Democracy Music Video Screenings 2015

• First Aid Kit – Silver Lining
• Belle & Sebastian – Party Line
• Lady Lamb the Beeper – Billions of Eyes
• Daughter - Smother
• Palma Violets – Best Friend
• Little Green Cars - Harper Lee
• Sharon Van Etten – Everytime the Sun Comes Up
• Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
• Sharon Van Etten - Give Out
 • Sharon Van Etten - One Day
• Mount Kimble - Carbonated
• PJ Harvey -Good Fortune
• Daughter - Youth
• The Head and The Heart - Rivers and Roads
• Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgv6dKV03dA  
• Merchandise - Little Killer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-eoKXzlUJ0 
• Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner Woodstock 1969
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt3cYpFLJiM
• The Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHC9HE7vazI 
• REM - Orange Crush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIG1j_ispTQ 
• The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM 
• The Decemberists - Rise to Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F1Mmr6kHpA
• Tiki Taane and Pdigsss- Faded
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Q-oAar5DY 
•Lady Lamb the Beekeeper- All I Really Want to Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=780dZ5ou4jM 
• Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDTSUwIZdMk  
• Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg 
• Lady Lamb the Beekeeper- The Nothing Part II
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv4I58bKX0A
• The Coup - The Guillotine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acT_PSAZ7BQ 
• Shapeshifter - In Colour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Yx8VZvz1M 
• Yumi Zouma - The Brae
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrTMCLxkONk
• Sleater-Kinney - A New Wave
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc1htX3q-F0
• The Brunettes- Small Town Crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri3kn696gd4
• Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-nr1nNC3ds
• Courtney Barnett - History Eraser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6_G5PlEXdk 
•Bjork - Hyperballad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26sP2WsA5cY
•Rogue Wave - Everyday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF63VHVEx6s&feature=related 
• The Veils - The Letter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HoPNCiilf4 
• Saintseneca - Fed Up With Hunger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppueAIHNg10 
• Saintseneca - Happy Alone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwRoPcMHYc4 
• Bob Marley and the Wailers - Revolution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI3BJ8OTpck  
• Gillian Welch and David Rawlings - Miss Ohio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NPEj63d0jY
• Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2yQLXTuctA 
• The Coup - Not Yet Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-liNf9GEt8A  
• Akala - Find No Enemy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjvUMr1-AAU 
• The Uncluded - Delicate Cycle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHYhzg8QWbI
• Sonic Youth - Little Trouble Girl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJWJcSTPNpM 
• First Aid Kit – Emmylou
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC57z-oDPLs 
• The Go Team - Doing it Right
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_LoSqyNmeo&feature=relmfu 
• Cat Power - Lived in Bars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVGgGW1ZalY 
• Fly My Pretties - Lie in the Land
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4imchwNegM&list=RDLLgPTeTRjeI&index=2 
• Neil Young - Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dey1X3fVD6I 
• Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I 

Thanks to everyone who took POLS 208 Democracy this semester- it has been a pleasure teaching and learning from such a wonderful bunch of young people. Here's a track for the after party.
• Jamie xx - Loud Places (ft Romy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP9luRtEqjc