March 26, 2019 - The History of New Zealand through a Libertarian Anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

1913: Permission Slip to Raffle

By AHNZ

Hold on Tom, did you get a permission slip to make that application? Do you even Kafka? Needless to say I find it offensive to liberty that anyone should have to get State permission from bureaucrats to run a community raffle. This permission slip from Wellington is a reminder how how invasive the ‘Liberal’ government […]

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March 25, 2019

1930s: I’m envious of Uncle Scrim

By AHNZ

I’m envious of Uncle Scrim (1903-87) in terms of the access he managed to claim for himself. Unqualified, he queue-jumps into being a Methodist Minister thus gaining the title of ‘Reverend’. Then, stumbles into this huge city job of being the main man at the Auckland central inner-city Methodist mission. With this, Scrim gets a […]

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March 24, 2019

Honour Culture

By AHNZ

Moral Cultures Theory is an ethnographical tool to help make a bit of sense out of human history. Risky business: Stereotyping individuals and peoples. So, you need to remember you’re doing it and to use the tool wisely. Better to have a rude filtering tool though than to have to look at the full radioactive blast […]

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March 23, 2019

2000s: Generation Z

By AHNZ

I’ve been reflecting a bit about poor old Generation Z in New Zealand. As the years go by the bookends for this latest generation come into clarity and I think we can now put a figure on it the way we have for The Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials¹. A mainsteam of Slave Culture, for […]

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March 23, 2019

1990s: Rave Culture

By AHNZ

This makes my job easy… “..the Prodigy, they didn’t conform…they were, I’ve called them, the Sex Pistols of the Rave Culture.”- DJ, Edward Adoo Keith Flint self-terminated earlier this month, frontman for the band Prodigy. Rave Culture peaked in the mid-1990s and it was, indeed, simply the latest iteration of one of the on-going history […]

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March 22, 2019

The Anti-Individuality in r-Selected Cultures

By AHNZ

This is consistent with the r-selected outlook if you think about it…. ‘Ludicrous’: Calls for plants to be given legal rightsWhat western academics busy themselves with, at taxpayer expense: “Researchers at the University of Sydney have conducted a study into allowing flora and fauna the same legal rights as humans.”¹ The taxpayer-funded research, Multispecies justice, […]

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March 22, 2019

1829: A Letter from Sydney

By AHNZ

Today, March 20th, is New Zealand Founding Father Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s birthday day of birth. It’s a very flattering bust, I’ve always thought. Makes EGW look like Chris Pratt from Jurassic Park when really he resembled Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation. Especially when EGW was the age depicted! In reality that unfortunate Middle-Aged Spread had […]

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March 20, 2019

Walter’s Bluff

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Priceless! This just to hand: After Prime Minister Walter Nash’s 1960 con to connect Nelson by rail to the main trunk failed there was some pay-back. Eternal pay-back.   On the site where Nash promised a railway tunnel would begin, the hillside opposite Founders Park, a private prankster created their own sign “Walter’s Bluff” and […]

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March 19, 2019

1933: Pranking the Authoritarians

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October 1933: It’s just a joke! From an era of rising tension and new seriousness culminating in global warfare. The mainstream culture had become overbearing to many of the lighter-hearted Kiwi larrikins who wanted their intense co-worker or uncle to chill out a bit. More and more, New Zealand’s mainsteam was filling up with authoritarian do-as-you’re-told […]

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March 18, 2019

2020s: Dignity Culture Rising

By AHNZ

Social history right now! Rob Stock is triggered so badly by Marie Kondo, that he goes on an Abe Simpson-esque spiel about minimalism, house prices and frugality. Apparently she’s promoting an extreme lifestyle! Watched some of this Japanese Netflix sensation today. Basically white people are learning/re-learning about how to tidy up after themselves. And who […]

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March 17, 2019

1934: George Bernard Shaw Visit

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Today in history, March 15th, 1934, celebrity playwright George Bernard Shaw toured New Zealand. A great writer and great wit, it was he who rightly said “a government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always rely on the support of Paul.” and “If you aren’t a socialist as a teenager you have no heart, and […]

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March 15, 2019

1980s: State Post Office Swindle Books

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These old State Post Office swindle books¹ for kids from the 1980s.. I could never figure out why the people on the cover bothered me. Whatever it was, it’s the same effect used to bother everyone in the children’s horror film ‘Coraline’ (2009.) No eyes, no souls!   — 1 Bank book

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March 13, 2019