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Whaleoil philosophy 101: cultural and moral relativism



Cultural and moral relativism made simple:

  • All cultural beliefs are equally valid.
  • No culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, law or politics.
  • Truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment.
  • As long as we don’t “hurt” anyone, anything goes.
  • A rejection of the idea of universal right and wrong.
  • The idea of “absolute truth” and God is discarded.

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Fascism is only a ban away

Cultural fascists are all the rage right now, and almost exclusively on the left. They want dissenting voices shut down, from scientists with hurt feelings to activists demanding presenters on television shows be banned because their views are not the same as the cultural fascists.

Once you start banning the views and speech of those you disagree with then you are only a small step away from real fascism.

A petition to be sent to the Government demanding Mike Hosking be removed from television screens has now clocked up more than 14,000 signatories in just over a week.

Started by lawyer Dan Wayman the petition asks that Mike Hosking “be removed from public broadcasting at TVNZ“.

Wayman, who describes himself as a New Zealand-enrolled barrister-solicitor who divides his time between New Zealand and Shanghai, where he works at the British Consulate, says he started the petition because he “just felt something needed to be done really”.

“[Hosking’s] socially irresponsible comments are damaging to the New Zealand public, and especially as the face of the national broadcaster in the 7pm timeslot, being a family show, I think it’s harmful for the next generation to receive those types of sentiments from Mr Hosking.”

Wayman said comments made by Hosking over the crowdfunding purchase of the Awaroa beach and over the New Zealand flag debate as examples of why the broadcaster should be removed from TVNZ.

More recently Hosking was in the news when a formal complaint was laid against him over comments he made onSeven Sharp about New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd’s proposal of a Maori ward for local government councils.

“I’d never personally attack him obviously, but he’s completely out of touch with middle New Zealand,” said Hosking at the time.

Wayman said: “It’s the constant lack of empathy and dismissive comments of New Zealanders struggling, even following stories on Seven Sharp – he just does not get it, and I think it’s harmful.”

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The demise of Europe’s left


The left-wing is in disarray world-wide.

We are witnessing the demise of the once proud Labour party in New Zealand, and world-wide the left-wing seems in disarray. This is particularly obvious in Europe.

The Economist examines the demise of the left:

Early in this century you could drive from Inverness in Scotland to Vilnius in Lithuania without crossing a country governed by the right; the same would have been true if you had done the trip by ferry through Scandinavia. Social democrats ran the European Commission and vied for primacy in the European Parliament. But recently their share of the vote in domestic (and Europe-wide) elections has fallen by a third to lows not seen for 70 years (see chart 1). In the five European Union (EU) states that held national elections last year, social democrats lost power in Denmark, fell to their worst-ever results in Finland, Poland and Spain and came to within a hair’s-breadth of such a nadir in Britain.

Elsewhere, it is true, the centre left is in power: as an unloved and ideologically vague junior party of government in Germany and the Netherlands and at the helm of wobbly coalitions in Sweden, Portugal and Austria, all countries where it was once a natural party of government. In France, President François Hollande is plumbing new depths of unpopularity and may not make the run-off in next year’s presidential election. Matteo Renzi, Italy’s dynamic prime minister, is in better shape but his party is still losing support (and possibly, in May, Rome’s mayoralty) to the Five Star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment party founded by a blogger. Former municipal and regional bastions like London and Amsterdam, Catalonia and Scotland have slipped from the traditional centre left’s grasp.

Where are all the votes going? Many have been hoovered up by populists, typically of the anti-market left in southern Europe and the anti-migrant right in the north. But alternative left parties (feminists, pirates and greens, for example), liberals and the centre-right have also benefited. And so has the Stay On The Sofa party.

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Why left-wing critics of Islam are ostracised by Labour in Britain

Robbie Travers. (Photo: © Robbie Travers)

Robbie Travers. (Photo: © Robbie Travers) Travers is a left-wing student of law at Edinburgh University. He is the Executive Director at Agora, a non-partisan think tank for young people and he is also involved with the Human Security Centre, a non-profit foreign policy think tank based in London.

I was challenged the other day on the blog, by a commenter who was critical of an article  where I criticised the Left for their silence on Islam. I hope this article will contribute to the discussion, as it shows why people like myself have gained that impression of the Left. It turns out that there actually are some on the Left who would combat Islamism but they are prevented from engaging in an honest dialogue because of the following problems within the Labour/Left-wing movement:

  1. Many share the racism of low expectations.
  2. Many feel that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  3. Many support movements and ideology without understanding their beliefs or considering the consequences.
  4. Many feel self-loathing and “white guilt”.
  5. Many share a determined belief that an Islamist is just like them and isn’t actually motivated by the Koran.
  6. The Labour Party has lost its way and no longer represents the needs and views of the working classes it purports to represent.

It seems to me that the left wing here in New Zealand have a lot in common with the left wing in Britain. Perhaps we need a non-partisan think tank here in New Zealand, where conservative activists like myself can work with left-wing activists. Together we could promote a common cause and engage in an honest dialogue about the incompatibility of Islam with the values of our progressive, democratic society.

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The new McCarthyism of the left

Senator Joe McCarthy caused fear and loathing with his commie witch-hunts. It seems a new McCarthyism has manifested itself, this time led by the left-wing.

They seek to ban and block any person or group who dares to voice their opinions. We saw an example of that yesterday at The Standard where a university academic, who also blogs at The Standard, essentially called for the censorship of the media from ideas that he doesn’t agree with.

Footnote (I’m an academic, I love footnotes!) on a suggestion to the media. Almost everything you publish is a piece in isolation. There is a better way.

Take The Herald for example. You publish Marvelly’s piece on poverty today, just a week after (re)publishing Whyte’s excerable nonsense. If you had any kind of overview / foundation of established fact / ongoing context on the topic of poverty you wouldn’t be publishing such wildly inconsistent pieces (the Whyte article would have been rejected as the nonsense that it was).

Take climate change as another example, no responsible media should be publishing denier nonsense these days.

Now you (the responsible media) might say that you’re offering a range of opinions. But when some opinions are clearly and provably nonsense that excuse is just an abdication of responsibility. It’s laziness, clickbait, and harmful.

I guess I’m asking for context and sanity checking in the media. Fact-based narrative instead of isolated and inconsistent snippets. Harder work, but much better for everyone.

If that isn’t a call for politically motivated censorship then I don’t know what is. He doesn’t want debate and opinions, he’s already decided and we shouldn’t be seeing anything he disagrees with in print anywhere.

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A reader emails about the bigotry of the left

A reader responds to my post about the bigotry of the left.

Hi Cam,

Reading the email from a reader you posted reminded me of someone I follow in the states called Ben Shapiro.

He released a book this year called “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans” 

He did give a really good talk on how to effectively defeat anyone of the left in a debate, and I believe it should be mandatory watching for any National MP before they go onto Campbell live or any show hosted by a left-wing muppet.  Read more »

Why we need voter reforms

Cactus Kate has said that the referendum is a crock, instead of selecting voting systems we should be looking at voter qualification. Her belief is that Net taxpayers only should vote, anyone who is a Net Tax-taker should be forced to abstain. We need voter reforms not electoral reforms. Here is why.

Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?

Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians.  Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.

Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.  It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

This is exactly the same situation here in NZ. With the Unions, Labour and the Greens actively running voter registration and then cajoling them to vote on election day. It is for precisely the above reasoning.

Is it any surprise then that the unions, Labour and the Greens are therefore devoting much of their campaign energy, money and labour to retaining MMP, the very system that enables non-productive segments of the population to vote themselves an income?

Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor.  It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money.  It’s about raw so-called social justice.  It’s about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers.

Same here. We need to seriously be looking at a system that encourages selfish voting behaviour to the detriment of the economy and the nation.


The violence of the left wing in New Zealand

Much was made, erroneously, of the motivations of Jared Laughner. The Standard leapt straight in and branded him a Tea Party supporter without a shred of evidence, and then went on to malign and implicate Sarah Palin as well. Bomber at Tumeke also falsely brought Sarah Palin into the blame game for the crazed actions of an idiot.

Both of these left wing hate speech sites somehow connected political rhetoric with violence by someone not even connected with either Sarah Palin or the Tea Party. In fact all evidence points to Jared Laughner being a anarco-communist. That however doesn’t stop them telling the story they want to tell no matter how false or misleading it is.

The left-wing holds itself up as being enlightened, and above such violence. Their rhetoric never uses such nasty words as ‘target’, or ‘hitlist’, oh no, they hold much more considered debates with their followers. Like this poster currently adorning fences on the North Shore in Auckland

Judith Collins Shoot Yourself poster from People Not Profit Collective

Poster on North Shore, Auckland

I have no idea who “People Not Profit Collective” is but I’ll bet a million dollars that they aren’t Tea Party members or Sarah Palin supporters. If posters can make people flip out and attempt to kill politicians then this one is right up there.

I doubt though we will see any left wing blog decrying this poster though. Because, you know, they have a much higher and more peaceful level of debate than the right wing who are all gun crazy, baby eating demagogues.

Understanding progressive politics

hat tip Half Done blog

We certainly had this for 9 years under Clark, and the leftists still practice it today.

UPDATE: Right on cue Darien Fenton proves the point that this video makes.


A Christmas message from the Left

This was in my inbox today.

Caring email from another Leftwinger

Caring email from another Leftwinger

A Christmas Message from the Left

A Christmas Message from the Left

UPDATE: I replied to James with three words, one of which was his name. He has replied to me.

Slow Learner?

Slow Learner?

UPDATE: This guy makes Susan Boyle look like a fricken genius. I asked him what part of “fuck off” he was having trouble underatanding. Seems to be all of it. i must learn to use one word sentences when corresponding with James.

James Sleep makes Susan Boyle look like a Rocket Scientist

James Sleep makes Susan Boyle look like a Rocket Scientist