The philosophy of ratf**king

Someone on a little read blog posted a link to this article at Esquire about the rough and tumble of politics…mostly about the rough. He of course wrote about how evil and bad it was and linked me to it.

I see the article and details not as he would think, but rather as aspirational. He thinks ratfucking in politics is distasteful.

Let us raise a morning glass to Donald Segretti, the ratfucker.

(As any student of Watergate knows, “ratfucking” was the word used by Segretti and a number of other officials in the Nixon White House for the dirty tricks they ran in student elections when they all were at the University of Southern California. Segretti — as well as his pal, Dwight Chapin — simply transferred these techniques to our national elections.) 

Since Muldoon the art of ratfucking has largely been lost in New Zealand. We have become a bunch of sook, scared of a bit of blood and guts. It is a shame that my good friend  Scott Simpson handing in his rat-fuckers club card.  It is sad because it is the lost art of rat-fucking that has been missing since he left the dark side to become an MP.

There are two basic philosophical foundation stones to ratfucking. The first is that political sabotage for its own sake is a worthy enough goal. There doesn’t necessarily have to be an obvious purpose or obvious logic behind it. Everything is simply tactics. Those tactics either work or they don’t. To believe this, of course, one must first believe that all politics is a essentially a zero-sum game of power; you win and the other guy loses. Who rules? Period. One cannot for a moment contemplate the notion that politics — and therefore, government — has anything to do with the public good.

Nope it isn’t about public good, it is about the game.

For the record comparing me to Andrew Breitbart is just fucking awesome.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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