Auckland University law Professor Jane Kelsey is wrong

Specifically, she is wrong with her constant criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. For years she has pumped out press releases and opinion pieces and given endless interviews to scare us witless about the evils of the TPPA. …

Kelsey doesn’t believe TPPA proponents are wrong or misguided, but are conspiratorial in favouring the profits of big corporates at the expense of the health and well-being of everyday people – especially the poor.

The conspiracy must extend to former Prime Minister Helen Clark who, contrary to Labour leader Andrew Little, declared it “unthinkable” for New Zealand to be left out of the TPPA.

Well, the deal has now been agreed. And miracle of miracles, the sun still shines. The agreement covers two-fifths of the global economy and eliminates or reduces about 18,000 tariffs, taxes and non-tariff barriers.

It’s a huge boost to world trade and prosperity. The only criticism is that it does not go far enough.

As a country that has already been through the pain thanks to a Mr Roger Douglas, it’s kind of easy for us to want more. ?But doing so will wipe out heavily protected local industries. ?Rome wasn’t built in a day. ?

So why is Kelsey so opposed? Well, she was taught her political views by left-thinking Marxist scholars at Cambridge. Her Marxism means it is not the specifics of the TPPA that concern her but the agreement itself.

To Marxists, free trade is evil because it makes the rich richer at the expense of workers who are kept poor on subsistence wages.

Of course, that’s not true. Marxist theory was contradicted by common sense and everyday experience even while Marx was still scribbling. The Industrial Revolution doubled real wages in England between 1819 and 1851. People trade to improve their lot and workers in free economies prosper while workers in controlled economies do not.

The Marxist view of the world is twisted and false. It persists only in Western countries that have never experienced Marxist dogma in action and even then only in the universities where there is no consequence in being wrong and where political activism is propped up by the economic system Kelsey so despises.

And yet we send our children to these people at a cost of $30k-$60k to be taught? ?I don’t think a single journalism graduate comes out of their degree course as an ACT voter.

The biggest problem I have with these lifestyle lefties is that they are all steam and no hangi. ?They espouse the doctrine, but don’t actually live it themselves. ? The disconnect is lost on them as well. ?They think being a communist or a Marxist is like supporting your favourite team, or paying lip service to god for one hour a week on Sunday, while for the rest of their lives they are both dependent on, and are deeply invested in a lifestyle that simply would not be possible under their own doctrine.


– Rodney Hide, A newspaper