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Flags, refugees and the bigger question of borders

Posted by Philip on 12 September 2015, 11:14 am in , , , , , ,

It's been frustrating watching both the flag and Hungarian refugee debates play out simultaneously in the media over the past couple of weeks. Separately they are issues that create division over varying opinions but, together, both issues raise a far more complex and, in my opinion, important question:

Why, in a hyper-globalised and -connected world, do we continue to put so much emphasis on the notions of nations and borders?

I really couldn't give a toss about NZ's flag — I don't particularly like the current one but then, I don't like flags in general. I think they are ridiculous symbols of patriarchy and patriotism, created in military or naval contexts, and their use was extended beyond these contexts in the 18th century due to a rise in nationalism.

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How the forces of the arts, media and culture influence and shape our thinking and our national identity

Posted by Philip on 21 August 2015, 12:53 pm in , , , , , , ,

This week I was part of a panel for Leadership New Zealand tasked with speaking to this post's title. No pressure. By the time Dr Wayne Hope (AUT University), Qiujing Wong (Borderless), Rewi Spraggon and myself had traversed it, it was obvious how broad the topic was.

I could begin to speak on behalf of my fellow panellists, but thought I'd share my thoughts.

I began by sharing this media release I wrote in 2005 in response to the then National Party's appointment of Wayne Mapp as "Political Correctness Eradicator". Aside from the stupidity of the role, I pointed out that, ten years on, the token gestures paid to diversity in the arts, media and cultural spheres haven't really increased.

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Election reflection

Posted by Philip on 21 September 2014, 4:45 pm in , , , , ,

I've had a theory for some time now that the early decades of each century are primarily conservative and the later decades are liberal. I'm no historian and I've got no research to back it up because I couldn't be bothered researching.

But I was born in 1967 in the hippy flower power era, followed by the 80s with its androgyny and outlandish fashion; the birth of the internet; and civil right movements left, right and centre. All at the end of the century that saw two world wars, the industrialisation of society and alcohol prohibition.

Now, just 14 years into the 21st century, NZ elects a National government for third term with the highest majority since god knows when and the second lowest vote Labour's ever had. Sure we've had gay marriage, but that has just increasd the numbers trapped by a conservative institution. And I won't be surprised if we prohibit alcohol again once we've made tobacco illegal.

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Rebel to Leader: Interview with Bryan Crump, Radio NZ National Nights

Posted by Philip on 14 August 2014, 7:52 am in , , , , , ,

Last night I spoke with Bryan Crump on Radio NZ National Nights.

Listen here »

More music »

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Envy tax, says PM

Posted by Philip on 25 June 2014, 6:27 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

Labour's "alternative budget" today announced, "High earners will pay a tax rate of 36 percent on income over $150,000. Currently the top tax bracket is 33 percent for people earning over $77,000."

The Prime Minister John Key's surly response: "Envy tax." It's a response that epitomises this Government's entitled, ungenerous and irresponsible approach to the economy.

Key's response is typical of the neo-liberalism of conservative politics. It erodes community, rewards greed and treats money, not only like it's an infinite resource, but that it's an entitlement to have more money than others.

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UPDATE: Hawkes Bay Trip and more

Posted by Philip on 21 January 2013, 7:50 pm in , , ,

Further to my post a couple of days ago, I've started a PledgeMe campaign to help raise funds for the National Youth Drama School to bring me to Havelock North from Auckland to speak at their opening on April 20. I'd love to have the unique opportunity to share my message of diversity, creativity & social change with 230 14-18 year olds.

I am looking to raise $1200 including rewards. Any additional funds raised over and above my funding goal will cover costs for other trips during the year.

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Can you help me get to Hawkes Bay to speak to 230 14-18-year-olds?

Posted by Philip on 19 January 2013, 6:51 pm in , , ,

Today I received the following request through my contact page:

Hi Phillip [sic],

I'm writing in my role as AD of the National Youth Drama School (an eight day drama course during the April school holidays catering for around 230 teenagers from the age of 14 to 18, based in Havelock North) to invite you speak at our opening cermony on the 20th of April at 4:00pm for approximately 2o minutes.

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