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Supremacism, Israel And Neozionism

Friday, 1 December 2023, 2:15 pm | Keith Rankin

  Keith Rankin, 1 December 2023 Supremacism is a cultural belief that an in-group of humanity is inherently superior to other groups, and that those other groups have lesser human rights as a consequence of their presumed inferiority or ... More >>

Government By Cliché

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 4:14 pm | Keith Rankin

The new government is making a weak start to its tenure. On Morning Report (RNZ, 28 Nov 2023, Prime Minister Luxon to lead first cabinet meeting ), Mr Luxon repeated a comment such as he has made several times before: "The number one job is to ... More >>

New Zealand's Coming Triple Demographic Crisis

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 4:05 pm | Keith Rankin

The three components to the crisis are churn, aging, and the increasing predominance of births into disadvantaged households. Churn Yesterday the main release from Statistics New Zealand was Record net migration loss of New Zealand citizens . " There ... More >>

Christopher Luxon Is Tone Deaf And Slightly Innumerate On Tax

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 4:20 pm | Keith Rankin

Christopher Luxon and Nicola Willis have a bottom-line policy of delivering "tax relief" to New Zealand's "squeezed middle". Their modest policy is to increase the first three income tax thresholds by 11.5%, representing compensation ... More >>

Predicting The Final Outcome Of The Election

Friday, 3 November 2023, 11:52 am | Keith Rankin

There may be some surprises when the final election count comes out today. One particular point to note refers back to the United States presidential election of 2020, when the late votes in most states – those votes not counted on election night – very ... More >>

The Ponzi Financial Model: Japan And United States

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 2:47 pm | Keith Rankin

Last week ( The Ponzi financial model and New Zealand’s monetary policy ) I described New Zealand's place and financial strategy within the world's financial ecosystem; how New Zealand pursues a ponzi financial model, and how that model has played a ... More >>

The Ponzi Financial Model And New Zealand's Monetary Policy

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 3:19 pm | Keith Rankin

Today I read this article ( David Seymour calls for sweeping changes to make the Reserve Bank more accountable , NZ Herald , 26 October) showing David Seymore's wish to double-down on New Zealand's financial model. The Ponzi financial model operates ... More >>

Does Christopher Luxon Understand MMP?

Monday, 9 October 2023, 6:34 pm | Keith Rankin

I read this article quoting Christopher Luxon as follows: "We’ve been to many places where marginal seats are and we’re getting good movement." ( Luxon talks to media amid election result limbo fears , NZ Herald , 7 Oct 2023). He has ... More >>

Financial Literacy, Compound Interest, And The Veneration Of Money

Monday, 21 August 2023, 5:50 pm | Keith Rankin

In New Zealand, both Labour and National want the teaching of 'financial literacy' to become compulsory in schools. (See Labour pledges compulsory financial literacy classes in schools and National also aiming to make financial literacy compulsory ... More >>

Subsidise Vegetables And Fruit

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 12:25 pm | Keith Rankin

Fresh vegetables and fruit – quality foods – are what economists call a merit good , like primary health care, education and urban public transport. By contrast, 'junk food' – rich in sugar – is a demerit good. We in New Zealand and many other ... More >>

Income Tax And Common-Sense: The Aotearoa New Zealand Case

Monday, 17 July 2023, 11:37 am | Keith Rankin

Last week we heard the Labour Party leader, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, practically rule out changes to the marginal income tax rates or the associated income thresholds. In particular, he indicated that a Hipkins-led government would not proceed with ... More >>

Narratives And Narrators: The Curious RNZ Story

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 6:53 pm | Keith Rankin

I was concerned when the story broke last month about inappropriate subediting by RNZ staff of 'wirecopy' from international sources such as Reuters. The wire-tampering story broke with particular reference to stories about the war in Ukraine; and, at ... More >>

Adult Poverty Action, And The Loafers Lodge

Friday, 19 May 2023, 2:15 pm | Keith Rankin

Tuesday's boarding-house fire in Wellington was a tragedy of lost lives, and failure to supply safe housing and adequately resourced emergency services. But it was much more, and so far the socio-demographic revelations have barely been touched upon ... More >>

Public Science, Covid19 Vaccines, And The Audio Medium

Thursday, 6 April 2023, 10:54 am | Keith Rankin

Public science is an open contestable process, whereby questions of public importance are evaluated in an open contestable forum. If any research by one scientist is not able to be replicated by other citizens using the same data, then the findings of ... More >>

Covid19 Post-Pandemic: Back To Normal?

Monday, 3 April 2023, 2:30 pm | Keith Rankin

A pandemic can end in three ways. Either the death rates attributed to the pandemic disease cease, or at least drop back to pre-pandemic levels. Or normality is re-established, with the pandemic disease still present, but displacing other causes of death. Or ... More >>

Sex, Gender, Demography And Culture Wars

Thursday, 30 March 2023, 2:12 pm | Keith Rankin

Sex Whoever would have predicted that the definition of 'male' and 'female' could ever become a matter of contention? My professional life has been in political economy, which includes social science and humanities: philosophy, economics, history, statistics, ... More >>

Spiralling Deaths In Germany

Tuesday, 14 March 2023, 2:12 pm | Keith Rankin

The four weeks ending 8 January 2023 have seen easily the most deaths in Germany of any fourweek period since 2015. A table of Germany's mortality peaks from 2015 features in my Evening Report analysis Germany’s Deadliest Weeks since World War ... More >>

To Be A Good Cancer

Thursday, 8 December 2022, 4:04 pm | Keith Rankin

"Antlers grow through a mechanism that is very similar to cancer. But, because deer can keep that growth in check, they are extremely resilient to cancers. … "Sardinia's own dwarf deer, a relative of Ireland's giant elk, was eradicated ... More >>

Predicting The Coming Quarter Century

Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 1:41 pm | Keith Rankin

On 29 October 2022, the New Zealand Listener published 10 Billion reasons to be cheerful , an article by Greg Dixon summarising "futurologist" Hamish McRae's 2022 book The World in 2050: How to think about the future . (Note also the accompanying ... More >>

Using The Sex Industry To Critique Textbook Economics

Friday, 2 December 2022, 2:57 pm | Keith Rankin

Economics is a profound and important discipline. But its practice is prone to self-censorship, and still reflects in large part its (Victorian era) glory days and the sensibilities of that era. The father and mother of today's textbook economics were Alfred Marshall ... More >>





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