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France's Two-Ballot Voting System, And Its New Zealand Antecedent

Friday, 12 July 2024, 12:40 pm | Keith Rankin

The French two-ballot voting system, used in France's Fifth Republic (1958 constitution) is a variant of the Australian preferential system, and the multi-ballot systems used for electing presidents and leaders of political parties. More >>

World War Two: Baddies And Goodies

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 3:30 pm | Keith Rankin

My earlier article – Can 'Good' be the Greater Evil? – looked at the issue of how wars should end, and how Good versus Evil framing of international conflicts makes it difficult for participants – especially those who are convinced they are ... More >>

Can 'Good' Be The Greater Evil?

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 10:27 am | Keith Rankin

Much of our conflict in the world has been (at least at the time it was happening) framed as Good versus Evil, and with Good therefore having a moral imperative to prevail 'at any cost'. Once upon a time – and in my lifetime – many of us regarded ... More >>

Tax Cuts?

Monday, 25 March 2024, 2:23 pm | Keith Rankin

Do we need real income-tax cuts this year? Probably not. Do we need nominal income-tax cuts? Yes, we do. The government should go ahead with its proposed tax cuts, but only to low- and middle-income earners. The tax cuts should compensate for the inflationary ... More >>

Economic Performance: New Zealand versus Japan

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 4:28 pm | Keith Rankin

Tomorrow we will see the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for New Zealand. It's worth looking today, however, at what the situation is before that data release (with its revisions as well as new data). And in context by comparing New Zealand ... More >>

Empty Rentals And 'Investor'-friendly Taxes

Monday, 11 March 2024, 4:27 pm | Keith Rankin

This morning on RNZ's Morning Report, Revenue Minister Simon Watts admitted that it was a legitimate option for 'landlords' to leave their houses empty. (Refer Revenue Minister on mortgage tax deductions for landlords , RNZ 11 March 2024.) The official ... More >>

Interest Costs, The Cost-of-Living, And The Cost-of-Government

Thursday, 7 March 2024, 3:01 pm | Keith Rankin

In Question Time in Parliament, yesterday, Finance Minister Nicola Willis was asked a question about the extent of the cost of government debt-servicing. The answer, in short, was 'a lot'; and she mentioned that the cost had been assessed on an interest-only ... More >>

Collective Versus Individual: Māori Versus 'Maoris'

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 1:45 pm | Keith Rankin

Collectiveness at it most potent has been called asabiyya by macrohistorian and cliodynamicist Peter Turchin. At its least potent , collectiveness is a recipe for social division, top-heaviness, escalating inequality, and societal breakdown. The ... More >>

Collective Versus Individual: Māori Versus 'Maoris'

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 1:42 pm | Keith Rankin

Collectiveness at it most potent has been called asabiyya by macrohistorian and cliodynamicist Peter Turchin. At its least potent , collectiveness is a recipe for social division, top-heaviness, escalating inequality, and societal breakdown. The ... More >>

Secular Cycles And Empires

Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 1:49 pm | Keith Rankin

Peter Turchin, author of End Times , has spent many years researching cliodynamics . His works in the 2000s include Secular Cycles (2009) and War and Peace and Wa r (2007). A central concept in communicating his research is that of asabiyya , a word ... More >>

To Be (a) Liberal

Thursday, 18 January 2024, 2:12 pm | Keith Rankin

I enjoy Bryce Edwards' Political Roundup as a succinct and pertinent summary of current New Zealand politics. But, in The Liberal v Conservative anguish over the direction of NZ politics ( NZ Herald , 3 January 2024) Edwards corrupts the word ... More >>

Genocide As A Concept: Binary Or Analogue?

Monday, 15 January 2024, 1:46 pm | Keith Rankin

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) – based in The Hague, in The Netherlands – is being asked by South Africa if the 100-day (so far) slaughter by the Government of Israel in Gaza constitutes a 'genocide'. Thus 'genocide' is presented as a binary ... More >>

Political Culture And Close Elections

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 4:31 pm | Keith Rankin

When countries' national elections are closely fought, it means that the median voters critically determine the parliamentary or congressional outcome. But, though depending to a considerable extent on the prevailing political culture, the centre-of-gravity More >>

The Shipping News: Lyttelton Versus Picton, And Other Stories

Tuesday, 19 December 2023, 4:36 pm | Keith Rankin

Last week the new government effectively cancelled the plans of Kiwi Rail – in the form of 'The Interislander' – derailing its intended Picton rail and road expansion. The plans were judged to be too costly; in particular, the rate of cost escalation ... More >>

Te Pūkenga, Universities, And Unitec

Friday, 15 December 2023, 10:05 am | Keith Rankin

Tertiary education is in crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand. Vocational education, the domain of the Polytechnic 'Institutes of Technology'; and Science and Humanities' education, the traditional domain of the Universities. 2023 was an election year, ... More >>

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 >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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