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Inflation Fears, Bullshit Costs, And Inappropriate Policy

Friday, 16 July 2021, 1:12 pm | Keith Rankin

It is true that New Zealand – and the rest of the world – now faces substantial inflation pressure. As the 2020s unfold, the biggest macroeconomic story – as in the 1920s after World War 1 – is likely to be about how we address these pressures ... More >>

Unrented Rentals And Property Hoarders

Monday, 5 July 2021, 4:24 pm | Keith Rankin

I was encouraged to hear Nicola Willis, National Party's spokesperson on housing, make the key point that the central problem in New Zealand's housing crisis is that of people being squeezed out of the private rental market . I made this point and ... More >>

Allegations, Abuse, Echo-Chambers And Youth

Friday, 2 July 2021, 4:28 pm | Keith Rankin

On Monday, as I drove from Kerikeri to Kamo, on Radio New Zealand Kathryn Ryan was interviewing students from Christchurch Girls High School, who were commenting on vague but serious claims of sexual abuse, with the finger being pointed mainly at ... More >>

Policies For Reducing The Environmental Costs Of Urban Transport

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 4:42 pm | Keith Rankin

Environmental costs are a big deal, which need to be properly factored into our economic decision-making. Last week the Government announced a rebate scheme for electric and hybrid vehicles . These days we emphasise the very important greenhouse ... More >>

China, The Coronavirus, Australia, And A Yearning For World War 3

Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 11:42 am | Keith Rankin

There has been a lot of western angst shown towards China this year, only a miniscule amount of which can be attributed to geopolitical threats coming from China. Leading the charge of the anti-China brigade is Australia. I commented about a month ago ... More >>

Covid19 Is Far From Gone, Though Probably Not As Bad In India As Many Believe

Tuesday, 25 May 2021, 9:19 am | Keith Rankin

Covid19 is far from finished in the world's more economically developed countries. And we – who live in these countries – continue to display a restrained racism towards large culturally different nations such as India and China. For example, ... More >>

The Seventy-Thirty Problem, And The Māori Health Authority

Friday, 21 May 2021, 4:27 pm | Keith Rankin

When policymakers try to fix things, they often mess up because of the way the problem is formulated and the ways that subsequent policies are targeted. A classic example was the Closing the Gaps initiative in the early 2000s. The problem – albeit simplified ... More >>

The New Zealand Government’s 'Public Finance Rabbithole'

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 11:50 am | Keith Rankin

Last week, out of left field, the government placed a three-year embargo on normal public sector wage bargaining, essentially a salary freeze. While there has been a certain amount of backtracking since, it is clear that the government has been ... More >>

Calling Out China

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 2:33 pm | Keith Rankin

  Keith Rankin, 29 April 2021 We humans seem to have a need to coalesce into tribes, and we do this by identifying – and sometimes demonising, or holding in condescension – others who are not us. We also like to anthropomorphise, treating ... More >>

Money, Housing, And King Canute

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 4:07 pm | Keith Rankin

Stories last week from Radio New Zealand: Expert analysis: low interest rates vs soaring house prices , Nine to Noon , 15 April 2021. And refer to: Arthur Grimes: How to fix a broken Auckland? Add 150,000 homes to crash prices by 40% ; The Spinoff, ... More >>

Covid-19 And The Common Cold

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 9:03 am | Keith Rankin

Is the worst of Covid-19 yet to come? The most recent wave of Covid19 is, I suspect, much more significant than the headlines so far would suggest. This phase started in Europe, has been very evident in South America, and is now apparent in Asia (eg ... More >>

Solving The Housing Crisis: Making Homes

Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 10:11 am | Keith Rankin

Getting the Language Correct Aotearoa New Zealand has a housing problem; a very big housing problem, and a problem not unique to New Zealand. While political leaders and privileged commentators do acknowledge the problem, the discussion remains befuddled, ... More >>

Homo Stupidus?

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 1:30 pm | Keith Rankin

"If the nations of the world fail to honour the pledges they made in Paris, the climate could return to Pliocene conditions when okapi-like creatures and giant vipers thrived in Europe. … Ernst Haeckel's name for our Neanderthal ancestors, ... More >>


Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 11:12 am | Keith Rankin

"What psychologists call apophenia – the human tendency to see connections and patterns that are not really there – gives rise to conspiracy theories". The Gordon Riots "June ... More >>

The International Labour System

Friday, 12 March 2021, 4:41 pm | Keith Rankin

Historical Background Societies split into two strata following the post ice age (Neolithic) agricultural revolution. The new split, between ruling 'beneficiaries' and subservient 'workers', was made possible by the creation of food surpluses. (It More >>

Friday's Tsunami Messaging: Why Not Tauranga And Auckland?

Monday, 8 March 2021, 3:30 pm | Keith Rankin

On Friday at 6am I woke up in Covid Level 3 Auckland to news of a big earthquake around 100km east of East Cape, at about 2:30am. While many people in Auckland had apparently felt it, many more had uninterrupted sleep. Descriptions on Radio New ... More >>

Our Neanderthal Ancestry

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:20 am | Keith Rankin

After my partner read Dan Salmon's novel Neands – written during lockdown in 2020 – I decided to renew my interest in our distant ancestry, in part with a concern that homo neanderthalensis has been unable to shake off, so far, its unflattering ... More >>

39,000 Steps

Monday, 15 February 2021, 2:53 pm | Keith Rankin

Last Thursday I walked the Tongariro (Alpine) Crossing with my partner. Actually, it was my third time, having also enjoyed that beautiful volcanic walk in 1979 and 1990. This was my first time with a mobile phone in my pocket. My phone assured me ... More >>

Science: The Good, The Ugly, The False, And The Expedient

Friday, 18 December 2020, 11:07 am | Keith Rankin

2020 has been the year of the scientist, or at least the public health scientist. Science is a method, not a discipline; it includes social science, because social science does at least notionally apply the scientific method. While being about the ... More >>

Queen Of Hearts, With Teeth

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 4:07 pm | Keith Rankin

I recently watched Season Four of 'The Crown'. Yes, it's a drama, not a documentary. The two dominant characters – outside of the Windsor bloodline – were Princess Diana and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Both characters were probably overplayed, ... More >>