Posted by Daniel Farrell
I am getting a little sick of the Occupy Wall Street people. They are bad. But the fact is, Occupy Auckland or Occupy Queen Street, depending on who you talk to, are much, much worse.
New Zealand does not have the issue that is being protested in the United States. In the United States, 1% of the population control approximately 40% of the wealth. In New Zealand, that figure is approximately 1% controlling 16%.
The fact is, the richest 1% of our society should have more wealth than others. Firstly, they are more rich – if every 1% of the population had 1% of the wealth then there would be no rich or poor and we’d be in a situation called theoretical communism. And I put “theoretical” there because it’s a situation that will never happen in a society of human beings. Anyway, secondly, the top 1% general have do more or have done more work for their money. I say generally because there are people who are only there because of inheritances and the likes, but the vast majority in this country is through hard work. Finally, they contribute more to the economy.
I have no problem with New Zealanders supporting Americans in their Occupy Wall Street campaign – while I don’t agree with it, I can see where they are coming from. However, I cannot see where New Zealanders who want change in New Zealand are coming from. We don’t have the problem, so how are we meant to fix it?
Yes, New Zealand is in a economic crisis at the moment, whether John Key wants to accept it or not, and while I think National has done more to fix that than Labour would have, I still don’t think they have done enough. However, that is not caused by an excessive pool of wealth at the top of the chain. It is because of businesses in general thinking about short term profits rather than long term earnings. However, that’s for another post (and it will come before the election – don’t worry about that).
So, let’s get realistic, New Zealand. You can Occupy Queen Street all you want, but it’s not going to fix the problem as the problem you’re trying to fix simply isn’t there. New Zealand is still, generally, a country where you can work very hard and succeed. No, not everyone who works hard ends up in the position they deserve, mostly because when people get knocked down there isn’t a very good system to help them back up again. But in general, if you work hard, you can be successful. The people who are in the bottom 10% are those who have been lost by the welfare system or those who refuse to work hard.
However, these people are not the ones protesting. It’s people who see a protest overseas have must get involved. John Minto is one of them. While I haven’t seen him involved with these protests, I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually was there. Unite Union is another. The Communist League have, as far as I know, been involved with this too. That’s not a surprise, given the result of these demands would be communism. Do we really want a system in this country that has been proven to fail every time it has happened? It either becomes socialism or capitalism – the socialists destroy their people (see Russia) and the capitalists deny they are capitalist and put minor socialist measures in place to look like they are still communist (see China).
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Posted on October 17, 2011, in New Zealand Politics, United States Politics and tagged capitalism, China, communism, Communist League, economic crisis, economic policy, economics, Election 2011, John Key, John Minto, New Zealand Labour Party, New Zealand National Party, Occupy Queen Street, Occupy Wall Street, Russia, socialism, United States of America, United Union. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.