Sunday, May 18, 2008

Treaty of Waitangi

Kiwis who know anything about the Treaty of Waitangi would agree that the Treaty provides all NZ citizens, Maori included, the same rights, privileges and responsibilities. No more, no less - regardless of racial/ethnic/cultural origins.

Yet too many Maori radicals, along with their bosom buddies among the Pakeha loony left, insist that Maori are being treated badly. AND that this bad treatment is all caused by white middle-class male heterosexual able-bodied christian businessmen.

I'd disagree with these assumptions, and suspect that they're nothing more than political grandstanding in an effort to gain political power and access to more taxpayer dollars.

Where the Treaty is respected and followed, everyone has equal opportunities to better themselves. From my long years of experience in private industry and the public and not-for-profit sectors, I've seen a lot of abuse of the Treaty's principle of equality for all. Little of it comes from the private sector, where all NZers are given equal opportunities to prove themselves, with a focus on the character and skill of the individual worker. People are treated in a colour-blind manner, with no special treatment or favours. Sure, there are exceptions, but exceptions happen anywhere.

On the other hand, government and NGOs are inherently elitist, allowing groups of people special treatment on the basis of their ethnicity, sex, disability or who they fuck. Maori and Pacific peoples get into university on a quota system, not having to meet the same entry requirements as the rest of us. Not only is this racist and a breach of the Treaty, but it demeans the quality of our education system and tells Maori and Pacific people that they're not as good as you and I.

Disabled people don't have to compete equally in the job market. They have special units designed to force public sector employers to give them jobs - which often they're not suited to - and which may force more able and qualified applicants onto the unemployment scrap heap.

Job appointments in the public service are based on knowledge of Te Reo - often not even used on the job - and Iwi affiliation. Now who else can get a job simply by identifying who their parents were? This is name-dropping at its worst, and is again NO qualification for a job.

It's interesting that most of these Maori activists and their Pakeha bunnies work in the public and NGO sectors - funded by tax dollars, naturally! I'd suggest they go get real jobs and start being productive members of society. That will get a large number of their rellies off benefits as well. Gotta be a good outcome, I woulda thought.

And that way the Treaty will stand a better chance of being the living document people want it to be.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Another feminist con-job

Women were, in most cases, doing fine for generations until the women's movement came along and told us we're all victims of male violence, sexism and oppression. Yep, that's right, all of us - even those who had their lives organised and were happy and contented. Then then offered us a solution, telling us that the way out was simply to be assertive.

Of course it's a trick used by marketers and sales people for years - create a problem or a need, then offer the solution. All we need to do is to be assertive and all our problems will be over. We will get everything we need, men will treat us right, and everyone will love us.

Bullshit.

It's just another way for the feminazis to tell us how bad we are. It's an interesting process, which shows how false they really are. As soon as we become assertive, we get called names like Nasty, rude, offensive, oppressor. The list goes on. We get told to be quiet, be nice, etc. Our jobs are suddenly at risk.

All this by those same people who told us to be assertive in the first place. Ask yourself.

Apologies

Ive been fairly quiet recently, due to a period of seasonal unwellness. During this time I've had the opportunity to do some serious thinking on the nature of friendship and family, and it's confirmed what I'd suspected for a long time. I now wish to apologise wholeheartedly to anyone listening - apologise for ever believing the myths of friends and family.

How interesting that people will talk freely about the value of friends and family, as though they had some kind of eternal, intrinsic merit. We are expected to buy into the myths - accept 'friendship' when it's offered, and do our duty as a good family member.

Funny isn't it! People will call us 'friend' yet they're never there when needed. In fact they find all kinds of excuses for not being there, and will then run away as fast as they can in the opposite direction. Family members will demand that we conform, and do our duty, but they will also run fast in the opposite direction when the shit hits the fan. They will demand government make laws and give them handouts to propagate their ideal version of the family, and tell us we must all accept this ideal as universally valuable - but where are they when needed?