27/02/2017
Owen LLewellyn
Opinion
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Who will be Trump, Farage, or Le Pen for New Zealand?

Without doubt there has been a major shift in the political climate around the world in the past couple of years.  Brexit and the election of Trump are the two clearest signals that more and more ordinary people are waking up to the creeping evil of globalism and all its’ manifestations.  The omnipresent internet and easy access to alternative philosophies and information mean that more and more New Zealanders are not satisfied with the political options provided for them by the current smorgasbord of parties, policies and politicians.

Some folk are exploring political positions which, just a few years ago, would have been considered extremely odd-ball.  There may not be that big a percentage of the voters who are hard core anarcho-capitalists or libertarians or minarchists or patriot/nationalists or whatever, but these and plenty of other political philosophies are getting a decent airing on-line at least and making the tired cliches of our regular parties seem lame in comparison.  No doubt most of our complacent and controlled politicians and professional commentators would not believe that any of the above-mentioned worldviews are likely to make any sort of meaningful breakthrough on the NZ political scene anytime soon, but put the right package together and get the message out there and things might change faster than we think.  Voters are not as dumb or as the controlled political/academic/media class would like to think.  

There is a massive groundswell of political opinion waiting for a vehicle to express itself in New Zealand.  In the UK it found it’s voice through the Brexit debate and referendum.  In the US, clearly Trump tuned in to what the ‘real’ people wanted.  So what is the untapped political resource awaiting discovery ?  Describing what the silent majority are against is the key.  Attempting to put together a complete platform or philosophy would be a herculean, if not impossible task, but there is a straightforward laundry list of things which folk are sick and tired of which unite a wide range of isms and factions.  From conservatives to classical liberals; from minarchists, libertarians to anarcho-capitalists; from traditionalists to nationalists and patriots, not to mention the hoards of ‘real’ people who wouldn’t dream of describing themselves as any of the above, the following are what they are, to a greater or lesser extent, against:

Ceding sovereignty to globalist institutions;  the endless growth of government and it’s power and control; the systematic undermining of the family as the core unit of the community; the disproportionate control of the ‘accepted’ narrative and dialogue which the controlled media, controlled academia and the controlled political class has relative to ordinary people.  All expressions of socialism, communism and centralisation, either explicit or implicit.  Crony capitalism and bankism.

I could go on of course, but you get the idea.  Throw in concerns over what excessive Islamic immigration would mean here; doubts over the climate change industry and you’ll have a lot of people interested. Encapsulate that lot in a party or a person or a philosophy and you’ll be onto a winner.  Now I don’t mean a parliamentary majority straight away, most voters are still hooked into the status quo or fast asleep. If someone can find a message and a brand or an issue to focus on though, which acts as a lightening rod for these concerns, there is a block of voters to be had.  None of the current political parties represented in parliament would be a legitimate vehicle for this block.  Little more than lip-service is given to these issues by any of our current politicians.  The time is ripe.