is a very appropriate article by Bryan Gould in which he explains, “There is much more to democracy than the casting of a vote once every few years.In a properly functioning democracy, government is held to account – not least in parliament – and its decisions debated and often contested on a day-to-day basis. A government claiming legitimacy for its actions and decisions will ensure that this is so”

Recently Bryan Gould was published in the NZ Herald saying “It must surely have come as a shock, even to his supporters, that John Key seems not to understand some of the basic principles of democratic government. In particular, he seemed to see no distinction between his own personal assurances and the law of the land.” Read more HERE

is the speech by Dame Anne Salmond that she gave at the Mt Albert Memorial Hall on Thursday July 25th, about the GCSB bill.
She says, “what has happened in the corridors of power in New Zealand?
Somehow, the values there seem very different. Over the past thirty years, some strange and curious doctrines – amoral, power-hungry but superficially persuasive – have been wafting out of the Beehive.
They include the myth of a free market. At the time when democracy was invented,
Adam Smith and other Enlightenment thinkers argued for a market free from the rule of
the merchants – or corporates, in contemporary talk. In the name of the free market,
however, since the 1980s we have been served up the opposite – mercantilist wolf
dressed up as free market lamb.”


is an excellent article by Robert Reich -” The Two Centers of Unaccountable Power in America, and Their Consequences”.  He begins, “There are two great centers of unaccountable power in the American political-economic system today — places where decisions that significantly affect large numbers of Americans are made in secret, and are unchecked either by effective democratic oversight or by market competition.”
This issue affects New Zealand too.


is an article by John Pilger with the title  “Understanding the latest leaks is understanding the rise of a new fascism”.  In it he says, “Snowden’s revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone, is further evidence of modern form of fascism –  that is the “abyss”. Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world – from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia – the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology. ”