Live Thread: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
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|Two Good Mates in Simpler Times|
Former Green MP Sue Bradford said the group seemed to be "looking to Nazi Germany for inspiration, with its underpinning 'work makes free' philosophy, attempted eugenic control of a portion of the population, and its potential racist implications for Maori".As usual, leftist rhetoric requires a suspension of disbelief for it to be somewhat digestible to the public, forgetting the racial demographics of the person she is accusing of "Nazi-style" anti-Maori racial eugenic policy. Obviously, facts don't matter when you have a leftist moral agenda to promote, right?
Mrs Wilson-Davis, whose Strive Community Trust runs work transition programmes for sole parents in Mangere, said on Tuesday that she supported both proposals to encourage young women to "make wiser choices".
"What are your choices? We have a contraceptive device that is totally subsidised, so that when you are in better circumstances, if you have work or if you meet a lovely man and he's willing to support you, fine, have twins, have whatever. But not while you are in this situation."...
She said the group was not racist, even though it found 31 per cent of all working-aged Maori were on welfare compared with 10 per cent of non-Maori.
"Don't you feel... uhh... that you're ...uh...partially...uh.. responsible for putting those kids [in east Jerusalem settlements] in harm's way?"Upon witnessing an argument between a Zionist Israeli and a Palestinian, he apologetically injects the fact that "The international community is on his side [Palestinians] in that it doesn't recognise your rights in this region, and sees you as an interloper." An undercurrent of fear was ever present. His reluctance to slightly critique is palpable, whether it be fear for his personage physically or the potential fallout socially (with his media buddies), remains to be seen. But the impression you're given is that, at best, he is a passive spectator into an alternative community practicing an alternative ideology. At worst, he is a protected tourist in a divided country with potentially hazardous zones. As with many things, this is not the case.
America Alone, Mark Steyn:
Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman