Politics, Despair and Earthquakes
How shaky is the ground we stand on - how fragile the rock we call security? One moment we pretend we’re masters of the universe - the next we’re vulnerable animals caught between the forces of destruction and creation.
|One of the victims of the Kaikoura Earthquake NZ (photo Stuffnz)|
|A demonstration against closure of one of our local hospitals.|
|Jeremy Hunt - Much of the NHS has already been privatised, we just haven't been told.|
The sense of despair was acute. I’m not in favour of voting for a woman simply because she’s a woman (I certainly wouldn’t vote for Theresa May!) And I’m no fan of Hillary Clinton. And before I get savaged by my Sisters - not because she got her emails in a twist, but because she is a (passionate) advocate of the neo-liberal political ideology that has (frankly) f****d the world. We’ve had it with Big Oil, Big Pharma, and the Corporate agenda. It’s got us where we are now and that’s not a good place.
|Hillary Clinton - dignified even in defeat|
But Hillary was a far, far, more qualified, experienced and deserving candidate for the job than her rival. And it was misogyny, vindictiveness, anger and frustration that brought her down, rather than logical political argument about ideology. That's tragic.
What we seem to be witnessing is a revolution - the politics of nihilism, where an old, corrupt and self-serving political society is torn down by the struggling masses underneath without any regard for the consequence. We don’t take to the barricades with guns these days (at least not yet) but the result is the same. Chaos.
And then to round off my week, a massive earthquake has struck New Zealand where my daughter lives with her family and where I have many friends affected by it. Phone lines, down, power out, tsunami warnings and hours of anxious waiting and watching the news feed on the internet.
|Lorry trapped on the road. Parts of South Island rose by between 2 and 4 metres.|