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When we can globalize 

I had a wee think while returning from my haircut at Balliage, about my problems with this government. we have touched on and I heard one additional story about a petrol station owner in the today, who was screwed by one of his employees (through —I know what that feels like). has restricted what employers can do in this country, and we spend more time on red tape than leading. That needs to change, and there is no sign of change.
   Secondly, Labour has supported the exporting of to Asia. The PM personally supported Icebreaker’s demands that ‘Made in New Zealand’ be extended to mean ‘Made in ’ (but designed domestically), and the last Foreign Minister-inside-Cabinet has been relentless in its deal with .
   Long-time readers, and that means people who have followed what I wrote in the pre-blog days, will know I have long espoused the ideas of moral globalization (a lot was in my book Typography and Branding), of doing right by a host country. I still buy in to a lot of that—that if you globalize well, you will get good . aren’t stupid, and they will find out if you are having them on. I believe in the good side to , while not ignoring that there are a lot of latter-day robber barons out there.
   So how do I reconcile my beliefs in uniting a planet with Bush-era and ? I suppose I am being exposed as a bit more than some think. Maybe I am a Jerry Ford ?
   I was asked to comment, as part of a greater enquiry, on and jobs in New Zealand not long ago. My answers had to be at a semi-political level. I felt we weren’t ready to lose jobs to Red China there, especially one with a dismal human rights’ record. Textile from New Zealand plateaued, if the 2005 figures are to be believed, a few years back.
   Now, I am all for this if we ourselves were competitive enough, following the old theory that if we are making high-tech wear where a premium can be charged, then the old stuff could be sent over to a foreign location. But the evidence is that we are not there. Outsourcing is being done for cost-cutting reasons, letting our go abroad without replacing it with anything new. And we are great copycats (after inventing the compass and gunpowder, it’s payback time). But we () need to put ourselves first, so that the jobs that are lost here are made up for by new industries and .
   This is surely the position that Labour needs to be in first: securing domestic jobs, providing fair employment laws that balance the needs of all parties, and dealing with régimes based on humanness rather than dollars. But it is not. And the last seven years have shown that.
   Not that there is an alternative under John Key’s National Party. I do not know what the Shadow Cabinet plans, but its -only finance policies of the early 1990s under Ruth Richardson do not give me much confidence.
   Rarely is the flip side to Red China and the Communist Party exposed, with the exception of Triangle TV in Wellington, which recently broadcast the Nine Commentaries, a decidedly negative look at the policy of murder that has followed since 1949. To put it bluntly, the Chinese Communist Party has killed more people since ’49 than every single dynasty of every Chinese emperor put together. Oh, you can also add in any that Hitler or Pol Pot might have murdered. (The only issue I have with the Commentaries is that they are -linked, which means there is potential bias, but any overseas Chinese is familiar with the stories of -sanctioned murder.)
   I am not saying that we should disengage with Red China, or that the economic miracle is a complete myth. Of course there are nuggets of truth in that, even if the growth figures are conveniently supplied by the Politburo and lapped up by the likes of our government.
   But it is no time to be a Luddite, either. is the key to a global society, exposing young people not to fear-mongering nationalism, but open-mindedness, so they can take the best of each and incorporate it into their own mix. Let them find the mixture that best expresses their soul in a free and open society. Through them, and their children, we will gradually bring things closer together where laissez-faire globalization can work—because they will have learned that their neighbour can be someone in Addis Ababa or Albany, New York.
   We already saw how was reasonably global, united through musical tastes. It did not sound the death knell to local musicians or tastes. Generation Y is even more like that; shares on Flickr and YouTube as though it were second nature, regardless of where that sharing comes from.
   Once we understand this , then we can safely . When we can without harming our domestic activities, and do so in a respectful way, then let the free trade flow. It is the task of this to get the majority of to that point, something it has yet to do as it heads into its eighth anniversary in power. Failing them, it is up to those of us, who are already there, to lead the way.
   We can then let the laws follow where the people are fundamentally: part of an embracing . When you think about it, we are all born : nation states and fearmongering make us react differently. No child is born a , and likewise, no child is born with the sort of nationalism that starts wars.

Author’s note: crashed. I lost the original conclusion to this post. The heavens are telling me to stop blogging as nothing else I do encounters so many crashes.
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