Not a right wing blog

This isn’t a right wing blog. Nor is it a left wing blog. It’s an open blog where I can post what interests me, promote what is important to me, and encourage wide ranging discussion – which happens to be one of my interests. A lot of our political discussion seems to be silo-ed into left or right but I think it’s important to debate across the political divide.

On some things I lean right – we need free enterprise and free trade. On some things I lean left – we need social welfare. One of the challenges of politics is getting a good balance. If we have more successful business and more and better paying jobs that reduces the need for welfare – but means we can afford to help those who genuinely need state assistance more.

My first interest in blogs was participation for several years at Aardvark – I just checked, Bruce is still sort of keeping things going there having just revived forums.

Then I found Kiwiblog and jumped in there. I was painted as a leftie but found the challenge there a lot of fun. I’ve been quite prolific in comments there but that has reduced substantially over the last year or two.

After a while I looked around and found The Standard. I was recognised as being “from Kiwiblog” so was immediately painted as a rightie. That made it even more challenging there and it has continued like that, they tend shun anyone deemed to be not one of them, regardless of what you say.

I’ve also dabbled on a number of other blogs including Whale Oil, Public Address, The Daily Blog, red Alert, and have been banned from all of them (and a number of times from The Standard). Criticisms have ranged from being to bland and boring (I’m sure I have been at times) and being to provocative and contrary – DPF’s “fomenting happy mischief” is a practice I sometimes enjoy.

I have generally enjoyed debates on the right more, because people on the right seem more inclined to argue the issues one to one on their merits. Sure it can get very robust, but that’s healthy in debate, especially in politics.

The political left seems more abusive, exclusive and pack orientated, where “if you’re not with us you’re against us” seems a common mentality – but the right isn’t immune from that as Whale Oil is currently demonstrating.

The “Dirty Politics” attempt to swing the election has become a one-sided “right bad, left perfect” campaign.

I have experienced bad abuse from the right, and there’s a few dishonest regulars at Kiwiblog who lie and abuse to try and discredit, with little or no attempt to debate.

But abuse and harassment has been worse from the left, for me at least. They may not be as extreme and direct as Cameron Slater but the intent and the practices are just as dirty in their own way – they also try to discredit and drive away alternate opinions.

And until Whale Oil’s clampdown on dissent and alternative views the left was clearly the worst for censorship.

So I’m sort of in the middle politically but swing either way depending on what makes sense to me. I’ve voted both ways over the years – I think governing competence is more important than election campaign inspired policies.

And this isn’t a left wing or a right wing (or a centrist) blog.

It aims to offer something a bit different – open debate across the spectrum, with an emphasis on robust but respectful debate backed by as many facts as possible (one thing that seems to get up the noses of some blogs is arguing against them with facts).

Many in political blogging want to impose their opinions, their ideals, their favoured parties and politicians. And in doing that they often try to exclude alternate views, frequently through name calling, abusing and making false accusations.

Your NZ is for something different – debate from all sides is welcome and encouraged. We can learn a lot by exploring issues with the other side of the argument.

It’s a well used phrase but right or wrong versus right or left.

And accepting that right or wrong is often not simple or binary. Sometimes it’s looking for the least bad alternative, as in dealing with the ongoing problems in the Middle East.

This is not a right wing blog, but people who consider themselves right wing, or left wing, are welcome to contribute.

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11 Comments

  1. Kathy Maddren

     /  17th November 2014

    I’m really enjoying the diversity of opinions in here. Just because I am a National Party supporter, does not mean that I dont want to hear differing perspectives and points of view from other people. It is refreshing to find a political blog, that is not full of biases and totally tunnel visioned in its content.

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  2. silverbullet

     /  17th November 2014

    I used to be a Left winger, but realise it is now in the grip of a toxic ideology. I do not consider myself a Right winger and I vote strategically. Sometimes I don’t want to give my vote to any of the muppets.

    This election I gave my votes to Labour – party vote just because I didn’t want to see a once venerable party wiped out, electorate vote because either Adern or Nicki were ok by me, despite my opposition to Feminism.

    Which makes it ironic because I’ve had all the abusive terms under the sun hurled at me by crazy Leftists.

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  3. Agent BallSack

     /  17th November 2014

    Winston Churchill said if you are not a socialist at 20 you have no heart, if you are still one at 40 you have no brain. Quite amusing as in my youth I did vote for Labour and as I got older and wiser I voted more to the right of the spectrum (excluding ALCP which I voted in my early 30s). Truthfully I don’t care who anyone votes for if they do it in good conscience. I will argue with my Labour/Green/NZF buddies – it doesn’t bother me they vote for a different party as long as the content of the argument is intelligent. What I hate is the “If you’re not with us you’re against us” type of argument. In the end we’re all just bloody Kiwis and we still live in the best little country in the world. Regardless of political hue.

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    • “Winston Churchill said if you are not a socialist at 20 you have no heart, if you are still one at 40 you have no brain. ”

      Quite an interesting comment too, as I used to support Labour when I was young and had no understanding of politics. Fortunately I got wiser before I decided to start voting.

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    • silverbullet

       /  17th November 2014

      Yeah, at the moment I have to listen to family exasperately ask “What’s WRONG with NZers, putting Key back in?!”. And I’m like “Umm, because the Left really sucks right now?”.

      Then at a dinner party having to listen to an idiot wax lyrical abot how John Keys is the Second Coming.

      Sigh.

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      • Reading some comments.. it sounds like some kiwis think Key IS the 2nd coming, BUT definitley not I&I ( & Jah RasTafari)

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