TFR78: The 'Democracy Rationing' edition

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-12-20 01:13


"Don’t Vote For Any MP, Any Party Or Any Candidate Who Supports The Electoral Finance Bill!"

Democracy In New Zealand is now rationed. Political speech is being muzzled. Has New Zealand really come to this?

The latest 'Free Radical' magazine hits the streets, just in time for Christmas, and just in time to dissect the greatest assault on New Zealand's democracy and free speech since .. well, for ever.

How did it come to this, that saying what's quoted above could have just become illegal? Bernard Darnton and Peter Cresswell explain why, how, and why it’s so wrong – why and how what our soldiers fought to defend is being taken away -- why thousands have taken to the streets to protest it, and where that leaves us now. And that's just the cover story of this bumper summer issue of 'The Free Radical.'

  • NANNY's BIG BABIES: The Rise and Rise of an Infantilised Culture
    We now have virtually cradle to cradle nannying -- we’re never allowed out of our cribs, and there's nothing any of New Zealand's childlike, apathetic would-be whiners care to do about it. Marcus Bachler and Peter Osborne take the culture of infantilisation to task. How did we become such crybabies, they ask?
  • FEEL-GOOD ENVIRONMENTALISM: Spinning the Climate
    How is it that the forces of global nonsense can fly to Bali in their thousands to force us to make any sacrifice hey consider necessary towards their goal of “saving the planet”? Talking about ways to force us to reduce carbon emissions, emitting 100,000 tonnes of the stuff themselves to fly there to talk about it – that’s how ‘seriously’ they take their own warnings. Vincent Gray, Callum McPetrie, Joel Schwartz, Steve Hayward and Ken Green explain how spinning the climate requires politics to pose as science, and emotions to replace thought.
  • BANNING BZP: Prohibition Still Doesn't Work
    How is it that despite abundant evidence that prohibition doesn’t, can’t and hasn’t ever worked, the forces of darkness are doing it again: banning a peaceful party pill, and inviting the social destruction of prohibition all over again. Richard Goode and MPs Rodney Hide and Nandor Tanczos point out how, as Richard Goode says, the party pills ban but the 'P' into BZP.

All this plus the usual treats, including reviews, interviews, all your regular columnists - including an insightful summing up of the credit crisis by Michael Vardoulis, a flogging for Lindsay Perigo, and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of your editor’s favourite TV show.

All this and more in the 78th Free Radical. 78 blows for freedom, and still going strong!

Head to the Free Radical store to subscribe or to buy your digital Free Radical. Or head to one of these top shops around the country to pick up your hard copy (they should be arriving in shops this afternoon).

Cheers,
Peter Cresswell

EDITOR, THE FREE RADICAL
**POLITICS, ECONOMICS & LIFE AS IF FREEDOM MATTERED**

NB: We're having a few teething problems getting the new digital issue for TFR78 successfully uploaded at the Free Radical store. Keep checking back: I've been assured it will happen soon.

In the meantime, here's a link for an A3 poster of the cover you can download. Enjoy.


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I'm happy to report that

Peter Cresswell's picture

I'm happy to report that thanks to the excellent (and now recuperating) Mr William Green, the Digital Free Radical #78 is now online, and ready for download.

I trust readers who get their copies by post have been enjoying their holiday reading?

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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'NOT PC.'
**Setting Brushfires In People's Minds**

ORGANON ARCHITECTURE
**Integrating Architecture With Your Site**

UPDATE: Digital TFR still not available ...:-(

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My apologies to anyone trying to buy a digital copy of the latest issue. Due to exigencies beyond my control, the latest issue has still not been uploaded, and I have no information as to when it will be.

Rest assured I'm as frustrated as you are.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

* * * *

'NOT PC.'
**Setting Brushfires In People's Minds**

ORGANON ARCHITECTURE
**Integrating Architecture With Your Site**

  Oh sorry, 'digital'

Mark Hubbard's picture

 

Oh sorry, 'digital' Free Radical. Excellent.

Yes, I'm a lunkhead. 

  It is about time I

Mark Hubbard's picture

 

It is about time I re-subscribed, which I shall do in the new year. But, from here on I shall mainly be reading on an Iliad electronic book reader, so is is possible to subscribe and receive an electronic version of TFR, such as PDF, mobi-book, etc?

Always ...

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... up for a flogging. I shall clear my box avidly in anticipation.

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