New Zealand is unique among the English speaking countries in that it has a well established socialistic culture that goes back to the 1930s under the government of Michael Joseph Savage. Labour activism has always been strong. The country also embraced proletarian culture, the notion being that it was an egalitarian country of working class settlers. You can still find the houses that the government built during the Depression for the working people.
Empirical data has shown that New Zealand is also more collectivist versus individualist in comparison to other English speaking countries. The citizens are less precious about protecting their individual liberties and are more willing to do what they are told if they can be convinced it is for the greater good. This is in contrast to the US and UK where significant portions of the citizenry are obsessed with their personal rights, a party lifestyle and don't like putting themselves out for other people. New Zealanders dislike complaining and whinging. In the old days New Zealanders would often criticise immigrants from the UK for their perceived tendency to complain about how conditions do not meet their standards. Patriotic sentiments are very strong and the people there don't mind being mobilised if they think it is to protect the country.
Julian658 wrote:I remember the prime minister of NZ dressed as a Muslim woman to give a speech. They are SJWish over there. Guns were immediately banned after ONE shooting.
That was done after a terrorist attack. It was to show solidarity with and comfort the Muslims of NZ as well as show the Islamic world that NZ is not an anti-Muslim country, which it is overwhelmingly not.
Gun laws in NZ were overly liberal, the most liberal in the Anglosphere outside the USA and were well in need of reform. Banning guns is not an SJW idea. There are right wing arguments for gun control as well, unless of course you want criminals and any lunatic to have access to firearms. It's yet again another example of American conservatives not realising that they are in fact very liberal.
It is collective punishment, and the government gets to assume a false moral authority and pretend that they are doing something without actually doing anything.
It's not collective punishment but rather a collective measure. The whole society has to deal with the crisis. If one member of the society infects other people then everyone suffers. You have to manage the issue on a collective basis.
What do you mean not actually doing anything? If we are looking for a government that is doing nothing then we need look no further than America. Maybe you would favour a more American style solution? The statistics themselves speak to the success of America's COVID-19 policy: Over 5, million cases nationally, the highest in the world. Trump's policy is simpy indefensible.
Julian658 wrote:That does not change the fact that the prime minister is an SJW virtue signaling machine.
She is not, she is a patriot. In fact many of her policies are quite economic nationalist.
Expressing solidarity with one's own citizens after a terrorist attack is not virtual signalling, it is the sign of an engaged and responsible leader.
We are condemned to live.