community democracy « The Standard

By: The Standard  06-Dec-2011

community democracy « The Standard

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, October 22nd, 2011 -

Last week, several occupations ‘popped up’ around New Zealand. Well, they didn’t exactly pop up, did they? They weren’t more or less spontaneous, as in numerous countries in the Middle East, N. Africa, Europe and more recently, in Wall Street.

In New Zealand, there was, and is, no general out-pouring of anger or frustration from across large sectors of society. In New Zealand, the Occupations are contrived…pre-planned and organised.


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