Just what we all need

Jacinda Ardern: ‘Very little of what I have done has been deliberate. It’s intuitive’

Running a nation on emotion not analysis. Not going to work out well is it, just the feelz.

33 thoughts on “Just what we all need”

  1. This thirty-something mother has been running New Zealand as if it were an extension of her home and citizens are simply extra children. For some reason I can’t fathom, a lot of people seem to actually like this. I get that women do, but how men can applaud the utter feminisation of politics I don’t know. Do they think it will get them laid, or something?

  2. TBF it’s not her sex or even her gender, Justin Castro of Canada doesn’t appear capable of thought but plenty of feels, either groping or emotional incontinence. I think that’s how Soros choses his politicians.

  3. “For some reason I can’t fathom, a lot of people seem to actually like this. I get that women do…”

    Nah, we can’t stand the simpering cow either.

  4. “as if it were an extension of her home and citizens are simply extra children.”
    i will be reading this article in the expectation the journo asks a question along the lines of: if this had happened during your maternity leave would left it to your deputy?

  5. would you have left it to your deputy?
    Such an obvious question especially such an indepth article -not broached.

  6. “Justin Castro of Canada doesn’t appear capable of thought but plenty of feels, either groping or emotional incontinence”

    Its just an act though isn’t it? We can see from the SNC-Lavelin scandal that when he’s not it the public eye he’s as ruthless as any Fortune 500 CEO. Its just the public who get fed the ‘feelz’ persona. You don’t get that far up the greasy pole by not being a borderline psychopath, and guess who is very good at creating attractive artificial personas?

    We are increasingly ruled by people with personality disorders, and we (collectively) are too stupid to notice, just lapping up the image that is fed to us via the media.

  7. Jim: the released tape made by JRW reveals his head public official tobe wary of J’s temper. I guess he tantrums all over the place like an overgrown overindulged toddler. Butts is the thinking calculating manipulator. The real problem is the electorate, all too willing to fall for some carefully crafted virtue signalling, good looks and some narrative. They confuse lack of achievement by candidates with innocence.

  8. Trump runs the USA by emotion too. They’re just a very different set of emotions.

    Which ones?

    For some reason I can’t fathom, a lot of people seem to actually like this

    A very large percentage of modern “men” are rubbish. Cities are swarming with sibilant, snarky, simpering, soft-handed soy-boys in skinny jeans. They are to our ancestors what a bichon frise is to a grey wolf.

    They have forgotten the faces of their fathers, and that is why we need another major war to clear out their ranks (the charge of the Manbun Brigade will be livestreamed – laugh reacts only).

  9. “A very large percentage of modern “men” are rubbish”

    And it starts in school:

    https://preview.tinyurl.com/y5w3447q

    As my 89 year old mother said the other day (paraphrasing);

    ‘I was buried in rubble from bombing during WWII, was on a bus machine gunned by a German fighter and almost every day we went to school we were informed that yet another student would no longer be attending. Yet no one offered us counselling like the kids ask for today.’

    Hard times, strong men results in weak times, weak men.

    And round and round it goes.

  10. “Hard times, strong men results in weak times, weak men.”

    I do wonder if what we see today, especially in Western Europe is evolution at work. In the 20th C the strong, the brave the fearless, the gung ho will all have been slaughtered in their millions, mostly men but also plenty of women. The oaks that society is built on if you like. What will be left will be the reeds, the ones prepared to bend in the wind, to hide,to run away, to do what is necessary to survive, to appease, to collaborate. Those are the genes that have built the societies we see today. In past wars of mass slaughter the winners genes would have predominated, via rape and pillage, and by definition the winners would be stronger, more fearless, better fighters, and thus genetically an improvement. Modern warfare can slaughter so many of the best in society that even the nominal winners are fatally weakened, genetically speaking. And even in the case of a mass rape such as the Red Army perpetrated on German women in 1945, the winners are not particularly genetically superior individuals, as 20thC warfare was more about economic production than individual bravery and courage.

    So all European countries that were involved in the two world wars will have seen a dramatic deterioration of the quality of the gene pool, and thats got to have an impact at a societal level.

  11. “..to do what is necessary to survive, to appease, to collaborate.”

    There is a theory that women have evolved to submit to victorious invaders as a survival tactic.

  12. Mmmmm…. Depends on how much you value bravery & courage. They don’t bank well. Smarts do. And it’s smart to be somewhere else or otherwise occupied when your politicians decide to someone other than themselves off to be killed. All in favour of bravery & courage amongst politicians, though. Let them have have clubs & go at it.

  13. “So all European countries that were involved in the two world wars will have seen a dramatic deterioration of the quality of the gene pool, and thats got to have an impact at a societal level.”

    Explain Sweden then.

  14. If you seek the cause of western decadence, look no further than welfarism. Any society that gives its citizens rights without insisting on duties and responsibilities soon rots.

  15. ” And it’s smart to be somewhere else or otherwise occupied when your politicians decide to someone other than themselves off to be killed.”

    It may be smart on an individual level, but is it smart on the societal level? If everyone makes themselves scarce when the enemy is at the gate, how long will the society last? For societies to survive they need leaders and people prepared to face enemies head on, not go ‘After you Claude’.

    “Explain Sweden then.”

    That is more problematic, true. They didn’t have their population decimated as the rest of Europe did in the 20th C. Maybe all the previous exporting of their fearless Viking DNA all around the world meant the ones left at home were the less warrior-like ones.

  16. @Jim April 6, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    We are increasingly ruled by people with personality disorders, and we (collectively) are too stupid to notice, just lapping up the image that is fed to us via the media.

    +1

    Bill Clinton, Blair, Obama, Cameron, Trudeau, Jacinda Ardern, Leo Varadkar

  17. Hard times, strong men results in weak times, weak men

    True. It’s why I unironically believe the anti-bullying mania of the past 30 years has caused far more problems for kids than it’s solved.

    Explain Sweden then.

    I read that, in the United States, about a third of men under the age of 30 aren’t getting any sex. I dunno if it’s possible to overstate what a terrifying statistic that is – see: Calhoun’s rats.

    So the Soyocaust doesn’t seem to be caused by war deaths (as we know, the Yanks joined the war late and as an excuse to bang 1940’s English babes), but it might have a different genetic component – who knows? A lot of people alive today wouldn’t have made it past childhood if they’d been born in 1819 or 1919.

    Any society that gives its citizens rights without insisting on duties and responsibilities soon rots.

    True, but why did society lose the moral courage to insist on duties? Why did we lose the collective will to shame free riders? Why did we become, to use a term I haven’t heard since all the adults died, a “permissive society”?

    Take the very recent Trans phenomenon as an example (I’m not picking on the trannies, it’s just illustrative) – today, if a fortysomething man decides to abandon his wife and children to live a masturbatory fetish lifestyle, we’re supposed to applaud her “courage”. How did that inversion of cultural values (and genitals) happen?

    The answer probably goes back to the Nietzschean death of God. As Kenneth Clark points out, the central figure of Western Civilisation is Jesus Christ. The Christian influence is so omnipresent it’s easy to take it for granted, but our laws, our institutions, our art, our architecture, our social structures and our history all indirectly or directly were shaped by the carpenter from Galilee.

    Without Christ, there is no liberation of Europe from the Moorish hordes, no universities, no Aquinas, no Cromwell, no Reformation, no Victorian age, no Tommies singing “Abide With Me” as they marched to their deaths. And perhaps, no purpose, no impetus, no particular reason to even perpetuate ourselves.

    We cannot escape Him, except in Hell.

    Whether one personally believes in God or not is almost irrelevant – without a common set of functioning moral truths, a sort of crowdsourced sanity (ht Jordan Peterson),
    without an overarching shared narrative that inspires and animates, there is no civilisation.

  18. “If you seek the cause of western decadence, look no further than welfarism.”

    I think that was preceded by prosperity.

  19. “you MAY have missed one.”

    My mother has a theory about TM – she (TM ) is a Type 1 diabetic, and my father has been Type 1 pretty much all his life, cared for by my mother for over 50 years. And she thinks that diabetics have a stubborn streak in them, maybe somehow related to the sugar imbalances in the bloodstream, that was certainly the case with my father, he’d get an idea in his head and wild horses wouldn’t shift him from it. And other diabetics she’s known have had the same personality type as well.

  20. True about ‘rights’ and ‘duties’.

    Gandhi said that there was too much talk of rights. Any so called ‘right’ can be taken away. Even the ‘right to life’. Pretty easy to take away someone’s right to life.

    Gandhi figured if we concentrated on what our duties and responsibilities were, and insisted less on what our rights were, the world would be a better place.

    We’ve an ad on the radio at the moment about the increase in NMW and NLW. “I’ve got a pay rise” simpers some girl who sounds about 12. “what’s more, it’s my right”, she insists. I want to punch her in the mouth.

  21. The horrible realisation for me was that Big Brother may have been right, not the communism bit, but the manufactured external threat.

  22. We are as a society going up in an era when fewer toil and more indulge. Capitalist riches have brought us here.

    Before we knew we had to work or starve.

    Now we make enough food, shelter and security to have a lot of excess. But Maslow told us, in the hierarchy of needs, once you have filled up the bottom of the pyramid, no more of that helps.

    People have families to love them.

    Now with all our money, we have to figure out self esteem and importance.

    The human condition has progressed. Looking backward to earlier will provide only limited wisdom. We’ve never been this rich before.

  23. Bloke in Lower Hutt

    The National Party missed out on being able to govern alone in a PR system by 2 seats at the last election. Jacinda did a deal with 2 minority parties to become PM. I’m live in hope that National get their shit together and attack New Zealand First (the largest minority party in the coalition) to make Jacinda a one term wonder. They don’t need a big swing and from what I can tell from the ordinary voters I speak to outside of social media Jacinda has pissed off as many folks as she has won over with her antics since Christchurch.

  24. A First past the post voting system like the UK has, has its faults ,but at least you don’t get the dog’s breakfast that the NZ set up is.

  25. JD: so you don’t have your country ruled by a weak coalition then? Could have fooled me.

    NZ has actually had stronger governments than the UK for the last twenty years. Because we know we will have coalitions the parties are built to take them.

    Small countries and big countries need different systems. NZ has about the same spread of parties in parliament as the UK does. When we were FPP we had two and nowhere near enough variety of opinion

  26. Under FPTP coalitions are a statistical aberration; under PR they’re almost a certainty. See Germany and Israel for PR systems that have given otherwise ridiculous amounts of power to tiny single-issue parties composed.

  27. @rhoda klapp April 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Pcar, you MAY have missed one.

    I certainley did: Macron

    Did you miss “lapping up the image that is fed to us via the media.”

    MAYbe one “leader” with no charisma, emotion, stability or following, but obstinate and autocratic doesn’t fit

    Theodore Dalrymple:
    Theresa May did not emerge from a social vacuum. She is typical of the class that has gradually attained power in Britain, from the lowest levels of the administration to the highest: unoriginal, vacillating, humourless, prey to the latest bad ideas, intellectually mediocre, believing in nothing very much, mistaking obstinacy for strength, timid but nevertheless avid for power. Thousands of minor Mays populate our institutions, as thousands of minor Blairs did before them.

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