Authoritarian Capitalism vs Democratic Capitalism
On one side sits Bill English and on the other side sits Key and Joyce. Ever since the neo liberal agenda culminated in it's predictable implosion due to unregulated greed in 2007, Governments have been straining to follow any example of capitalism that gives them power, and they've found it in the authoritarian regions of the world, in China, in Russia, in South America. Authoritarian Capitalism performs better than Democratic Capitalism and we can see this ideological changing of the guard in our own Government.
The tensions brewing between English and Key as Joyce creates a super Ministry able to counter Treasury are becoming increasingly apparent. Such a sudden ratcheting up of power accumulated to fewer people is happening all the time now. In Christchurch it is happening, it's just happened with vast new surveillance powers awarded to 70 state departments, and it's happened with the announcement of a strangulation of local councils.
The ideological war between social democrats and free marketeers is becoming one of democratic capitalism vs authoritarian capitalism. Under authoritarian capitalism the mantra is 'lowest cost', so regulation, labour laws, environmentalism, rights and civil liberties - all of these fruits of a progressive liberal democracy become 'nice to haves' that an authoritarian capitalist state won't fund.
As citizens have been warped into consumers, NZ's once famed egalitarianism has been watered down to a mere airs of casualness that allows the classes to mingle while the guns are left at the door. John Key's smile and wave laid back style makes him the perfect wrapper to sell this alarmingly sudden compression and accumulation of State power.
With such cultural touchstones, our fascism was always going to be this casual.