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Posts tagged ‘ideology’

Downing the Brown: When two tribes go to war

Representations of Māori in the media: "The processes of colonization attack us in our most sensitive areas: in the way we perceive ourselves blind to the way those perceptions have been constructed for us initially" ~ Spokane poet and scholar, Gloria Bird, 1993

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The promise of Mana, truth telling, and the struggle of ideas

The most potent weapon of the oppressor, is the mind of the oppressed
- Steve Biko, Cape Town 1971

Upon reading that veteran activist John Minto has declared his stand for Mana...

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Troubling racism

When racism is the topic at hand, in a public arena anyway, my experience is that people fall into the wallpaper. Or at least respond with a disapproving sniff and stiffened spine. It is a topic that provokes a fair amount of defensiveness and no doubt anxiety, which is a bugger given that what I really want to shift to talking about is, as bell hooks calls it, white supremacist ideology (and patriarchal, and capitalist). Far more useful, and I would say apt - but at this point perhaps a step too far...

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Please … don’t call me ‘progressive’

have long felt a sickening in my stomach about the increasing use of the word 'progressive' to denote a person 'of the left' in political ideology. Whilst it is a term with its own unique history that can be clearly differentiated from the now seemingly abandoned term 'liberal', they appear to have been used interchangeably in discourse in recent years, with 'progressive' gaining far greater currency (though not without contest). Liberal has certainly become a much maligned term, especially by those to the right of the political spectrum who frequently pair it with other such useful descriptors as touchy-feely, lousy do-gooder, namby pamby, pinko, birkenstock wearing (a new term for me, hence the link), kumbaya-singing, elitist, bleeding heart ...

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