“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” – Arundhati Roy The water seemed clearer, translucent. Was it the weather, or the lockdown? Across the harbour, a sole ferry burned its … Continue reading Shut Down Diaries III: A Walk to the Grave / And Back
"Planning for something Simple on this side of complexity, is not the same as preparing for something Tactical on the far side... We’re working in the realm of may happen, may work, may not, but the trick is not to be bounded..” – complexwales.com On the last day before lockdown, I woke at 5am, my … Continue reading Shut Down Diaries: The Social Dilemma
"In an entangled and entangling world, abandonment is not possible..." – Bayo Akomolafe (2020) I am in the kitchen, making cheese on toast. Hamish has a monitor set up at the table, his laptop to the side. The new normal, I muse. “More just figuring it out,” says Hamish. Adjusting. Then Anna comes in – … Continue reading Shut Down Diaries: Day 1
A review of the latest from Māori TV, The Negotiators, documenting what really went on in the treaty settlements, and the importance of knowing our history. So educated, what role might Pākehā play?
This is an old piece of mine – from Salient magazine in 2017 – but I'm reposting [an edited version] for the relevance it has to broader conversations on the relevance of history to today, and the potential for constitutional transformation in Aotearoa. There were a number of powerful speakers that day in Porirua at … Continue reading Imagining Decolonised Cities presents a symposium, “What is a Decolonised City?”
In the 1960s, a number of Spanish anarchists found themselves in exile, their application for asylum accepted by Australia, and their practice of radical solidarity continued in Melbourne. Dan Kelly explores some of the history behind IWA (International Workers Association) member Leigh Kendall’s presentation at the Tāmaki Anarcho-Syndicalist Day School.