I’ve often commented on the somewhat heated nature of some of the debates over at Kiwiblog. DPF and defenders of the site got their knickers in a twist when someone dared to call them extremists.
The problem I have with the right, isn’t so much the economic policies, which are often very harmful for those at the bottom of the heap – for some reason the theory that if you cut the dole made them get a job just didn’t play out in reality, go figure? For some reason to borrow to provide tax cuts “give us our money back” isn’t oxymoronic, not to mention fiscally stupid.
What really gets me about the right is their incredible ability to belittle, malign, abuse and completely denigrate those whom they have little or no understanding of. Worse, they engage in campaigns of hate, hiding behind the populist and completely vacuous statements claiming to be ‘anti PC’ and wear it as a badge, further they use this seemingly cool to be unpopular stance to enforce stereotypes, defame and generally persecute people they just flat out don’t like.
I know for a fact that if I was a young artist or person who’s work involved the use of spray can’s I’d be mighty pissed off with the govt’s response to tagging.
Also if for what ever reason the purchase of spray paint was part of my employment, I’d be hiring a lawyer to test the lawfulness of denying one’s livelihood.
We all know that old folk are sometimes a menace on the road, or that mum’s and dad’s sometimes drink drive, but have we ever considered banning all adults over the age of 18 from driving – of course we haven’t.
It’s like the pathetic knee jerk solution to youth loitering in the UK with the use of the mosquito sound machine. Thankfully the lawfulness of that device is being tested.
I have never understood why the youth are constantly being discriminated against. Believe me I know plenty of adults who wouldn’t qualify for some of the social behavior rules that we deem necessary for the youth of the country.
Stop picking on the kids. Give them a reason not to tag, give them something else to do that they get notoriety, mana and pride from. Put the effort in rather than waving the too hard flag and banning kids from doing things. Because if there is one thing that we should have learnt over the last 100 years, if you ban kids from doing something, it is instantly cool and worth doing.