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 Foreign Control Watchdog 157

August 2021

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Taxing The TNCs. Long Overdue Global 15% Tax Rate Bare Minimum, But It's A Start by Murray Horton

~> Budget Benefit Increases. Spin Or Solution? by Greg Waite

~> Rocket Lab. Campaign Against It Blasts Off by Murray Horton

~> Rightwing Media Bias by Bryan Gould

~> Housing. How It Illustrates The Nature Of The Multiple Crises We Face by Mike Treen

~> The Undermining Of Hauraki 2021 by Catherine Delahunty

~> Aotearoa Water Action Update by Peter Richardson

~> Imploding Capitalism. Grappling With The Neoliberal Militarist Market by Dennis Small

~> Reviews by Jeremy Agar

Helen Kelly by Rebecca Macfie

Antisocial. How Online Extremists Broke America by Andrew Marantz

A Secret Australia edited by Felicity Ruby and Peter Cronau

The New Climate War. The Fight To Take Back Our Planet by Michael E Mann

How To Change Everything by Naomi Klein

Minamata. A Film by Andrew Levitas

Percy Versus Goliath. A Film by Clark Johnson

~> Obituaries by Anna Radford, Gillian Southey and Murray Horton
Piet Radford
Barbara Stephens
Death in the Family: Denis Snowden

~> Thanks Bill, Leigh And Linda by Murray Horton

Brenton Tarrant & The F Word.

The Swastika In The Room

 All of the media, judicial, and political comment on Brenton Tarrant, mass murderer and terrorist, talked about his ideology.

But what is it? "Racist", "far Right", "Islamophobe". All correct as far as they go but something is missing. The F word. Fascism.

This word tends to get bandied about loosely and/or is regarded as a historical curiosity from 80 years ago that is mentioned annually on Anzac Day.

But Tarrant defined himself as a fascist, in both his "manifesto" and his livestreaming of his atrocity. He was radicalised in the online world of Australian and international fascists. His extensive international travels touched base with global fascist groups. He referenced Nazis and fascists in his written "justification".

Fascism is foreign in every sense of the word and thus of great interest to the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA). The ideological essence of fascism is the physical extermination of those decreed to be The Other. That defines Tarrant to a T.

His "manifesto" is banned in New Zealand, so an outside perspective is invaluable.

We recommend Jeff Sparrow's excellent short book "Fascists Among Us: Online Hate And The Christchurch Massacre" (see the review by Jeremy Agar, published in Foreign Control Watchdog 154, August 2020). It was published in Australia in 2019 but was not legally available in New Zealand until after Tarrant pleaded guilty, in March 2020 (even getting the book from overseas during Level 4 lockdown was an adventure in itself).

Sparrow never names Tarrant, referring to him throughout as Person X.

Here is a key quote from Jeremy's review:

"The problem is not that conventional discussion might give too much information about (in this case, Australian) fascists but that it gives too little. Sparrow rejects euphemisms that depict them as 'far Right' or 'nationalist' (some people use 'far Left' to denote people seeking social justice or a clean environment). The more accurate term is the one Person X accurately deploys: they are fascists'".

So, let's call Tarrant what he calls himself: Mass murderer. Terrorist. Fascist.

Fascism is as much a deadly virus as the one currently confronting New Zealand and the rest of the world. And it needs to be dealt with by the same New Zealand approach - not "living with it", "control" or "mitigation".


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  • Foreign Investors’ National Interest Test. Must Be Permanent, Universal & Retrospective  by Murray Horton
  • Good Riddance To NZ’s Biggest Bludger. And Take Your Bad Rubbish With You  by Murray Horton Sort Out The Dross   by Cherie Chapman
  • Toxic Waste Liability Dumped On Taxpayers  by Murray Horton 
  • Private Equity Funds. The Swirling Billions Of The 1%   by Linda Hill
  • This Is No Time To Be Pushovers For Foreign Buyers   by Bryan Gould
  • Banking And The Role Of The Reserve Bank   by Liz Griffiths
  • Pandemics. Trump’s War Against America   by Jeremy Agar
  • Combatting Global Capitalism & Its’ Comprador Cheerleaders  by Dennis Small (with Editorial Up-date by Murray Horton)
  • Reviews  by Jeremy Agar

Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes

Fuelling Dissension. Coal And Coal Mining In 21st Century New Zealand by Jane Young

Fascists Among Us. Online Hate And The Christchurch Massacre by Jeff Sparrow

Obituaries  by Mary Ellen O’Connor, Catherine Delahunty, Jane Kelsey & Murray Horton

Dean Parker

Jeanette Fitzsimons

Mike Moore 
Overseas Investment Office by Linda Hill

OIO Decisions January To April 2020

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