In a land of plenty

A quick review: last night the moose watched Alister Barry’s doco In a Land of Plenty: the story of unemployment in New Zealand.

It traces the transformation within New Zealand from full employment to the use of unemployment as a tool to drive down inflation by lowering wages (the more people there are willing to work for less, the less you have to pay) in the space of a few years in the mid 80’s. Inflation was regarded as the primary enemy by the Rogernomics administration, and that program was carried out even more ruthlessly under the Richardson/National leadership in the 90’s, in collaboration with the Don Brash era Reserve Bank. Parts of it were pretty sickening, particularly the calculation of the poverty line, and the suffering it engendered.

All in all, an amazing piece of recent social history that, despite having lived through it, the moose was pretty much unaware of. Recommended.

(My only criticism is in the narrowness of focus of his narrative he skips the extent of fuckery under Muldoon era protectionism, which makes for a more emotive piece.)

2 Responses to “In a land of plenty”

  1.   Timb
    July 21st, 2008 | 1:22 pm

    Lmao, that guy’s my landlord. And what a great one at that 😉

  2.   Timb
    July 21st, 2008 | 1:22 pm

    Lmao, that guy’s my landlord. And what a great one at that 😉