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Fire and Fury doco on Dumb Lives Matter protest is Wellington middle class taxpayer funded virtue signaling at its finest

Imagine if Labour and the Greens had done something meaningful over the last 5 years for the lumpenproletariat so that there wasn’t this rage to exploit by the far right in the first place?
Martyn Bradbury
Contributing Writer
August 15th, 2022

OPINION: Yawn.

Little has been revealed in this Stuff Circuit documentary that TDB and a dozen other commentators haven’t already pointed out, bad faith actors with dark American money radicalised the Lumpenproletariat but if we on the Left had been doing something meaningful towards the economic anxiety and pain Covid had placed on so many, these bad faith actors wouldn’t have a mob to manipulate in the first place!

This is why we had to de-escalate the Parliament protest rather than inflame it, BECAUSE EXACTLY WHAT TDB WARNED WOULD HAPPEN – HAPPENED – and that was the mass radicalisation of far right NZ.

Because there were so many bad faith actors trying to whip up frightened and angry disconnected people, we had an obligation and national security reason to dial this down!

All Trevor Mallard did by ordering in the cops was radicalise 5000 new stormtroopers!

A point this ‘documentary’ utterly misses!

Where to begin with this Wellington middle class taxpayer funded virtue signal?

Let’s start by making my position clear about the Dumb Lives Matter protest so the woke have trouble lynching me for speaking out against Stuff’s middle class propaganda.

Let’s start with a poem.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst   

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.   

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out   

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert   

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,   

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,   

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it   

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.   

The darkness drops again; but now I know   

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,   

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

In the same week this protest on Parliament’s lawn was happening the Salvation Army releases its report on dire poverty while house affordability rose to another obscene level while Covid assistance mostly went to the rich…

Wealthy nearly $1 trillion richer since Covid began – Hickey

An economic and political commentator says since the Covid-19 pandemic reached Aotearoa, the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer – in part due to the Government’s policies.

…this protest may not have been working class politics, but it was working class misery that was being manipulated by the far right on the lawns of Parliament!

This is the Left’s fault!

Imagine if Labour and the Greens had done something meaningful over the last 5 years for the lumpenproletariat so that there wasn’t this rage to exploit by the far right in the first place?

What did Labour do? Pour billions into the pockets of property speculators.

The Middle Class Marxists want a revolution that knows its pronouns! It doesn’t want the smelly lumpenproletariat spoiling the aesthetics of their dinner party activism.

The focus of the political left over the last five years has been on worthy woke virtue signals as opposed to actual policy.

We have allowed Jacinda and Labour and the Greens off the hook for transformative change for too long, and yet act surprised when those most punished by the mandates rebel.

Let me be as clear as I can be – I support Jacinda and Labour for their magnificent Covid response! I salute the courage and skill to have navigated us through this most horrific of tempests and believe the mandates are the best way forward.

I believe NZ having some of the lowest death and hospitalisation rates is a public health victory of extraordinary magnitude.

Yes as a post-marxist anarchist environmental socialist I detest the State up in my grills as much as the next free individual, but I agree with this curtailing of my civil liberties for the public good.

B-U-T we on the Left have failed to challenge the neoliberal economic hegemony that continues to devour so many lonely lives and fills them with such hopelessness that they are bait for Facebook hate algorithms.

To then go a step further and have middle class woke Twitter paint them all as Nazis seems a tad self conflated even for Wellington.

I have zero truck with these feral lunatic’s arguments, hell I was attempting to goad them into voting me in their Nuremberg hanging list, but they have a right to protest and their rage has been manufactured by the Left’s lack of transformative change.

I have yet to see one interview with a protestor that after a terrible & painful personal mandate experience – that truly pulls at your heart strings – that then doesn’t veer off into some crazy demented conspiracy theory – there is no doubt this misery is being manipulated by far right propagandists with malicious intent.

If we don’t want so many angry, frightened and hurt working class people turning to the Nazi’s, maybe do something meaningful about their anger, hurt and fear first?

Does anyone believe this protest would be as huge as it is if Labour had done something 4 years ago on being transformative on housing, poverty and inequality?


Stuff circuit touches upon this, but is far more focused on when they were threatened and how they felt. Yes Qanon lunatics and social media hate algorithms manipulated people, but if we on the Left had been meaningful and transformational, they would not have been so easily manipulated.

Stuff circuit bewilderingly allows Trev totally off the hook for provoking it!

On Day 3 of this lunacy, the feral lunatics had attempted to invade Parliament and were bounced off  by a professional police response.

That night the leadership of the factions imploded and many left in the morning.

As the protest was losing momentum and dying off, what did Trev do?

He waltzed out onto his balcony, threw a tantrum in front of the collective media and bewilderingly called on Police to clear the lawn.

REMEMBER IT WAS DYING, and Trev responded by enflaming it by giving these lunatics a common enemy and a 10 hour live streamed recruitment video for fucks sake! THERE WERE NOW 5 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE THERE THAN WHEN THIS STARTED! Trev, a politician with a long, long, long, long, long, long, long history of anger management issues made decisions that were counter productive and enflamed this madness!

He turned on sprinklers, brought in floodlights and attempted a cheap psy-ops low grade music torture by playing shitty music at them all hours of the day.

These people were pushed to the edge with nothing to lose, freezing them and trying to cause sleep deprivation will probably turn them violent, which it did.

Stuff circuit doesn’t even touch on this escalation and the impact on radicalisation, nor do they focus on the pushback by woke activists to send in Andrew Coster to bash all the Nazis!

The SIS had infiltrated the protest in the second week and rushed intel back from hyped up fantasists about all the terrible things they were going to do, just like Police Intelligence had done 15 years ago with the Urewera Terror raids.

This intel scared the bejesus out of an already frazzled system and the decision to force them off the lawns was made.

Of course the protestors were violent – we had spent 3 weeks winding them up and then call their reaction a hate crime.

This has given the far right a propaganda and recruitment win they could never have imagined but it’s also built momentum up from frightened Middle Class Marxists who demanded the Police Commissioner be sacked and the military sent in on day 2 of this Dumb Lives Matter farce…

The SIS had infiltrated the protest in the second week and rushed intel back from hyped up fantasists about all the terrible things they were going to do, just like Police Intelligence had done 15 years ago with the Urewera Terror raids.

This intel scared the bejesus out of an already frazzled system and the decision to force them off the lawns was made.

Of course the protestors were violent – we had spent 3 weeks winding them up and then call their reaction a hate crime.

This has given the far right a propaganda and recruitment win they could never have imagined but it’s also built momentum up from frightened Middle Class Marxists who demanded the Police Commissioner be sacked and the military sent in on day 2 of this Dumb Lives Matter farce…

…This new Police State will focus on Hate Speech powers, vast new budgets and new surveillance capabilities.

Already the SIS and GCSB are drawing up expanded budgets to track the ‘Nazis’.

Police want their legally questionable face recognition mass surveillance network switched on to identify the ‘Nazis’.

The Woke activist base will want hate speech laws that effectively ban any opinion they don’t like from ‘Nazis’.

The looming over reaction in police powers and state surveillance this avoidable Parliament Lawn violence provokes will be the true legacy of this bullshit.

The Police State in NZ will be cheered in by the Woke, it won’t be criticised.

Most MPs were ushered in and out under heavy police protection alongside the frightened Press Gallery, so their perception of threat is now magnified through their own personal ego, and when that happens any criticism of the new powers to make them feel safe will have you labelled a traitor or enemy of the State.

Once the Police State gets these extra budgets, they will never let them go. If they are paid to find monsters, they will find monsters even if it takes monstrous things to find them.

This huge ramping up of the Police State would normally be hidden and quietly done, but because easily triggered MPs are convinced they just survived January 6th, they will champion these vast increases in budget and state surveillance as the ‘cure’ we need.

Middle Class Marxists and their State funded media enablers will cheer the Eye of Mordor finally being switched on to punish the Lumpenproletariat Nazis.

The rest of us will shudder in horror at the abomination they are building.

Unfortunately we have no other options.

Because we refused to de-escalate,  we handed the far right a propaganda coup and their feral lunatic front with Qanon insanity entwined with Sovereign Citizen violence mixed with white supremacists crossed with yoga vegan mummy bloggers who heal with crystals has become a virulent hate virus that demands of its followers political violence.

I fear the combination of intense political polarisation, a steep economic depression and the explosion of disinformation via social media hate algorithms could generate political violence in the 2023 election.

The immediate threat of political violence comes from the far right. The QAnon movement in NZ is disconnected from this dimension of reality, they believe in Sovereign Citizen Sherifs who are ’empowered’ to hang enemies of free people. They are fucking lunatics who are capable and philosophically compelled to commit an act of political violence.  Add to them far right white supremacist bad faith actors and Alt-Right extremists and you have radicalisation combining with fear grifters to generate a febrile landscape of existential fears that can only be combated by justified political violence.

Out of this cauldron of self loathing and projected cultural hate is the possibility of a lone wolf actor or small cell group committing an attack on a Politician.

Ultimately the only winner here is the domestic state intelligence apparatus. The sudden need to police and use mass surveillance to control and monitor internal political dissent in the wake of an attack on a politician from far right protagonists or escalating protest movements against far right policy will be immense.

We haven’t seen radicalisation like this on a mass basis before and with economic conditions set to only get far worse, the triggers for political violence extremism are possibly already smouldering.

Stuff Circuit simply adds more heat to this furnace, not light.

Article originally published on The Daily Blog and republished to The Platform with permission.

Martyn Bradbury is Editor of the Daily Blog, the largest Left Wing Blog in New Zealand and hosts The Working Group, the best weekly political podcast that isn't funded by NZ On Air.