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Mayor decrees 162,000 New Zealanders as ‘persona non grata’

This is a new one for the books; social apartheid based on one’s employment status,

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Full story

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So – how do you stop someone moving to your town?

Well, there are at least three methods – both tried proven in the last century.

1. Visual Identification

In the 1930s and 40s, the German government hit upon the novel idea of forcing certain classes of people – those classed as “undesirables” by the State – to wear colour-coded symbols sewn onto their clothing.

Jews were made to wear a bright yellow “star of David”,

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Gays were made  to wear a pink triangle,

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The full list of colour-coded badges,

  • Yellow star – a Jew
  • Red triangle—political prisoners: liberals, communists, trade unionists, royalists, social democrats and socialists, Freemasons, anarchists.
  • Green triangle— “professional criminals” (convicts, often Kapos).
  • Blue triangle—foreign forced laborers, emigrants.
  • Purple triangle—Bible Students, a term taken from a name of, and primarily referring to, Jehovah’s Witnesses, though a very small number of pacifists and members of other religious organizations were also imprisoned under this classification
  • Pink triangle—sexual offenders, mostly homosexual men but rarely rapists, zoophiles and paedophiles.
  • Blacktriangle—people who were deemed “asocial elements” and “work shy” including
    • Roma (Gypsies), who were later assigned a brown triangle
    • The mentally ill
    • Alcoholics
    • Vagrants and beggars
    • Pacifists
    • Conscription resisters
    • Prostitutes
    • Some anarchists
    • Drug addicts
  • Brown triangle—Roma (Gypsies) (previously wore the black triangle)
  • Uninverted red triangle—an enemy POW, spy or a deserter.

See: Wikipedia – Nazi emblems for undesirables

This system could be very useful for Herr Campbell – indeed for New Zealand as a whole. Easily identified classes of undesirables makes it easier for Good Citizens to deny services; prevent association with, and cultural contamination by,  undesirables; keep our children safe from undesirables; and keep our young people pure by isolating undesirables.

Eventually, Undesirables can be removed from society altogether and ‘re-homed’ in specially-designated “reservations”. (The Kermadecs may be a possibility?)

2. Reservations

Reservations – aka “Homelands” in apartheid-era South Africa – were designed as a ‘final solution’ for non-White races.

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In our case, separate reservations could be intended for separate classes of people. Of course, that entails breaking up entire families of undesirables – but that is a minor issue. Good Citizens do not concern themselves with the welfare of undesirables.

Undesirables, as Citizen Campbell would have us know, are lesser creatures and do not feel emotional hurt as we, normal Citizens do. (It’s in their genes.  Or blood. Or something.)

As a start, every person who voted for John Banks would be assigned to a Reservation on White Island. Yes, we know it’s an active volcano, but it’s as close to Hell as we can get for these obviously sub-normal voters.

3. Internal passports

Internal passports were/are very popular with totalitarian regimes that demanded full control over  the movements (or lack, thereof) of their people. The former Soviet Union, and to a lesser extent, the Russian Federation, utilised internal passports. As does China to this day.

And of course the former apartheid regime of South Africa had it’s own Pass Laws.

New Zealand could easily turn Community Services Cards into a de facto Internal Passport. Simply add a computer chip (like most modern credit cards) and take it from there.

Result; voila! Full control of undesirables’ movements.

(Mr Campbell may start doing his little ‘happy dance’ now.)

Full disclosure

In case anyone missed it – I’m taking the piss here. I do not advocate Visual Identifications, Reservations, or Internal Passports. A society that employs such policies is one that is utterly alien to ours.

Perhaps Mr Campbell might reflect on the sort of society we are becoming when a class of people is discriminated against in such a callous manner.  If New Zealand is going to treat the unemployed – who are simply the victims of an ongoing global financial crisis – as pariahs; second class citizens; the Jews and Gypsies from the 1930s, then there is something seriously wrong with us.

Only a brutalised society could behave in such a brutal fashion.

One cannot help but suspect that Welfare Minister Paula Bennett’s ongoing harassment and vilification of unemployed, solo-mums (but never solo-dads), widows, etc, is becoming part of our social fabric. National has many failures to cover up and shifting blame onto others is one way of ducking responsibility. (Right wingers are not as Big on taking responsibility as they make out.)

I wonder if Mr Campbell prays every night that his butchery business thrives, and that he is not voted out of his mayorlty role.

It would be unfortunate for him if he were to become unemployed.

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It can happen to anyone.

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= fs =

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  1. 25 September 2012 at 11:42 pm

    A very good thougt provoking post frank. http://peteskiwiforum.blogspot.com

  2. mcclairy
    26 September 2012 at 5:13 am

    Each time Paula Bennett makes another pronouncement on social welfare reforms, a euphemism for transferring more of the wealth to the already wealthy paid for by the those left out in the cold, as happened when Key gave his “rich prick” mates a generous tax cut also paid for by the disenfranchised with the increase of GST, I also have been thinking along the lines you described. “When are they going to tattoo numbers on beneficiaries wrists, on foreheads” came to mind. Too subtle? Colour coding should do it.
    With all that dosh going to the super rich weren’t we promised that the money would be invested thus creating jobs? The old trickle down theory aka the rich pissing on the poor?

  3. Peter W Watson
    26 September 2012 at 5:29 am

    If you live in a nice town and unwanted and unasked for criminals come and wreck it why should you pay to clean up their crap and why should you pay for their welfare. The guy is right. It’s like the UK on a small scale. The UK is a 3rd world housing project with a huge uneducated incontinent underclass and the tensions are rising every day. Usually the people who express sympathy for forced social welfare are people who pay little tax or none or receive benefit. You want unemployed ex cons to be able to move anywhere they want to? Put them up at your place.

  4. SpaceMonkey
    26 September 2012 at 9:20 am

    Why not just micro-chip the individuals…? If the undesirables have no status as human beings then the Government don’t need consent.

  5. Theodore
    26 September 2012 at 10:00 am

    Peter: ” Usually the people who express sympathy for forced social welfare are people who pay little tax or none or receive benefit. ”

    Care to explain what ou mean by that crazy comment? What is “forced social welfare”?

    Peter: ” Usually the people who express sympathy for forced social welfare are people who pay little tax or none or receive benefit.”

    Yeah? And you can prove that with stats or facts? Or are you just another NACT support intoxicated on prejudice and talking out your backside?

    Peter: “The UK is a 3rd world housing project with a huge uneducated incontinent underclass and the tensions are rising every day. ”

    Yeah, and didn’t Thatcherism do a good job on the Underclasses huh? Where are all the jobs promised by your Overlords, Peter W Watson?

    I get the feeling Peter W Watson that you’d be comfortable living in any of the three fascist scenarios Frank outlined above.

  6. 26 September 2012 at 11:04 am

    Peter W Watson :

    If you live in a nice town and unwanted and unasked for criminals come and wreck it why should you pay to clean up their crap and why should you pay for their welfare. The guy is right. It’s like the UK on a small scale. The UK is a 3rd world housing project with a huge uneducated incontinent underclass and the tensions are rising every day. Usually the people who express sympathy for forced social welfare are people who pay little tax or none or receive benefit. You want unemployed ex cons to be able to move anywhere they want to? Put them up at your place.

    So what’s your solution Mr Watson? Bear in mind that gassing them is frowned upon and we’re not allowed to ship’em of to a desert island.

  7. Denny Weisz
    26 September 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Maybe he just wants the town to die a sloow death by nobody moving there? or Maybe he should give up one of his jobs so some-else in the town can have a job and contribute to the towns businesses? – Another stupid tory!

  8. Kari
    27 September 2012 at 9:59 am

    You don’t here too many people using the expression “taking the piss” of course I first heard it years ago. I would say because of those I heard use it that it is primarily an English phrase.

    • 29 September 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I use it fairly often, it’s used in the blog post I wrote the other day – “taking the mickey” used to be more commonly used I think. Very apt term for what Key and his mates are doing 😉

      • Kari
        29 September 2012 at 6:59 pm

        haha Katherine I am familiar with both sayings and they are both very apt for expressing how one feels about something. I can think of some more emphatic ways to express what I think of the politics both here and around the world which I won’t share right now 😉

  9. BAJ
    29 September 2012 at 10:28 am

    Well Auckland doesn’t want them squatting on the boats in the marina now do they so where do they go?

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