The Shame of New Zealand
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  • Anthony

    In this instance “Shame of New Zealand” illustrates one of downsides of capitalist dynamic – profit motive sometime overwhelms man’s “Better Angels”….

  • Oh noes! Wait ’til I tell my Proggy friends that I can’t go to lunch with them at P. F. Chang’s because the chain is financing major human rights violators! And then there’s Whole Foods…

  • Anthony: Adam Smith said as much. A free marketplace filled with immoral people is a jungle.

    It’s not the capitalism, it’s the lack of morals.

  • dearieme

    Isn’t it more the same of Indonesia?

  • Corlyss

    “They were there to protect the fish.”

    Priceless put-down of the bleeding heart Kiwis willing to spend their entire national wealth and then some to save the planet and the whales and the rain forest and the tuna and the snail darter and the spotted owl and glacial ice and the polar bears and …. Bravo!

  • Walter Grumpius

    If it’s Koreans enslaving Indonesians, and a) Koreans are doing it and b) Indonesian govt sits idly by and does not protect its nationals, then…

    How on earth is it the shame of _New Zealand_?

    Oh, I forgot, only white people have moral agency, or some other leftist rubbish.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Walter Grumpius: No, the activities take place in New Zealand waters for the most part, under the inspection of New Zealand officials, and the companies operate out of New Zealand harbors under New Zealand regulations. The Koreans are greatly to blame, but the New Zealanders seem to have deliberately turned a blind eye. Pecunia non olet should be the national motto.

  • LarryD

    “I recycle, therefore I am a good person.”

    There are all to many people who think like that, that establishing green credentials absolves them of any other moral considerations.

  • “In this instance ‘Shame of New Zealand’ illustrates one of downsides of capitalist dynamic – profit motive sometime overwhelms man’s ‘Better Angels’.”

    Amen. But whatever you do, try not to let the word get out. There’s no telling how it might derail our many utopian ambitions out there, whether to “save” the planet OR to beat it to a manageable, marketable pulp.

    Not to be a broken record. But again, it seems to me there’s no limit to what – and whom – we limitless Man-as-God visionaries are prepared to sacrifice or “write off.” And all, of course, in the noble pursuit of our megahuman (post-human?) projects. I know, sometimes ya gotta break some eggs . . .

    Really, when I think of how Wells, Shaw, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc, could have used this present generation. And even learned more than a few decent tricks themselves. Almost takes my breath away, it does.

  • Corlyss

    “I recycle, therefore I am a good person.”

    @Larry This is priceless. Can’t you cadge a Latin scholar, or at least a 1st year, to render that into Latin to match the Descarte?

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