Friends don’t let friends partner with libertarians. It seems like a pretty straightforward political motto for anyone on the left of politics to follow.
So why is Martyn Bradbury enthusing about letting his friend(?) Hone Harawira ally with cyber-libertarian Kim Dotcom?
I’m not sure if Bomber has been blinded by his own ego and past involvement with the Internet Party, but his glaring inability to recognise all the signs of a closet libertarian when he sees one is concerning, to say the least. The Internet Party’s list of fuzzy feel-good slogans on its flashy new website may sound nice, but don’t be fooled. Apart from Dotcom’s whacko idea to introduce a government-backed digital currency, all of his other campaign pitches are offered elsewhere on the political landscape (and with a lot more credibility to boot).
The thing is, Bomber can patronise and belittle struggling New Zealanders all day by suggesting that this “anti-establishment” alliance might just be novel enough to catch their interest, but Kim Dotcom and his pseudo-libertarian political party are genuine wolves in sheep’s clothing (and this is why).
I think it’s pretty uncontroversial to claim that Mana’s identity as a political movement lies in its positioning on the genuine left, with the advancement of Maori working class interests being the first, central step to the creation of a just State in Aotearoa. Agree or not with the main objectives of this cause, I think we can all agree that diluting this vision with that of the Internet Party is political suicide and will forever consign Mana to being yet another entry in New Zealand’s long list of once-promising but now-failed political movements. There’s nothing more toxic than building a political identity on not selling out and then, well, selling out. The Maori Party comes to mind as Exhibit A here.
Kim Dotcom is no friend of the Left in this country, and his personal dislike of the Prime Minister and faux-left libertarian messaging ought not to fool us. Sue Bradford rightfully isn’t convinced and, to be perfectly honest, I can’t see David Cunliffe being on board either come post-election-negotiation time. It’s no mistake that DC has been careful to distance Labour as much as possible from the increasingly-toxic and insincere political brand that is Kim Dotcom Any chance that Mana had to become part of a genuinely progressive government in this country will be thrown out forever if Mana listens to Bradbury and befriends the Internet Party.
Please, don’t do it, Hone.