theguardian:

New Zealand often functions as an empty identifier, a mysterious and remote utopia for the rest of the world to project its fantasies on to.


NZ ≠ utopia, fyi

stuff:

We are currently in a cycle of punctuated equilibrium – a theory adapted from evolutionary biology – which dictates that politics is characterised by long periods of stability interrupted by short periods of radical change … the majority of people are ready for a more liberal and tolerant era.


I see at least one problem with this take: “Radical” political change is rarely if ever effected in a liberal or tolerant way — and is often effected in ways quite detrimental to human well-being.

wksu:

Imagining how it might feel to hold one of these 13,000-year-old stone tools in my hand rn