Socialist Aotearoa 1/10: Grand Theft Capitalism
Kia ora to all members and supporters of Socialist Aotearoa,
The recent release of the video game Grand Theft Auto V to more than $1 billion in sales and to widespread controversy has attracted political comment from all sides.
In a virtually recreated Los Angeles gamers play through scenes containing torture, sexism and racism in its depiction of America teetering on the brink of economic ruin. GTA V provides gamers with a satire of austerity-ridden Los Angeles and the ecological destruction of California.
This Socialist Aotearoa forum will give a Marxist geography of GTA V's "Los Santos" in the spirit of Mike Davis' City of Quartz and discuss what revolutionaries can learn from the makers of the world's most popular video game.
Socialist Aotearoa Forum: Grand
Theft Capitalism - Class struggle and oppression in the city
When: 7.30pm, Thursday 3 October
Where: Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Road, Kingsland, Auckland
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crosses the Rubicon
"Just been told that UMR poll has Nats 39, Lab 36, Green 14, NZF 5.1%. Not sure if it’s out yet." tweeted Duncan Garner last Friday afternoon. Was it David Cunliffe that did it, Labour's new hope, talking left, looking tough? Or the mass rebellion against the GCSB that saw the Auckland Town Hall packed to the rafters? Maybe the mobilisation of thousands of union members filling stadiums in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to slam the Nats over attacks on workers' rights? The scandal over the dam that would kill the beautiful Tukituki River? The furious outrage of recreational fishers over the snapper cuts?
speeches from Hone and Minto launch MANA's South Auckland
About 200 people turned up to an angry and passionate meeting in Mangere on Saturday 21st September, vowing to oppose by any means necessary a proposal to bulldoze a new motorway through working class suburbs. Minto and Hone excelled in these speeches. Watch them and share them.
Voices of resistance and rebellion from South
The Mana Movement's Roger Fowler, Joe Trinder, James Papali'i and Joe Carolan join John Minto and Hone Harawira at the Mana rally in Mangere, joined by local voices enraged that there are plans to bulldoze a motorway through their community.
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