The Dark Ages are Returning to New Zealand

The Dark Ages are Returning to New Zealand. By Elizabeth Rata.

It beggars belief that one of the modern world’s first democracies — founded in the fledgling 1852 Constitution Act — is descending into ethno-nationalism but the Labour Government is determined to embed racialised policies across a swathe of the nation’s laws and institutions, and not least in education.

Led by radical intellectuals of the corporate tribes and enabled by social justice warriors armed with an unassailable moral righteousness, New Zealand’s entire education system is rapidly being revolutionised.

Proposals in a recent government Green Paper for a Treaty of Waitangi-led science and research system include recognising matauranga Maori (traditional knowledge) as equivalent to science.

Sure, why not?

The universities too are indigenising. According to the University of Auckland’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Maori), this means “finding ways where Maori knowledge, ways of being, thinking and doing can thrive”. …

Four strategies will ensure the revolution succeeds:

First, the opposition is being positioned as racist and reactionary, effectively silencing debate and creating self-censorship.

Second, government servants are required to accept the revisionist notion that the Treaty of Waitangi is a ‘partnership’ between two co-governing entities. Reprogramming services by government-paid consultants are on hand to encourage appropriate attitudes — signalled most obviously by insisting on using the correct language.

Third, the abandonment of universalism by the well-educated liberal-left who inhabit elevated positions in government and the caring professions will remove democracy’s very foundation. This is the principle of a shared universal humanity with the individual as the political category. It is the final point in the four decades convergence of postmodern relativism and identity politics.

The fourth strategy will be the clincher. It is the use of intellectual relativism to destroy the separation of science and culture that characterises the modern world.

Traditional cultural knowledge, including matauranga Maori, employs supernatural explanations for natural and social phenomena. …

A fundamental principle of science is that no knowledge is protected from criticism yet the Green Paper refers to protecting matauranga Maori. Knowledge that requires protection is belief, not science. Knowledge authorised by culture is ideology, not science.

Average IQs are dropping and the arts graduates are grabbing power by reviving tribalism and superstition. Witch burning will return soon, in its modern guise of burning the brighter science-based hold-outs, because they are the political opposition.

hat-tip Stephen Neil